APRIL - JUNE

B.A.F.F.Y BUNNNY FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST - (Be A Fire Fighting Youth) Bunny Fire Prevention Contest is held each year in the Spring. It is open to all Philadelphia students between the ages of six and twelve years old.

The contest consists of a standardized entry form, supplied to each fire station by the Fire Prevention Division. The form will contain a puzzle with a fire prevention theme and a registration form. Contest forms are distributed to station visitors, elementary schools, or at any neighborhood functions that the companies attend. The contest will close on Friday, April 2, 2010. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing of all successfully completed forms. The Fire Commissioner will award a $200.00 check to the winner. Click here to see contest results.

March 1, 2010 B.A.F.F.Y Bunny Fire Prevention Contest begins

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April

April 03, 2013 - PROMOTIONS - The Fire Department held a promotion ceremony on Wednesday, April 03, 2013. The Fire Department promoted twenty-three (23) Firefighters to the rank of Fire Lieutenant, six (6) Lieutenants to the rank of Captain, eight (8) Captains to the rank of Battalion Chief, and four (4) Battalion Chiefs to the rank of Deputy Chief.

SPRING FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST begins February 25 - For the B.A.F.F.Y. form, click here.

April 12, 2013 - B.A.F.F.Y. BUNNY SPRING FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST

This contest is open to all children six to twelve years of age who reside in the city of Philadelphia. The entry forms will contain a word scramble puzzle with terms related to fire safety.

Entry forms will be distributed by company officers to all local schools, and will be available at the fire stations for any visitors who qualify. The contest will close on Friday, March 29, 2013.

The official rules for the “B.A.F.F.Y. Bunny Spring Fire Prevention Contest” are as follows:

  1. The contest is open to all Philadelphia residents between the ages of 6 and 12.
  2. Contestants will be required to correctly complete the “B.A.F.F.Y. 2013 Puzzle.”
  3. Entry forms can be mailed directly to the Fire Prevention Division, Fire Administration Building, 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 or turned in to the local fire company. All completed entry forms must be received no later than Saturday, April 6, 2013.
  4. All entries must contain the child’s name, address, telephone number, age and school with the address.
  5. All entries become the property of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
  6. The winner will be selected from correct entries on Friday, April 12, 2013 by a random drawing and be awarded a cash prize of $200.00.
  7. The winner will be notified by phone.

April 28, 2012 - NATIONAL TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE - On April 28, 2012, from 10am to 2pm, the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies will be conducting another national take-back day for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals and other medications to law enforcement officers for proper disposal.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 188.5 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the of the three prior Take Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 498.5 tons of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

There will be many collection sites located throughout the city including fire stations that were chosen to provide easy access along with having available parking. Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications will be collected. However, sharpies and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

The DEA will have representatives at each location that will coordinate the collection. The stations that are being used as collection sites areas follows:

  • Engine 2 Engine 36 Engine 57 Ladder 2
  • Engine 7 Engine 43 Engine 60 Ladder 30
  • Engine 9 Engine 45 Engine 62
  • Engine 19 * Engine 50 Engine 68
  • Engine 22 Engine 51 Engine 71
  • Engine 33 Engine 54 Engine 73
* Denotes stations that will receive Spanish language posters and possibly literature

April 15, 2012, SUBJECT : BATTLE OF THE BADGES - ROUND XXVI BEGINS - Once again, it is time for the Annual Battle of the Badges. The Battle begins on Sunday, April 15, 2012 and ends on Saturday, July 14, 2012. This is the twenty-sixth (XXVI) straight year Weight Watchers of Philadelphia, Inc., has sponsored this thirteen-week competition between the Fire and Police Departments. The Philadelphia Fire Department leads this competitive series with thirteen victories to the Police Departments twelve. The Fire Department has been the Battle of the Badges winner for the past five years and is motivated again as indicated by this year’s slogan, “Every Loss Is A Win For Us.”

Weight Watchers’ Inc., will donate $10,000.00 to the Hero Thrill Show in the name of the winning department who has the highest percentage of weight lost.

