Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2021 Calls
JAN 32
FEB 40
MAR 44
APR 33
MAY 34
JUN 33
Total 216

2021 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
6 3 1

2020 Calls
Jan 40
Feb 49
Mar 39
Apr 23
May 29
Jun 25
Jul 35
Aug 67
Sep 47
Oct 41
Nov 57
Dec 39
Total 491

2020 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
15 3 2

2019 Calls
Jan 38
Feb 34
Mar 41
Apr 41
May 33
Jun 49
Jul 54
Aug 37
Sep 45
Oct 55
Nov 52
Dec 38
Total 517

2019 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
11 3 4

2018 Calls
Jan 50
Feb 46
Mar 47
Apr 41
May 46
Jun 41
Jul 41
Aug 48
Sep 56
Oct 50
Nov 55
Dec 38
Total 559

2018 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
9 9 3

2017 Calls
Jan 45
Feb 45
Mar 34
Apr 29
May 37
Jun 36
Jul 25
Aug 65
Sep 47
Oct 47
Nov 53
Dec 47
Total 510

2017 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
15 7 1

2016 Calls
Jan 63
Feb 43
Mar 32
Apr 41
May 32
Jun 35
Jul 34
Aug 26
Sep 37
Oct 39
Nov 43
Dec 50
Total 475

2016 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
16 10 6

Past Calls
2020 491
2019 517
2018 559
2017 510
2016 475
2015 483
2014 512
2013 420
2012 476
2011 522
2010 530
Total 5495

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USAR Team Deployed To Montgomery County
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May 30, 2019

Last evening, a line of very strong and severe storms moved through the region. Upper parts of nearby Montgomery County were especially hard hit. Montgomery County’s USAR Team had worked hard searching and assessing damaged buildings into the night, but there remained a large area still needing to be searched. Around 7:00 am this morning, a request was received from Montgomery County for assistance from the Chester County Rescue Task Force USAR Team. Fame members make up the majority of the USAR team positions, so Station 53 was dispatched. Eleven VOLUNTEERS dropped what they were doing and responded to the call for help. These members are highly trained and skilled, having put in hundreds of hours and years of training at very high levels to be able to deploy. Those that were deployed received the exact same training as the members of Federal USAR teams, in fact, they have been in the same training programs together. All team members must be FEMA US&R trained in structural collapse rescue. Many have also been trained and qualified as FEMA US&R technical search specialists. Several are also ProBoard certified HAZMAT Technicians and the team leader must be trained in advanced incident management levels.

The team left West Chester around 8:00 am and arrived at the staging area at the Upper Salford Fire Department about an hour later. The crew was joined by Chester County Department of Emergency Service, Deputy Director of Fire Services, Beau Crowding. Director Crowding provided valuable liaison assistance. The team was briefed by the MontCo USAR Task Force Leader and provided Montgomery County portable radios. They were then given maps of their area of operations and the group was divided into four search teams, each led by a Technical Search Specialist. Crews had to walk their way through heavily damaged roadways that were blocked by countless downed trees. They made contact with residents to check on their welfare and assess any damage to their property. The team worked hard for several hours and were released and demobilized around 3:00 pm.

This was the first time that Fame and Chester County Rescue Task Force USAR was deployed to assist another county in the South Eastern PA region. Many years of planning and training at a regional level with our partners from Delaware County, Bucks County, Montgomery County and City of Philadelphia led up to this successful operation.

All Fame member returned safely to the station around 4:00 pm. We are very proud of the dedication and professionalism displayed by our members.

As our founding members so eloquently wrote, “With Willing Hearts We Hasten To Assist...”

Photos courtesy of Beau Crowding

Units: Rescue 53, Utility 53, Collapse 53, DES 5F
Mutual Aid: Montgomery County USAR

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