OCTOBER - DECEMBER

October

October 21, 2012 - Fire Safety Exposition, Muster and Radio Interoperability Seminar - The Fire Safety Exposition, Muster and Radio Interoperability Seminar will be held at the Fire Training Academy on October 21, 2012, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.. 80 -120 Fire Departments, 70-90 Fire trucks, a free kidzone and food provided by Jack's Firehouse Restaurant and Sweet Lucy's Barbecue. more>>

October 12, 2012 – Firefighter of the Year Award - The 2012 “Firefighter of the Year” award will be presented to Firefighter Henry J. Magee, Fire Prevention Division. The Selection Committee from Fireman’s Hall chose Firefighter Henry J. Magee for his valiant efforts and dedication to preserving the rich history of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation Board of Directors sponsors this award. Firefighter Magee will receive this award on Friday, October 12, 2012.

October 10, 2012 - CITY WIDE HOME FIRE DRILL - On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 1930 hours the annual City Wide Home Fire Drill will be conducted.

October 7, 2012 - OBSERVANCE OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS - Legislation was approved by President George W. Bush in 2001, which stated that U.S. flags are required to be lowered to half-staff on all Federal buildings, as well as buildings in our local communities, to memorialize fallen firefighters annually in conjunction with the observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service (Public Law 107-51).

Therefore, on Sunday, October 7, 2012, when 80 firefighters, who died in the line of duty in 2011, are inducted into the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD, all Philadelphia Fire Department station flags are flown at half-staff in conjunction with the Law.

When we lower our flags this year, we will be recognizing all the brave men and women who died protecting their communities and honoring those who continue to carry on the proud tradition.

October 7 - 13, 2012 - Fire Prevention Week, Open House at Fire Stations - During Fire Prevention Week (October 7 through October 13, 2012), there will be open house at all fire stations between 1000 and 1600 hours. 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 5, 2012 - 41st Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance The Philadelphia Fire Department and the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee will hold the 41st Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 5, 2012.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will welcome supporters of the Fire Department to this year's event which is highlighted by the presentation of the prestigious T. Seddon Duke Fire Prevention Awards and the Richard A. Bailey Fire Code Officer of the Year Award.

This year's uniformed T. Seddon Duke Award recipient is Firefighter James G. Jones. The citizen recipient is Meagan Ladonne, Human Resource Coordinator, Brown’s Family ShopRite. The Richard A. Bailey Award recipient is Captain Hugh Woodhouse.

Tickets are still available for this black-tie optional affair at a cost of $125.00 per person. Those wishing to purchase tickets can contact the Fire Prevention Division at 215-686-1382.

It's FALL and the Philadelphia Fire Department would like to remind you to make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs.

Also, make sure that you replace your furnace filter. Remember to review your fire escape plan with your family. Please click here for more FALL SAFETY TIPS.

December 8, 2010 - DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL PLAQUES
Line of Duty Deaths at Friedlander Fire

On December 21-22, 1910, the City of Philadelphia experienced a tragedy that included the largest loss of life to Public Service Workers in its history. On that day, 13 Firefighters, and one Police Officer were killed when the walls collapsed during firefighting operations at the Friedlander Leather Remnants Factory located on the 1100 block of North Bodine Street. There were at least 11 widows and 21 fatherless children left after this tragedy. Also, more than 30 firefighters and 15 police officers were injured that day.

To honor the 100th Anniversary of our Fallen Heroes, Firefighters Local 22, and Police FOP Lodge #5, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments, will hold a plaque dedication on December 8, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Piaza (Schmidt’s Complex) on 2nd Street., south of Girard Avenue. The opening prayer will be given by Cardinal Justin Rigali, just as his predecessor, Archbishop Patrick John Ryan, did at the original memoriam. Local Clergy will be in attendance to lend spiritual support just as their predecessors had lent their support to those injured at the Friedlander fire. Also in attendance will be Rabbi Emeritus Alan Fuchs as well as local dignitaries.

There is a planned memorial procession with marchers to stage at 10:30 am on 2nd Street. and Germantown Avenue.

November 22, 2010 - (City-Wide Essay Contest - three best essays) forwarded to F.P.D.

