Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers

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Elderly Couple Dies In Kingsessing House Fire

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, but there were plenty of potential fire hazards.


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Philadelphia Fire Department Sets Record For Fewest Fire Deaths In City’s History

Philadelphia fire officials say fewer people died in fires in 2012 than at any other time in the city’s history. But they’re hoping to get the number lower still.


(Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney and fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers during an exchange in City Council over a PFD plan to transfer about 20 percent of its firefighters.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Firefighters Union Hopes To Halt Plans To Transfer Senior Firefighters

The Philadelphia firefighters union heads to court Friday asking a judge to stop the Nutter Administration from imposing transfers of senior firefighters in the new year.


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High-Level Fire Department Transfers Rile Union

The Nutter Administration plans to transfer nearly 300 senior firefighters to different stations next year, a move that the firefighters union describes as “punishment.”


Mayor Nutter signing bill for 10-year, non-removable batteries in smoke detectors. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

New Bill Requires 10-Year, Non-Removable Batteries For Smoke Detectors

Mayor Nutter has signed legislation requiring that homeowners who have older, battery-operated smoke alarms installed to replace the batteries.


Woman, Child Die in North Philadelphia Fire

Authorities say the bodies of the 79-year-old woman and the 4-year-old child were found in a second-floor bedroom.


City Council Wrestles With Phila. Fire Department Budget Issues

With the deaths of two firefighters on their minds, Philadelphia City Council memberson Wednesday grilled the fire commissioner about the controversial policy of temporarily closing fire stations — a tactic known as “brownouts.”


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Fire Department Announces Funeral Arrangements For Fallen Firefighters

The Philadelphia Fire Department has announced the funeral arrangements for two firefighters who lost their lives battling a warehouse fire in Kensington, Monday morning.


(Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers demonstrates how to give the trunk a fresh cut after bringing your tree home.   Credit:  Michelle Durham)

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Offers His Annual Holiday Tree Advice

Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers wants to make sure those families that celebrate by putting a Christmas tree in their living rooms do so safely.


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Philadelphia’s First Firefighters Recognized On Market Street With Commemorative Sidewalk Sign

The Pennsylvania Historical Society has unveiled an historical marker in front of 221 Market Street to commemorate the original volunteer firefighters in the city of Philadelphia.



Fire Response Times Up; Firefighters, Administration Differ Over Cause, Effects

A just-released report shows it is taking Philadelphia firefighters longer to respond to scenes, but the fire commissioner and the president of the firefighter’s union are at odds as to why and the effect they are having on citizens.


(Philadelphia firefighter Jack Slivinski, posing for the charity calendar that got him suspended.)

Philadelphia Firefighter In Calendar Dispute Dies

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says 31-year-old Jack Slivinski was found dead early Saturday in his Lawndale home.


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Philadelphia Breaks Ground For A New Firehouse In Tacony

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday at the site, at Magee Avenue and Keystone Street.


An accident scene was part of training sessions for emergency personnel. (Credit: John McDevitt)

Conference Teaches Emergency Responders Traffic-Reducing Strategies

A day-long conference was held at Citizens Bank Park yesterday for emergency personnel in the region who arrive at traffic accident scenes.


(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter places the first of several wreaths at the Living Flame Memorial, in Franklin Square, during ceremonies on Wednesday.  Police commissioner Charles Ramsey and fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers also placed wreaths.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

City of Philadelphia Honors Fallen Heroes in Annual ‘Living Flame’ Ceremony

Despite a steady rain in Philadelphia, dozens of police officers, firefighters, and family members of those killed in the line of duty gathered for the city’s annual “living flame” memorial on Wednesday in Franklin Square.