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!
Top Ten Responders for 2013
Pictured left to right: Ned Donkin, Jim Eckenrode, Karen Donkin, Pete Chartier,
Mike Eckenrode, Ryan Eckenrode, Chuck Bradley, Dan Williams, and Josh Taylor
50 Years of Service
Congratulations to Norm Donkin, Sr. (center) on his 50th year of service to the Ridley Park Fire Company.
Norm was honored at the banquet and is pictured here with Charlie Wallgren and John Price,
who both reached their 50th anniversaries in recent years.
There are more than 150 years of volunteer fire service shown in this picture!
Firefighter of the Year Brian Gilmore
Congratulations to Assistant Chief Brian Gilmore who was honored as the Firefighter of the Year for 2013. Brian chairs Ridley Park’s Fire Prevention Program and worked hard
behind the scenes this past year to obtain two valuable grants for the Fire Company.
The first grant brought a new Fire Safety Trailer to the 12th District Fire Companies.
This trailer now provides fire prevention and safety education to residents of Ridley Park Borough,
Prospect Park Borough, Eddystone Borough, Tinicum Township, and Norwood Borough.
The second grant will allow Ridley Park to purchase new and much-needed thermal imager cameras.
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 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, leading to 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 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.