Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2021 Calls
JAN 32
FEB 40
MAR 44
APR 33
Total 155

2021 Incidents
Working Fires Extrications Rescue TF Calls
3 2 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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Capital Campaign Fact Sheet

Fame Volunteers

  • Lead Fire Company Chester County Rescue Task ForceCCRTF-1available as a deployable asset in the Philadelphia region. Capable of conducting advanced specialized rescue, based in West Chester but serving five counties and the entire state! We provide these services willingly but remain challenged to find places to store CCRTF-1 specialized rescue equipment other than outdoors.


  • Are distinguished by specialized Rescue Certifications
    • Water Rescue boating accidents, flood emergencies, high water situations.
    • Trench Rescue often at a construction site.
    • Structural Collapse Rescue – rescuing people in a collapsed building.
    • Extrication from cars, train wrecks, machinery or other situations.
    • Confined Space Rescue most often from spaces in industrial settings.
    • Advanced Technical Rescue includes high angles in building or hazardous terrain.
    • Ice Rescue Technicians - rescues in and around frozen local ponds and lakes.
    • Rescue Truck is State certified as an “Advanced Heavy Rescue”, requiring that it contain a vast list of specialized equipment.
    • Awarded Rescue Service of the Year in 2009 by PA Department of Health.
  • Are extensively trained in all aspects of firefighting and rescue operations
    • First all-volunteer in Chester County to be 100% certified in State Certification Program
    • Fifth all-volunteer fire company out of 2500 fire departments to achieve 100% certification
    • Clocked over 10,000 hours of training for four straight years, all during each volunteer’s spare time.
  • Active in our community.
    • Perform fire prevention education to the children in our area schools.
    • Participate in most of our community’s events, parades, and fairs.
    • Host birthday parties and tours of our trucks and the station.

Fame by the Numbers


Number of calls Fame responded to in 2019, from building fires, traffic accidents, boating incidents, furnace malfunctions and chimney fires, to gas leaks and floods.


Square miles in our primary coverage area


Residents in Fame’s primary coverage area, having grown 40% since 1980


Chester County Rescue Task Force was activated for the first time


Percent of the State of Pennsylvania that is protected by volunteer firefighters

$2.5 million    Fame’s Capital Campaign goal. $1.1 million remains to be raised.


Hours and days of the week Fame is ready to respond


Why does Fame need your help?

PROBLEM: The current station built in 1973 cannot accommodate the diversity of emergency response equipment needed for the rescue operations Fame provides. Some specialized equipment must be stored outside. Expanding our facilities will improve our response time and will better protect valuable equipment.

  • Equipment and Vehicle Storage Concerns
  • Lack of appropriate restroom, exercise and sleeping accommodations for the volunteers.
  • Outdated and Inefficient HVAC




Inside our Station. This is what we have currently in our station. You will note that there is little room for anything other than apparatus and equipment. The lockers are tight and the gear for our firefighters is dangerously close to moving apparatus.


SOLUTION: A Renovated and Expanded Home for Fame

We propose to expand the current station by adding a two-story 8,000 square foot addition. We have adjusted and amended our plans so that we are adding just what we need. No bells and whistles, just the necessities for an efficiently run fire station well into the future.


Project budget:

The Campaign for Fame is a $2.5 million Capital Campaign that will raise funds to renovate and build a 2 story, 8,000 sq. ft. addition to the fire station. Contributions and pledges will be raised from individuals, foundations, corporations and businesses, organizations and government funding programs to create this critically-needed expansion. The Fame Fire Company itself is committing $500,000 of its savings.


Cost Estimates:



$ 1,815,900


$        25,000

Consultant Fee

$        95,000

Administrative Fees

$        25,000


$        78,500


$        52,500

Floor/Fire Proofing

$      318,000


$ 2,409,900

Contingency (5%)

$        90,825





Contact Information:

Fame Fire Company of West Chester Capital Campaign

200 East Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19382

Business Phone: 610-692-5404, Mailbox 8 Website: www.famefireco.org

Campaign Co-Chairs:

Bill Ronayne                                 email: billr@bvhva.com                            cell: 610-656-7774

Don Powers                                  email: don.powers@famefireco.org           cell: 610-476-1919

Mike McCarthy                            email: MacPhil53@comcast.net                 cell: 610-241-0011

Campaign Secretary

Dale Amway                 e-mail: Fame.Campaign@FameFireCo.org

[Note: A more comprehensive Campaign Case is available by contacting Dale Amway


Ground Floor

  • 2 new bays for rescue apparatus capable of storing 3 trucks, 2 boats and a trailer.
  • New restroom facilities
  • Gear storage room with 60 lockers for firefighters
  • Work areas needed for maintaining and repairing equipment
    • Second Floor
      • Gender segregated bunk rooms for 8 firefighters o Four bunk rooms for student intern volunteers. o New restroom facilities equipped with showers
      • Fitness and lounge areas, recreation center, and a kitchenette
      • Training and meeting room
      • Administrative Offices
    • Energy Efficiency and Protection
      • Full sprinkler system will be installed throughout the building
      • Use of roofing shingles with a 25-year usage guarantee
      • High efficiency HVAC systems will be installed.



The Honorable Carolyn Comitta

Michael O'Rourke

The Late Ralph Watson


William W. Ronayne                  Don Powers                   Michael McCathy

   Campaign Co-Chair                  Campaign Co-Chair       Campaign Co-Chair


Mark Sammarone                                                                Dale Amway

Honorary Treasurer                                                             Campaign Secretary


Michelle Venema                                                                 Timothy N. Bossert

Banking Gifts                                                                       Community Gifts


Tom Paxson                                                                         Jeannie McGinn

Community Gifts                                                                 Public Relations


Matt Holliday                                                                       Al Kelly

Community Gifts                                                                 Member


Ed Breiner                                                                           George Zumbano Esq.

Member                                                                               Member


Dawson R Muth, Esq.                                                         Kevin Corcoran 

Member                                                                               Speakers Bureau


Martin Helmke                                                                    Bill Cummings 

Grant Writer                                                                        Speakers Bureau/Board Gifts



Michael McCarthy



John Stout                                                                         Robert Torrens

Vice President                                                                   Trustee


Julie McCarthy                                                                 Spencer Ring

Treasurer                                                                           Trustee


Dave Thomas                                                                    Jim Leon

Asst. Treasurer                                                                  Trustee


Liz Fix                                                                              Greg Witmer

Secretary                                                                           Captain


Drew Ring

Membership Secretary



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