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!
Norman Donkin, Sr.
Norman was a Life Member of Ridley Park Fire Company,
serving for over 50 years. He was a past Assistant Chief
and Trustee on the Board of Directors.
Norman Donkin, Sr. (center) being honored
at the 2014 Banquet,for his 50 years of service to RPFD.
Pictured with him are Charlie Wallgren (left) and John Price (right),
who had passed their 50 years of service in previous years.
Snow is on the way!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE……
When shoveling snow, make sure your hydrants are clear!
General Rule: 3 feet clearance on sides and back
and then clear to the street.
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 back 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!
Highlights of Recent Events
Accident with Injuries / Vehicle into a Pole
December 24, 2014 7:29pm
RPFD had just one more call before Christmas,
which also turned out to be the last call for the year.
This was a vehicle into a pole on Chester Pike in Prospect Park.
After doing some clean up at the scene,
the crews returned home and the firefighters from RPFD
were able to enjoy a quiet holiday, which was greatly appreciated.
Santa Claus Visits Ridley Park
December 24, 2014
Just a few hours after getting home from the fire in Prospect Park,
some very sleepy firefighters joined Santa on his Christmas Eve practice run
through the streets of Ridley Park after his annual visit
to the residents of Connor Williams Nursing Home.
The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our residents
(although it did manage to drench both Santa and his helpers!).
Thank you to everyone who came out to see Santa
and to collect your candy canes.
We also appreciate all the kind words
(and donations and cookies!) we received throughout the day.
Hopefully we helped you all enjoy your holidays!
Garage Fire with Exposures in Prospect Park
December 24, 2014, 3:36am
Early morning Christmas Eve fire in the 800 block of 8th Avenue in Prospect Park.
One garage was fully involved, the fire had spread to the garage next to it,
and was threatening to spread to the house as well.
Crews quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread any further
and were also able to save the second garage.
Santa Claus’ Visit to the Business District
December 7th, 3pm
The Ridley Park Train Station
and Business District
This annual event is always courtesy of the
Ridley Park Business Association
Santa arrived at the Ridley Park train station just after 3pm
and climbed onto the ladder truck for his
yearly ride into the business district.
Every one had a chance to visit with Santa
and to enjoy the free music, food, and activities
(courtesy of the RP Business Association).
RPFD stayed on hand, selling the last tickets
for its Holiday Raffle for a $500 Visa Gift Card.
Santa pulled the winning ticket at the end of the event.
Thank you to everyone who participated
and good luck again next year!
Accident with Injuries
November 9, 2014, 4:56 am
Dispatched to an accident on Swarthmore Ave. with the vehicle possibly on fire.
There was no fire — just steam from the engine –
and crews cleaned up after the accident before returning.
Carbon Monoxide Emergency
November 6, 2014, 10:51pm
Dispatched for a Carbon Monoxide Alarm sounding in a home in Ridley Park.
Crews found elevated levels of CO in the residence and called in PECO,
who shut down and “red-tagged” the home’s heater and hot water heater.
The homeowners were able to spend the night with a relative
while making arrangements to have their appliances serviced.
This serves as a reminder to our residents to have working
CO Detectors in their homes, especially during the Winter months.
The levels found in this home were low enough that the
homeowners were not yet feeling the effects from the CO.
However, living with those levels all winter would have seriously sickened the residents.
This early alert from their CO Detector probably saved their lives.
Christ Church Sunday School
October 26, 2014
A crew visited Ridley Park’s Christ Church with the
12th District Fire Prevention Trailer to provide fire safety education.
Ridley Park Business Association’s
October 25, 2014
A crew attended the Business Association’s Halloween Parade in
Veterans’ Park to sell Raffle Tickets for the $500 Visa Holiday Gift Card.
Thanks to everyone who supported us and good luck in the drawing!
Yeadon Fire Company Open House
October 17, 2014
RPFD members provided the 12th District Fire Safety Trailer,
teaching home fire and cooking safety and then helping attendees practice
escaping out of a bedroom window in the event of a late-night house fire.
