BERWYN, PA - The Berwyn Fire Company partnered with the Center for Public Safety Excellence to develop a 5-year community driven strategic plan to help guide organizational goals from 2018-2023. An overwhelming message from the Tredyffrin/Easttown community was an expectation of a timely and professional response when 9-1-1 is called.
The strategic plan process highlighted the importance of obtaining community input and feedback as it pertains to meeting our mission of savings lives and preserving property.
In order to provide improved response times to the residents of Chesterbrook, Glenhardie and the Swedesford Corridor, in 2019 we set-up an EMS substation by renting a vacant apartment in Old Forge Crossing. It demonstrated great improvement in response times and patient outcomes.
In January 2020, we were very fortunate to relocate to 1100 West Valley Road (by Gateway Shopping Center). We house an ambulance and fire truck in a tent structure in the parking lot, along with renting some office space on the 2nd floor. Since opening, there have been a number of examples where our substation crew was able to mitigate an emergency quickly with a more favorable outcome than would have occurred if we were just responding from our main station located in the Village of Berwyn. While our operation here has allowed us to achieve positive results, it is not a permanent, sustainable solution for a number of reasons.
By working collaboratively with both Tredyffrin and Easttown Township Supervisors and Staff, Berwyn Fire Company is actively working to address our overall infrastructure needs with our main station that dates back to 1929 and the need to build a substation. This is a huge undertaking and involves a lot of time and effort, mostly by volunteers who live in the Tredyffrin/Easttown community.
We are currently focused on obtaining feedback from residents regarding our efforts to acquire land to build a permanent fire/EMS substation. While we welcome feedback and support from all residents in the Tredyffrin/Easttown community, we especially hope that those who reside in the Chesterbrook area respond to the survey that can be found by clicking on the link below.
We stand ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our initiatives to better serve you and your neighbors. Thank you for your time!