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.


Monday, November 19, 2012  The holidays are upon us, and with that comes a multitude of different things.  Most importantly, family and friends will be coming into town and visiting all sorts of members of the community.

Everyone is reminded to drive safely this holiday season, and remember that being a little late to a family party is much better than spending your holiday in the Emergency Room due to an accident.  Be careful on the roads out there, and also remember that not everyone else out there is being as safe as you may be.  Most importantly, please, no drinking and driving.

The Thanksgiving turkey doesn't taste any good if we have to come over and spray it with a hose!  Keep safe this year, and if you plan to deep fry your turkey, I hope you remember to allow it to thaw before dipping it into the oil.

All in all, have a safe and happy holiday season this year!




Monday, September 10, 2012  As the summer months come to an end, so does the business year for the Manoa Fire Company.  We had ourselfs a busy year as usual, finishing up with 321 fire/rescue emergencies and over 1700 medical emergencies.

Though every member of this elite group deserves a round of applause, we would like to bring a few names to your attention.  The following people were overly dedicated (if that's even possible) and managed to score themselves a spot in the top ten lists of 2012.  Congratulations folks, and thank you.

***Top Ten Fire Response's-

Asst. Engineer Ashley Jameison - 239

Chief Mike Norman Sr - 237

Firefighter Robert Regan - 169

Asst. Chief Mike Norman Jr - 168

Asst. Chief Gary Greenfield - 161

Fire Captain Kevin Smith Sr - 161

Asst. Chief Gerry Kelly - 158

Fire Captain Lou Lattanzio - 158

Fire Lieutenant Kevin Smith Jr - 154

EMS Captain Jim Smith - 152

***Top Ten EMS Hours

Firefighter Norm Williams - 713

FF/EMT TJ Regan - 329

Asst. EMS Engineer Joe Yochim - 329

Asst. Engineer Ashley Jameison - 326

Fire Captain Lou Lattanzio - 321

Asst. Chief Mike Norman Jr - 315

EMT Desiree Riccardelli - 308

Fire Captain Kevin Smith Sr - 306

EMS Captain Bill Wechsler - 301

FF/EMT Jordan Knarr - 293

***Top Ten EMS Response's

Firefighter Norm Williams - 95

Asst. EMS Engineer Joe Yochim - 71

EMT Desiree Riccardelli - 64

EMS Captain Bill Wechsler - 52

Asst. Engineer Ashley Jameison - 43

FF/EMT Jordan Knarr - 38

EMT Ken Kelly Jr - 36

EMS Captain Jim Smith - 34

FF/EMT Tom Montagino - 33

FF/EMT TJ Regan - 32




Sunday, September 2, 2012  The Officers and Senior Members of the Manoa Fire Company would like to congratulate members Eddie Thorne and Jordan Koch on passing the Montgomery County State Certified Fire Fighter 1.  These two worked long and hard to pass this class, which seems to get longer and harder with every year that passes.  The graduation ceremony was held a few weeks back, and these two have been waiting patiently for their chance to show off what they learned.

In mid August the boys were evaluated down at the township training grounds to see how well they learned the skills required to do basic firefighting operations.  After proving they have what it takes, the Chief issued them their clean black helmets to replace the red and yellow "probie" helmets.

Again, congrats guys.  You will do fine in this line of work.  Just make sure next time there is a fire we respond to, come up for the call.




Thursday, August 30, 2012  At 0856 hours companies 35, 34, Rescue 56, and Medic 108 were dispatched to the area of Edgewood Rd and Oxford Rd for the building fire, reported two people inside the residence.  Multiple calls came in reporting heavy fire in the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Company 38 was added to the incident as the RIT as Medic 108-9 (Paramedic Chief McCans) arrived and reported a working building fire, all occupants out of the house.  35-9 (Chief Viola) assumed command and requested full company 38 to the scene.  Intial crews began knocking the heavy fire in the rear of the building down from the exterior and the crew from Engine 56 began interior ventilation.  Multiple handlines were placed in service by all hands.  The fire was placed under control at 0926 hours and salvage and overhaul began.

Company 56 responded with an outstanding 16 total volunteers.  During the incident Company 20 (Garrettford Drexel Hill) was alerted and brought Engine 20-1 and Ladder 20 to the 56 house to cover the township.




