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!
Dan Williams, Jr. passed away suddenly at the age of 32 on August 26th.
Dan was a member of RPFD and was a Top Responder for 2013.
We send our condolences to all of his family, especially,
his wife Katie and his daughter Morgan.
Save the Date!
RPFD’s annual Fire Prevention Open House
will be October 11th, from 1pm to 4pm.
This annual event features exhibits, demonstrations,
fire prevention literature and information,
and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids!
They’ll be able to squirt a real fire hose at a house “fire,”
crawl low through smoke in a small play house,
and climb inside the fire trucks.
We have kid-sized fire gear to try on for picture-taking
and the 12th District Fire Safety Trailer will be on-hand
so everyone (parents included!) can learn home fire safety
and practice escaping out of a window during a fire.
Smokey and Sparky will be on hand, and, of course,
there are always free refreshments, balloons, and door prizes.
$500 Visa Gift Card Holiday Raffle
Could you use an extra $500 for your holiday shopping?
RPFD is once again raffling off a $500 Visa Gift Card.
Chances are $5 each or 3 for $10.
We’ll be selling our chances at the remaining Farmer’s Markets,
our Fire Prevention Open House, and the Fall Festival.
Members will also be selling tickets throughout the Borough.
The Drawing will be during the Business Association’s
Santa “Comes to Town” event when Santa arrives at the train station to visit
with all of our young residents in the business district (December 7th).
We’ll be selling chances leading up to the drawing during that event as well.
Please consider purchasing a chance to win
what could be a great holiday bonus for you
while also supporting your fire company!
The 2014 Fund Drive is in the Mail
Any questions or concerns? Please look for answers in our “FAQ” section.
Have a question we didn’t cover?
Click on “Contact Us” or call 610-522-0254 to leave a message about your questions.
We appreciate anything you are able to give and thank you for your donations.
To leave a donation with a credit card or through Pay Pal, please click on “Donations.”
The 2014 – 2015 Discount Card
to Local Businesses is here!
RPFD sells the card for $10.
Carry it with you all year and use at the listed vendors to get the discount / promotion listed each time you visit.
It pays for itself in just a few visits and will save you money if you use it all year!
This year’s card features:
Gas Light Restaurant: 10% off the food bill (excluding alcohol)
Trieste Restaurant: $4 off 2 regular-priced adult dinners or $2 off one regular-priced adult dinner (take out or eat in)
Zac’s Hamburgers: Buy 2 hamburgers or cheeseburgers, get one free
Rigatoni’s: $5 off any order of $30 or more
Langguth’s Gift Shop: 10% off Gift Purchases
Ridley Park Florist: $5 off new orders over $40 (excludes wire orders)
@Patricia’s Full Service Salon: $5 off on services retailing $35 or more
Tower Pizza: Free 2ltr soda w/ purchase of large 18″ pizza (pick up only)
Double Decker Pizza: Free 2 ltr Soda w/ purchase of $10 or more
Applebee’s (Ridley location): 10% off food bill (max discount of $10, excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity)
Colonial Village (Folsom): Buy 1 Get 1 Free “Our own Meatballs” 12 pk
We’ll be selling this card at Borough Events and every Farmer’s Market.
Speaking of which…..
Ridley Park Farmer’s Market
Fresh Produce and Local Vendors
Just two more left! (September 18th and 25th)
Every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
on Ward Street between Swarthmore and Cresswell Avenues.
(There is parking on East Ridley Avenue; please no parking at the firehouse.
The space is needed for firefighters responding to calls.)
Please stop by RPFD’s booth where we’re selling hot dogs ($1),
pretzels (50 cents), sodas and water ($1) and Hugs Drinks (50 cents)
as well as the Local Business Discount Card and
Raffle Tickets for our $500 Holiday Visa Gift Card.
We also provide a water bowl for furry friends every week, so there is no need to carry extra water.
Just stop by the RPFD booth with your pooch to get your drinks!
