Talk the Talk: Empowering Volunteer Firefighters to Recruit

In March 2015, Abington Township Fire Department (ATFD) launched a new program designed to teach our volunteers how to turn any interaction into a recruitment opportunity. The Talk the Talk workshop, co-hosted by ATFD and local communications expert Leza Raffel, taught participants conversational techniques that can be used to quickly communicate the benefits of volunteering and successfully address concerns or … Read More

Abington Community Taskforce Honors ATFD with Citizens That Care Recognition Award

The Abington Community Taskforce, a coalition of diverse organizations working together to enhance the effectiveness of programs and services for youth and their families in order to ensure a safe and caring community, this year gave its Citizens That Care Recognition Award to the Abington Township Fire Department. ATFD was honored in recognition of its “extraordinary and dedicated service to … Read More

Internationally Recognized Public Safety Organization Reaffirms Abington Township Fire Department’s Excellence

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International re-accredited the A.T.F.D. following a rigorous review of achievement in 300+ performance indicators, including fire suppression, fire fighter training and safety, and strategic planning. A.T.F.D. received its original CFAI accreditation in 2014, and is the only all-volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania to be accredited. Abington, PA… The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) has … Read More

Preparing for the Rare Rescue:  Abington Township Fire Department Volunteers Take on Structural Collapse

In 20 years there have only been three structural collapses in Abington Township, still members of the fire department are out in force—training. “It’s a high‐risk, low frequency type of rescue situation,” said Chris Feder, the Rescue Training Program Coordinator at the Montgomery County Fire Academy.  “Unless you work in a major city, you may never see one of these scenarios in a 20‐year … Read More