Grant program helps add volunteers for fire/EMS, but more are still needed

Paul Mattes A three-year, grant-funded effort to recruit volunteer firefighters for Chester County’s 45 fire companies and 32 ambulance companies yielded over 300 prospective new volunteer submissions. Of those who responded are now volunteer firefighters or EMTs, while others are still in the process, said Neil Vaughn, Past President for the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association, which received...

Fathers’ Day is twice as nice for pair of E. Brandywine Firefighters

East Brandywine Chief Vincent D’Amico and Firefighter/EMT Eddie Ranck each recently became the fathers of twins. EAST BRANDYWINE — This Father’s Day the Chester County Fire Chief’s Association is highlighting fathers who volunteer at area firehouses.  Surprisingly, two fathers who volunteer at the East Brandywine Fire Company have welcomed two sets of twins making Chief Vincent D’Amico...

Recognize National Fire Prevention Week by volunteering to become a firefighter

Volunteer firefighters are desperately in need all around Chester County. Be a hero to your community! Become a volunteer firefighter at your local Chester County fire station. National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12, 2019 and now is the perfect time to sign up to become a volunteer firefighter. The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association encourages community members ready to volunteer at their...

Longwood adds two new firefighters

Longwood Fire Company’s members and graduates attending this month’s fire school graduation ceremonies include Mike Maurer, graduate Kim Siegel, graduate Gabe Pepper, Deputy Chief Matt Rouss, Lt. Mike Well and Andrew Yacka. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Fire Company has two new firefighters as Kim Siegel and Gabe Pepper successfully completed instruction at the Chester County Fire School. A...

County graduates 26 new firefighters

West Chester Fire Department Chaplain Jerry Schwartz speaks with the graduates during Thursday’s ceremony. COATESVILLE  – Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Fire Services Division, held graduation for the Spring 2015 Firefighter I class.  Twenty-six graduates were given their certification at a ceremony that was held at the Wagontown Fire Company on Thursday. Family, friends...

Letter: Decline in fire volunteers a crisis in Pennsylvania

To The Editor, A member of the Pennsylvania Senate was quoted last week as saying the decline of brave, volunteer firefighters has reached a crisis point across Pennsylvania. This sad state is endangering the welfare of all residents across the Commonwealth. A newspaper article quoted Senator Kim Ward as saying is it well past the time for lawmakers to address this issue. I know some of our local...