The top individual representing each department with the most percentage of weight lost will receive a $100.00 United States Savings Bond. The top individual winner from each department will also receive a Microwave as an additional gift for his or her unit. In addition, the five runners-up from each department who lose the most percentage of weight will also receive a $100.00 U.S. Savings Bond.

April 13, 2012 - B.A.F.F.Y. BUNNY SPRING FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST This contest is open to all children six to twelve years of age who reside in the city of Philadelphia. The entry forms will contain a cryptogram puzzle with terms related to fire safety.

Entry forms will be distributed by company officers to all local schools, and will be available at the fire stations for any visitors who qualify. The contest will close on Friday, March 30, 2012.

All completed entry forms must be received by Saturday, April 7, 2012. The drawing will be random and held on Friday, April 13, 2012. The winner will receive a $200.00 cash prize. Click here for entry form. You may print the form, fill it out and return it to any fire station by Friday, March 30, 2012.

The official rules for the “B.A.F.F.Y. Bunny Spring Fire Prevention Contest” are as follows:

  1. The contest is open to all Philadelphia residents between the ages of 6 and 12.
  2. Contestants will be required to correctly complete the “B.A.F.F.Y. 2012 Puzzle.”
  3. Entry forms can be mailed directly to the Fire Prevention Division, Fire Administration Building, 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 or turned in to the local fire company. All completed entry forms must be received no later than Saturday, April 7, 2012.
  4. All entries must contain the child’s name, address, telephone number, age, and school with the address.
  5. All entries become the property of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
  6. The winner will be selected from correct entries on Friday, April 13, 2012 by a random drawing and be awarded a cash prize of $200.00.
  7. The winner will be notified by phone.
April 2, 2010 B.A.F.F.Y Bunny Fire Prevention Contest (closing date)

2010 PFD Spring Blood Drive

April 21, 2010 - Plaque Dedication for Firefighter John Crupp

Plaque Dedication for Firefighter John Crupp, Ladder 10, who died 13 June, 1950. 

MAYOR’S CITYWIDE SPRING CLEAN UP

Clarence Arbrister, the Mayor's Chief of Staff distributed a letter to all City Departments announcing the Mayor's Citywide Spring Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2008, from 0900 to 1400 hours. This massive day of service coordinated the efforts of thousands of volunteers throughout the entire City of Philadelphia to participate in a day of Spring cleaning around the City. An event of this magnitude entailed a tremendous amount of teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration among various groups and individuals throughout the City.

The Fire Department participated in this initiative by cleaning up the area surrounding the outside of every fire station and by: distributing Fire Prevention Literature and discussing the Home Fire Safety Checklist, installing Smoke Alarms where required, recruiting FSR Volunteers, and providing water access and hose for cleaning – wash down block.

High profile blocks were visited by the Mayor and the Fire Commissioner and received additional support as required.

MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION FOR FIREMAN JOHN MC KERNAN AND FIREMAN CHARLES SENIOR

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 1100 hours, memorial plaques were dedicated in the memory of Fireman John McKernan of Ladder 14 and Fireman Charles Senior of Engine 20. These firemen died in the line-of-duty on January 12, 1963, while fighting a seven alarm fire at St. Elizabeth Parochial School in North Philadelphia.
The two members were buried in a wall collapse, and because of the danger of further collapse, their bodies could not be recovered until the following day.

The plaque dedication ceremony took place at St. Elizabeth School, 23rd St. and Montgomery Ave.

AMERICAN RED CROSS – 13TH ANNUAL “HELP CAN’T WAIT AWARDS”

The Philadelphia Fire Department was recently presented with an award from the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, at their 13th Annual “Help Can’t Wait Awards” ceremony. This ceremony recognizes various businesses, City agencies, and Unions for their “Life Saving” actions that directly impact on individuals in the surrounding communities that make up the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

The 24-7-365 Hero Award was presented to the Philadelphia Fire Department for its constant and unwavering dedication to the citizens of Philadelphia and for its consistent support of the American Red Cross over the years.

This award serves as another example of how this Department’s dedication and service to the citizens of Philadelphia, that we serve day in and day out, has not gone unrecognized and for that we should all be proud.

