Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2015 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
20 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 37
Total 444

2014 Calls
Jan 44
Feb 69
Mar 60
Apr 40
May 41
Jun 23
Jul 57
Aug 31
Sep 41
Oct 41
Nov 35
Dec 30
Total 512

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

Web Counters
Website Visitors
March 25, 2014
Visitors Today
Nov 26, 2015

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 Goodwill 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

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!

New York City Tour

Captain Bill Cummings, October 23

Today, more than 30 Fame members boarded a coach bus for the two-hour trip to New York City. While there, crews visited Engine 10-Ladder 10. and Engine 7-Tower Ladder 1. However, the main purpose was to visit and pay respects at the National 9/11 Museum. It was a very solemn and emotional site to see. We Will Never Forget!... (Full Story & Photos)

Lt Helmke reviews the plan for the morning.

Photo by: Assistant Chief Kevin Corcoran
Lt Helmke reviews the plan for the morning. Photo by: Assistant Chief Kevin Corcoran

Saturday Morning Training

Captain Bill Cummings, September 12

This morning Lt. Helmke and Lt. Scanlon took several new members to the West Chester Fire Training Center and practiced vehicle rescue techniques. Scene stabilization and use of the Hurst tools were reviewed and practiced. We have been very lucky to have had an influx of many new members over the past two months and look forward to helping them get up to speed at the Fame!... (Full Story & Photos)

Patriot Day Activities

Captain Bill Cummings, September 11

Today, several Fame members and guests participated in the Annual Fame Golf Outing at Broad Run Golf Club. Those participating had beautiful weather and enjoyed some laughs, stories and a nice food spread back at the station afterwards.

However, today is the Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States by cowardly radical Islamists that took the lives of over 3000 innocent people, 343 ... (Full Story & Photos)

FF Brad Cosgrove and his family have participated in the 5K for many years.

Photo credit: WCFD Health & Wellness Facebook
FF Brad Cosgrove and his family have participated in the 5K for many years. Photo credit: WCFD Health & Wellness Facebook

Rescue 53 assists on the 2nd Alarm House Fire

2nd Class DJ Matthews, September 01

At the dinner hour, Rescue 53 was dispatched to assist Station 36 (Po-Mar-Lin) at a working house fire. Rescue 53 made the response with five firefighters, arrived, and established RIT. Command eventually struck the 2nd Alarm and evacuated the building due to heavy fire through the roof and a partial collapse of the second floor. Firefighters put master streams into operations to fight the blaze. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Another Fame Member Joins the Career Fire Service Ranks

Captain Bill Cummings, August 28

This evening, FF Ryan Opiekun graduated from the Anne Arundel County, MD, Fire Department Training Academy. He and his colleagues in Recruit Class 53 spent the past several months enduring rigorous physical training, countless hours in the classroom learning emergency medical care, hazardous materials response and firefighting skills. We congratulate Ryan and his classmates on this amazing accomplishment ... (Full Story & Photos)

FF Ryan Opiekun receiving his diploma from County officials.

Photo courtesy of Ryan's friend Michele Anne
FF Ryan Opiekun receiving his diploma from County officials. Photo courtesy of Ryan's friend Michele Anne


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