City of Chester Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1400

City of Chester Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1400 Thank you for visiting the City of Chester Professional Firefighters Local 1400's page. Executive Board Members of 1400 are:
President- Edward Reilly Jr.
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Vice President- Clarence Pearsall IV
Secretary-Stephen Quigley
Treasurer- Kevin Postlewait Thank you for visiting Chester Professional Firefighters Local 1400's page. We are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Chester located in Delaware County Pennsylvania as well as providing mutual aid to our surrounding communities. We man two station's, Stati

Vice President- Clarence Pearsall IV
Secretary-Stephen Quigley
Treasurer- Kevin Postlewait Thank you for visiting Chester Professional Firefighters Local 1400's page. We are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Chester located in Delaware County Pennsylvania as well as providing mutual aid to our surrounding communities. We man two station's, Stati

Operating as usual

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
06/25/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
06/25/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

The members of the D-Platoon are out today at various locations throughout the city collecting for Local 1400’s charitab...
06/18/2021

The members of the D-Platoon are out today at various locations throughout the city collecting for Local 1400’s charitable fund. #chesterpa #chesterfire #mda

The members of the D-Platoon are out today at various locations throughout the city collecting for Local 1400’s charitable fund. #chesterpa #chesterfire #mda

To provide protection to LIFE and PROPERTY, for the citizens of Chester. Fire Station 81 is one of two fire stations in ...
06/18/2021

To provide protection to LIFE and PROPERTY, for the citizens of Chester. Fire Station 81 is one of two fire stations in our city.

To provide protection to LIFE and PROPERTY, for the citizens of Chester. Fire Station 81 is one of two fire stations in our city.

Be on the lookout for Fire Fighters collecting for the Local 1400 charitable fund today!
06/18/2021

Be on the lookout for Fire Fighters collecting for the Local 1400 charitable fund today!

Be on the lookout for Fire Fighters collecting for the Local 1400 charitable fund today!

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
06/17/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
06/12/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

06/10/2021

For anyone looking for a vaccine, here are the dates for upcoming events.

This past Saturday, IAFF Local 1400 members played in the Delaware County Fallen Firefighter & EMS Memorial’s annual sof...
06/08/2021

This past Saturday, IAFF Local 1400 members played in the Delaware County Fallen Firefighter & EMS Memorial’s annual softball tournament. A fun time was had by all, but more importantly, funds were raised to support the memorial.

06/08/2021
Join us in congratulating 1999 fire academy graduates, Firefighters Dan Wilson and Rob Griffin, who are starting their 2...
06/07/2021

Join us in congratulating 1999 fire academy graduates, Firefighters Dan Wilson and Rob Griffin, who are starting their 23rd year on the job as of today!

Join us in congratulating 1999 fire academy graduates, Firefighters Dan Wilson and Rob Griffin, who are starting their 23rd year on the job as of today!

Stop by on Wednesday!!
06/07/2021

Stop by on Wednesday!!

06/07/2021

On behalf of Commisioner Rigby and the Chester Bureau of Fire, our deepest condolences go out to Chester Township Police department and the Paden Family. Corporal Kevin Paden suddenly passed away, and was a friend to many emergency responders in the area. May you Rest In Peace, Corporal.

06/06/2021

Today we remember all the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1944.

"Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory."

-General Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944.

We look forward to putting this equipment to good use!
06/01/2021

We look forward to putting this equipment to good use!

05/31/2021

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.

05/26/2021
Quick knock from our west end station!
05/24/2021

Quick knock from our west end station!

Just before 5 PM, City units were dispatched to 2nd and Parker Streets for a building fire. Squrt 81 (Bernath) arrived quickly after dispatch to find smoke showing and pulled an attack line. Car 3 (McBreen) established Parker Street command, while the ladder searched and opened up. The fire was quickly contained and held to the area of origin. Units were on scene for 45 minutes with no Injuries reported.

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
05/24/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

This past week, 3 members of Local 1400 traveled up to New Haven, Connecticut to honor Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., w...
05/24/2021

This past week, 3 members of Local 1400 traveled up to New Haven, Connecticut to honor Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., who tragically died in the line of duty. Firefighter Torres was 30 years old and married with a 3 year old child, along with a child on the way. On behalf of Local 1400, our thoughts are with the New Haven Fire Department and the Torres family.

