Yeadon Fire Department: CARBON Monoxide Monitor saves lives
Yeadon fire fighters received an 8:30 p.m. dispatch on Thursday, November 12 informing the local volunteers of a Carbon Monoxide
alarm dispatch for a home in the 1000block of Serrill Avenue . Following the pre -established response patterns, Yeadon Fire
Company crews responded with a pumper, the aerial ladder and the EMS responders. A call of this nature also spawned the response
of a ladder and water source from neighboring Lansdowne. .
Uponentering the twin home, the initial crew entered the residence while beginning a series of monitoring readings. The first reading
taken at the entry of the home was 30 parts-per-million (ppm). Indescribing this and subsequent readings, Chief Craig Jeffries stated,
“This reading, which included a blending of the Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations within the home and the outdoor air strongly
suggested serious dangers would be found deeper into the home.”
The next reading was taken as the firefighter entered the home’s dining room. The increased reading taken near the entry to the
basement was 40 ppm.
Suspecting a possible heater problem, the sampling process continued into the basement. In this below-ground level reading, the air-
sampling numbers jumped to a telltale 67 ppm—neighboring twice the danger level reading. The fire crew was told the home’s natural
gas heater had been only recently activated. This may have been motivated by Thursday’s weather forecasts telling of dropping
temperatures and increasing wind speeds.
Investigation by the Fire Company-summoned PECO gas safety representative resulted in a RedTagging of the dwelling’s heating
system. This warning process prevented thiserrant heating system from being used until professional, corrective, and safety steps are
With the shutdown of the source of the Carbon Monoxide, evacuation fans began purging the home of the silent killer that initiated the
Yeadon Fire Company response. When the Fire Company’s monitoring meter reading reached the non-danger level, the occupants
were permitted to return to their home.
Additionally, before departing the fire scene, Chief Jeffries continued the cooperative dialogue he experienced with the family in the
home with the emergency. The audience of neighbors became participantsin an “on-the-street” training about the wisdom of working
Chief Jeffries reminds local residents that any living area not protected by the installation of a CO Monitor results in their living and
sleeping in a danger-potential home or apartment. The primary installation is suggested near the sleeping levels of the residence.
Yeadon Fire Department: Start now for thanksgiving safe
The Yeadon Fire Company has a long and successful history of pre planning. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the firefighters
urge its community to copy the pre-planning practices concept. Fatigue, inexperience, and the distractions of guests in the kitchen,
along with cell phone use, and alcohol consumption all contribute to an increase in stove and oven fires on Thanksgiving. Before
Thanksgiving Day locate and keep in mind the location of the kitchen fire extinguisher.
A common fire that has extreme danger is in a pot on the top of the stove. Mentally practice the simple use of large lid or cooking sheet
way to smother a stovetop fire. Apply the smothering lid or cookie sheet as if it had a hinge at the edge of the burning container nearest
the person extinguishing the fire.
Begin the extinguishing-smothering by beginning the covering of the fire in slow pattern lower the smothering surface to cut off the air.
“Never try to carry a pot that is burning to the sink. Let the fire smother and avoid the temptation to peek to see if the burning has
stopped,” urged Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries. He added, “Be patient and be safe Looking too soon can be dangerous.
Remember, avoid the temptation to peek and see if the fire has “stopped.”
Small spills often go unnoticed. In time they collect both on the stove top and in the oven. Even small collection of spills can cause a fire.
Never combine mixtures of oven cleaning materials. Read and follow the printed instructions. Chief Jeffries added, “Between now and
the busy coking day, provide sufficient cleaning of the stovetop and oven of any additional built-up grease.
On Thanksgiving Day, keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchens cause confusion
and this can result in burns.
Once the cooking begins remember to turn pot handles on the stovetop toward the center of the stove. Carefully position dishtowels and
oven mitts away from stovetop elements. Pay attention to which burner is turned on and don’t forget to turn it off when you are done. Use
a timer as a reminder when a dish is done.
