Philadelphia Fire Department

Philadelphia Fire Department truck. (credit: CBS)

Broken Drive Shaft Strands Philadelphia Fire Truck En Route To Call

While en route to a service call Friday, the drive shaft of a Philadelphia fire truck broke off, stranding several firefighters and the truck for several hours.

08/22/2014

Family and friends gather at the funeral for four children who died in a fire in Southwest Philadelphia in July. (credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Liberian Community Gathers To Mourn Four Children Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Fire

Funeral services were held Saturday for four young children who died in a fire in Southwest Philadelphia last month.

08/16/2014

(The apparatus floor of the “Ben Franklin” firehouse, at 4th and Arch Streets, as renovations near completion. Photo by Justin Udo)

Reopening of Old City Firehouse Nears, Nearly a Year After Major Fire

There were no deaths or injuries, but the blaze caused enough damage to put the firehouse out of service for nearly a year.

08/04/2014

Fire fighters at the Sheraton Hotel. (Credit: CBS)

Smoke In Basement Causes Center City Hotel Evacuation

About 1,000 people were evacuated from 757 rooms in the 26-story Center City hotel as a precautionary measure.

07/23/2014

(Dedication ceremonies for the mural honoring firefifghters Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Memorial Mural Dedicated To Two Fallen Philadelphia Firefighters

A new mural honors the memories of two hometown heroes who died fighting a five-alarm warehouse fire in East Kensington in 2012.

07/10/2014

(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

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