When a 12 year-old Norristown boy ran back in to a house fire yesterday to try and rescue his disabled father, he needlessly lost his life because the rest of his family were outside, in back of the house. No one should EVER return into a burning home for any reason -- yet many people perish because they simply cannot find a loved one. All of this could be avoided with smart family emergency planning.
The West Grove Fire Company's London Britain Station was the host location for area Cub Scouts to race their pinewood derby cars this weekend.
In the shadow of WGFC's 1928 antique fire truck known as "Elsie," Cub Scouts of all ages put their designs to the test on a multi-car track featuring digital timing. Dozens of kids competed, using cars they had to design and build themselves.
Winter storm Jonas delivered quite a wallop to the West Grove area – the storm quickly escalated into blizzard conditions and left behind 25 inches of snow. Life was not easy in the Avon Grove area. High snowfall rates, high winds and cold temperatures hampered snow removal for both road crews and residents – and for much of Saturday and Saturday night, roads were nearly impassable, and conditions ... (Full Story & Photos)
Station 22 at the height of Winter Storm Jonas -- the company responded to nearly 20 emergency calls during the storm.
Clear snow from fire hydrants for safety -- and help our area fire department.
As the area digs out from record snowfall, please keep these very important tips in mind:
1) If your neighborhood has fire hydrants, please help use by clearing snow from all around hydrants -- best case, a three foot diameter circle. Did the snow plow bury the hydrant? If we can get to it in an emergency, we can't get to water quickly. Please help us by digging it out.
A broken hydraulic line resulted in an engine compartment fire that destroyed this Franklin Township plow just as a blizzard was starting. Crews from Engine 223 extinguished this fire in 19 degree weather.
Thank you to Chief Felker for his years of dedicated service to West Grove.
The months of 2015 have come and gone quickly. We have all forgotten how we started the year with an early January snowstorm that gave us 1 ½ inches of snow. We should not forget the three day killing spree in Paris starting at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters. As spring closed we were reminded that tragedy can strike close to home when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia killing 8 ... (Full Story & Photos)
A familiar West Grove resident is returning as Fire Chief, the result of annual elections at the West Grove Fire Company. John Chambers was elected fire chief and Tom Glass was elected president of the WGFC, which serves the communities of Southern Chester County in and around the Avon Grove School District.
John Chambers is no stranger to the office of Fire Chief of the WGFC. John has the distinction ... (Full Story & Photos)
John Chambers has been elected to the office of Fire Chief of the West Grove Fire Company for 2016. John returns to that office having served as Chief for 23 years from 1984 until 2006.
Santa hears the wishes of children on Chimienti Drive during the last Santa escort of the 2015 season aboard WGFC's Rescue 22-1.
With Santa on the front bumper of Rescue 22-1, the West Grove Fire Company wrapped up its last Santa Escort with a visit to Chimienti Drive off of Avondale-New London Road on Christmas Eve. Delighting children with a surprise visit, Santa was then whisked back to his sleigh to continue worldwide deliveries of presents.