On November 17, 2015 Springfield Fire Company held a training session on vehicle rescue. Led by Battalion Chief Foran the members used a variety of tools to disassemble two vehicles the were kindly donated to the fire company by residents of the community. Senior members honed their skills with the power tools while the younger members used a variety of hand tools to practice. During the training Squad 44 responded to Baltimore Pike and Homestead Road for a report of an accident. Assistant Chief Thomas advised the fire company was not need as the accident was minor and there were no injuries.
On October 16, 2015 at 1128pm Springfield Fire Company responded as the Rapid Intervention Team with Rescue 44 and 44-4 to a working house fire in Collingdale with people trapped. The crew under command of Assistant Chief Thomas split into two teams, one in the rear of the property and one in the front. Crews from Collingdale, Darby, Briarcliffe, Glenolden, Sharon Hill and Holmes battled the fire. A female was rescued by police prior to fire companies arrival, a male occupant was found deceased after the fire was extinguished. Springfield Fire Company stayed on scene for about 2 hours and returned to the station around 2am.
October is fire prevention month. Springfield Fire Company was very busy visiting over 20 schools and daycares through out the township. Battalion Chief and Fire Prevention Officer Tom Foran would like to thank all the residents, Township Commissioners, Township Manager Fulton for participating in our open house that was held on October 9. The rain did not deter several hundred visitors from coming out and enjoying the evening. The photograph is from Holy Cross. Firefighters Matt Letourneau and Steve Edwards, Jr. showing the children Squad 44.
The passing of a life member
John Wesley, a life member of the Springfield Fire Company, passed away on August 29, 2015. He was 78. John was a lifelong public servant with multiple careers in public service. John was a Military Police Officer that quickly turned his training into the civilian world by becoming a police officer for the Swarthmore Police Department in 1963. He served there for the next 33 years, rising to the rank of sergeant.
Over John’s 58 years of service to the Springfield Fire Company, he served in multiple capacities, including two-terms as a board of director, secretary, treasurer, second assistant chief and assistant chief. He also served with the Springfield Fire Company Fire Police unit as captain and chairman.
John was also a life member of the Springfield Ambulance Corps. He was also a member of the Swarthmore Fire Protection Association where he served as a board of director and treasurer.
John spent countless hours volunteering with Cub Scout Pack 503 and Boy Scout Troop 503 to help with their camping adventures. He was also an active member of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield for 46 years.
John embodies what it means to volunteer in his community. John was an upstanding firefighter, but more importantly, he was an outstanding person who will be sorely missed. RIP John, we have it from here brother.