Eastside companies headed out to 95 south for the third MVA of the night, this one was a small Car Vs Tractor Trailer. E...
05/22/2021

Eastside companies headed out to 95 south for the third MVA of the night, this one was a small Car Vs Tractor Trailer. E82 went in-service with a handline and extinguished the fire, no injures were reported. Units were clearing this call and headed to the upper Eastside for a apartment fire. Ladder 82 found a heavy smoke condition on 1st floor, a apartment door was forced finding a small stove fire contained to a pot. This was the 6th call for the department tonight.

05/21/2021

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DROPPED $ IN THE BOOT TODAY, OVER $4400 COLLECTED BY THE A PLATOON!

Collection day for the Local 1400 charitable fund!! After missing the  collection for 2020 due to the pandemic, we are h...
05/21/2021

Collection day for the Local 1400 charitable fund!! After missing the collection for 2020 due to the pandemic, we are hoping to build the fund back up and support various childrens sports teams and other charitable events in and around our city!

Collection day for the Local 1400 charitable fund!! After missing the collection for 2020 due to the pandemic, we are hoping to build the fund back up and support various childrens sports teams and other charitable events in and around our city!

Support our city’s dive team!
05/17/2021

Support our city’s dive team!

1400 members keeping our stations beautiful!
05/17/2021

1400 members keeping our stations beautiful!

05/17/2021
05/12/2021
05/12/2021
Congratulations to recruit class of 2001, today marks 20 years of service for Mike Bernath, Joe Jennings, Derick Davis a...
05/07/2021

Congratulations to recruit class of 2001, today marks 20 years of service for Mike Bernath, Joe Jennings, Derick Davis and Edward Reilly Jr.

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
04/29/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

04/26/2021
This weekend Firefighters Rice and Postlewait had the honor of performing the Honor Guard Detail during the national ant...
04/26/2021

This weekend Firefighters Rice and Postlewait had the honor of performing the Honor Guard Detail during the national anthem for the Army/Navy game at Talen Energy Stadium. Thank you to Talen Energy Stadium for having us!

This weekend Firefighters Rice and Postlewait had the honor of performing the Honor Guard Detail during the national anthem for the Army/Navy game at Talen Energy Stadium. Thank you to Talen Energy Stadium for having us!

The C-Platoon went to work this evening on West 5th Street. #chesterfire #chesterpa #iaff
04/21/2021

The C-Platoon went to work this evening on West 5th Street. #chesterfire #chesterpa #iaff

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post
04/15/2021

Photos from City of Chester Bureau of Fire's post

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PO Box 357
Chester, PA
19013

