The Abington Township Fire Department (ATFD) is an all-volunteer force made up of five fire companies all operating within Abington Township.
The five companies that form the ATFD are Abington, McKinley, Weldon, Edge Hill, and Roslyn. The service area is made up of approximately 15 square miles of Abington Township and is comprised of residential, commercial, educational, medical, light industrial, and other suburban residential properties. The ATFD serves approximately 55,000 residents.
The Abington Township Fire Department is a dedicated team of approximately 235 volunteer firefighters. The department’s mission to provide excellent services to the community is accomplished by a volunteer work force that is proficient in a multitude of specialized skills and empowered with a high level of involvement in its success.
The ATFD provides twenty-four hour emergency service 365 days a year with an all-volunteer firefighting force. The most common services provided is fire and rescue services; however, routinely the ATFD provides additional services including environmental conservation, hazardous materials incidents, emergency management, traffic control, public education and fire prevention programs, fire inspections, code enforcement, and risk reduction activities. The department currently operates four ladder trucks, ten engines, and one heavy rescue truck along with additional technical and support vehicles. As an all-volunteer fire department, the organization prides itself in the manner its members work collaboratively to meet the expectations of the community. In 2014, the Abington Township Fire Department provided the community with over 34,000 hours of volunteer community service.
Abington Township Fire Department recently received accreditation from an internationally recognized public safety organization. The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) has put Abington Township Fire Depart- ment on the map of highly acclaimed emergency service providers.
The road to accreditation was long and detailed, with years of applications, assessments, and plans submitted to the Commission. The ATFD had to meet over 300 performance indicators, core competencies, and criteria in areas such as fire suppression, fire training, strategic planning, fire prevention and public education programs, finances, physical and human resources, and firefighter safety. The department had to conduct a self-assessment that included a detailed community risk analysis and strategic planning components. This documenta- tion represented a significant effort by the members of the department.
Abington is the only volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious accreditation.
Throughout the year, the ATFD participates in many community events, such as the Abington School District’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge, Student Govern- ment Day, and Service Learning Day.
On Student Government Day the ATFD welcomes students from Abington Senior High School’s government classes. Students tour the fire training facility and are introduced to the various fire trucks and tools used by the ATFD. In ad- dition, they learned how the various municipal departments have a major role in serving the community.
At Service Learning Day, students are able to experience what it is like to be a firefighter as they crawl through smoke, operate hoses, and participate in other activities at the department’s training facility. Service Learning Day is an event aimed at teaching students the importance of community involvement. It also represents a chance for the ATFD to recruit young people who will help con- tinue the legacy of the five volunteer fire companies
The department’s vision is that the ATFD will continue to be recognized by its citizens as five professional, well-trained, community-centered volunteer companies, unified as one fire department which places a high premium on excellent service.
The ATFD will continue to work to honor our community’s trust by providing the most effective, efficient, and fiscally-responsible service possible with the intent to meet or exceed the customers’ expectations. The department is driven to meet best practices ensuring that Abington Township is served by a fire department that is a responsible, dedicated, quality volunteer organization.