Darby Fire Patrol #2 is a 100% volunteer department in a densely populated primarily residential area just outside of Southwest Philadelphia. We provide structural fire suppression, rescue and hazmat operations, and fire prevention services to an urban population of 10,299 residents across 1.5 square miles in Darby Borough, Delaware County, PA 19023 (2000 US Census). Our 25 firefighters operate 2 engines and 1-75’ Quint from 1 station. We provide automatic aid to Colwyn (pop. 2,453) and Aldan (pop. 4,313) Boroughs as a first-alarm ladder company, almost doubling our population served and increasing the size of our first-due area. We also have automatic aid agreements in place with, Collingdale, Yeadon, and a mutual aid agreement with the neighboring City of Philadelphia, including a 4th alarm assignment at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). DFP2 operates a 2009 75’ Quint, a 1985 open canopy-cab engine, a 1993 engine, and a 1975 utility. Relative to the size of the district, DFP2 is a busy company that responded to 454 calls in 2015 a 68% increase since 2008. In addition, we protect numerous elements of critical infrastructure including a high-pressure natural gas pipeline, a PECO electric substation, and numerous cell phone towers and roughly 1 mile of PA Rt 13, a major thoroughfare to Philadelphia with heavy commercial and hazardous material traffic (11,000 vehicles daily – PennDOT Traffic Volume Map 2007). DFP2 also protects 1.5 miles of CSX Freight Lines with 5 trains/day of nearly 100 cars carrying a variety of tankers and other hazardous cargo, the SEPTA Rt. 11 Trolley and R2 Wilmington lines, and Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service of over 30 trains per day, including the Acela High Speed line. Darby Borough is also on the approach to PHL. Major commercial facility hazards include numerous welding businesses with large amounts of high-pressure hazardous gases, the expansive Roberts Filters plant, and various active and vacant manufacturing facilities. DFP2 also protects the Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, 5 nursing homes, 2 shopping centers greater than 50’ by 100’, and 8 buildings greater than 4 stories tall. Darby Borough is home to 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 20 daycare centers, a charter school, as well as the Darby Free Library (nation’s oldest continuously operating library).
The Southeastern PA Transportation Authority (SEPTA) mass transit system allows anyone to easily reach Center City Philadelphia with its many Universities, historical and cultural points of interest.
DFP2 recognizes the importance of training our members to the latest NFPA 1001 standards. All new firefighters must be certified to FF1 within 12 months of joining the department. Currently, 10 of our members are trained to this standard and we work closely with the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center (Delco ESTC) to train others.