Philadelphia Fire Department
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.
Funeral services were held Saturday for four young children who died in a fire in Southwest Philadelphia last month.
There were no deaths or injuries, but the blaze caused enough damage to put the firehouse out of service for nearly a year.
About 1,000 people were evacuated from 757 rooms in the 26-story Center City hotel as a precautionary measure.
A new mural honors the memories of two hometown heroes who died fighting a five-alarm warehouse fire in East Kensington in 2012.
And Mayor Nutter stressed that the focus should be not on the fire department’s response but on what caused the blaze.
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.
It’s the end of an era at the Philadelphia Fire Department, as longstanding fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers retires.
Work to restore the fire-damaged firehouse at Fourth and Arch could finish by the end of July, says incoming fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
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.
Mayor Michael Nutter has named a new Fire Commissioner to replace Lloyd Ayers, who is retiring after 40 years in the department.
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.
Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers says to take a good look at your barbecue grill before lighting it up.
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.
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.