Wednesday, August 29, 2012  At about 1145 hours the first due companies were dispatched to the 200 block of Pancoast Ave in Springfield for a dwelling fire.  Early calls reported there was a high tension power line down on the roof of the home.  Police arrived and confirmed this as 44-9 (Chief Woolson) arrived and reported the working building fire.  PECO was notified immediately and were told to make this incident a priority as firefighting crews were unable to properly attack the fire.  Multiple additional units were called in to the scene throughout the incident including Canteen 47.  At 1228 hours 44-9 reported PECO had secured the power and crews could begin their proper attack of the fire.  A short 11 minutes later the evac tones were struck and all hands were ordered out of the building for an exterior attack.  During the event covers were placed into Station 44, bringing Rescue 56, Tower 34, and Engine 58 to handle emergencies in the local.  During overhaul the Rescue and the Tower were called into the scene to assist as many of the firefighters on scene were extremely tired.  The fire was placed under control at 1334 hours.




Friday, August 3, 2012  At 0600hours on Friday August the 3rd Andrew Coll's wife Liz gave birth to Emma Jane.  Emma is the third child of the Coll family and is a welcome addition.

Andrew tells us that Liz and Emma are doing very well, and the older two (Madison and Sean) are extremely excited to have a little sister.

On behalf of the entire Manoa Fire Company, congratulations to the Coll family!




Friday, May 25, 2012  Just before 4pm Company 56, Engine 34, Ladder 35, and Medic 108 were dispatched to the 800 Block of North Eagle Rd. for a garage fire. Squad 56 arrived to find a small electrical fire, stretched a handline and secured the power. Ladder 35 opened up to check for extension while Engine 34 handled the water supply assignment.  While crews were restoring the apparatus Company 15 (Radnor), 39 Montco (George Clay) were dispatched to 476 South at Rt 30 for an auto fire. Company 15 units arrived to find a tractor trailer fire well involved with fire extending into the trailer. 15-9 established Blue Route Command and requested Station 23 Montco (Bryn Mawr) Station 53 (Broomall) Station 56 all for 2 engines and Station 35 (Brookline) and Station 41 (Newtown Square) both for foam. Units assisted with fire suppression, water supply, and overhaul.  Rehab 313 of MontCo was also on scene. Company 56 cleared and returned to town in just under an hour and a half.  Pics from Sta 41.




Friday, May 25, 2012  Once again the Officers and Members of Station 44 (Springfield) invited us to attend live training at two buildings in their local that are coming down in the next week. Station 56 members worked on several skills this night including search and rescue, SCBA emergencies, overhaul, and RIT. Crews worked for almost 3 hours before returning to the township. We wish to thank station 44's officers and members for the invite once again. Companies attending the drill were 03(Clifton Heights), 06(Collingdale #1), 19(Lansdowne), 13(Morton Rutledge) 14 (Swarthmore), 53(Broomall), 34(Llanerch), 73(Rose Tree) Medic 103, Medic 106 and Ambulance 44-7.




Friday, May 25, 2012  For the past few weeks several members of Station 56, 58, 35 have been attending the RIT operations class held at Station 56. One night the class was able to use a home slatted for demo in Station 58's local which provided life like training for down firefighter removal, wall breaching, and down firefighter packaging. The final class was held at the Haverford Township Fire Training Tower. All students attending the class would like to thank the instructors for their time and knowledge. 




Tuesday, May 22, 2012  We here at Manoa Fire Company try to keep our web page up to speed, but some weeks are slower than others, and other weeks we are so busy we get a little back logged.  So on behalf of the members and officers we would like to welcome aboard a few new members.  In no particular order our newest members over the last few months are:

Firefighter Steve Benecke, Firefighter John Conners, Probie Kevin Costigan, Paramedic Katelyn Gallagher, Probie Jordan Koch, EMT (soon to be Paramedic) Diane Sisco, Probie Tom Stellwagen, and Probie Eddie Thorne.  We also want to welcome back EMT Brian Fili.

One of our newest updates to the page is a new picture of the Chief's Vehicle, as it was recently refurbished with fresh striping and lettering.  Also, we have changed the EMS Top 10 to be the highest number of hours verses the original highest volume of calls in a months time.  We noticed that many members would dedicate hours upon hours of their month to standing by in station on the ambulance but wouldn't run a single call.  We decided it isn't their fault no one was sick or hurt, so we want to make sure credit goes to who it is due to.

Finally, we will be adding pictures of our newest addition to our fleet, Utility 56.  Utility 56 is a 2012 GMC 2500 crew cab with a Stahl utility bed.  Currently the vehicle is awaiting a simple light package, and will be placed in official service in the upcoming weeks.



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