Rose Tree Fire Co.
1275 N. Providence Rd
Media, PA 19063

Phone: 610.566.5891

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The State Fire Commissioner has recognized Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1 as a Participating Fire Department of the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program. This program was established in 1983 when a committee known as the Fire Service Certification Advisory Committee (FSCAC) was formed to explore the implementation of a voluntary certification program for firefighters. The purpose of this program is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards. The NFPA standards for 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 safety and service to the citizens and visitors of Upper Providence Township, surrounding communities and the entire Commonwealth will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process.

Decals are proudly displayed on the apparatus signifying this accomplishment.

For more information about this certification program:

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 
The fire company sincerely regrets to announce the death of past Chief Robert Burnett, Sr. Robert passed away on June 29th. He was a life member of the Rose Tree Fire Company and was a past Chief. He also previously owned a daycare center at his home. Robert's second home was on the Chesapeake where he loved to boat, fish and crab. He was pre-deceased by his wife Christine and step son John Forte. Survivors: Sons Robert W. Burnett Jr. of Oxford (Past Assistant Chief at RTFC) and James T. Burnett of Marmora, NJ. (Past Firefighter at RTFC). Sisters Jean Limburg and Judy Hause. Step son Jamie Forte of Fort Worth, TX. Also survived by 10 Grandchildren.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 
At about 19:30 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the area of State Rd. and US 1 for a vehicle fire.

Chief 73-9 (Brown) arrived and reported a car well involved.

Engine 73 arrived and led off with a 1 3/4" attack line and attacked the fire from a safe distance. They later pulled a 1 3/4" line with a one inch piercing nozzle to extinguish the fire under the hood.

Rescue 73 arrived and assisted with overhaul.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 
At 03:01 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the 600 block of Summer Street for a building fire. Also due were Co. 23 (Media), Tower 44 (Springfield) and RIT 53 (Broomall), along with Medic 237 (Riddle Hospital and Media Fire Co.).

Chief 73-9A (Trevelino) was first on location and reported a 1 1/2 story single family dwelling well involved, with a 3 story wood frame exposure becoming involved. Chief 73-9 (Brown) requested a Second alarm which brought Truck 41 (Newtown Square), Engine 51 (South Media) and Rescue 52 (Brookhaven) along with Medic 104-7D (Riddle Hospital). Chief 73-9 established Summer Street Command.

Quint 73 arrived and placed a 2 1/2" line in service on the primary fire building while Squrt 23 laid a 5" supply line to feed Quint 73. The Squrt crew pulled a 1 3/4" line off Quint 73 for exposure protection.

Engine 73 laid a second 5" supply line and their crew was assigned to the exposure building while Squrt 23's crew was redirected to the original fire building.

Tower 44 was assigned the roof and outside ventilation along with Truck 41. Chief 44-9B was assigned the Sector C division (rear of the building).  

Crews from Rescue 52 and Engine 51 assisted with interior operations.

RIT 53 set up in front of the building.

Another challange that the crews were faced with was a downed electric line in the front yard of the original fire building. PECO (local electric company) was called to secure the power line.

The scene was under control in about 1 1/2 hours.

(Photo's taken by Frank Wesnoski)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 

Rose Tree Fire Company will hold its annual Easter Flower Sale on Easter weekend in front of Campbell's Boat House, 1250 North Providence Road, Media PA (next to Wawa).

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

Monday, March 3, 2014 
Yes, it’s true! Spring is almost here! At 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 9, 2014 Daylight Savings Time begins.

Rose Tree Fire Company encourages all residents to change their smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you reset your clocks this weekend. Once you change the batteries, TEST the detectors to be sure they are working. If your detector is 10 years old or older, it should be replaced.

A fire can double in size every 30 seconds. The sound of the alarm will give you and your family those few extra seconds to get out and stay out of your home. Checking your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm and changing the battery are one of the simplest things you can do to protect your family.

To learn about how smoke alarms work and why they are so important, follow this link to the United States Fire Administration:

Sunday, February 16, 2014 
Congratulations to Firefighter Charles Jordan for being voted by the members as the 2013 Rose Tree Fire Company Firefighter of the Year.

Charlie has been a member of the fire company for 34 years. He served as a Trustee, Lieutenant, and also as the Fire Company President.

