Welcome to the home page of the Ridley Park Fire Department. We provide Fire and Rescue services to the Borough of Ridley Park and neighboring communities. This website is dedicated to the hardworking firefighters, both past and present, who have given so much to make this department what it is today. We hope you find our website to be both educational and enjoyable!
Can you see this hydrant?
When the snow storms hit Ridley Park, have you ever thought of whether the hydrants are clear?
During an emergency, fire truck drivers need to easily spot hydrants,
and the hydrant needs to be quickly accessible when seconds count.
Did you know that after RPFD members shovel out of their own homes,
they will form a crew to clear all the town’s hydrants,
making sure that they are ready for an emergency?
Please lend us a hand.
If you have a hydrant near your property,
take the extra time to make sure that it’s clear.
And when you’re shoveling your walks, please don’t toss the snow onto the hydrant.
The house and family you help save may be your own.
We Need Members!!
Do you live in the Ridley Park area?
Do you have a great attitude and a desire to volunteer and help your community?
Are you at least 14 years old?
We’ve had many members move out of the area recently and we need to replace them.
No experience is necessary and we will provide all training.
Were you a firefighter in the past, but feel you can no longer do the job?
We need drivers as well and would gladly welcome your help.
Please, visit our “Join Us“ page to fill out an online application today!
Working Fire in Eddystone
February 25, 2014
Dispatched at 3:13am to assist Company 12 for the working building fire
at the cocoa processing plant on Industrial Highway in Eddystone.
MVA with Injuries and Wires Down in Prospect Park
February 25, 2014
Dispatched just after midnight to assist Company 08 at Lincoln and 14th Avenues
for a vehicle accident with a PECO pole snapped and wires down.
Crews helped with traffic control and blocked off the area from pedestrians while waiting for PECO.
Fire Service Education at Buxmont Academy
January 14, 2014
Firefighters visited Buxmont Academy in Woodlyn to talk to the students about the fire service as well as fire safety.
Students learned about both paid and volunteer fire departments, toured a fire engine,
and explored the various tools, equipment, and gear that firefighters use.
Santa Visits Ridley Park
December 24, 2013
Santa made his annual Christmas Eve ride through Ridley Park.
Children who came out to greet Santa received candy canes (and friendly dogs received biscuits as well).
Santa also visited residents Connor Williams Nursing Home and Taylor Hospice
to deliver cookies and holiday cheer.
Carbon Monoxide Emergency due to a Malfunctioning Heater
December 8, 2013
Crews responded to a call for a smoke detector activation.
Police on location discovered a misfiring heater and shut down the unit.
Fire crews checked the home with CO detectors and found hazardous levels throughout the home,
which was then evacuated and ventilated.
The homeowner was transported to the hospital to be treated for CO poisoning.
This serves as a reminded that we are in the time of year for Carbon Monoxide emergencies,
with homes closed up tight against the cold and heaters and fireplaces in full use.
Smoke Investigation leads to a Garage Fire
November 27, 2013
A call came in at 7:34am for an investigation of smoke
in the area of West Ridley Avenue and Crum Lynn Road.
After 07-9 arrived on location he found smoke in the area and then investigated
to find fire showing from a detached garage in the rear of a home on West Ridley.
He upgraded to a building assignment and crews arrived, made entry into the garage
and then quickly extinguished the fire with two 1″ 3/4 hand lines.
Luckily, the garage was not in use and was empty.
Fire Extinguisher Training at Interboro High School
November 5, 2013
A crew from Ridley Park assisted Prospect Park Fire Company
in training the Interboro High School’s food service workers on the proper use of fire extinguishers.
Following a slide presentation by Prospect Park, the workers came outside for some
hands-on practice with live fire on Ridley Park’s Bullex Fire Extinguisher Training System.
Accident with Entrapment
October 30th, 1:10am
Dispatched with Company 08 to 4th and Lincoln Ave in Prospect Park for an MVA with entrapment.
Arriving crews found a vehicle accident with the vehicle into a pole and one entrapped.
Crews performed a quick door removal, windshield removal, and dashboard lift, as well as scene cleanup/hazard removal.
Fire Prevention Week 2013
October 6 through October 12. 2013
Another successful Fire Prevention Week! Firefighters visited with classes from St. James Regional, Lakeview Elementary, Ridley Park Presbyterian Church Daycare, as well as one class from Leedom Elementary. Ridley Park also provided assistance to neighboring companies with the new 12th District Fire Safety Trailer and provided its Bullex Fire Extinguisher Training System for neighboring Open Houses. By the end of the week, Ridley Park helped provide fire safety education to over 1,300 people.
Ridley Park Fire Company Open House
October 12, 2013
The Fire Company hosted its annual Fire Prevention Week Open House (always held on the Saturday at the end of Fire Prevention Week). Visitors were treated to free refreshments, balloons, door prizes, fun giveaways for the children, and fire prevention literature for the adults. Visitors were also able to put out a house “fire” with a child-sized fire hose, learn how to use a fire extinguisher with live fire from our Bullex training system, practice crawling low through smoke, and practice escaping a fire from a bedroom. Children were also able to dress up in small-sized fire gear and have their pictures taken. The 12th District Fire Safety Trailer also made its Ridley Park debut. In the trailer, visitors of all ages learned cooking and fireplace safety in the kitchen/living area before going into the bedroom where they crawled low through smoke, checked the door for heat, and finding it hot, exited out the bedroom window. One lesson from the trailer was reinforced during the demonstration. Firefighters heated up a pan of cooking oil until it ignited. The crowd then watched as a firefighter poured just eight ounces of water onto that pan, creating an explosion of fire that would have certainly destroyed a kitchen. It was a great day with a great crowd, which seems to get bigger each year. Hope to see everyone there again on October 11, 2014!