UPCOMING EVENTS


2014 - “Fill the Boot” Campaign

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters are again sponsoring the Muscular Dystrophy “Fill the Boot” Campaign. This annual drive will be conducted on Friday, May 16, 2014; Friday, June 13, 2014; Friday, July 25, 2014; and Friday, August 22, 2014.

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters have pledged to make the 2014 “Fill the Boot” Campaign the most successful ever.


MAY 23, 2014 - 2014 ALBERT H. REDLES AWARD WINNERS

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers is proud to announce the winner of the 2014 Albert H. Redles Award. This award is given to the field unit that best exemplifies a commitment to community outreach as a key component of the Department’s mission to serve the citizens of Philadelphia. This is the 25th year that the award has been presented.

This year’s recipient is Engine 41, Ladder 24 and Medic 23.

The “Redles Award” will be presented at the Annual Awards Day Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Philadelphia Fire Academy.


MAY 18-24, 2014 - EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) WEEK,

The Philadelphia Fire Department recognizes National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 18-24, 2014. This year's theme is "EMS: DEDICATED. FOR LIFE."

This year the Philadelphia EMS Week schedule of activities includes the following:

May 19-21, 2014

Philadelphia Regional EMS will sponsor a recognition event at Love Park, located at 16th and JFK Boulevard and a program of two evenings of free Continuing Education at the Philadelphia Fire Academy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

9:00 a.m. - An “EMS Appreciation” event will take place at Love Park. Mayor’s EMS Proclamation: Deputy Commissioner of EMS, David Gallagher will read the EMS Proclamation and recognize the service of Emergency Medical Services to the public. We will be distributing FREE “CPR Anytime” Kits.

Philadelphia EMS Week schedule of activities


May, 2014 - Living Flame Dedication

The ceremony is dedicated to officers and fire fighters who have given the fullest measure of their service to the City of Philadelphia.

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May 16, 2014 - 7TH ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING

The Seventh Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Fallen Firefighter Memorial Golf Outing will be held on May 16, 2014. The event proceeds will benefit the Local 22 IAFF Survivor’s Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Both of these organizations are 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit organizations.

United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers. The local events in the previous six years, (six golf events and two Survivor Benefit Concerts) have raised over $104,000 dollars for the NFFF and Local 22 IAFF Widow’s Fund ($34,000 in the past four years), and in 2013, all golf events nationwide raised over $300,000 for the NFFF in support of the families and coworkers of our fallen heroes from across the country. This year’s event is being held at the Bensalem Township Country Club, in Bensalem, PA. Registration and buffet breakfast begin at 8:00 AM, with a shotgun start at 10:00 AM.

All golfers will receive: a finely appointed golf shirt and goody bags, breakfast, golf, cart, beverages, dinner with prizes and awards. There will also be a special presentation made to the family of Chief Michael Goodwin. Many survivors will again be returning to join us this year.

Returning again this year, is the “BLESSING OF THE HELMETS” which will once again be part of the opening ceremonies.

In addition, golf plan information and registration information may be found at http://golf.firehero.org/pa/philadelphia.

MAY 14, 2014- MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., a memorial plaque will be dedicated in the memory of Acting Battalion Chief Albert Stevenson Battalion 2, Lieutenant Thomas Kelly Engine 21, Hoseman John J. Green Engine 21, Hoseman Thomas Innes Engine 13, Hoseman Charles Zorr Pipeline 3, and Ladderman Harry LeGrand Ladder 2.

On July 12, 1919, shortly after noon, firefighters responded to report of a fire in a 5 story building, occupied by the Potash Brothers Company, a manufacturer of burlap bags. Within minutes, 4 alarms were struck and companies deluged the building with water which was absorbed by the bales of burlap. The weight of the water-soaked bales became too much and the building collapsed with little warning. Members working on the interior were trapped under tons of debris. 23 members were injured and 6 killed.

Ladderman LaGrand and Hoseman Green were appointed to the Department in April 1918. Both had a little over a year on the job when killed in the line of duty. Hoseman Zorr was appointed in April 1919 and had 3 and ½ months on the department.

MAY 7, 2014 - 2013 BATTALION YEAR-ROUND FIRE PREVENTION/ COMMUNITY OUTREACH BOOK WINNERS

The winners of the 2013 Battalion Year-Round Fire Prevention/Community Outreach Book Competition have been selected by the officers and members of the Fire Prevention Division’s Awards and Judging Committee.