Folcroft Fire Company Open House
October 14, 2014
RPFD split its crew with half its members providing fire extinguisher
training on our Bullex Training System and the other half,
working with Norwood Fire Company, to provide classes in
the 12th District Fire Safety Trailer. Attendees through the trailer learned
about home fire and cooking safety before practicing
escaping a house fire from a bedroom window.
Ridley Park Main Street’s Fall Festival
October 12, 2014
This is always a rough day for RPFD, since it falls in the middle
of fire prevention activities and most members are drained.
Still, RPFD manned two booths, selling hot dogs, drinks, Holiday Raffle Tickets,
and Discount Cards to Local Businesses. Members also stood by to respond
to fire calls with apparatus a block away. Thankfully, this year there was just one call.
Members also worked with the ambulance crew that stood by
on site to call in medical emergencies as needed.
The weather was great and the fundraising went well for RPFD.
Thank you to all who stopped by the RPFD booths
to help support your local volunteer fire company!
RPFD Fire Prevention Open House
October 11, 2014
The weather wasn’t the best, but many braved the cold and rainy day
to visit the firehouse and no one seemed disappointed!
Those who attended were able to learn how to crawl low through smoke
and escape a fire through a bedroom mock-up (provided by Prospect Park Fire Company),
a child-sized smoke house, as well as the 12th District Fire Safety Trailer.
Everyone was also able to use a real fire hose to put out a “house fire”
plus learn how to use a fire extinguisher on a live fire with our Bullex training system.
Sparky was on hand to visit everyone and to hand out balloons.
There were free refreshments, giveaways, fire prevention literature,
and door prizes (always popular!) As always, there were displays to see
and the fire trucks were open to visitors.
We also provided free framed pictures of children in actual fire gear.
Mark your calendars: our Open House for 2015 will be on October 10th.
We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Prospect Park Fire Company Open House
October 9, 2014
Prospect Park Fire Company has a great fire prevention program
and attendance was at its usual high at their Open House.
RPFD was on hand providing our ladder truck as well as
fire extinguisher training on our Bullex Training system.
Norwood Fire Company Open House
October 8, 2014
This was Norwood Fire Company’s first Open House at their new station.
Attendance was high and the station looked great.
RPFD was on hand providing fire extinguisher training with our Bullex Training System.
Fire Prevention Week
October 5th through October 11th
RPFD hosted or visited just under 500 students in the Ridley Park Borough,
teaching Fire Prevention. If your child’s class is in a school
within the Ridley Park Borough and was not involved,
please talk to your child’s school and/or teacher.
RPFD does not turn away any class within the Borough.
Train Fire at Ridley Park Train Station
October 7, 2014
Many residents saw the stopped train with the police and fire department on the
East Ridley side of the train station and have been curious about the situation.
There was an electrical issue with the train, which made it necessary to stop
at the Ridley Park station. Septa crews were able to handle the problem,
but had the fire department stand by in case things got out of hand.
Once Septa had everything under control, RPFD was able to return
to the station without ever having to go into service.
Accident with Injuries in Prospect Park
September 29, 2014
While crews were at the station cleaning up after returning
from the working building fire in Ridley Township (see below),
Company 07 was dispatched along with Company 08
to an accident with injuries in Prospect Park.
The crews from Prospect Park found a minor accident and
Company 07 returned shortly after arriving on the scene.
Working Building Fire in Folsom, Ridley Township
September 29, 2014, 3:32pm
Company 07 was dispatched into Ridley Township to assist
on a building fire that was quickly confirmed to be working.
Interior crews made a quick knock down on the fire in the basement.
The crew from 07-5 pulled a line to the back door
and assisted with overhaul and ventilation.
Accident with Injuries in Prospect Park
September 29, 2014, 10:15am
This was the first call of what turned out to be a busy day for Company 07.
RPFD assisted Prospect Park on an accident with injuries.
Main Streets of Ridley Park’s
Rubber Ducky Regatta
September 14, 2014
A crew from RPFD utilized a handline to provide a current in the lake
for the Main Streets of Ridley Park’s Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser.
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 provided 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.