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 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. The volunteers also staff two Basic Life Support Ambulances, with assistance from the career staff of the Haverford Township Paramedics Department. Station 56 also houses Medic 108, the Advanced Life Support branch of the Haverford Township Paramedics Department. 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, March 12, 2012  This week's drill took the back-to-basic rescue skills that members had been refreshing on over the past few months and threw a complex, hands-on scenario into the mix. Crews mounted the apparatus and travelled to one of the sites in the Township where we might encounter a difficult technical rescue. A rescue dummy was placed half way down a fairly steep incline and crews, led by newer officers, had to utilize a variety of low angle, ropes, rigging, and EMS skills to safely treat, package, and remove the patient from danger. The drill was run twice, and it was very interesting to see how the two crews used different means and methods to accomplish the same task. Both evolutions went very well, as the patient was safely extricated both times in a timely manner using a Stokes basket, and hauled up using a mechanical advantage system.

Drills like this are all over the horizon, so members are encouraged to continue to attend to keep old skills sharp, and learn new ones. A special thanks goes out to Rescue Captain Lou Lattanzio (56-12) for organizing this drill.




Tuesday, March 6, 2012  At 1513 hours Engine 56 was dispatched to the corner of Melrose Ave and Fairmont Rd for a brush fire, reported to be a residential lawn. Shortly after dispatch PD arrived and found a brush fire up against 1901 Melrose Ave. As Squad 56 went responding under the command of 56-13 (Kevin Smith Jr) Fireboard advised the company of such and the assignment was upgraded to a building fire. Squad 56 arrived and found fire in the brush running the height of a 2 story brick S/F/D.  A booster line was placed in service quickly and knocked the fire down as other members forced entry to the home to check for extension. Engine 56 under the command of 56-9B (Mike Norman Jr) arrived and placed 5in in the street, and 34-1 arrived to connect the supply line to the hydrant and provide man power. 56-9B established Melrose Ave Command and placed the fire under control at 1527 hours.  No damage was done to the home, which was vacant at the time of the fire.

Units on scene were Squad and Engine 56, Engine 34-1, Medic 108, and HTPD.

An investigation is currently on going by HTPD.




Thursday, March 1, 2012  With the spring of 2012 approaching the officers and members of Manoa Fire Company have kicked training into high gear. We currently have 4 members attending the Fire Fighter I series at Montgomery County Fire Academy. 12 members have just completed Water Rescue Awareness, Trench Rescue Awareness, and Confined Space Awareness. 6 members completed the Confined Space Rescue Operations class, also held at the Montgomery County Fire Academy.

Several officers have just completed classes at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. Assistant Chiefs Norman and Greenfield completed the National Fire Academy's Incident Command for Structural Collapse Incidents. Captain K. Smith Sr. and EMS Captain J. Smith completed Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Officers.

These trainings are in addition to our weekly drills and are done on the members own time. Several more classes are on the books for late spring and early fall. Thanks to those attending classes for your dedication.




Sunday, February 5, 2012  Just after the Superbowl ended companies were dispatched to Beechwood Drive for a dwelling fire, reported to be a chimney.  Units arrived and Ladder 35 went in service and deployed their "chimney mop" and easily extinguished the fire.  All units were available within an hour.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012  20:42 hours the assignment was dispatched to the 2500 block of Radcliffe Rd for a house fire with PD on scene with fire showing from the garage sending Company 53 (Broomall), Company 41 (Newtown Square), Engine 56, RIT 20 (Garrettford Drexel Hill) and Marple EMS 53-7.  53-9A arrived established command and had Quint 53 stretch a handline to the garage with Engine 53-2 to provide a supply line. Ladder 41 and Engine 56 arrived next 41 took the division 2 while the crew from Engine 56 split up handling interior Division 1 and working with the crew in the garage with overhaul. Comand placed the fire under control at the 30 minute mark and the Engine returned to town around 22:30 hours. Units on Scene Quint 53, Engine 53-2, Rescue 53, Snorkel 53, Ladder 41, Engine 41, Rescue 20, Ambulance and Medic 53, Engine 56 and Fire Police.  Thanks to Mark Walsh for the pictures.




