February 12, 2016 |
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.
October 10, 2012 |
Mayor Nutter signed legislation Tuesday that will require one- and two-family homes to have smoke detectors with built-in batteries that last for a decade. The detectors, which would be required as part of the city's fire code as of Jan. 9, cost a few dollars more than traditional smoke detectors, but residents would save money over 10 years by not having to replace batteries. The fire code has required smoke detectors on every floor of one- and two-family homes since the early 1980s.
September 19, 1999 |
The Mount Laurel Fire Department is teaming up with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to sponsor the second annual "Great Escape" - a program to encourage residents to develop fire safety plans for their homes. The Great Escape will be held Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the firehouse, 69 Elbo Lane, and will include a contest in which residents can win a trip for four to Walt Disney World in Orlando, valued at $10,000. The Mount Laurel Fire Department said it would distribute material, including information about the contest, to students at local schools to prepare them for the Great Escape.
March 27, 2014 |
Philadelphia Firefighters' Union Local 22 is pushing back at Mayor Nutter's proposal to send out ambulances on advanced life-support calls with a paramedic and lesser-qualified EMT rather than the usual two paramedics. Local 22 president Joe Schulle said the proposal exposes the public to risk by dipping below the National Fire Protection Association standard of two paramedics and two EMTs for every ALS call. "We're taking a serious step back in our emergency medical protection that we offer to citizens.
September 30, 2013 |
The American Society of Home Inspectors contacted me with its concerns regarding ionization smoke detection. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ionization alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates that ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters a chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, reducing the flow of current, activating the alarm. Though such alarms respond best to "flaming fires," the group says, photoelectric smoke detection is more responsive to fires that begin with smoldering.
March 30, 2016 |
A photo of a singed-but-standing box of Frosted Flakes helped reveal the three-decade-old circumstances of a fatal rowhouse fire in Oxford Circle, a prosecution expert testified Monday. The condition of the box and its position in the kitchen helped determine the fire's path, consultant and former Philadelphia Fire Marshal Thomas Schneiders said, among factors that proved investigators got it right in 1985 when they said the blaze that killed brothers Daniel Dougherty Jr., 4, and John Dougherty, 3, was deliberately set. Their father, Daniel Dougherty, was convicted and sentenced to death for murder and arson in 2000.
July 26, 1993 |
The fire-alarm industry has come a long way since the late 1700s, when townspeople with buckets of water were summoned to the scene of a blaze by the tolling of a bell on the old State House. Back then, a fire alarm consisted of a roving fire warden sounding a watchman's clicker - like a New Year's noisemaker - when he spotted a fire on a Philadelphia street. There were quite a few fires in those days, since candles were the main source of light, the fireplace doubled as a stove, and many buildings were made of wood, according to Henry Magee, curator of the Fireman's Hall Museum in Old City.
January 2, 1994 |
A small boy is playing with a gasoline can in the garage. It catches fire, engulfing him in flames. His older brother, hearing frantic cries for help, runs to the scene, pushes the boy down, and rolls him around. Both escape with only minor injuries. If that sounds like a textbook case, it's because it is. That rescue took place in Mount Laurel seven years ago, thanks to the "stop, drop and roll" technique the older boy had learned from firefighters at school, Fire Marshal Greg W. Collier said.
July 2, 1998 |
With sticking points over fire safety resolved between township and USX officials, construction on a 100-acre expansion to the USX Industrial Park is scheduled to begin by summer's end. The expansion could bring up to seven new industries and hundreds of jobs to the site. "It represents approximately 500 new jobs and one million square feet of new building space," Dennis McCartney, USX's general manager of real-estate development for the eastern region, said yesterday. The conditional approval granted last week by the township's Board of Supervisors means development on the seven-lot expansion southeast of New Ford Mill and Tyburn Roads could begin as early as August, McCartney said.
December 16, 1997 |
Fire swept through a trailer home in the Malvern Court trailer park early yesterday, killing two people. Police said they received an emergency call that originated from the trailer home on Bacton Hill Road, but the caller hung up. Minutes later, at 4:23 a.m., neighbors called police to report the blaze. Killed were William Groves, 37, and his wife, Kelly Groves, 20. They were pronounced dead on arrival at Paoli Memorial Hospital yesterday morning. East Whiteland Fire Marshal Harrison Holt said the fire appeared to be accidental.