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Fire Protection

Fire Training Unsurpassed in courage, dedication and caring, nearly 200 volunteer fire fighters serve in the Township's four fire companies -- Cheltenham, Elkins Park, Glenside and La Mott. These extraordinary individuals risk their lives to protect the lives and property of their neighbors.

Every volunteer spends hundreds of hours each year practicing fire fighting techniques and training with sophisticated equipment. In addition, they maintain a 24-hour a day readiness to respond to emergency calls, often sacrificing work, sleep or family events in the line of duty.

Fire fighters also strive to prevent fires from happening through education programs. Specially trained fire fighters visit local schools to teach youngsters how to avoid fire dangers. The Fire Expo, held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week each October, offers impressive apparatus demonstrations as well as expert advice on using smoke detectors properly and devising a personal home fire escape plan.

The entire community owes a tremendous debt of gratitude and respect to Cheltenham's volunteer fire fighters. For information on joining their proud ranks, contact the Fire Marshal, or visit the website to join the team. 

Ogontz Fire Company Decertified on December 16, 2020
Ogontz Fire Company, Station 5, was decertified by the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners on December 16, 2020, effective immediately. Fire and emergency responses will be covered by Glenside, La Mott, Elkins Park and the Cheltenham Hook and Ladder Company. For more information, visit News Story. A presentation was made at the Board's meeting outlining the reasons for the decertification (view meeting video; presentation starts at 1:07:00).

DCED Analysis of Cheltenham Township's Fire Companies 
In November 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development released a Study of Cheltenham Township's Fire Companies.

This analysis determined that there are several in depth issues that need to be addressed:

  • Daytime staffing
  • Recruitment and retention of members
  • Lack of depth of leadership, administratively and operationally
  • Lack of a formal Fire Services Agreement between the Township and the Fire Companies establishing responsibilities for each party
  • Lack of strategic planning in all areas
  • Facilities
  • Duplication of common fire protection services and equipment

Major recommendations from the Analysis include:

  • Hire a Municipal Fire Chief to administer and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Cheltenham Township Fire Department.
  • Develop a cooperative arrangement between La Mott, Elkins Park and Ogontz stations with the goal of them operating as a single entity providing fire protection to the center are of Cheltenham.
  • Renovate La Mott Fire Station with all contemporary amenities of a modern fire station.
  • Consider investing in the Cheltenham Township Fire Department via a Fire Protection Millage as permitted by the Pennsylvania Fire Class Township Code.
  • Require coordinated recording and collating of all data of the various operational, response time, mutual aid, staffing and training components and manage data collected through an Emergency Reporting Program.
Public Safety Education
The Cheltenham Fire Department offers free Public Safety Education presentations. To schedule one for your group, contact the Fire Marshal.
Fire Companies

For all fire emergencies, call 9-1-1

Cheltenham Fire Company

413 Ryers Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012

Elkins Park Fire Company (history)
7818 Montgomery Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Glenside Fire Company
210 W. Glenside Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038

La Mott Fire Company
7600 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Cheltenham Township   ~   8230 Old York Road   ~   Elkins Park, PA 19027
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
Phone: 215-887-1000   ~   Fax: 215-887-1561
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