If there is an oven fire – close the oven door and turn off heat. Once the oxygen has been depleted the fire will go out. Wait until the oven
has cooled before opening the door again. This also applies to microwave ovens as well. If you are not able to extinguish the fire,
evacuate everyone to your Emergency Assembly Point and call 911 from your cell phone
Yeadon firefighters add “Being safe is not an accident. Throughout this year’s holiday experiences, safety must be a partner.“
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History of the Yeadon Fire Company #1 Station 16
The company was founded on April 15, 1904 by a group of 12 men who held a series of meetings in
various citizens homes. The first activities of the Yeadon fire company included cake bakes and other
fund-raising projects to get enough money for fire equipment. A few months after organizing, the
company was able to purchase its first fire apparatus, a horse-drawn hose cart. When horses were not
available, the cart was pulled by men who labeled it ''old grunt an groan.'' The men soon found a way
to make certain that a lack of horses was a rarity. They came up with a plan that made the borough's
teamsters and liverymen as enthusiastic in answering fire alarms as were the volunteers. The first
man with a horse at the firehouse after the sound of the alarm was paid a flat fee of $2 for pulling the
cart. The system worked until 1922, when the fire company purchased its first motorized fire
apparatus, a three-quarter ton REO truck. The members themselves worked to convert the truck into
a chemical and hose fire apparatus. In fact, they also used the truck to pull the hose cart. In 1926, the
fire company acquired a Ford chassis. A wooden hose body was built by one of the members and "old
grunt and groan'' was retired from service.
"We started formal training in 1929 with the Philadelphia Fire Department," they said, and with
Chester in 1930. Then in 1939 the fire company went in for formal training in a big way and had
continuous instructions since. The fire company sends men to the Pennsylvania Fire Training School in
Lewistown and to the regional and county training schools. It has five men acting as instructors in the
county school at Ridley Park and has been in charge of Ladder classes at the school since 1948.
Another facet of fire protection lauded by the fire company is the location of the fire hydrants. ''They
are located around the borough so that they're within 500 feet of each other,'' The firefighter
explained the hydrants afforded good access to any dwelling fire in the borough and that the fire
company would use suction pumps to draw from the waterways and lakes only in the event of
extreme emergency. In the early 1930's the fire company had 2 motorized pumpers and a ladder
History of Apparatus:
The First new motorized piece of apparatus was purchased in 1915. This was a pumper.
In 1929, the fire company purchased a American LaFrance 750GPM Pumper.
In December 1937, the fire company moved into the current firehouse, beneath the borough hall.
In 1945 and 1947 the fire company purchased Mack Pumpers.
In 1948, the fire company purchased their first ambulance, a 1948 Studdebaker.
In 1956, the fire company purchased an 85ft Seagrave ladder truck. This truck served the community
In 1957, the fire company purchased a Cadillac ambulance.
In 1959, the fire company purchased their first rescue truck, which was placed in service in 1960 and
served the community until 1982.
In 1969, the fire company purchased their first closed cab pumper, a Seagrave 1000 Gallon Per Minute
pump, with automatic transmission. This truck served the community until 1990.
In 1973, the fire company purchased their first Van Ambulance, which was a chevy, and also the first
Lime Yellow piece of apparatus.
In 1975, the fire company purchased a Ward LaFrance 1500 Gallon Per Minute pump, fully enclosed
cab. The Ward was the first fully enclosed cab in Delaware County. Also the fire company purchased
their first box ambulance, a Horton, which was the first box ordered in Delaware County.
In 1979, the fire company purchased a GMC Emergency One Pumper (16-4), a 500 Gallon Per Minute
attack piece. This piece was housed on the 75th anniversary, and served the community until 1997.
In 1980, the fire company purchased a 106ft E-One ladder truck (Ladder 16-5) that served the
community until 2006.
In 1982, the fire company purchased a Chevy E-One rescue truck with an air bank (Rescue 16-6). This
piece of apparatus served the community until 2000.
In 1986, the fire company purchased a Braun Ambulance.
In 1990, the fire company purchased 2 identical Pumpers (Engine 16-1 and Engine 16-2), American
Eagle 1750 Gallon Per Minute Pumpers. This purchased marked another first in Delaware County for
the fire company. At this point the fire company finally had all Lime Yellow apparatus.
In 1993, the fire company hosted the Delaware County Fireman's Convention as part of the Yeadon
Borough's Centennial Celebration.
In 1999, the fire company purchased a new Horton Ambulance (16-7). This piece served the
community until 2008.
In 2000 the fire company purchased a Hammer / Freightliner Rescue truck (Rescue 16) and a Hammer
/ Ford attack/utility truck (Tac 16). They both still serve the community.
In 2004, the fire company had our 100 year Celebration and placed in service a 2004 GMC Horton
In 2007, the fire company purchased a 2007 Lifeline Ambulance (16-7A) that still served the
In 2008, the fire company purchased a 2008 Seagrave 100ft Force aerial with a prepiped waterway
and the fire company also purchased a 2008 Lifeline Ambulance (Medic 16-7). Both trucks still serve
In 2010, the fire company purchased a 2009 Ford Explorer to service as the Command Unit. It was
placed in Service in March as (Command 16).