May

On May 20, 2013: An “EMS Appreciation” event will take place on the patio of the Fire Administration Building. Mayor’s EMS Proclamation: Fire Commissioner Ayers will read the EMS Proclamation and recognize the service of Emergency Medical Services to the public. A “CPR Demonstration will highlight the components of Hands Only CPR.

May 17, 2013 - "FIRE SERVICE PARAMEDIC OF THE YEAR" - This year’s recipient of the "Fire Service Paramedic of the Year" Award is Fire Service Paramedics Raymond Anderson and Michael Shanks. The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation's Board of Directors sponsors this annual award.

This year's award is presented for dedicated service and superior performance in the line of duty.

May 17, 2013 - "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 17, 2013; Friday, June 14, 2013; Friday, July 26, 2013; and Friday, August 23, 2013.

Times for collections during the day are: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The collection sites utilized by companies last year resulted in a huge success for the MDA.

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters have pledged to make the 2013 “Fill the Boot” Campaign the most successful ever.

MAY 5, 2013 (DELAWARE COUNTY), SEPA RTF FULL SCALE EXERCISE - On May 5, 2013, the PFD participated in a full-scale fire suppression exercise sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force (SEPA RTF) Fire Subcommittee. The SEPA RTF is one of nine regional task forces in Pennsylvania.

Established in 1998, the SEPA RTF is comprised of Philadelphia County, as well as the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, operating in an area defined as the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

May 1, 2013 – Living Flame Memorial - The Philadelphia Fire Department will participate with the Police Department in a combined Memorial Service in memory of Firefighters and Police Officers who have given their lives in the service of the City.

May 23, 2012 - FIRE SERVICE PARAMEDIC OF THE YEAR" - This year’s recipient of the "Fire Service Paramedic of the Year" Award is Fire Paramedic Lawrence P. Amaker. The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation's Board of Directors sponsors this annual award. This year's award is presented for dedicated service and superior performance in the line of duty.

May 20 to 26, 2012 - EMS Week - The Philadelphia Fire Department recognizes National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 20 to 26, 2012. This year's theme is “EMS: MORE THAN A JOB. A CALLING.”

On May 21, 2012: An “EMS Appreciation” event will take place on the patio of the Fire Administration Building. Mayor’s EMS Proclamation: Fire Commissioner Ayers will read the EMS Proclamation and recognize the service of Emergency Medical Services to the public. A “Chain of Survival” ceremony will celebrate a life saved, highlighting the components of the EMS Team.

May 18, 2012 - 2012 ALBERT H. REDLES AWARD WINNERS - Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Albert H. Redles Award. The 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 23rd year that the award has been presented. This year’s recipient is Engine 41, Ladder 24, and Medic Unit 23.

Other companies ranking high in the selection process included Engine 40, Ladder 4, Medic Unit 19 and Engine 50, Ladder 12, and Medic Unit 22. The "Redles Award" is being presented at the Annual Awards Day.

May 18, 2012 - AWARDS DAY CEREMONY - The Twenty-Seventh Annual Awards Day Ceremony features:

Two (2) department members receiving an award for Heroism, three (3) civilians receiving a Heroism Award, two (2) department members receiving a Merit Award, two (2) civilians receiving a Merit Award, and sixty-two (62) units receiving a Unit Citation.

May 16, 2012 - MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION TO HOSEMAN JOSEPH DUGAN - On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., a memorial plaque will be dedicated in the memory of Hoseman Joseph Dugan who was assigned to Fireboat 2, Rudolph Blankenburg. Fireboat 2 was located at the foot of Columbia Avenue at Penn Treaty Park. The ceremony will take place at the Local 22, Philadelphia Fire Fighters’ Union Hall, which is located at 415 North 5th Street.

On March 8, 1942 Fireboat 2 responded to a fire in the hold of a steamboat on the Delaware River. Although rare, this type of fire is extremely dangerous and occurs in confined spaces. Hoseman Dugan was lowered into the hold with a guide rope around his stomach area. When he returned home from work that day, he complained to his wife of stomach pains. For the next 18 months Hoseman Dugan battled health problems related to his brave actions on March 8, 1942. On November 8, 1943 Hoseman Dugan passed away leaving his wife, Margaret, and their five children.