To Our Past Members:
If you have been a member of RPFD and are no longer active, we’d be glad to see you return. For those who truly aren’t coming back, we’re asking that you check your homes. If you have pagers, Class A or B uniforms, or key fobs, please drop them in the mail or bring them to the station. We’re running low on these items and have welcomed some new members who could use them.
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!
Highlights of Recent Events
Ridley Park Victorian Fair
September 6, 2014
RPFD manned a booth to do some fundraising, selling drinks, soft pretzels,
its Discount Card to Local Businesses as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card.
A crew also stood by with Marine 7 to assist with any safety issues from the paddleboats.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth!
Working Building Fire in Eddystone
September 2, 2014
Crews were again dispatched to a working building fire
at the cocoa processing plant in Eddystone Borough.
With an active fire on the roof of the plant, Ladder 48 went into service
with the pipeline and most of the fire attack stayed exterior.
The crew from Company 7 stood by until being diverted to an automatic fire alarm
in an apartment building in Ridley Park Borough.
Fuel Spill with Complications in Prospect Park
August 9, 2014
The dispatch was to Prospect Park for a fuel spill.
Company 08 arrived on location to discover that the fuel
was spilling from an occupied vehicle hanging over
an embankment leading down to Septa / Amtrak tracks.
Crews stabilized the vehicle and helped the driver out of the vehicle,
then stood by on a handline for possible fire suppression
until a tow truck was able to pull the van up to haul it away.
Crews then did clean up and cleared the scene.
Working Building Fire in Prospect Park
August 5, 2014, 4:15am
Basement fire with a quick knock-down, no one inside,
and all firefighters home safe in the end.
Wires, Wires, and More Wires
July 8 and 9, 2014
Thanks to high winds from storms in the area, Ridley Park, as well as most of Delaware County, had numerous emergencies involving wires (and trees down into wires). There were also many power outages in the area.
Why doesn’t the Fire Company put out the fires you see on the poles / transformers?
It would electrocute the firefighter.
When everything is still energized, squirting a hose at the fire would give the electricity a direct line right back down to the person holding the hose. All we can do is keep the area clear and wait for PECO to arrive.
Please, make our job easier.
If there’s an emergency involving wires in your neighborhood, just stay inside. It’s understandable that everyone wants to see what’s going on, but too many people walk right into the danger zone and under the wires that are about to fall (while still live!!) so they can look up to see the fire on the pole. That forces us to walk into the danger zone to ask the people to move. Those of us who have seen power lines drop have no desire to see it happen again (especially up close). So please, keep your distance and don’t ignore any barricades and caution tape meant to keep you out of the area.
We’re trying to keep us all safe.
Ridley Park’s Independence Day Fireworks at the Lake
July 5, 2014
RPFD provided the necessary fire protection at Ridley Park’s annual fireworks display. It was a great show and everyone went home safe. Thank you to all the citizens who cooperated by staying out of the designated danger zones. Also, a special thanks to the Kennedy, Micarelli, and Hanlon families who always provide food, water, and facilities to the fire crews standing by in front of their houses each year. Thanks too to Prospect Park, Holmes, Eddystone, and Tinicum Township Fire Companies, Norwood and Tinicum Township Ambulances, and the 12th District Fire Police for assisting RPFD with this standby. (It takes a lot of work and cooperation within the emergency services for communities to be able to enjoy these fireworks shows!)
Ridley Park’s Annual Car Show
July 5, 2014
After the parade was moved to July 5th due to the weather, RPFD had to do double duty, splitting off a crew to set up a second hot dog, pretzel, and drink booth at the annual car show at the lake. Once again, the crowd was great and it was a perfect day for sitting alongside the water. Thanks to everyone who made a purchase and / or left a donation!
Independence Day Parade
July 5, 2014
RPFD took part in Ridley Park’s annual holiday celebrations and then sold hot dogs and drinks during all of the games. It was a beautiful day with a nice crowd full of great looking floats and decorated bikes. Thank you to everyone who participated and purchased refreshments from us and thanks to all who left donations as well!
