Manoa Fire Company

The Manoa Fire Company is one of five volunteer fire stations serving the 9.5 square miles of Haverford Township. The Company provides fire suppression, rescue operations, and assists with emergency medical services to the Township's approximate 50,000 residents. The Company's firefighting staff is 100% volunteer, staffing an Engine, a Rescue, and a Rescue-Pumper 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to continue to provide this vital service to the community, the Manoa Fire Company is always looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming part of something special and joining the brotherhood of firefighting, see our Become a Member section.


Friday, March 28, 2014  We here at Manoa Fire Company are excited to announce the newest members of our family. Firefighter John Connors and his wife Dana are the proud Mom and Dad to Cate and Caroline born at 529 and 537 am March 28th. Momand the girls are doing very well. We look forward to Dad to bringing them by to meet us.




Wednesday, March 5, 2014 15:10 Just before 3pm Llanerch, Brookline and Bon Air were dispatched to the 600 block of Darby Road for a house fire. Crews arrived to find a 3 story home with smoke and fire from the 3rd floor. 35-9 established command and requested Oakmont and Manoa for RIT and manpower. Later in the incident an additional RIT team from Springfield was dispatched along with Medics from Haverford and DCMH. Units were able to get the fire placed under control in less then 1 hour and remained on scene for almost 3 hours checking for extension and overhaul.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014  Congratulations to Deputy Chief Mike Norman and his wife Kristin on the birth of Michael Patrick Norman at 12:40pm on Monday, February 24th. Michael weighed in at 8lbs 9oz and is 20 inches long. Kristin and Michael are doing great. We certainly cannot forget to congratulate our Chief Mike Norman and his wife Liz who are now proud grandparents.




Wednesday, February 5, 2014  After the overnight ice storm had changed to rain crews were first alerted at 07:50 am to the 200 Block of North Belfield for an accident with entrapment tree on an auto. Dispatched were crews from Manoa, Bon Air, Oakmont, Manoa EMS, Haverford EMS and the Haverford Police. Chief Mccans 108-9 arrived first and reported there was no auto involved a tree had fallen on a resident trapping them. On arrival of the Rescue Companies crews worked on stabilizing the tree, lifting the tree with air bags and finally cutting the tree to free the trapped subject. Once freed EMS was assisted with packaging and Haverford Public Works assisted with removing the remaining tree. Once cleared and back in the station members restored equipment and the apparatus. Shortly after members from Manoa ran 2 automatic fire alarms and a transformer fire. Shortly before noon the assignment with another accident with entrapment in the 400 block of Township Line Road bringing crews from LLanerch, Manoa, Oakmont, Manoa and Llanerch EMS and the Haverford EMS. Arriving crews found a 2 vehicle accident with one subject confined. Crews sabilized the vehicle and removed a door with turn over to EMS.  During the morning 14 members staffed the station and responded to the emergencies.

Belfield Accident

Belfield Accident

Township Line Accident

Township Line Accident



Wednesday, January 29, 2014  Today Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old upstate New York boy who rescued six relatives from a fire but died while trying to save his grandfather, will be laid to rest with a ceremony and honor befitting a fallen firefighter. 

Tyler may you Rest in Peace Hero.




Monday, January 27, 2014  We are very excited to announce our Manoa Family grew today by two. EMT Eileen Righter and Husband Bill announce the birth of their son William Francis Righter weighing in at 8 pounds 10 ounces. Later in the day Firefighter/EMT John Bera and his wife Caroline announced the birth of their daughter Evelyn Joyce Bera weighing in at 9 pounds 10 ounces. All members are very excited to meet our new members here at the station soon. Congratulations to our new parents and best wishes.




Wednesday, January 15, 2014  During the officer’s meeting this week and with Board Approval last evening, Manoa Fire Company announces changes to the fire officer staff going forward into 2014. To begin the officers meeting , Gerry Kelly announced he had decided he would be stepping down as Deputy Chief to assume the role of Safety Officer (56-10). Gerry has served as an Assistant Chief for the last 15 years, the last 9 years as Deputy Chief. Gerry will continue to be active part of the officer staff as Safety Officer and will continue to mentor new members and officers. We thank Gerry for all the work he has done during his tenure as Deputy Chief. With that said, there are some promotions and new additions to the staff. Mike Norman Jr. will be assuming the role of Deputy Chief (56-9A), Lou Lattanzio has been promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief (56-9B), Andrew Coll has been promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief (56-9C), Kevin Smith Sr. remains as Captain (56-12), Bob Fowler has been added to the staff as Captain (56-12A),  Kevin Smith Jr. remains as Lieutenant (56-13) and  Steve Benecke has also been added to the staff as Lieutenant (56-13A). A complete run down of the officer staff is below:

Fire Officers

Chief (56-9) – Michael C. Norman

Deputy Chief (56-9A) – Michael E. Norman

Assistant Chief (56-9B) – Lou Lattanzio

Assistant Chief (56-9C) – Andrew Coll

Safety Officer (56-10) – Gerry Kelly

Captain (56-12) – Kevin Smith Sr.

Captain (56-12A) – Bob Fowler Jr.

Lieutenant (56-13) – Kevin Smith Jr.

Lieutenant (56-13A) – Steve Benecke

Engineering Staff:

Squad 56 – Andrew Payne

Engine 56 – Ashley Jameison

Rescue 56 – Bob Fowler III

Station 56  - Brian Talecki




Saturday, January 11, 2014 17:40 Crews from Newtown Square Station 41, Broomall Station 53, Edgemont Station 64, Rose Tree Station 73 and Rit 23 Media were dispatched to the unit block of Llangollen Drive in Newtown Square for a house fire. Shortly after dispatch it was re dispatched as a working fire and Station 56 was requested for the second RIT team and the Tanker Task Force. RIT 56 stood by while crews worked the fire on the first floor and later assisted with overhaul. Engine 56 was clear just under two hours.




Friday, January 10, 2014 00:50 Crews from Manoa, Brookline, Llanerch, and Garrettford Drexel Hill were dispatched to the unit block of Jacalyn Drive.  Chief 56-9 arrived on location of a 2 story split level home with smoke from the kitchen area. Squad 56 stretched a handline and worked with crews from Ladder 35 and Engine 56 to locate the source. Crews found a faulty dishwasher and small fire in the wall. Engine 34 and RIT 20 stoodby and all units were clear at the one hour mark.




Thursday, January 2, 2014 

As 2013 has come to an end the Officers and Members of Manoa Fire Company wish to thank our Family's for their continued support of our responders. We also wish to thank those who support us in our community and help us help you. We close out the year having responded to 365 fire emergencies and over 1700 EMS emergencies for the year and are happy to report only one minor injury to a member. We look forward to serving you and look forward to our family growing. Happy New Year and have a safe and healthy 2014.



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