September 17, 1992 |
Elkins Park marked the 100th anniversary of its fire company by holding a Fire Apparatus and Muster Show along Tookany Creek Parkway Saturday. Visitors were able to get an up-close look at the company's trucks and equipment in a community fair atmosphere.
January 25, 1990 |
Middletown Township residents are expected to vote this spring on whether the township should increase the fire tax by 4 mills to replace fire apparatus. The council agreed Monday night to ask the county elections board to put the fire tax referendum on the primary ballot in May. If the fire referendum is approved, homeowners with property assessed at the township average of $5,000 would pay $20 more in taxes beginning in 1991. The fire apparatus study committee recommended that the township impose the additional 4-mill tax to replace six major pieces of equipment.
December 14, 1989 |
The Middletown Township Council has adopted a 1990 budget of $3,179,980 with no millage increase, but the council will ask for a referendum this spring on whether to raise the fire tax to replace fire apparatus. The preliminary budget presented last month called for a 4-mill tax increase to be used primarily to establish a fund to help pay for the replacement of fire equipment. The cost of the vehicles has risen beyond the ability of the township's three volunteer fire companies to raise money, officials said last month.
October 30, 2012 |
Darby Borough officials said Monday night they did not expect the creek there to flood because less rain fell than was expected. "I don't believe we're going to get the massive flooding that we thought we were going to get. We sort of dodged the bullet somewhat," Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe told reporters. But, with Darby Creek touching the bottom of the bridge at McDade Boulevard, officials were not taking any chances. Emergency personnel and fire apparatus will stay in place.
October 25, 2013 |
EDWARD SCARDIGLI had a passion for helping people, and he got plenty of chances as a Philadelphia firefighter. For most of his 26-year career, he was assigned to Engine 16 in West Philadelphia, one of the city's busiest companies. He managed to emerge unscathed from two of Philadelphia's most horrendous fires more than three decades ago, the Gulf Refinery in 1975, in which eight firefighters were killed, and the ARCO refinery fire in which then-Mayor Frank Rizzo was injured. At the Gulf fire, he saw his fire engine melt in the intense heat.
December 21, 1994 |
Tempers flared last night when a first viewing of the borough's 1995 budget showed that the George Clay Fire Company's request for $325,000 had been slashed to $181,000. "I'm supposed to ask these guys to come out in the middle of the night, and you want to cut expenses?" Dennis Frankenfield, company fire chief, asked the council. Company president Jim Smith said the firefighters had asked for a $150,000 increase to pay for repairs to the firehouse, located on Ford Street.
November 9, 2012 |
A Delaware County volunteer fire company has been suspended after the township had concerns about how it was administered and whether it had sufficient funds to continue. Fire Company No. 4 in Darby Township, at Hook and Green Hill Roads, was shuttered Sunday. Fire services will be covered by other volunteer companies in the area, township officials said. The township has three fire companies, including No. 4. "We are trying to work with them," Township Solicitor Michael Pierce said.
December 11, 1992 |
Doug Sanders is having a fire sale - seven days a week. He sells toy fire trucks, miniature fire hydrants, porcelain firehouses, firehats, lighters shaped like fire extinguishers, and photos and videos of famous fires in Camden and Philadelphia. If it has anything to do with fires, it's probably at Sanders' shop, The Fire Buff, right next door to the Collingswood Fire Department, Collings near Haddon Avenues. Where else? Sanders can even sell you a real fire truck for a mere $200,000.
January 18, 2013
THE CONTENTION that the Fire Department is following the model from the 1950s could not be further from the truth. ("A Red-Hot Issue: Phila. Fire Department must get its priorities straight," Daily Views, Jan. 11). In the 1950s there were at least 69 engine companies and 34 ladder companies. Currently, there are 56 engine companies and 28 ladder companies, not including the three daily brownout companies. Over the years, staffing has been reduced significantly. Engine companies were staffed with an officer and five firefighters, ladder companies with an officer and six firefighters.
July 1, 2004 |
According to a recent Daily News editorial, "the (Fire) department's decisions appear to be based on a reasonable set of criteria, including geographical location, size of district, and workload. " What the editors failed to realize is that the Fire Departments' statistics are based on incomplete data and a fundamentally flawed analysis. The Department did not base its data on nationally recognized time measurement standards. Nor did they use a trained, professional, or impartial, group to process the data.