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December 3, 2013
CHESTER COUNTY Construction set for new firehouse EAST WHITELAND Construction will soon begin on a new firehouse in East Whiteland Township, nearly seven years after a group of volunteer firefighters banded together to raise the cash needed to build it. Groundbreaking for the firehouse at the intersection of Conestoga Road and Mill Lane was held Nov. 22. Fire company president Gary Sheridan said he expected crews to begin work on the property...
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November 29, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William B. Young, 74, of Westville, who retired in 1992 as a captain with the Camden Fire Department after a 30-year career, died of hypertensive vascular disease on Thursday, Nov. 21, at his home. Born in Reading, Mr. Young graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and served in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, where he was taught aircraft and shipboard firefighting. "They teach them a certain amount of firefighting in the Navy, and he fell in love with it," brother David said.
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October 31, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
FOLLOWING A subpoena issued by City Councilman Jim Kenney, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will testify at a hearing today on the Fire Department's retraction of promotions for 14 officers, a move that was contested by the firefighters union. Mayor Nutter's administration had offered to send Public Safety Director Mike Resnick and Human Resources Director Albert D'Attilio to testify at the hearing. But in a letter to Ayers accompanying the subpoena yesterday, Kenney wrote that he wanted the commissioner, because "it was your discretion to demote these members.
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October 25, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calvin B. Mattson, 88, of Mount Laurel, a former administrator for the Insurance Co. of North America who was president of the fire department in Masonville, Burlington County, in 1988, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday, Oct. 16, at his home. A World War II veteran, he served as president of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society in 1981, his wife, Blanche, said. Mr. Mattson was a ball turret machine gunner in the belly of B-17s on 26 combat missions over Europe, including in one plane nicknamed Forbidden Fruit, she said.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA The same Common Pleas Court judge who initially ordered the city to promote 14 members of the Fire Department ruled Friday the city has the right to withdraw those promotions. Judge Leon Tucker's decision is the latest move in a battle between the city and Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters over the 14 promotions. City spokesman Mark McDonald welcomed Tucker's decision. "From the start, the Nutter administration asserted that the fire commissioner has discretion in promoting individuals from the civil service list.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A UKRAINIAN Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was severely damaged during a four-alarm fire yesterday. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Protectress Ukrainian Church, on 12th Street near 66th Avenue. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find smoke billowing from the roof, Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said. The flames continued to spread along the roof, prompting officials to ring the fourth alarm. More than 100 firefighters responded, and the blaze was eventually put under control at 3:19 p.m. - but not before the damage was done, with flames tearing through the entire building and spreading to a school connected to the church.
NEWS
August 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The former treasurer of a Montgomery County nonprofit fire department has been charged with stealing nearly $250,000 from the organization and using the money to fly to China and Las Vegas and to buy jewelry, spa visits, and tickets to sporting events. Montgomery County detectives charged Ronald Kenneth Nolan on Thursday with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property, and related offenses in the theft from the Upper Gwynedd Township Volunteer Fire Company.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IS THE DEPARTMENT of Licenses and Inspection's primary focus economic development or public safety? That question was one of several at the forefront yesterday during City Council's fourth hearing held to investigate the Center City building collapse that claimed six lives in June. Bennett Levin, one of two former L&I commissioners who testified before Council yesterday, said the department's focus has shifted away from public safety. "L&I has equivalent public safety responsibilities to the Police Department and/or the Fire Department, but we tolerate and even accept sloth and unaccountability in the name of political expediency and economic development," said Levin, who was the department's commissioner under Mayor Ed Rendell.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bennett Levin, a professional engineer who ran the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the Rendell administration, testified Thursday that the agency's performance had deteriorated markedly since the mid-1990s, contributing to a series of fatal accidents long before the Center City building collapse in June that killed six people. "The Market Street collapse is just the latest catastrophe in a tragic string of fatal events that can be traced back to the [One Meridian] fire, with three dead firefighters," in 1991, Levin told a City Council committee investigating the city's demolition practices.
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