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.


Saturday, February 9, 2013  Around 14:45 hours today Manoa Fire Company members responded to a house fire on the 1700 block of Belvedere Av in the Brookline section of the township. Crews arrived to find a 2nd floor bedroom on fire. Also on scene were Brookline Fire Company, LLanerch Fire Company, Haverford Township Paramedics and Haverford Township Police Department.




Saturday, January 26, 2013  Just after 3pm on Friday as the snow began falling the day started to pick up for the company. The Engine and Squad along with Tower 34 and Company 58 were dispatched to Havcrest Circle in 58's local for a building fire, reported to be electrical in the walls. Crew from Engine 56 under the command of (56-9 Norman) assisted Squad 58's crew and went available after about 45 minutes on scene. Just after 5pm a special call was put out by Upper Darby Command requesting RIT 56 to respond to the 1200 block of Belfield avenue for a working building fire. Crew from Engine 56 under the command of (56-12B Coll) were advised while enroute to disregard RIT assignment and report to the front of the building. Shortly after arriving on location, Engine 56 was redirected and advised by Fireboard to respond to the Merion Trace Apartments along with 36-2 and Ladder 36,  (UDFD -Cardington Stonehurst) and 37-1 (UDFD) for a Fire Alarm. Shortly before arriving on location Engine 56 and 36-2 were advised that PD on location had smoke on evident on all 4 floors. Upon further invistigation 36 Command advised units the smoke condition was caused by burnt food. Crew from Engine 56 assited 36-2 with ventilation and went availble. Once available, Engine 56 was redirected to Company 20 (UDFD - Garretford-Drexel Hill) for the cover assignment. Crew from Engine 56 sttod by for 20 minutes before being returned and available after 7pm. Shortly after 1am Company 56 was dispatched to the Kindred Hospital in our local. Crew removed two occupants in the elevator and made themselves available. After getting a little bit of sleep, around 9am Company 56 was dispatched to Raymod Drive industrial park for a Natural Gas Leak outside Squad 56 and Engine 56 both made the response. Crew from the Squad secured the leak and made the company available.




Friday, January 25, 2013  Manoa Fire Company is now on Twitter. Please follow us @ManoaFire56




Sunday, December 30, 2012  At about 2pm on December 30th, Company 56 (Manoa) was dispatched to 200 block of Upland for a smoke investigation. Shortly after dispatch, fireboard advised 56 units they were receiving numerous calls for a deck on fire on the 400 block of Upland. 56-9B (Norman Jr.) and 56-9 (Norman Sr.) arrived on loaction with smoke showing from the rear of the home. The investigation was upgraded to a full bullding repsonse adding Engine 34 (Llanerch), Ladder 35 (Brookline), Engine 38 (Oakmont) for the RIT, and the Air Bank from 58 (Bon Air). Squad 56 arrived on location, stretched an attack line to the rear of the building and put a quick knock on the fire containing it to the exterior of the home. Crews from Ladder 35, Engine and Rescue 56, and Engine 34 assisted in checking for extension, overhaul, and dismantling the charred portions of the deck. Units were on scene for about an hour. Also on scene HTPD, Ambulance 56-7, Medic 108. Thanks to Pete Bannan from for the pictures.




Monday, December 10, 2012  On Saturday, December 22nd Santa Claus will be coming through Manoa's first due area handing out candy canes to all the children. Members of Manoa will begin driving Santa around 10am. We hope to see all the residents and children coming out to say hi to Santa. Manoa Fire Compnay wishes all a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.




Thursday, November 29, 2012  Recently the Manoa Fire Company has had the pleasure of taking on 5 new members, boosting our ranks beyond the max level of our gear racks.  Seriously here, we had to borrow old gear racks from a neighboring station!  Without further delay, we welcome aboard the following new members:

EMT Patrick Klaus (firefighter with Springfield Fire Company 44), Probationary Firefighter Evan Lowery, EMT Shawn Pettit, EMT Matt Staud (firefighter with Springfield Fire Company 44), and Probationary Firefighter George Wade.

Gentleman, it is a great pleasure to have you join the ranks of the elite Manoa Fire Company.  Welcome to the family.




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.



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