The Upper Darby Fire Department B platoon were called in over night to assist the Philadelphia Fire Department fight a multiple alarm fire located at the Cobbs Creek Golf Course Club House.
At around 2330 hours Monday night the crew from Upper Darby Fire Department Station 37B smelled smoke in the station. It smelled like the distinct odor of a structure fire. Upon investigating out front on West Chester Pike, smoke was evident in the area. A phone call was made to the Delaware County 911 Center to find out if they were taking any calls in Upper Darby (UD) and if not if they could check with Philadelphia to see if they had a fire. Neither 911 center was aware of a fire. While on the phone, they took another call reporting a fire at the Cobbs Creek Golf Course Clubhouse, which is in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) was sending units. Not long after hanging up the phone, station 37 was dispatched to State and Delco Roads for an investigation of smoke in the area. UD Engine 37 responded to be sure that the smoke was in fact from the fire in Philly. As the company was returning to quarters, PFD Engine 54 was performing a reverse lay from the fire. UD Engine 37 assisted in locating a hydrant in Upper Darby for them to use and in hooking up their apparatus. Upon returning to the station, Upper Darby Fire Companies 37, 36, 26, and the Chief (UD11) were dispatched for the automatic fire alarm on the Septa property adjacent to the Golf Course. At that time, Philadelphia Fire Chief Battalion 11 requested an Engine from UDFD with 5" hose to supply PFD Squrt 57, which was operating in a precarious position in the rear of the structure. UD11 redirected UD Engine 37 to provide the water supply. UD Engine 37 laid a 5" Supply line from PFD Engine 54 that was on the hydrant at Parkview and State Road in UD. Due to the 911 center taking calls for smoke in the area, UD11 relocated UD Engine 74 to the East side of town. UD Engine 26 was requested to complete UD Engine 37's split lay to a 2nd hydrant in UD on a separate water main than the one PFD Engine 54 was operating from. UD Engine 37 deployed a 2.5" hose line with a portable monitor to assist in darkening down the fire. Still having water supply issues, UD11 requested AQUA PA and UD Engine 74 to the scene. UD Engine 74 laid a 5" supply line from a larger water main on West Chester Pike to State and Parkview. Upper Darby Engines 26 and 74 and Philadelphia Engines 54 and 40 worked together to supply the fire ground via 2 supply lines from the UD side. After securing a steady and adequate water supply, the UDFD members assisted PFD with various tasks at the scene. Upper Darby Fire Department 36 handled calls for service while the other companies were committed to the scene. Those calls ranged from Automatic Alarms, Smoke Investigations, Carbon Monoxide Alarms, and an odor of Kerosene. Upper Darby Fire 36 then came to the scene to assist all companies with the breakdown of hose and restoring the apparatus.
We would like to thank the Manoa Fire Company (Delaware County Station 56), especially Deputy Chief Mike Norman, and Lt. Kevin Smith. When Chief Norman found out that we had a ton of large diameter hose in the street, he reached out to our department and offered to us their utility body pickup truck and their battery operated hose roller so that our members didn't have to risk injury on such a cold night in icy conditions rolling the heavy and bulky LDH. Lt. Kevin Smith brought the equipment to the scene in the middle of the night and worked with our members to roll the hunderds of feet of hose from 3 Engine companies in Upper Darby that used supply line. Kevin stayed for the duration of the incident ensuring we got all of the hose back to the appropriate stations.
Article by Firefighter/EMT Richard Jernegan: