What we do
The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) to the City of Philadelphia. We are the largest fire department in Pennsylvania, with one of the busiest EMS divisions in the country.
Members of the Fire Department fight fires, provide emergency medical treatment, and rescue people from dangerous situations. Our engines, ladders, and ambulances are housed at 63 stations across the City.
We have specialized divisions that investigate fires, deal with hazardous materials, and help protect Philadelphia International Airport. We also teach the public about fire safety and work to prevent fires through smoke alarm installation.
What's it like to work at the Philadelphia Fire Department or Office of Emergency Management? Here's a glimpse of what a day could look like.
Dec12Event"Let's Talk Safety"3:00 pm to 4:00 pmEvent
"Let's Talk Safety"December 12, 20203:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hourFire Commissioner Adam Thiel hosts his monthly talk show on WURD-900AM.
Jan9Event"Let's Talk Safety"3:00 pm to 4:00 pmEvent
"Let's Talk Safety"January 9, 20213:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hourFire Commissioner Adam Thiel hosts his monthly talk show on WURD-900AM.
Feb13Event"Let's Talk Safety"3:00 pm to 4:00 pmEvent
"Let's Talk Safety"February 13, 20213:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hourFire Commissioner Adam Thiel hosts his monthly talk show on WURD-900AM.
Adam K. Thiel became the 20th commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department in May 2016, and is responsible for leading its 3,000+ members in every facet of protecting the city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards. Thiel also serves as Director of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management. His 28 years of field experience spans five states; before coming to Philadelphia, he held posts including Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chief of the Fire Department in Alexandria, Virginia. Thiel earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University, and has completed doctoral coursework in both public administration and public policy. He is a 2018 Eisenhower USA Fellow and a 2017 Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.