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December 11, 1995 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
A frantic father used his hands, a fire extinguisher and finally a shovel to try to save his two girls and their friend, who were trapped behind a wall of flames in a Kensington rowhouse. A man who was walking by threw himself into a smoky, fire-filled room seeking the terrified girls, while neighbors fruitlessly tossed pails of water onto the flames. Their heroic efforts were not enough. Pamela Tellander, 14, and sisters Crystal Moreno, 8, and Felicia Timm, 6, died after a fire started in the bedroom where they were sleeping in a rowhouse on Letterly Street near Coral.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
EVEN GOOD news can't be simple in this city. For example, last week's announcement that civilian fire deaths in the city have reached the lowest number in recorded history - 25 in 2012 - is nothing but loose topsoil covering a rat's nest of complicated issues besetting the Fire Department. Many of these issues are illustrative of the evolution of a department in which changing trends - like more fire-resistant buildings and better prevention education - has led to far fewer structural fires, but medical emergencies, which the department also handles, have risen, and the city, Fire Department management and the workforce have not stayed on pace with these trends.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
THE PHILADELPHIA Fire Department is facing extraordinary budget cuts for the next fiscal year. In the mayor's budget proposal, the department is going to lose as many as 11 fire companies (4 engine and 7 ladder), a staggering number. This budget not only eliminates neighborhood fire companies, it also reduces the staff of every ladder truck in the city by one firefighter. These cuts are going to put our children and senior citizens in grave danger, response times to fires and emergency medical calls can only lengthen with a cut of this magnitude.
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March 12, 1992 | By Susan Weidener, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
West Bradford supervisors have asked for an independent assessment of the township's volunteer fire department, following a blaze that destroyed the house of one township official. On Tuesday, the board voted to withhold its quarterly payment of $6,625, pending the outcome of that evaluation. Hired to conduct the probe is Robert H. Jones Associates of West Chester. The firm will evaluate the township's fire protection services and review its municipal codes. "We're investigating everything - all our strengths and weaknesses - when it comes to fire emergency services in the township," Chairman Ken Klunk said Wednesday.
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November 24, 1987 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
Westville residents may soon begin footing the bill for fire protection for the first time in the borough's history, officials said last night. Council President Charles Owens said the 80 firefighters, who previously relied on various forms of fund-raising events for financial support, could no longer raise enough money to run the fire company. Owens and the six other council members said they intended to include the fire department in the borough's budget next year. The council members and Mayor Francis Duer refused to estimate what such a move would cost the taxpayers.
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September 19, 1990 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
A six-month dispute over which of Pine Hill's three fire departments will close is expected to be settled tomorrow night during a meeting of the Pine Hill Fire Commission. Talk of consolidating the departments - Pine Hill Fire Company No. 1, Eagle Fire Company and Amber Terrace Fire Company - began in March, when an 11- member committee was formed to discuss such a move along with the reduction of equipment owned by the three. Borough Fire Chief William Dukes said plans call for Pine Hill Fire Company No. 1 to give up its charter, sell its properties, pay off outstanding debts and give any remaining assets to the newly created fire department.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney will announce on Thursday the end of two Fire Department policies he vowed to get rid of as mayor - rotating firefighters through stations and the temporary closure of firehouses. Both practices were implemented by then-Mayor Nutter as cost saving measures. In 2010, Nutter instituted rolling "brownouts" to temporarily close firehouses and reassign their firefighters elsewhere. On Dec. 31, five days before he left office, the Fire Department halted the brownouts. In 2013, Nutter's administration announced a highly controversial plan to rotate senior firefighters to stations throughout the city to broaden their experiences.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia city controller and the Nutter administration tangled over Fire Department response times Wednesday. City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended that the Fire Department has been slower in responding to emergencies under Mayor Nutter. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer countered by contending that Butkovitz misapplied national standards and that the city's response times for fires were better than national averages. Butkovitz was unmoved, calling it "preposterous" that Sawyer was questioning his research.
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September 12, 1994 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The George Clay Fire Department has called a special meeting of its members for tonight to discuss the West Conshohocken Borough Council's decision to halt funding until it receives a complete audit of the company. "We haven't gotten our appropriations," fire company president Jim Smith said. "That's all I'm going to say until after Monday's meeting. " Company members only will be allowed to attend the 7 p.m. meeting at the firehouse on Ford Street. They will discuss what action to take before the council meeting tomorrow night.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO and DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writersdifilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A fiery sex scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News today that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before he retired in June. The paramedic filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct against another paramedic. Soon after, rumors surfaced that she had sexual encounters with numerous firefighters, paramedics and supervisors in firehouses while on- and off-duty all around the city.
