WHAT: The Philadelphia Fire Department will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation and expansion of Engine 37, a registered historic landmark in Chestnut HillWHO: Mayor Jim KenneyFire Commissioner Adam K. ThielPublic Property Commissioner Bridget Collins GreenwaldCommunity members and other project partners WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 27 at noonWHERE: Engine 37, 101 W. Highland Ave.City officials, partners and community members will cut the ribbon on a three-year, $10 million renovation and expansion of Engine 37, the oldest continuously operated firehouse in Philadelphia.The 19th-century building in Chestnut Hill now has 21st-century amenities and safety upgrades, as well as a garage with doors wide enough for today’s fire engines. Previously, firefighters had to squeeze the engine through extremely narrow doors originally designed for horse-drawn firefighting equipment. You can find more background information here.

Project highlights:
  • New garage with doors wide enough for modern fire engines
  • First PFD firehouse to feature single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms with showers
  • New kitchen, locker area, and dedicated exercise and training rooms
  • Design elements aimed at minimizing the migration of carcinogens and other airborne pathogens from the garage to the “house” portions of the station, including gear extractors and dryer
  • Time capsule embedded in one wall in honor of the PFD’s 150th anniversary in 2021
  • Sculptural seating out front as part of the City’s Percent for Art program