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      Yeadon Fire Company # 1





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Yeadon Fire Department: Unique winter dangers


  As was demonstrated by the recent snow storm, life is filled by paradoxes—snow has its beauty and when in the recent, overbearing amounts, very distinctive dangers.  The Yeadon Fire Company cites the potential dangers that may be associated with efficiencies produced by the newer, heating systems. Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries cited the potential danger that can occur if the snow covers the “plastic pipe” type of exhaust system that replaces the traditional chimney exhaust on former heating systems.

  This possible threat to life may be produced when the heating system’s carbon monoxide faces resistance from the packed, moist snow.   The cure is simple; the first snow removal effort should focus on this possibly forgotten or un recognized danger.   Home owners who installed this cost-effective type of heating system are more likely to perform the safety steps of preventing restrictions in the exhausting of carbon monoxide and other products of heating.   Subsequent owners may not know this non-traditional exhaust system needs special attention when there large are snow fall amounts and possible drifting that can result in restricting the exhausting process.

  As any snowfall continues, renewed attention must be repeatedly performed.  When the snow may no longer be falling, the continuing winds may form ongoing drifting that can prevent the proper exhausting process.

  Chief Jeffries added another post storm warm—ice.  He explained, “Both elevating temperature sand the sun’s heat can result in the melting of snow on roofs and porches.  The result can create long, dangerous ice cycles that can, with no notice, fall. These falling objects can produce injuries or when they melt later freeze, producing slipping dangers on walking surfaces. “


Yeadon Fire Department: Yeadon saturday day multiple alarm fire


  For many members of the Yeadon Fire Company, their personal, day’s activities began early on Saturday morning, January 16. They were accelerating their personal schedules because of an annual Fire Company event—the organization’s award event.  When the fire dispatch was received by Yeadon and the initial support emergency responders at approximately 8:45 a.m., the experienced firefighters began reflections of previous fires and rescues.  The six separate structures with their four floors of living units have previously been the focus of area fire and emergency medical fire dispatches

  In its pre firefighting planning as this complex was being constructed, the Yeadon Fire Company addressed a special, fitting emergency response.  The potential life and property risks, and the possible traffic delay when responding from the Yeadon Fire Company require sentering Philadelphia, passing by Colwyn and traveling through a Darby neighborhood, has added in the initial response supplemental responders from adjacent communities.

  On Saturday morning, while preparing for that evening’s Yeadon Fire Company Award Banquet Yeadon’s fire chief was beginning his transporting of the collection of awards to the location of that evening’s award gathering.  In a quick detour he arrived as the initial Darby Fire Company radio message was telling of heavy smoke in building E.

  The next element of this descriptive messages told of a report of a trapped occupant on the top floor of that structure.  That message immediately altered the initial fire crew’s responses.  Their mission was to locate and evacuated the stranded person.

  Yeadon Fire Chief Craig Jeffries described the heroic location and removal of the woman as a “quick location and a rapid removal to the waiting EMS crew at the entrance to the “fire building.”  This rescue was begun by the hose crew from the Darby Fire Company No. 1 and the aerial ladder crew from the Yeadon Fire Company. 

  An occupant of that building within the complex is quoted as saying the woman rescued from the fire-unit was black from the fire and smoke and as one firefighter added, “she was found in the traditionally described, protective fetal position as if she were sleeping.”

  Emergency medical practices were initiated while the unit’s occupant was being transported to the nearby Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.  Following initial evaluation and stabilization, she was transferred to the hyperbolic chamber at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for advanced evaluation and treatment.

  Once the trapped victim was no longer the focus of the firefighters, the additional crews and apparatus accelerated their extinguishing the fire in the burning unit, checking for any fire growth to nearby units and to beginning the overhaul process in a search of any extension of the fire into hidden areas of the building’s construction.

  In addition to Yeadon and Darby Fire Company No.1, the initial crew response of personnel for firefighting and the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) this initial alert also included in the initial dispatch included personnel and apparatus from Darby Fire Patrol No. 2, Lansdowne, Clifton Heights and the Holmes Fire Company.  To assure emergency medical services, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital dispatched an emergency medical unit.

  Because of firefighting history in previous Foxcroft emergencies, PECO Energy and addition apparatus and crews were also summoned from Collingdale No. 1 and Collingdale No. 2. While progress was being made in the fire extinguishing efforts, there was no specific “go home: time window.”

  To assure the communities whose fire personnel were active in this Saturday morning fire, there were dispatched cover up fire services by summoning fire personneland apparatus from Ridley Township’s Leedom Estate Fire Company, Norwood, Prospect Park, and Haverford Township’s Mano Fire Company.

  The need to disconnect utilities and the aftermath of a fire of this extent fostered contacting the American Red Cross for food and clothing. Additionally, the Red Cross added they would be providing lodging assistance for occupants who do not have an alternate place to stay.

  Following this intense battle by approximately 75 firefighters, Yeadon’s Fire Chief praised the high energy efforts provided by these firefighters.  He added, “The success of this Saturday morning activity is a credit to the local and county fire training and the periodic training shared by neighbor fire organizations.  We all worked together well, functioning as a single unit.”

  Yeadon and regional investigators began their investigation of a fire that appears to have begun in a kitchen.  


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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   truck.


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 until 1980.

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). The Tac still serve the community. The Rescue served the community until 2013.

In 2004, the fire company had our 100 year Celebration and placed in service a 2004 GMC Horton Ambulance (16-7A).

In 2007, the fire company purchased a 2007 Lifeline Ambulance (16-7A) that still served the community.

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 the community.

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).

In 2012, the fire company purchased a 2012 KME Engine 1750 Gallon Per Minute Pumpers (Engine 16),Also in 2012, the fire company purchased a 2012 ford pickup (Utility 16).

In 2014, the fire company purchased a 2014 KME Squad 1750 Gallon Per Minute Pumper (Squad 16).