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August 17, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In 1970, while a senior at Audubon (N.J.) High School, Paul F. Price Sr. became a member of the Defender Fire Company in Audubon. After he had graduated and had become a customer service agent for an airline at Philadelphia International Airport, he was still ready in his off hours to respond to calls to Defender, a volunteer company, which closed in 1976. "He just loved the camaraderie of the people in the station," said George Stone, who had known Mr. Price since he first joined Defender.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
Funeral services will be held next week for Philadelphia firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died Saturday while working a night shift in North Philadelphia, department officials said Wednesday.A viewing is scheduled for Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Avenue, the department said. A second viewing will take place at the church on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, the department said, and burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Easton Road.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia on Saturday, was a kind and soft-spoken father of three who had worked in the department for more than 20 years, his family said Sunday. Lee, 42, of East Germantown, was also an accomplished amateur boxer, said his mother-in-law, Faustine Myers, and he was recently baptized at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, the same church where his son sings in a choir. "He was a wonderful man," Myers said. For each of those reasons and more, Lee's sudden death Saturday night was a complete surprise, Myers said.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | Staff Reports
An elderly man died in an overnight house fire in South Philadelphia. The blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. Thursday at the two-story rowhouse on the 1700 block of South Taylor Street, the Fire Department said. The man died despite fire crews' efforts to rescue him, the department said. He was found on the first floor. The cause of the fire, which was declared under control at 2:19 a.m., remains under investigation. Investigators were also still determining where in the home the fire started.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A woman who was injured in a rowhouse fire was recovering Friday at Temple University Hospital while her 5-year-old daughter was fighting for her life at a hospital. Kristina Henes, 38, was listed in serious condition at Temple, and her daughter, identified in TV reports as Sophia Olsen, was at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Fire officials were still trying to determine what sparked Thursday's blaze on the 3700 block of South Hereford Lane in the Morrell Park section of the Northeast.
NEWS
May 31, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A wrong turn on the way home from Taco Bell changed Adam Thiel's life. It was 24 years ago when the then-19-year-old student at American University got lost returning to campus and passed a firehouse advertising free EMT lessons. Thiel, impressed by the emergency responders who rushed his father to the hospital when he was dying of cancer, signed up and never looked back. "Once I got hooked, I was all in," said Thiel, Philadelphia's new fire commissioner. Thiel, 43, is the first non-Philadelphian to lead the city's fire department.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia has already spent $25 million more in overtime than it had budgeted this fiscal year. And that year doesn't end until June 30. Through the end of April, city workers were paid $159.7 million in overtime, blowing through the $135 million budgeted, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the state board that oversees the city's finances. This will be the fifth year in a row that overtime has increased substantially.
NEWS
May 16, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a guy that I kind of like at school, but he's really shy and doesn't really talk to anybody. I have talked to him a couple times, and he's really nice and has good manners. He sits with me and my group every day at lunch, and I see him around school. I say hi to him every time, but I'm not really getting any results. I would really love some guidance. - Shy Teen in California DEAR SHY TEEN: I think you are doing everything you can right now without scaring him off. On the plus side, this boy is comfortable with your group, or he wouldn't be having lunch with you. If you all socialize beyond eating together (such as going to school dances or sporting events)
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia police-officer staffing levels are the lowest in 22 years, Commissioner Richard Ross told City Council on Wednesday, and the department is considering changing its age and college-credit requirements to see if that might alleviate the problem. "We need to get boots on the ground more so than any crime strategy," Ross said during testimony at a hearing on the department's budget. In his three hours of testimony, Ross stressed the need for more officers and addressed Council members' concerns about surveillance cameras and police overtime.
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March 29, 2016 | STAFF WRITER
A carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation early Sunday morning of a hookah lounge in Old City, along with a restaurant and some apartment units above. The Philadelphia Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of Chestnut Street at 12:46 a.m. after a resident of an upstairs apartment smelled gas, the fire department said. Police and PGW also responded to the scene. B Side Hookah Lounge and the nearby Barra's Italian Restaurant & Lounge were evacuated, as were the apartments.
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