First West Chester Fire Company

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Mar 31
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May 48
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Jul 0
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2014 542
2013 447
2012 436
2011 525
2010 492
2009 538
2008 525
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The First West Chester Fire Company is one of three 100% volunteer fire companies that make the West Chester Fire Department. The Station is located at South Bradford Avenue and West Miner Street in East Bradford Township.  The First West Chester Fire Company provides fire/rescue coverage to West Chester Borough, as well as West Goshen, East Bradford, Westtown, Birmingham, and Thornbury Townships. As the oldest company in the West Chester Fire Department, our volunteer organization has been proudly serving our communities since 1799.

Strong Storms Hit Area

1st Class Firefighter Bret Baker, June 23

As many Chester County residents are aware, shortly after 5pm the Southeast PA region was impacted by a strong line of thunderstorms. These storms left many trees uprooted, branches broken, and thousands without power for days. The West Chester area was especially hit hard with the countless trees down blocking roadways as evidence.

The First West Chester Fire Company responded to nearly a dozen ... (Full Story & Photos)

3 Alarm Fire on Box 5101

Lieutenant Justin McClure, June 17

At 2123 hours on June 15, Chester County Fire Board alerted Stations 51, 53, and Tower 54 for a building fire in the unit block of North Church Street in West Chester Borough. Calls to Chester County 911 stated that there was smoke and fire coming from the roof of a building in the block. Assistant 52 responded and added the additional engines from Station 52.

Engine 52-2 was first to arrive reporting ... (Full Story & Photos)

Photo Courtesy Tom Kelly IV
Photo Courtesy Tom Kelly IV

Back to Back Boxes

1st Class Firefighter Bret Baker, June 08

Just after 0700 Stations 51, 52 (Goodwill Fire Company), 53 (Fame Fire Company), and Ladder 56 (Goshen Fire Company) were dispatched to the 700 Block of South Church Street at West Chester University for a Building Fire. The initial report was smoke coming from a mechanical closet. Asst 53 arrived first on location followed by Engine 51-1 and Engine 53. The cause of the smoke was determined to be ... (Full Story)

Happy Memorial Day

Lieutenant Justin McClure, May 25

Today, we thank the members of the United States armed forces, who gave their lives so that others may live in a free and prosperous nation. In particular, we take a moment of pause and thank the members of First West Chester that have or are currently serving this Country.... (Full Story & Photos)

Photos Courtesy IrishEyez Photography
Photos Courtesy IrishEyez Photography

RIT Response to Downingtown Borough

Lieutenant Justin McClure, May 12

At 1656 hours, Station 51 was dispatched as the Rapid Intervention Team to the 100 block of Wallace Avenue in Downingtown Borough for a building fire. A passerby reported smoke coming from the end unit of a strip mall. Downingtown Fire Department units were clearing another small structure fire and responded immediately. Battalion 46 arrived and reported a two and half story strip mall with smoke ... (Full Story & Photos)


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