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The Upper Darby Township Fire Department

has 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 with approximately 60 Career Fire Fighters and 80 volunteers. The command structure consists of:

  • One Career Department Chief
  • Four Career Deputy Chiefs
  • Three Volunteer District Chiefs
  • Six Volunteer Assistant Chiefs
  • Twelve Career Captains
  • Seven Volunteer Captains
  • Five Volunteer 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 their own Fire Prevention Unit. The Department conducts Fire Prevention programs in all 23 schools, a major hospital, senior citizens groups, various businesses and all of the many in home day care providers and day care centers within the Township. The Fire Prevention Unit conducts fire drills though the year for all schools within the Township. We work with the business community to conduct fire drills throughout the year when requested.

The department also operates its own Smoke Detector Program for homeowners in the Township that request one.

We also have a program to deal with kids who play with fire or have tendencies to want to start fires.

7216 West Chester Pike
Office Hours
M-F 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
For email inquiries, please see our contact page

Dial 9-1-1 immediately for ALL fire, police, and medical emergencies

  • Plan, organize and administer a program of fire prevention and public safety in accordance with approved policies and directives;
  • Review the work performed by firefighting forces in suppression of fires;
  • Prepare, in conjunction with the Board of District Chiefs, an annual budget and capital budget for the Department;
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Board of District Chiefs, departmental plans and programs and coordinate implementation thereof with the departmental staff;
  • Supervise Township Fire Department personnel;
  • Meet with community agencies to explain the department's programs and to obtain cooperation for fire prevention programs;
  • Act as a liaison between the fire department and other township departments in order to achieve interdepartmental cooperation;
  • Oversee and coordinate training programs for all fire fighting personnel;
  • Coordinate collection and dissemination of information concerning emergency training;
  • Have the authority to be the incident manager of fire/rescue operations when he is at the scene of any incident occurring in Upper Darby Township and to work with the established command of the District Chiefs at the scene of any incident. As used in this subsection an incident shall mean any situation that requires a response by the fire department;
  • Prepare and submit annually a status report of the operations and activities of the fire department to the Mayor, Council, and the Board of District Chiefs;
  • Review building permit application drawings and provide advice to the Director of Licenses and Inspection regarding:
    • Compliance with the Township Fire Code
    • Compliance with the Township Building Code
    • Requirements for the handling and storage of flammable materials.
  • Serve as the Fire and Rescue Services and Hazardous Materials Officer as outlined in the upper Darby Township emergency Operations Plan.

The Upper Darby Township Fire Department has five (5) stations strategically located throughout the Township.

Cardington—Stonehurst Fire Company

350 Harrison Avenue Upper Darby, PA 19082

Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company

323 Edmonds Ave. Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Upper Darby Fire Company

7241 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, PA 19082

Primos-Secane-Westbrook Park Fire Company

Secane & Ashland Avenue Secane, PA 19018

Highland Park Fire Company

Park Avenue & Cedar Lane Upper Darby, PA 19082

The department has the following equipment:

  • 3 Ladder Trucks (l00’)
  • 1 Tower Ladder (l00’)
  • 1 75 ’ Quint (ladder & pumper combination)
  • 1 Foam Pumper
  • l 54’ Squirt Pumper
  • 7 Additional Pumpers
  • 2 Rescue Companies (used for many different incidents including vehicle, trench, elevator, residential, etc.)
  • l Trench Rescue Trailer