Charlie is retired from the United States Postal Service and currently works a couple part time jobs and has his own pet sitting business.

Congratulations Charlie!!!

Firefighter of the Year Charlie Jordan
   Firefighter of the Year Charlie Jordan
L - Chief R. Brown
C - FF C. Jordan
R - President M. Poissant
   L - Chief R. Brown C - FF C. Jordan R
      - President M. Poissant
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued several hazardous weather announcements affecting our area tonight through Thursday.

The warnings indicate that we need to be prepared for a major winter storm that has the potential for heavy snow, sleet, rain and coastal flooding. Much depends on the track of the system as it approaches, so stay tuned to news alerts and weather updates for the latest forecast. For up the minute information, go to: If the power is out, tune battery operated radios into station KYW 1060 AM.

During extremely cold weather, the risk for home fires can increase. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep it at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  • If using a fireplace, keep the screen or doors closed to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure burning embers are out before going to bed.
  • Maintain and operate portable generators in accordance with the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
  • Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. The smoke from a running generator contains carbon monoxide and needs to be properly ventilated.
See attached safety sheets on carbon monoxide and portable generator safety. For anyone that is unable to stay in their home, the Red Cross can help. Click here for an updated list of Red Cross shelter locations: or you can call the Philadelphia Red Cross chapter at (215) 299-4000.

Monday, February 10, 2014 
The Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a St. Patty's Day party at the firehouse on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit the fire company. There will be appetizers, dinner and desserts.  BYOB. There will also be a DJ and door prizes. Tickets are $20 per person. Flyer attached. Call Bea 484-352-5006 or Belle 610-891-7217.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 
This winter has been a challange for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Over 40" of snowfall to date has fallen in the Philadelphia area, including Upper Providence Township. On Wednesday February 05, 2014 the Philadelphia area experienced an ice storm that came only days after a wet snow blanketed the area. Snow was still on trees and wires when freezing rain and sleet came.

Rose Tree Fire Company responded to 21 emergency calls in a 24 hour period including trees and wires calls, a natural gas leak inside a building, and a mutual aid response to assist Company 51 (South Media) for a second alarm building fire response. At one point our company was dispatched to three emergency calls within minutes of each other.

Upper Providence Township experienced wide spread power outages which lasted beyond 48 hours for some areas. With temperatures in the teens and low twenties at night, it meant for adding a second blanket or two at night.

We were able to staff multiple apparatus throughout the storm. While some members lost electric at their own homes, they were still available to respond to emergency calls from neighbors within the township.

Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) reported over 700,000 customers without electric during this multiple day event. They had crews from other states assisting them to restore power to their operatng area.

On Saturday we found a crew from NY and Ct. at a local convenience store taking a break for lunch after working extended hours.

We invited them to our station to eat in the comfort of our hall.

Thanks to the crews from utility companies across the area to assist PECO in restoring power to Upper Providence Township and other municipalities in Southeast Pa.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 
The fire company sadly reports the death of Life Member and Firefighter Robert "Bob" Atz.

Bob was an active member of Rose Tree Fire Company, currently serving as a member of our Trustee's and Fund Drive Committee (he previously served as Chairman of both of these committee's). Bob also served as the company radio operator for emergency calls.

Bob started his fire service career with the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association. In 1961 Bob joined Rose Tree Fire Company. He also was a member of the Media Fire Hook & Ladder Company where in the 1970's and 80's he actively drove the ambulance and also the Lima Fire Company (currently the Rocky Run Fire Company) where he also drove the ambulance in the 1980's.

Memorial service will be at the First United Methodist Church of Media, 350 West State Street, Media, Pa. 19063 (SE corner of State And Lemon Streets) Monday February 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

 Luncheon will be at the Rose Tree Fire Company at 12:30 p.m.
There will be no viewing.  The burial will be private.
 The obituary will be published on Friday.
The on-line obituary is here:
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Radio Operator Bob Atz
   Radio Operator Bob Atz
Bob Next to Engine 73
   Bob Next to Engine 73
Sunday, January 26, 2014 
On Saturday evening, members of Rose Tree Fire Company enjoyed a night off to attend our annual Awards and Installation Banquet at the Towne House Restaurant. Special guests included some of our close mutual aid companies, local government officials, township Fire Marshal and Police Chief.