General information

A confidential insurance industry fire inspection report may be the death knell for the volunteer fire service in Chester, Pa., and open a new era of improved fire protection for that city through a fully paid firefighting force. The gradual phasing out of the volunteers in Chester (pop. 56,331) may well spark a trend in other cities and communities still largely dependent on volunteers for their fire fighting capability. Chester Fire Administrator William Sharpless, a former volunteer firefighter himself, said that changing times means the eventual end of volunteers in the city. The ironic twist in the Chester situation is that for years the volunteers ruled supreme and fought the paid men on any issue that might upset their authority. Prior to 1961 when Chester's 29 paid drivers applied for and received a charter as IAFF Local 1400, they were employed by the city's five volunteer fire companies and not the City of Chester. Thus they were deprived of the benefits enjoyed by other public employees in the state under existing civil service laws. With the backing of the IAFF, the Local 1400 members went to court to prove that they were employees of the city and not the volunteer fire company. After lengthy and costly litigation all the way up to the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court it was determined that the paid firefighters of Chester were, indeed, employees of the city. As a result of that decision, coupled with the recently revealed insurance industry report mentioned above, the volunteer firefighters' days may be numbered. The fire inspection survey talks about the adequate water supply for fighting fire and an inadequate fire communications system. However, most interest is likely to be focused on the recommendations for more paid firefighters and full time chiefs. The survey was issued by Insurance Service Office, an agent for a large number of insurance companies. Similar surveys are made in municipalities throughout the nation every 15 or 20 years. The last survey for Chester is dated 1955. Information in the report has the potential to change fire insurance rates within the city. The report recommends “at least four members, including a competent company officer, be on duty at all times with each engine and ladder company.” It goes on to say that six members on duty is considered “standard”. Only one of Chester’s five fire companies meets even the substandard four-man requirement. “The chief and sufficient assistant chiefs (should) be appointed on a full-paid basis,” the report says. Chester’s fire chief and his two assistants are now volunteer. The city also does not have a “full-time training officer,” also recommended. James McDonald, President of Local 1400, said he agrees with the recommendations of the report. The insurance inspectors say that from 2 to 15 volunteers usually report for a fire. McDonald said that about a third of the time only two volunteers will show up. Fire Administrator Sharpless agreed with his estimate. The insurance report lists 595 volunteer firemen, but most of them are not active firefighters. Sharpless said there may be about 75 “active” volunteers, but he said only about 20 men can be expected to go to fires week after week. “Those are the men who have their hearts in it,” he said. There are 45 paid firefighter, 15 for each eight-hour shift. McDonald said that, when enough volunteers do not report, “it’s pretty tough for a man driving his engine to put the machine in-service, pull the line off by himself and then take the line into the fire himself.” While trying to improve the fire protection services for the taxpayers of Chester, the local has also managed to upgrade the wages and working conditions of its membership. According to President McDonald, the local recently went to arbitration to win a first collective bargaining contract for its membership. The new pact includes a complete a complete hospitalization plan paid for by the city, clothing allowance, improved vacation plan, and other fringes. “We’ve been through a lot in 13 years since we have been chartered,” President McDonald said, “but it shows what a small but determined group of firefighters can do with the backing of our great parent organization, the IAFF. I hope other small locals like ours will also find the courage to hang in there when the going gets tough. All that blood, sweet, and tears has finally paid off!” Source – IAFF Magazine February 1974 Local 1400 was chartered July 13,1961 by the following members - Harry Cornish Jr. Ed Leamy Sr. William Sweeney Herm Dickerson Jr. Frank Parker Hartley Haywood Jr. Joseph Rhoads Sr. Harold Walker ThomasSmalley Charles Gremminger Lewis Ogden Jr. George Watson Peter Minaszak James Gallager Charles McClelland

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Thank you for visiting Chester City Professional Firefighters Local 1400's page. We are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Chester located in Delaware County Pennsylvania as well as providing mutual aid to our surrounding communities. We man two station's, Station 1 (81) located at Third and Tilghman Streets in the city's west end, and Station 2 (82) located in the east end at Fourteenth Street and Providence Avenue. Station 81 houses Squrt 81(Out of service due to staffing) and Engine 81. Station 82 (Fire Head Quarters) houses Engine 82, Tower Ladder 82, and a Battalion Chief's vehicle (Chester 11). Chester Firefighters serve a population of 37,000 in 5 sq miles 24 hours a day 365 days a year with Pride, Integrity, and Courage.

Station 1- Engine 81 (Staffing 3) Squrt 81 (Staffing 3)* OOS due to staffing levels

Station 2- Engine 82 (Staffing 3) Ladder 82 (Staffing 4)

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I want to thank you guys and girls so much for the flowers! They were extremely thoughtful and we really appreciate your thoughts, prayers and support💙
Hello I saw your story on the news here in Pleasant Plain, Ohio about an unidentified smell. We have been experiencing the same thing here in our community. It comes and goes and has been smelled as far as a 10 mile radius depending on the temperature outside. It's not a pleasant smell we thought it was a gas leak also. After someone posted about the smell in our group a local farmer explained to us it was deteriorating radishes from his cover crop the ground froze killing them but the recent warm air has made them deteriorate faster putting off a gas smell as explained below. Maybe this is your smell to?
We at Aston Township Fire would like to thank our brothers at The City of Chester Professional Fire Fighters B/C Steve Quigley and Steve Luongo’s Towing for the repair of our winch
Thank you Sisters and Brothers for the beautiful floral arrangement that was sent to our home in remembrance of my Mother Respectfully, Gordon T Pippin
Thank you Sisters and Brothers for the floral arrangement sent to our home it was beautiful in remembrance of my Mother Respectfully, Gordon T Pippin
Posted 5hrs ago Chester fire Bureau Ladder 82 cruising on the west end of the city on this beautiful morning stationery on the East one of the busiest in Delaware county 14.7 miles out of Wilmington De. Proud 82!
Proud to call them my brothers
Thank you!!! During a CO scare, these guys took the time to calm my son down. Then showed up with stickers, hats and crayons for the future fire fighter 🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