Fireworks Standby in Tinicum Township
June 28, 2014
RPFD provided a crew to help Tinicum Township Fire Company provide the fire protection at their annual fireworks display.
Cooking Fire in a Ridley Park Apartment on Chester Pike
June 20, 2014
It was just a cooking fire and was out before the fire company arrived, but the smoke was heavy and residents in other apartments understandably thought their building was on fire. Once it was confirmed that the fire was out, Tinicum Township, Holmes, and Eddystone Fire Companies were returned while Ridley Park and Prospect Park stayed at the scene to ventilate the building. Good job to the residents who called 9-1-1 and quickly evacuated the building after finding their halls filled with smoke. Ridley Park Police provided valuable assistance, making entry into the apartment with the forgotten cooking to alert the sleeping resident to the emergency and get him out of the building as well.
Accident in Prospect Park and Farmer’s Market
June 19, 2014
While setting up for the Borough’s first Farmer’s Market, crews were dispatched to Prospect Park to assist with a motor vehicle accident. Initial reports of multiple entrapments proved unfounded and Company 07 assisted Company 08 with clean up, leaving the engine behind while the Rescue crew was able to get back to the station to start its fundraising at the market.
Hopefully the call served as a reminder to everyone who enjoys the Farmer’s Market that the Fire Company is still in service and needs the ramp and parking area clear for that reason. Just remember, when the siren blows, there’s an emergency somewhere and firefighters will be arriving at the station in their cars and apparatus will be driving out of the station. Please help us keep things safe by watching your surroundings in front of the station and keeping a firm hold of your children.
Fireworks Standby in Prospect Park
June 14, 2014
RPFD provided a crew to help Prospect Park Fire Company provide fire protection at their annual fireworks display.
A Busy Day Standing by for PECO
June 9, 2014
Companies 07 and 08 were dispatched at 7:57am to a call for wires burning on a PECO pole on Sellers Avenue in Ridley Park. RPFD stood by at the scene keeping the area clear of pedestrians while waiting for PECO. (Please, remember that when there is an emergency involving wires, walking out under those wires to see the fire is not safe–eventually the live wires will come down!) At 9:37am, Companies 07 and 08 were then dispatched to a natural gas leak on Free Street where a work crew at that location had struck a PECO gas line causing a significant gas leak. The engine then responded to this second emergency. While waiting for PECO, Crews from 07 and 08 evacuated the residents on Free Street while Ridley Park Police notified the nearby schools (who were scheduled for an early dismissal for the end of the year) to keep students inside until the area was clear. While at the gas leak emergency, there were multiple calls to 9-1-1 regarding the original PECO pole fire. PECO’s gas crews arrived to take care of the gas leak, residents were able to return to their homes, and the schools were able to dismiss at their scheduled time. Company 07 then returned to Sellers Avenue to continue standing by for PECO power line crew. PECO arrived and Company 07 was able to return to the station at 10:30am with everyone safe in the end. Thanks to Prospect Park Fire Company for assisting with these emergencies!
Retirement Dinner for Walt Lee
June 6, 2014
RPFD provided one half of the arch to greet Walt Lee as he arrived at his retirement dinner. Walt served as Fire Chief of Tinicum Township after 35 years in that position. (He was Chief of Essington Fire Company before it merged with Lester Fire Company to form Tinicum Township FD). Walt joined the fire service 44 years ago and his involvement has never waivered. He’s provided great support over the years to the members of RPFD and we all wish him well.
Drill Night at Ridley Park Swim Club
June 5, 2014
The weekly drill night for RPFD on this week was held at the Ridley Park Swim Club. This is an annual drill by the Fire Company where crews are able to practice wearing the special cold weather suits the fire company will use during cold water emergencies (such as responding to a victim through the ice at the lake in the winter). Wearing these suits in the water takes a lot of getting used to and can even cause issues with claustrophobia in anyone who isn’t familiar with them, so this drill is a great opportunity for the needed familiarization. Crews also practiced deploying a filled airhose that’s dedicated for water rescue as well as rescue rope that’s designed to pull victims (or fellow firefighters) to shore.