During this event, the new officers were officially sworn into their positions and members were recognized for their participation throughout the year. Awards were presented to the Top Ten responders for the year as well as the Top Ten attendance for training sessions.
In addition to the enormous efforts that each member devotes throughout the year, we select one individual who exhibits outstanding performance and dedication to the organization. We would like to congratulate Charlie Jordan as the recipient of the 2013 Firefighter of the Year award. Thank you Charlie for all of your hard work throughout the year! Well deserved!
The traditional “Old Timers Award” was presented by Upper Providence Township Police Chief David Montella to Firefighter David Miller. We thank Dave for all of the time and effort he dedicates to our organization.
Members of the Media Fire Company, Newtown Square Fire Company, as well as neighboring mutual aid companies were available for any calls in the township while our members had an opportunity to enjoy an evening of fellowship and socializing with active members of past and present.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 21:43
At 21:43 the company was dispatched to the State Road Off Ramp from US 1 South for a vehicle fire.

Company 53 (Broomall) was originally dispatched to US 1 in the area of Interstate 476 for a vehicle fire. The call was actually in Upper Providence Twp.

Chief 73-9 reported a car with an engine compartment involved. Engine 53-2 was close by and was directed to the scene. They attacked the fire.

Engine 73 arrived and used a Hurst hydraulic spreader to force the hood.

The fire was quickly brought under control.

Saturday, January 11, 2014 
At 16:13 the company was dispatched, along with Ambulance and Medic 23, to the Rt. 1 By-Pass NB near Ridley Creek for a motor vehicle accident.

Chief 73-9 (Brown) arrived and reported a single vehicle on an embankment with one patient inside and possible confinement. The medic assessed the the patient and the determination was made that the drivers door should be removed.

Rescue 73 arrived and stabilized the vehicle with cribbing, secured the battery and used the Hurst Spreader and our new Hurst E-Draulic Cutter to remove the door.

Engine 73 arrived, assisted with manpower, and stood by with a dry chemical extinguisher.

Extrication was complete within minutes.

At 17:32 the company was dispatched to the unit block of LLangollen Ln. to assist Company 41 (Newtown Square) on a building fire.

Engine 41 and Chief 41-9 arrived and reported a two story single family dwelling with fire showing on the first floor. They went in service with a hand line.

Quint 73 (Rose Tree) arrived and their crew went to the second floor to search, ventilate and check extension. Engine 73 and Rescue 73 provided additional manpower to the scene. Various other companies were also on the call.

Friday, January 10, 2014 07:34
At 07:34 the company was dispatched to the Rt. 1 By-Pass Southbound for a vehicle accident. Ambulance and Medic 23 (Media Fire Co. and Riddle Hospital) were also dispatched.

Chief 73-9 (Brown) reported a mutiple vehicle accident. A quick arriving freezing rain caused icy road conditions immediately prior to the accident.

A scene assessment was made. Due to road conditions. Rescue 73 was staged before entering the highway. Medic 104-7D (Riddle Hospital) was also dispatched. There were approximately 13 vehicles involved, resulting in two injuries and no entrapment.

Sunday, January 5, 2014 
During the winter time, we periodically experience snow that blankets our neighborhood streets. Plows come and clear the streets, making the roads passable for traffic. But depending on how much snow we receive, snow that is plowed is often piled up against fire hydrants. Sometimes the hydrants are fully covered!

In an emergency, a fire hydrant that is fully covered by snow is difficult for firefighters to find. We have maps and GPS coordintates for fire hydrants in Upper Providence Township and some of our neighboring towns, but a fire hydrant that is covered with snow is always difficult to pinpoint the exact location. Once a fire hydrant is located, the firefighters must spend additional time digging the snow away so hose lines can be attached. This often delays our firefighting and rescue ability.

A fire hydrant that is partially covered in snow is also a challange for firefighters. Often we find that when a fire hydrant is partially covered with snow, after a day or so the snow freezes to become a block of ice. Firefighters need to spend additional time chopping the ice away so the fire hydrant can be used.

You can help us - After each snowfall, please ensure that YOUR neighborhood fire hydrant is uncovered and that snow is cleared at least three feet around the fire hydrant. This will make YOUR neighborhood fire hydrant easier for us to locate and easier for us to hook up to in case of a fire.

Thank you for helping us!

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