2010

January 2010 - The Battalion Fire Prevention Book Awards were presented and Battalion 8 took first place this year. January 2010 - A promotion ceremony was held at the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall. 4 Lieutenants were promoted to Captain, 2 Firefighters were promoted to Boat Pilot, 1 Firefighter was promoted to Boat Engineer, 1 Fire Paramedic was promoted to EMS Lieutenant, This was the first posthumous promotion since being authorized by City Council. Lieutenant Stephen Cospelich was promoted to Captain. March 13-14, and 20-21 - Over 2,000 smoke alarms were installed throughout the City for the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" program. March 2010 - Opening of the Time Capsule retrieved from the cornerstone of the Old Fire Headquarters on Race Street. The event was held at the Fireman’s Hall Museum. March 2010 - The annual 6 ABC Operation Save- a-life program was held at the Fire Training Academy. 6 ABC, Kidde Corporation donated more than 15,000 smoke alarms, and they were distributed to over 150 surrounding fire companies March 12-14, 2010 "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery" Spring Promotion

Friday, July 16, 2010 - Muscular Dystrophy "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. The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters have pledged to make the 2010 "Fill the Boot" Campaign the most successful ever.

July and August, 2010 - DRAMA CONTEST - DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION -
During the months of July and August, the Fire Department in cooperation with the Department of Recreation will conduct a "Drama Contest." The contest consists of children from recreation facilities throughout the city performing in one-act plays, which tell of the values of a year-round awareness of fire prevention and safety.

The objectives of the contest are to involve and encourage children towards an ongoing concern about the principles of fire safety. This concept will help to enrich the child's natural creativity and help them to better express themselves throughout their lives.

June 29, 2010 - Non-Municipal Ambulance (NMA) Radio system project

On June 29, 2010, the Philadelphia Regional EMS Office sponsored ”Operation Measured Response.”  The purpose of this training exercise was to test the operation of the NMA VHF radio system, quantify the response times of NMA's, and to review NMA vetting procedures.  The drill successfully demonstrated the concept of communications between NMA and the FCC and provided valuable information in relation to inspection and response expectations for NMA's.

The City is waiting to take receipt of additional radio equipment, which will give the FCC control of the NMA VHF radio system.  Once complete, the entire fleet of 316 NMA ground ambulances will be able to communicate directly with the FCC via the VHF radio system in the event of an MCI event that overwhelms the PFD EMS resources.

June 16, 17 and 18 - Fire Prevention Seminar XLII at Ramada Hotel

SEMINAR XLII - FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION - The Forty-Second Annual Fire Prevention Seminar, sponsored by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Citizens' Fire Prevention Committee and the Philadelphia Fire Department will be held at the Ramada Philadelphia Northeast Hotel located at 11580 Roosevelt Boulevard beginning at 0830 hours on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 and closing 1300 hours on Friday, June 18, 2010. Representatives from Fire Departments and private organizations throughout the region will be attending the Seminar

August 25, 2010 - EMS hosted a media event for the Non-Municipal Ambulance (NMA) Radio System Project. In attendance were Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Gillison, and Commissioner Ayers along with representatives for the Non-Municipal Ambulance companies. There was a successful radio test conducted between a non-municipal ambulance the FCC and a PFD Medic Unit August 18, 2010 -DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO FIREFIGHTER STEPHEN YALE On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 1100 hours, a memorial plaque will be dedicated in memory of Firefighter Stephen Yale who was assigned to Ladder 29. The plaque ceremony is at Engine 51, Ladder 29 station at Old York Road and Champlost Street. In the evening of December 20, 1991, Ladder 29 was one of the companies that were dispatched to a dwelling fire in East Oak Lane. Encountering heavy smoke conditions, Firefighter Yale was one of the members of Ladder 29 that led the occupants out of the building to safety. The members of Ladder 29 then returned to help extinguish the fire. Later, at 2:51 AM on December 21, 1991, Ladder 29 was dispatched to another dwelling fire where companies encountered fire on the 1st and 2nd floors. While pulling ceilings on the 2nd floor to check for any hidden fire, Firefighter Yale passed out. Still unconscious, firefighters assisted Firefighter Yale out of the fire building. Outside, he later regained consciousness but initially resisted being taken to the hospital. Firefighter Yale was taken to Albert Einstein Hospital where he lost consciousness again. Sadly, despite the efforts of the hospital staff, 5 days later on December 26, 1991, Firefighter Stephen Yale lost his battle for life.

August 13, 2010 - Muscular Dystrophy "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. The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters have pledged to make the 2010 "Fill the Boot" Campaign the most successful ever.

September 27, 2010 - City-Wide Essay Contest begins (companies deliver rules)

Essays are required to be 250 words or less in length. They should be composed around a fire prevention theme, usually provided in the contest rules. Entries will be judged for fire safety thought and content, as well as neatness and originality. The contest will begin on Monday, September 27, 2010.

Teachers of each 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes will be requested to choose the best essay from their respective classes to submit. They should place them in an envelope with the school's name, grade, and classroom number on it, to be picked up by the local Fire Company at the close of the contest. Each essay should have the name, home address, home phone number, school, and grade of the pupil on the back.

Essays selected by each teacher should be picked up from schools by local companies on Friday, October 29, 2010. Each battalion will pick the three best essays.

Final judging will be completed by a panel of impartial judges from the fire/civilian population at Fire Headquarters. The winners will be announced in December, at the completion of the final judging.

The first place winner will receive a trophy, Certificate of Merit and $200.00 cash. The winning school will hold the perpetual trophy for one year, with the winner's name engraved. Second place is $150.00. Third place is $100.00, each with a trophy and a Certificate of Merit.

Each of the thirty semi-finalists will receive a small gift and a Certificate of Merit, to be delivered by the local company to their respective schools.

September 15, 2010 - DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL IAQUINTA

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1100 hours a memorial plaque will be dedicated in memory of FF Michael Iaquinta who was assigned to Engine 55.  The plaque ceremony is at Engine 55, Ladder 22 station at Front and Luzerne Streets.