October 24, 2010 - FIREMAN'S HALL MUSEUM - FIRE SAFETY EXPOSITION, MUSTER AND HEALTH FAIR - The Philadelphia Fire Department and Fireman's Hall Museum will hold the Fire Safety Exposition and Muster at the Philadelphia Fire Training Academy, 5200 Pennypack Street, on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain date October 31, 2010). This year's Muster will feature:

* Interoperable Communications Seminar
* Firefighter Contests
* Apparatus Displays
* Equipment Displays
* Fire Safety Demonstrations
* Health Fair
* Dog Show
* Firematic Flea Market
* Live Entertainment and Food

On this same date, we will also host the Annual Health Fair at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. The hours for the Health Fair are from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Some of the health care providers that will be attending are:

* Independence Blue Cross - seated chair massages
* United Concordia
* Health Advocate
* St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – injury prevention
* Free Chiropractic adjustments – Dr. Mary Lee Brady
* Rejuvenate Massage – Denise McCloskey
* Penn Herb Co. - free natural remedies and herbal tea samples
* CPAT Network – CPR/AED awareness and training
* Information tables – American Lung Association, Weight Watchers, Philly Fit Magazine, and the American Cancer Society
* Health snacks and recipe table also available

Two Philadelphia Fire Department health care initiatives will be introduced at the Health Fair.

* The Stop, Drop, Control High Blood Pressure Program – This is a joint labor/management program that is endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters and sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

They will be providing free blood pressure screenings, educational information, and will have a “vein mobile” on display.

* Core Fitness – Boot Camp Exercises which will be part of the Department’s Wellness and Fitness Program.

For more information visit: WWW.PhillyFireMuster.org

October 7, 2010 “Firefighter of the Year” 

The 2010 “Firefighter of the Year” award will be presented to Firefighter Michael B. Polek. The Selection Committee from Fireman’s Hall chose Firefighter Michael B. Polek for his valiant efforts and dedicated service in affecting the rescue of a woman from the second floor of a burning apartment building. The Philadelphia Fire Department’s Historical Corporation Board of Directors sponsors this award. Firefighter Polek will receive this award on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the Fireman’s Hall Museum.

October 6, 2010 -CITY WIDE HOME FIRE DRILL 

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 1930 hours the annual City Wide Home Fire Drill will be conducted.

SEPTA FIRE PREVENTION CAR CARD PROMOTION

Employees of SEPTA and children from the Thomas Creighton School and the Planet Abacus Charter School will join Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and SEPTA's Assistant General Manager James Jordan in placing the first of 2,500 fire prevention car cards on a SEPTA bus. This promotion will take place on October 5, 2010 at 1234 Market Street.
Each year, the SEPTA Car Cards present an important fire safety message. This year's theme, “Install, Inspect Protect” encourages citizens of Philadelphia to practice fire safety in their homes and neighborhoods to prevent tragedies from occurring.

October 3-9, 2010 - Fire Prevention Week, Open House at Fire Stations

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - OPEN HOUSE AT FIRE STATIONS - During Fire Prevention Week (October 3 through October 9, 2010) there will be open house at all fire stations between 1000 and 1600 hours.  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.

Friday, October 1, 2010 PROMOTIONS

The Fire Department will promote three (3) Battalion Chiefs to the rank of Fire Deputy Chief and nine (9) Fire Captains to the rank of Fire Battalion Chief. The promotion ceremony will be held at the Philadelphia Fire Academy at 1400 hours.

October 1, 2010 - FIRE PREVENTION ANNUAL 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.

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.

The 2010 Dinner Dance is the thirty-ninth Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance and will be held on Friday, October 1 beginning at 1930 hours.

AWARDS, T. SEDDON DUKE

This will be the forty-third 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.  The award will be given out at the Annual Fire Prevention Dinner Dance.

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


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. This award is also given out at the Annual Fire Prevention  

37th 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. This year's event was held on October 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm. Traditionally a gala affair, the Dinner Dance was attended by members of the Fire Department; leaders from the business, civic, and religious communities; elected officials; and media celebrities from all over Philadelphia.

One of the highlights of the evening was 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.

This was the forty-first 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.

CITY-WIDE HOME FIRE DRILL

On Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at 7:30pm, the PFD conducted the annual City-Wide Home Fire Drill.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - OPEN HOUSE AT FIRE STATIONS

During Fire Prevention Week (October 5 through October 11, 2008) there were open house sessions at all fire Stations between 1000 and 1600 hours. Companies highlighted 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.

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK – CHANGE YOUR BATTERY FALL PROMOTION

In conjunction with the change from daylight savings time that started on November 2, 2008, and to publicize the support of the Philadelphia Fire Department for this life-saving program, selected fire Companies will go door-to-door on a block in their local safety and education district and offer to install free smoke alarms and replace smoke alarm batteries for residents.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2 - 4, 2012 “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” 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 safety and education district with smoke alarms and fresh 9-volt batteries, offering to install smoke alarms and replace batteries for residents.