Abatement & Extinguishment Vehicles
Staffing and Primary Responsibilities
An engine company consists of a fire engine staffed by 1 officer and 3 Firefighters. One of the three Firefighters on every engine must be an Emergency Medical Technician. This requirement assures that each engine company responding to a fire will be staffed by an individual capable of applying life preserving measures if necessary until more advanced medical assistance arrives. Engine companies respond on average to about 1500 calls a year.
The primary objectives of a ladder company are search and rescue. A ladder company consists of a ladder equipped fire vehicle staffed by 1 officer and 4 Firefighters. All PFD ladder companies are presently equipped with the Jaws of Life extrication device. One of the four Firefighters on every Ladder must be an Emergency Medical Technician. This requirement assures that each Ladder company responding to a fire will be staffed by an individual capable of applying life preserving measures is necessary until more advanced medical assistance arrives
There are two PFD Marine Units: one for use on the Delaware River and one for use on the Schuylkill River. A Marine Unit will respond to any river-related emergency. Typical river-related emergencies include pier fires and search and rescue situations.
Each Marine Unit is staffed by 1 fire boat engineer and 1 fire boat pilot. A Marine Unit will always respond to an emergency with an accompanying land-based fire company. Marine Units come equipped with small "whaler boats" which can be staffed by two Firefighters if needed. Whaler boats can be deployed for additional support when needed on both rivers.
Learn about the engines, ladders, boats, vehicles and equipment used by PFD in the photo gallery.