May 2, 2012 - LIVING FLAME MEMORIAL SERVICE - On May 2, 2012, the City of Philadelphia will join with the Police, Park Police, and Fire Department to honor all members of these three departments who have been killed in the line of duty.

May 5, 2010 - Living Flame Memorial Service

LIVING FLAME MEMORIAL SERVICE - On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, the City of Philadelphia will join with the Police, Park Police, and Fire Department to honor all members of these three departments who have been killed in the line of duty. Mayor Nutter, the Fire Commissioner, and Police Commissioner will be in attendance at this ceremony which is dedicated to those who have given the fullest measure of service to the city at the Fallen Firefighters and Police Officers Memorial which is located at the NEC of 6th and Arch Streets.
This year, Captain Stephen Cospelich will be honored.

May 7, 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.

May 7, 2010 - Driving Simulation System

The official ceremonies for the new virtual reality driving simulation lab will take place on May 7, 2010. Kelvin Cochran, Director of the United States Fire Administration will deliver the keynote address.

May 13, 2010 - Fire Service Paramedic of the Year Award

This year’s recipient of the "Fire Service Paramedic of the Year" Award is Fire Service Paramedic Beth Anne Glynn. The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation's Board of Directors sponsors this annual award. This year's award is presented for dedicated service and superior performance in the line of duty. Fire Service Paramedic Glynn will receive her award on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

May 19, 2010 - MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION TO FIREFIGHTER ALBERT KLEMMER

On Wednesday, at 11:00 AM, a memorial plaque was dedicated in front of Engine 59’s Station at 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the memory of Firefighter Albert Klemmer who was assigned to Engine 59.
Records show that April 2, 1966 was a busy night for the firefighters of Engine 59. At 6:36 PM they responded to a fire. Fireman Klemmer assisted his company in stretching hoseline to battle a fire at 3328 N. Sydenham Street. After the fire, Engine 59's Autocar had mechanical problems, and Fireman Klemmer remained on the fireground with the Autocar until 10:00 PM.

At 10:06 PM, Engine 59 responded to a false alarm. Then at 1:28 AM, April 3rd, the company responded to a fully involved auto fire. While taking up their equipment, Fireman Klemmer remarked to Fireman Keegan "this was not a good night and I feel worn out." Engine 59 returned to their station and around 3:00 AM, Fireman Keegan informed Captain George Maples that Fireman Klemmer had passed out when returning from the men's room. Rescue 4 responded to Engine 59's station and transported Fireman Klemmer to Philadelphia General Hospital. One week later, at approximately 3:00 AM, on April 10, 1966, Fireman Albert Klemmer died of his injuries.

Fireman Klemmer was 47 years old and was survived by his wife and three children. Fireman Klemmer's son was the 1,000th recipient of the Hero Scholarship Fund. His two daughters also received scholarships.

May 16 to May 22, 2010 - EMS Week

To kick off National EMS week, the Philadelphia Regional EMS Office and the PFD hosted a CPR anytime event at the FAB on Monday, May 17, 2010. There was a ceremony on the patio, which included the reading of the Mayors EMS Proclamation and the reading of PFD EMS commemorative letters.

Thanks to a partnership with the American Heart Association and Lardall Medical, we were able to provide 90 free CPR Anytime take-home kits to the attendees, which translated into pledges for 911 people to be trained in CPR Anytime. Local news outlets covered the event.

May 21, 2010 - AWARDS DAY CEREMONY

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 1000 hours at the Philadelphia Fire Training Academy.

Four (4) department members will receive an award for Heroism; also one (1) civilian will receive a Heroism Award. Four (4) department members will receive a Merit Award. One hundred and nine (109) units will receive a Unit Citation. Two (2) Police Officers will receive Letters of Appreciation. Four (4) civilians will be presented Letters of Commendation, along with two (2) Firefighters. The Albert H. Redles Memorial Award will be presented to a company that has distinguished itself through its community outreach. 

MEMORIAL SERVICE

The Philadelphia Fire Department participated with the Police Department in a combined Memorial Service in memory of Firefighters and Police Officers who have given their lives in the service of the City. 