The result of the judging is as follows:
FIRST PLACE - BATTALION 08
SECOND PLACE - BATTALION 09
THIRD PLACE - BATTALION 04

Commissioner Ayers would like to extend his most sincere thanks to all who participated in this year’s competition and his personal congratulations to the winners. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Fireman’s Hall Museum on Wednesday May 7th, 2014. The winning books will be proudly displayed at the museum for the entire year.

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MAY 2, 2014 - PROMOTIONS

Subject to medical approval, and satisfactory completion of the promotional interview process, the Fire Department will promote nine (9) Firefighters to the rank of Fire Lieutenant; five (5) Fire Lieutenants to the rank of Fire Captain; three (3) Fire Captains to the rank of Fire Battalion Chief; three (3) Fire Battalion Chiefs to the rank of Fire Deputy Chiefs; nineteen (19) Fire Service Paramedics to the rank of Fire Paramedic Lieutenant and five (5) Fire Paramedic Lieutenants to the rank of Fire Paramedic Captain.

The Fire Department will hold a promotion ceremony in the Auditorium of the Fire Academy on Friday, May 2, 2014.

2014 BAFFY’S FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST. Opening February 24th and ends on March 28th. Download brochure.

APRIL 9, 2014 - MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION LIEUTENANT ROBERT NEARY FIREFIGHTER DANIEL SWEENEY

A Memorial Plaque honoring Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney will be dedicated on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Ladder 10’s station which is located at Kensington and Castor Avenues.

On April 9, 2012, a fire was reported at 3:13 a.m. at the Thomas Buck Hosiery Factory, Jasper and York Streets. As the early-morning fire grew to five alarms, fire spread from the warehouse and flames poured from the windows as crews directed master stream devices from all sides of the building. Despite heroic efforts to contain the fire, the fire spread to exposed properties and businesses including a furniture warehouse. While crews attempted to contain the flames in the furniture warehouse an interior wall collapsed, trapping four firefighters. As a result of the collapse Lieutenant Neary was pronounced dead at the scene and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

Lieutenant Neary was a 38-year veteran of the department and is survived by his wife and three adult children. Firefighter Sweeney was a five year veteran of the department and is survived by his parents, three sisters, and one niece.


SPRING 2014 - "CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM"

The Philadelphia Fire Department will initiate the spring "Change Your Clock-Change Your Smoke Alarm" awareness campaign. Members will install 10-year lithium battery powered smoke alarms while encouraging citizens to replace their 9-volt battery powered smoke alarms with 10-year lithium battery powered smoke alarms.

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 - GRADUATION OF 188th AND 189TH FIRE CADET CLASSES

A graduation ceremony for the 188th and 189th Fire Cadet Classes will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania.

FEBRUARY 15, 2014 - MEMORIAL SERVICE

On Saturday, February 15, 2014 a Memorial Mass is being held at Saint John the Evangelist Church. This mass is being held to honor the memory of four Philadelphia Firefighters that died while battling the great fire in 1899 that destroyed the church and several surrounding buildings. This mass is also being offered to honor all firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty, including Captain Michael Goodwin, and for those who continue to dedicate their lives to protect and serve the citizens of Philadelphia.

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 – AWARD CEREMONY FOR 2013 BATTALION YEAR-ROUND FIRE PREVENTION/COMMUNITY OUTREACH BOOK WINNERS

The winners of the 2013 Battalion Year-Round Fire Prevention/Community Outreach Book Competition have been selected by the officers and members of the Fire Prevention Division’s Awards and Judging Committee.

The result of the judging is as follows:
FIRST PLACE - BATTALION 01
SECOND PLACE - BATTALION 08
THIRD PLACE - BATTALION 09

Commissioner Ayers would like to extend his most sincere thanks to all who participated in this year’s competition and his personal congratulations to the winners. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Fireman’s Hall Museum on Thursday, February 14, 2014. The winning books will be proudly displayed at the museum for the entire year.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

The Philadelphia Streets Department is sponsoring a series of household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events each year at sites throughout the City.  This is a cooperative effort with the other Pennsylvania counties that surround Philadelphia, which will also accept household hazardous waste from Philadelphia residents.

These scheduled events give residents the opportunity to recycle or dispose of unwanted household hazardous wastes, which may have accumulated in their home or garage.

For a list of dates, times, and typical materials accepted at HHW Events, go to the Streets Department Website.

Typical Materials Accepted at HHW Events