NORRISTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT
235 EAST AIRY STREET,
NORRISTOWN, PA 19401
Emergency Phone Number 911
Non-Emergency Phone Number (610) 275-0300
Fire Chief (610) 292-8281 Fax (610) 292-8090
The Norristown Fire Department is a combination fire department consisting of 60. Pennsylvania State Certified Firefighters. These include the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, four Assistant Fire Chiefs, three Battalion Fire Chief, the Fire Marshal, 13 Career and 38 volunteer firefighters. There are approximately an additional 125 active members who support the department as probationary firefighters, engineers, divers, fire police and administrative officers and staff. In addition to firefighting, the department provides, Heavy Rescue, Hospital Decontamination, and Fire Police services. The Fire Department responds to over 1200 calls each year. The department's members spend countless hours responding to these calls for service, along with many hours of training each year. The department is made up of five fire companies they are the Norristown Hose Company, Montgomery Hose Fire Company, Humane Fire Company, Fairmount Engine Company No. 2, and the Hancock Fire Company. The Fire Chief Thomas M. O’Donnell heads the department. Each company has an assistant chief that handles the firefighting and a president and other executive officers that handle administrative duties.
Firemen's Union and Relief Association of Norristown
The Pennsylvania State Department of the Auditor General funds the Relief Association of Norristown through the annual distribution of the foreign fire insurance tax premium. The funds are for the relief, support and burial of firefighters who may be injured or killed, or who may be prevented from performing their usual occupation. The funds also provide support through the purchase of protective gear and equipment; and funds all training and insurance premiums. As an incentive, it also provides low interest mortgage rates for firefighters purchasing homes in Norristown.
Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program and Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition Program
The Norristown Fire Department participates in the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program and the Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition Program. The purpose of these Certification Programs are to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds NFPA standards for the Fire Service. Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. A person certified to one of the Fire Service Professional levels will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular level. The service that is offered to the citizens of Norristown and surrounding communities will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process.