PRESS RELEASE - Fire Department Reinvestment

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April 30, 2021

Mayor Keffer and State Rep. Zabel Reinvest in the Upper Darby Fire Department with New Streetscape Improvements at Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company

UPPER DARBY, PA: Mayor Barbarann Keffer and State Representative Mike Zabel recently unveiled the completion of streetscape improvements that were made at the Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company thanks in part to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The overall purpose of the project was to improve operations at the Company by replacing the concrete sidewalk to accommodate larger fire trucks.

“These are exactly the types of new infrastructure investments that will help revitalize our community while improving the firehouse operations,” Mayor Keffer said. “The newly constructed, ADA-compliant curb ramps allow for a more walkable community, and the replacement of a concrete swale with a vegetated swale improves water quality and helps promote green infrastructure. We are grateful to Representative Zabel for his support of the project and to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for providing the multimodal grant that helped make these enhancements possible.” Station Chief Jim Hoban said he and his team deeply appreciate the support of the Township and the Commonwealth.

“It’s always rewarding to see our fire departments, first responders, and emergency personnel receive the funding they desperately need,” Representative Zabel said. “These men and women endanger their own well-being to make sure members of the community receive the protection, support, and services they need whenever and wherever emergencies and disasters arise.”

Mayor Keffer and Upper Darby Fire Department Chief Derrick Sawyer held a virtual Town Hall meeting for residents via Zoom and YouTube on Wednesday night to talk about the Department’s work in the community and Chief Sawyer’s vision for its future. “As an experienced leader and a risk reduction expert, Chief Sawyer has made tremendous strides both within the Fire Department and throughout Upper Darby,” Mayor Keffer said. “We look forward to seeing the Department continue to grow and flourish under his leadership.”

“Educating the community on the risk and hazards associated with the community they live in and how they can stay safe is an important component of fire and life safety,” Chief Sawyer said. He added that the Department is currently recruiting new firefighters, and anyone who is interested should send their contact information to Requirements to apply include a high school degree, a valid PA driver’s license, being at least 18 years of age, and the ability to pass physical and written examinations, as well as a psychological examination.

Upper Darby is Pennsylvania’s sixth-largest municipality. Elected in 2019, Mayor Barbarann Keffer has focused her efforts on reform, revitalization, and reinvestment into Upper Darby. Mayor Keffer is also working to make the community more inclusive and grow it as a forward-looking regional leader for families and businesses.