About the Upper Darby Fire Department
The Upper Darby Township Fire Departmenthas the responsibility of protecting a population which numbers approximately 81,177 residents within a large municipality of approximately seven point six two (7.62) square miles.
It currently consists of five (5) stations:
- Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company: organized on March 12, 1908
- Highland Park Fire Company: organized November 29, 1911
- Upper Darby Fire Company: organized in 1916
- Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Company: organized January 16, 1916
- Primos Secane Westbrook Park Fire Company: organized in 1955
The Fire Department is a combination department consisting of approximately 44 Career Fire Fighters and 200 Volunteer Fire Fighters. The Chief officers consist of:
- One Career Department Chief
- Three Career Deputy Chiefs
- Five District Chiefs
- Fifteen Assistant Chiefs
- Six Career Captains
- Ten Volunteer Captains
- Ten Lieutenants
- One Career Fire Marshal
- One Training Coordinator/Administrator
- One Department Secretary
The department responds to over 3,000 calls a year consisting of buildings, structure fires, automobiles, trash, brush, auto accidents and E.M.S. assist calls with the Delaware County Memorial Hospital Paramedics.
The Upper Darby Township Fire Department also operates it's own Fire Prevention Unit. The Department conducts Fire Prevention programs in all the 23 schools, a major hospital, senior citizens groups, various businesses and all its many in home day care providers and day care centers within the Township. The Fire Prevention Unit not only conducts fire drills though out the year for all the many schools within the Township but works along with the business community to conduct fire drills throughout the year at their request.
The department also operates its own Smoke Detector Program for senior citizens, handicap persons, and any families in our Township that cannot afford one.
We also have a program to deal with kids who play with fire or have tendencies to want to start fires.