UPCOMING EVENTS


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.

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.

NOV. 2 - 3, 2013 “CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM” FALL PROMOTION

In conjunction with the time changes to and back from Eastern Standard Time and to publicize the support of the Philadelphia Fire Department for this life-saving program, all fire companies will go door-to-door on a block in their local fire safety and education district offering to install smoke alarms and provide fire and life safety education material to residents.

OCTOBER 30, 2013 - MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION TO BATTALION CHIEF MICHAEL GOODWIN

A memorial plaque to honor Battalion Chief Michael Goodwin from Ladder 27, Platoon B will be dedicated on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. The ceremony will take place at Engine 53/Ladder 27’s Station, 414 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19104.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013 Captain Goodwin (posthumously promoted to Battalion Chief) died while fighting a fire at Jack B. Fabrics, 748 South 4th St. He was a veteran with 29 years of service who perished when a roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a blaze. Captain Michael Goodwin, age 53, plunged onto the second-floor roof of the three-story building in the Fabric Row section during this blaze. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

October 20, 2013 - Fireman's Hall Museum - Fire Safety Exposition and Muster

The 2013 Fireman’s Hall Museum Fire Safety Exposition and Muster will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Philadelphia Fire Academy from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. The rain date will be Sunday, October 27, 2013.

For more information, go to http://www.phillyfiremuster.org/

October 18, 2013 - MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION TO FIREFIGHTER LYNFORD KREWSON

A memorial plaque to honor Firefighter Lynford Krewson was dedicated on Friday, October 18, 2013.

On April 27, 1962 Engine 65, Ladder 24, Battalion 11 were dispatched to 51st and Market Streets.

Upon arrival, the companies found a kitchen fire spreading throughout the dwelling at 5121 Market Street. At 1102 hours, a box was struck sending additional companies to the fireground.

Firefighter Krewson was directing companies on the fireground when he collapsed. He was rushed to Graduate Hospital where he died on April 28, 1962 of a heart attack. Firefighter Lynford Krewson was assigned to Battalion 11 as the Chief’s Aide.

October 11, 2013 - FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The 2013 “Firefighter of the Year” award will be presented to Firefighter Brandon Mlodzinski. The selection committee from Fireman’s Hall chose Firefighter Brandon Mlodzinski for his valiant efforts and dedicated service in affecting the rescue of three young children in a storm surged Atlantic City surf.

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation Board of Directors sponsors this award. Firefighter Mlodzinski will receive this award on October 11, 2013 at the Fireman’s Hall Museum.

OCTOBER 9, 2013 - CITY WIDE HOME FIRE DRILL

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. the annual City Wide Home Fire Drill will be conducted.

OCTOBER 6 - 12, 2013 - FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, OPEN HOUSE AT FIRE STATIONS

During Fire Prevention Week (October 6 through October 12, 2013), there will be open house at all fire stations between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. At this time, companies will highlight their “Community Based Fire Prevention Activities” by welcoming visitors to their stations and discussing topics of particular interest and significance to that individual, family, or group.

OCTOBER 4, 2013 – FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION DINNER DANCE

The Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance is the official kick-off of the Philadelphia Fire Department's Fire Prevention Week activities. Traditionally a gala affair, the Dinner Dance is attended by members of the Fire Department, leaders from the business, civic and religious communities, elected officials, and media celebrities from all over Philadelphia. It will be held at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast

One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of the prestigious T. Seddon Duke Awards given in two categories; one to a civilian and one to a uniformed member who has distinguished himself/herself by their efforts in fire prevention activities above and beyond the call of duty.

AWARDS, T. SEDDON DUKE

This year's uniformed T. Seddon Duke Award recipient is Firefighter Darling Rosario. The citizen recipient is Jervis Thompson, Faculty Member, Drexel University’s Department Of Media.

This will be the forty-sixth year for these two awards, named in honor of T. Seddon Duke, a prominent Philadelphian known nationally for his dedication and commitment to fire safety, thereby earning him the title, "Mr. Fire Prevention." The awards are given annually by the Philadelphia Fire Department for outstanding work performed in the field of fire prevention and fire safety. One award will be presented to the most deserving civilian and one award to the most deserving member of the Fire Department (uniformed forces) for their contribution to the fire prevention effort during the past year. Presentation of the awards will be made during the Fire Prevention Dinner Dance.

AWARD - RICHARD A. BAILEY - FIRE CODE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

The Richard A. Bailey Award recipient is Firefighter Michele C. Pickens, Fire Prevention Division.

The Fire Code Officer of the Year Award, initiated in 2006, is an award which is given annually by the Philadelphia Fire Department to a uniformed member of the Department who in the past year has demonstrated outstanding service in promoting fire safety through inspections, programs, and presentations based on the Philadelphia Fire Code. The award will be presented to the most deserving member for his or her contribution to fire safety through the application of the city's fire code. The award is named after the Deputy Chief of the Fire Code Unit for his long tenure in the unit and his significant contributions to upgrading the city's fire code. The award will be given out at the Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance.

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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