Philadelphia Fire Department

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office in Philadelphia City Hall about last Saturday's fatal fire in Southwest Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Promise Transparency In Fatal Fire Follow-Up

And Mayor Nutter stressed that the focus should be not on the fire department’s response but on what caused the blaze.

07/08/2014

SW Philly Fire

4 Children Dead, Homes Destroyed In Southwest Philadelphia Fire

Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says fire fighters were called to the 6500 block of Gesner Street at 2:45 a.m. Saturday and found the blaze had already spread.

07/05/2014

(Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers, in 2006 file photo.  Credit: CBS-3)

Phila. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers Hangs Up His Helmet, Closing 40-Year Career

It’s the end of an era at the Philadelphia Fire Department, as longstanding fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers retires.

06/13/2014

The firehouse at 4th and Arch has been boarded up since the fire. (Credit: Ed Fischer.)

Old City Firehouse Could Reopen This Summer

Work to restore the fire-damaged firehouse at Fourth and Arch could finish by the end of July, says incoming fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

06/10/2014

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Crews Work To Repair Broken Water Main In North Philadelphia

The 36-inch main broke just before midnight Saturday along Master Street near 27th Street, causing a gaping hole in the road and damaging two properties.

06/08/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter announces promotion of Deputy Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer as the new Fire Commissioner. (credit: Syma Chowdhry/CBS3)

Derrick Sawyer To Replace Retiring Lloyd Ayers As Philadelphia Fire Commissioner

Mayor Michael Nutter has named a new Fire Commissioner to replace Lloyd Ayers, who is retiring after 40 years in the department.

06/04/2014

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Concerns Raised Over Emergency Vehicles In Philadelphia

But some firefighters are telling Eyewitness News, the Philadelphia Fire Department’s emergency vehicles are breaking down far too often, potentially putting people in danger.

05/16/2014

(Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers, at Jack's Firehouse restaurant, makes his annual presentation on grilling safety.  Photo provided by Phila. Fire Dept.)

For Grilling Season, Philly’s Top Firefighter Issues Annual Safety Warnings

Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers says to take a good look at your barbecue grill before lighting it up.

05/12/2014

(Credit: Dan Wing)

50 Members of Philadelphia Fire Department Receive Promotions

Today’s large group of promotions will provide the city with five new deputy chiefs, four new battalion chiefs, six new fire captains, five new fire paramedic captains, 11 fire lieutenants, and 19 fire paramedic lieutenants.

05/02/2014

(Philadelphia public safety director Mike Resnick testifies before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Administration Hoping to Curtail Fire Station ‘Brownouts’

Mike Resnick, the mayor’s public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.

04/29/2014

(Credit: Justin Udo)

City Council Considers Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections In Wake Of Deadly Collapse

Philadelphia lawmakers are looking at forcing landlords in the city, for the first time, to conduct regular inspections of fire escapes.

04/12/2014

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Pick-Up Truck Catches Fire, Comes To Stop Next To Apartment Complex

The driver of a pick-up truck was forced to abandon his vehicle after it caught fire while on City Avenue Wednesday morning.

04/02/2014

(The March 26, 2014 meeting of the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Commission OKs Nutter Administration Plan To Put EMTs in Fire Department

The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.

03/26/2014

(credit: John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Civil Service Considers Replacing Some Paramedics With EMTs

The city will propose a new deployment model for paramedics and emergency medical technicians. It wants to replace one of two paramedics on city ambulances with an EMT.

03/26/2014

Fire

Fire Breaks Out At North Philadelphia Shelter

Approximately 100 people were evacuated after a fire at a shelter in Philadelphia early Monday morning.

03/24/2014

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