On Wednesday, May 7, 2008, the City of Philadelphia joined with the Police, Park Police, and Fire Department to honor all members of these three Departments who have been killed in the line of duty.  Members of the Fire Department joined the Mayor, the Fire Commissioner, and Police Commissioner in this ceremony dedicated to those who have given the fullest measure of service to the City at the Fallen Firefighters and Police Officers at the Living Flame Memorial which is located at the northeast corner of 6th and Arch Streets.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY - 2008 “FILL THE BOOT DRIVE”

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters sponsored the Muscular Dystrophy “Fill the Boot” Campaign. This annual drive was conducted on Friday, May 9, 2008; Friday, June 6, 2008; Friday, July 18, 2008; and Friday, August 15, 2008.

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22 of the International Association of Firefighters pledged to make the 2008 “Fill the Boot” Campaign the most successful ever.

MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION HOSEMAN CURTIS C. SHEPPARD

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at 1100 hours, a memorial plaque was dedicated in the memory of Hoseman Curtis C. Sheppard of Fireboat 3. Hoseman Sheppard died after inhaling chemical fumes while battling a fire in the hold of a ship on August 1, 1932. The ship was docked at the Spruce Street Wharf on the Delaware River when the incident occurred. The plaque dedication took place outside of the Independence Seaport Museum, which is located at 211 S. Columbus Blvd.

RE-OPENING OF ENGINE 73

On Sunday, January 6, 2007, Engine Company 73 located at 7515 Ogontz Avenue, suffered heavy fire and structural damage due to a mechanical mishap of the Engine and subsequent fire involving the station. While under construction, Engine Company 73 was temporarily housed at Engine Company 63 located at 12th Street and Oak Lane, remaining committed to servicing their local community. On August 25, 2007, enough construction was completed allowing members of Engine 73 to return to their station.

The Philadelphia Fire Department had a re-opening ceremony held at Engine 73’s station on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 1000 hours.Members of the Fire Department Administration and City Officials attended. Community leaders and interested citizens helped welcome Engine 73 back to the community.

HERO RUN "2008"

The Hero Thrill Show, Inc., the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the Philadelphia Police Department, in cooperation with Weight Watchers Inc,. of Philadelphia, sponsored the 5K HERO RUN AND FUN WALK, on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at 1000 hours. For the first time this year, this event hosted a 3-member team competition from a Fire Station/Battalion or Police Squad/District in addition to the individual competition.

The event took place at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, North Concourse Drive. All registrants received a quality T- shirt.

NATIONAL EMS MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride rode through Philadelphia on Sunday, May 18, 2008. The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. is a non-profit organization that honors EMS personnel who have died in the line-of-duty. This organization organizes and implements long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line-of-duty.

This is the first year that the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc., cycled through our City. There were approximately 150 riders in parade formation and 20 support vehicles. The bike riders entered Philadelphia at Bustleton Avenue and County Line Road at approximately 1030 hours and cycled through Philadelphia to arrive at Franklin Square at approximately 1300 hours.

There was a Memorial Service at Franklin Square on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at approximately 1300 hours. The Fire Commissioner presented the Mayor’s EMS Week Proclamation. The Commissioner and invited guests spoke about the benefits of EMS. This was followed by the reading of the names of deceased EMS personnel and a Wreath Laying ceremony at the Police and Firefighters Living Flame Memorial.

"FIRE SERVICE PARAMEDIC OF THE YEAR"

This year’s recipients of the Fire Service Paramedic of the Year Award are Jessica L. Czech and Ana B. Maldonado. They were honored at an awards ceremony held at Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 North 2nd Street on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 1000 hours.

Fire Service Paramedics Czech and Maldonado were nominated for this year's award for their dedicated service and superior performance in the line of duty.

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation Board of Directors sponsors this award.

June

June 6, 2012 - MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CAPTAIN ROBERT NEARY AND LIEUTENANT DANIEL SWEENEY Commissioner Lloyd Ayers announces that the Philadelphia Fire Department, in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, will be honoring fallen firefighters, Captain Robert Neary and Lieutenant Daniel Sweeney in an All Faiths Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The memorial service is themed a “Service of Healing and Hope.”