Thursday, January 19, 2012  At about the 0740hour Company and Ambulance 56, Ambulance 34, and Medic 108 were dispatched to Eagle Rd and Maryland Ave for an accident with entrapment.  PD arrived quickly and advised all incoming units there was one patient trapped inside a vehicle in serious condition.

EMS arrived and had the rescue assignment expedite as their primary patient was found in cardiac arrest.  As Squad 56 was arriving Ambulance 34 was transporting one patient to a local ER for evaluation.  Prior to extrication being completed the ALS provider in charge of patient care deemed the patient had succumb to her injuries and the Delaware County Medical Examiner was called in for the investigation.  Upon the ME's arrival the Squad crew assisted in removing the victim from the vehicle.

Units on scene: Squad 56, Ambulances 56 and 34, Medics 108, 108A, 108-9, HTBF Fire Police, and HTPD.




Haverford Road Dwelling Fire

Friday, January 13, 2012  About 15 minutes before the 1400hour company's 38 and 35 were dispatched to the 2800 block of Haverford Road for the dwelling fire.  Within minutes the assignment was upgraded to a working fire bringing Rescue 58 and RIT 56 to the scene.  Upon Engine 56 going responding 38-9 gave the Engine orders to go in service upon arrival.  38-9 added company 34 for man power and MontCo 23 (Bryn Mawr Fire Co.) for the RIT.

Once on location the crew of Engine 56 stretched a third line into the home via a basement window to crews already operating in the basement.  Once completed, the crews stood by for further orders.

Engine 56 remained on scene for about an hour before assisting 38 restore their Engine and then being released.  No injuries were reported.

Units on scene were: Engine's 38, 35, 56, 34-1, 34-2, Ladder 38, Squad's 38, MontCo 23, Rescue 58, Ambulance's 34 & 56, Medic 108, and Rehab 34.




Chief Marino on left with Chief Norman

Chief Marino on left with Chief Norman

Sunday, January 1, 2012  The officers and members of Manoa Fire Company would like to wish Chief Fire Marshal Jim Marino good luck in his retirement.  Chief Marino has been serving the Township of Haverford for 55 years now, starting his career at the Brookline Fire Company (originally Company 3) where he rose to the rank of chief before moving to his current post as Chief Fire Marshal in 1993.  Over the years it has been a pleasure to work on the fire grounds with Chief Marino who always had the members and their safety as his top priority.  His wealth of knowledge of both the township and buildings will be missed on the fire grounds.  Best wishes and enjoy your retirement Chief you will be missed by the men and women of Manoa. 




Sunday, January 1, 2012  Another record breaking calender year has come to a close for the 56 house.  Last year we finished with a total of 310 fire emergency responses and an all time high 1789 medical emergency's.  2009 closed out with an all time high 326 fire emergency's and 1786 medical emergency's.  This year we have a new record of 331 fire emergency's, with medical emergency's keeping pace at 1778.

Part of our rise in numbers has been the amazing bond we as a company have kept with not just the other company's in Haverford Township, but also the ones we built with the surrounding Broomall (Company 53) and Springfield (Company 44) Fire Company's, and the long continued bond with Radnor Fire Company (Company 15).  Our emergency responses to those locals totaled 40 of our 331 fire runs, and countless numbers of EMS responses into the 53 local.

As we have said before, these numbers have been rising over the years and will continue to rise with years to come.  At years end the Manoa Fire Company has a total of 8 fire officers, 3 EMS officers, 7 engineering staff members, but only 4 probationary members to move up the ranks in future years.  We have a good solid base of general firefighting staff and EMT's in between the probbie's and officers, but can always use more.  We encourage any member of the community to step up to the plate and give what we do a swing.




Saturday, December 24, 2011  Just after 0600hours Company 44 and other mutual aid companies were dispatched to the Country Side Market and Deli in Swarthmore Borough for the working building fire.  Units encountered heavy smoke throughout the building and eventually activated the evacuation tones on the fire grounds.

Again Squad 58, Tower 05, and Rescue 56 covered Station 44.  Units remained in station for about 5 hours and ran no calls during their stay there.



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