Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2016 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
5 2 2

2016 Calls
Jan 63
Feb 43
Mar 32
Apr 41
May 4
Total 183

2015 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
23 7 2

2015 Calls
Jan 42
Feb 47
Mar 34
Apr 38
May 36
Jun 51
Jul 42
Aug 34
Sep 36
Oct 47
Nov 41
Dec 35
Total 483

Past Calls
2015 483
2014 512
2013 420
2012 476
2011 522
2010 530

Web Counters
Website Visitors
March 25, 2014
Visitors Today
May 04, 2016

Welcome to the Official Website for the Fame Fire Company of West Chester

The Fame Fire Company No. 3 is one of three 100% volunteer fire companies that make up the West Chester Fire Department.  The WCFD provides fire and rescue services to the residents of the Borough of West Chester, Thornbury Township (Chester County), and portions of West Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and  East Bradford Townships.  The West Chester Fire Department covers approximately 26.5 square miles.

Fame Fire Company is the dedicated Ladder/Truck Company and Heavy Rescue Company for the West Chester Fire Department. The other two fire companies in the West Chester Fire Department are First West Chester Fire Company and Good Will Fire Company #2.  The specific fire apparatus responding to an emergency may range from a single piece of apparatus from one fire station to many pieces from multiple stations depending on the nature and location of the emergency.

Fame Fire Company is also an integral part of The Chester County Rescue Task Force. Fame is the lead company for swiftwater, trench and structural collapse technical rescue disciplines and operates in a support role in the rope/high-angle and confined space technical rescue disciplines. Check out the Chester County Rescue Task Force Facebook page for additional information.

Fame Capital Campaign For Building Expansion

Fame, as part of the West Chester Fire Department, is honored to be recognized by Fig West Chester as its 2016 Social Mission Partner! For more information, please visit http://figwestchester.com/   

As the community has grown, so has the demand for an expanding set of emergency services.  Fame has responded to this regional need by adding training skill sets and related specialized equipment to handle a variety of complex technical rescue incidents including trench cave-ins, building collapses, swift water rescues and high angle rescues. Our response area for technical rescue services has also expanded, with Fame now participating in regional rescue task forces serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.  

As the menu of rescue services has expanded, so has our need for larger updated quarters so that we don't have to store important rescue equipment outdoors or jeopardize the safety of our personnel who are currently operating in cramped engine room spaces.  We have taken delivery of a new Ford F-550 stake body truck as part of our rescue apparatus fleet, but currently are unable to park it inside.  Our goal is to raise $2.5 million prior to breaking ground on the building expansion project.  Click here to learn more about our capital campaign and how you can contribute to our success. Fame Fire Company #3 of West Chester has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. Please speak with your accountant regarding tax deduction donation questions.

Silsby Room Banquet Hall

Fame has a 150 person capacity banquet hall available for rental by the public.  Click here to learn more.

2015 Letter Drive

Our 2015 Letter Drive has officially started! Please check your mailbox for our letter. For your convenience, we have also provided a PayPal account below that you can also donate through.

PLEASE help US help YOU!

We THANK YOU in advance!

Fame Members Become USAR Search Specialists

Watchdesk, April 18

This past weekend, three Chester County Rescue Task Force Technicians from Fame had the opportunity to complete a 40 hour FEMA/DHS Technical Search Specialist course at PA Task Force-1 and the Philadelphia Fire Academy funded by the Southeastern PA Regional Task Force. Five to six individuals were selected from each of the four surrounding Philadelphia counties to attend the course (Bucks, Chester, ... (Full Story & Photos)

Class Photo in front of PFD Rescue 1
Class Photo in front of PFD Rescue 1

Victim is successfully rescued after being stuck in the mud for several hours.
Victim is successfully rescued after being stuck in the mud for several hours.

Trench Team Deployed

1st Class DJ Matthews, April 11

Last evening around 7:30 pm, Station 35 (Wagontown) and local EMS were dispatched to the rear of a home in the 200 block of Kingswood Lane in West Brandywine Twp for an injured child with his leg stuck in mud. This "routine" call turned out to be something other than "routine". Initial crews arrived and were directed to a heavily wooded, muddy creek bed about 100 yards to the rear of a home. A young ... (Full Story & Photos)

Engine 53 First In on Fully Involved Dwelling

1st Class DJ Matthews, April 09

At approximately 2345 hours, Stations 51, 53 Tower 54 and 55 Ambulance were dispatched for the reported dwelling fire on River Bend Lane. Asst. 51 signed on the air and was advised that PD was on location with a fully involved dwelling and all occupants out. Asst. 51 confirmed and instructed Engine 53 to lay 1200 feet of 5 inch and go in service with master streams. Due to the fire conditions throughout ... (Full Story & Photos)

Heavy Fire Upon Arrival.
Heavy Fire Upon Arrival.

Photo: Daily Local
Photo: Daily Local

Two Seriously Injured after Accident with Entrapment

1st Class DJ Matthews, April 04

At 1614 hours, Stations 53, 55 Ambulance and Medic 91 were dispatched to the 1000 Block of Pottstown Pike for an accident reported serious with one ejected. Chief 53 went enroute and was advised by County that they are re-alerting the company for new reports of one subjected trapped under the vehicle in addition to the one victim ejected. Rescue 53 made the response with seven and was on location ... (Full Story & Photos)

Ladder 53 on 2nd Alarm Dwelling Fire

2nd Class DJ Matthews, March 16

Just before 0700 hours, Stations 54/56 (Goshen Fire Co) were alerted to the 1100 Block of South Chester Road for the dwelling fire. Captain 54 quickly arrived to find fire showing from the roof and soon requested the 2nd Alarm. Ladder 53 made the response with five and was able to position its self in a neighbors drive way on side C. Crews made there way to the interior with hooks to help expose fire ... (Full Story & Photos)

Arrival of Engine 54-1

Photo Credit: AJ Pizzi
Arrival of Engine 54-1 Photo Credit: AJ Pizzi


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