June 16, 2010 - DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL PLAQUES TO FIREFIGHTER KENNETH GALLAGHER FIREFIGHTER STANLEY BROWN

On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1100 hours memorial plaques will be dedicated in front of Engine 9’s Station at Germantown Avenue and Carpenter Lane in the memory of Firefighter Kenneth Gallagher who was assigned to Ladder 21 and Firefighter/Fire Paramedic Stanley Brown who was assigned to Medic 10 at Engine 9’s station.

June 14, 2010 - The Hard Rock Café will be hosting a "Guns & Hoses" burger eating contest

The Hard Rock Café will be hosting a "Guns & Hoses" burger eating contest on Monday, June 14, 2010, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at their 12th & Market Streets location. This event is being held to raise funds for both the Police and Fire Department’s Survivor Funds. This event will have Police Officers competing against Firefighters to see who can eat ten (10) burgers (Kids burgers) the fastest.

All attendees and Hard Rock Café patrons will be asked to make a donation or to place a "Bet" on which department will eat their burgers the fastest. Those placing "Bets" will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a special prize. The money raised from these "Bets" along with partial proceeds from the sale of a special edition "Guns & Hoses" pin will benefit the Survivor Funds of both departments.

On this same day, the Hard Rock Café will be celebrating its 39th Birthday (born in London on June 14, 1971). In honor of this event and in an effort to recognize the hard work of the police officers, firefighters and EMT personnel in our community, they will be offering any of their "Legendary Experience Burgers" for the price of .71 cents (one per badge). For more information on how to participate or to support this fundraising event, please contact Dawn Bundick of the Hard Rock Café at 215-238-0639.

June 12, 2010 - 1st ANNUAL SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA FALLEN FIREFIGHTER SURVIVORS DAY

June 6, 2010 - FIRE TASK FORCE EXERCISE

The Philadelphia Fire Department will participate in a Fire Task Force Exercise – June 6, 2010 sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force (SEPA RTF) Fire Work Group. The SEPA RTF is one of nine task forces in Pennsylvania. Established in 1998, the SEPA RTF is comprised of the City of Philadelphia, as well as the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, operating in an area defined as the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

June 5, 2010 - 2010 Badges of Honor 5K

The Badges of Honor 5K Run has been established to strengthen the relationship between Philadelphia’s Public Safety employees and the community they serve. The proceeds raised from the run defray expenses related to the death of an employee that has fallen in the line of duty.

June 4, 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.

AWARDS DAY CEREMONY - ALBERT H. REDLES MEMORIAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The Twenty-Third Annual Awards Day Ceremony was held on Friday, June 06, 2008, at 1000 hours at the Philadelphia Fire Training Academy.

  • Two (2) department members received an award for Heroism
  • Eight (8) Department members received a Merit Award
  • Eighty-seven (87) Units received a Unit Citation
  • One (1) civilian was presented a Heroism Award, Five (5) civilians were presented a Merit Award, and two (2) civilians were presented a Letter of Commendation.
The Albert H. Redles Memorial Award was presented to a Company that distinguished itself through its community outreach efforts.

Through our Community Outreach Program, each Engine and Ladder Company has become an integral part of our fire prevention efforts.  As the name implies, our fire Companies become an active visible part of the community they serve.  As such, Firefighters and the Department are seen in a positive light during non-emergency situations and our life saving message is delivered on a more personal neighbor-to-neighbor basis.   Starting in 1991, an annual award has been presented to the Company that distinguishes itself through their year-long community outreach efforts.

The Department is extremely proud to have the Germantown Lions Club sponsor this award - the Albert H. Redles Memorial Community Outreach Award. Certainly no name could be more fitting than that of Al Redles which was synonymous with Philadelphia's nationally recognized fire prevention program for so many years.

FIRE PREVENTION SEMINAR XL - FIRE AND SAFETY AT TRAVELODGE HOTEL

The Fortieth Annual Fire Prevention Seminar, sponsored by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Citizens' Fire Prevention Committee and the Philadelphia Fire Department was held at the Travelodge Hotel located at 11580 Roosevelt Boulevard from 0830 hours on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 to 1300 hours on Friday, June 20, 2008.

Representatives from Fire Departments and private organizations throughout the region  attended the Seminar.