A great thanks to the Ridley Park Swim Club for providing its facilities each year to RPFD for this drill!
Car in the Lake
June 1, 2014
The rising sun revealed that a vehicle had gone into the lake sometime during the night. The RPFD crew provided its boat to access the vehicle, confirming that no one was inside, and then assisted the tow truck by attaching the hook for pulling the car out.
Brush Fire by Ridley Train Station
May 25, 2014
Embers were minimal at Eddystone’s Fireworks and the crew from Ridley Park did not need to go to work. Instead, just as RPFD was clearing the standby at Eddystone, the company (along with Company 08) were dispatched to a brush fire along the train tracks in Ridley Park. Crews quickly extinguished that fire and were able to return to the station after a long night.
Eddystone Memorial Day Fireworks
May 25, 2014
RPFD provided a crew to Eddystone Fire Company to help provide the fire protection at their annual fireworks display.
Eddystone Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2014
RPFD participated in Eddystone’s annual Memorial Day Parade. The Borough had its usual large crowds out all along the parade route to celebrate the holiday.
Eddystone Fire Company Housing Parade and Building Dedication
May 17, 2014
Ridley Park joined in Eddystone Fire Company’s building dedication and housing parade. Congratulations to Company 12! The new station looks great and we hope you enjoy it!
Ridley Park Police Community Day and Open House
May 3, 2014
RPFD provided the 12th District Fire Safety Trailer for Ridley Park Police Department’s annual Open House event. Visitors learned fire safety in the kitchen and practiced escaping out of a smoke-filled bedroom.
Working Building Fire in Tinicum Township
April 18, 2014
Companies were dispatched to Tinicum Township shortly after midnight for smoke coming from a residence at the corner of 4th and N Governor Printz Blvd, which was quickly confirmed as a working building fire. The building was vacant and well involved, so crews immediately went into defensive operations and protected the exposures. Company 48 deployed handlines, a blitz gun, and the ladder pipe, making a quick knockdown. 07-5 went into ladder pipe operations, supplied by 12-1 and Engine 08. Crews were in service for nearly three hours.
Accident w/ Injuries in Prospect Park
April 17, 2014
Dispatched at 10:22pm for an MVA with injuries on Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park. Crews assisted with clean up of the three vehicle accident.
Crozer/DCCC Medic School Rescue Weekend
April 12, 2014
A busy Saturday for RPFD…. While some members remained in town for community events (see below), others went to the Delaware County Fire School to participate in the Rescue portion of Crozer/DCCC Medic School. Instructors staged mock rescues where firefighters provided the rescue work while training paramedics practiced working with the fire department as well as assessing and prioritizing patients in the chaos of an accident scene.
Easter Bunny Visits Ridley Park
April 12, 2014
The Easter Bunny arrived in style for the Ridley Park Business Association’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.
RPAC Opens its 2014 Baseball and Softball Season
April 12, 2014
RPFD led the Parade that kicked off RPAC’s Opening Day Parade.
Vehicle Fire with Exposure
April 5, 2014
Dispatched just after 4 AM to a vehicle fire behind the Prospect Park Borough building where police on location reported exposure to the Diesel Fuel tank next to the building. Ridley Park assisted Company 8 with water supply and clean up. Crews were in service for about an hour and a half.
Training Class: Emergency Response to Rail Incidents
March 29, 2014
Ridley Park Firefighters recently attended a Saturday class provided by several companies including CSX, Conrail, and Eddystone Rail Company. This class provided an overview of how to respond to a rail emergency as well as contact information for the various agencies available to the fire service when such emergencies arise. Firefighters attended a morning classroom session and then toured actual railcars designed specifically to train first responders.
Working Fire in Prospect Park
March 5, 2014
Dispatched at 09:46 for a working building fire with entrapment on Lincoln Avenue. Crews from 07 assisted with protection of the rear exposure buildings.
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 of 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 reminder 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 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 Avenues 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.