Reliance Hook and Ladder Co. #1 is part of the Upper Chichester Fire Department located 15 miles southeast of Philadelphia, PA. The department is made up of three volunteer fire companies - each station operating with its own budget. Reliance serves as the truck company for Upper Chichester Township, but is not limited to Truck Company Operations.


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President Bender Run For Boston
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 
The Officers and Members of Reliance would like to congratulate our President Steve Bender on completing his segment of One Run For Boston. It is a run across the US helping to raise money for the victims who were involved in the Boston marathon bombing. Bender us here back home are proud of you and your support in this cause!

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One Run For Boston made running history by becoming the first ever non-stop relay to run across America from Los Angeles to Boston.

Over 2000 runners helped complete the 3300 mile journey.  They raised $91,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and an inspirational running community was born.

One Run For Boston was set up by three British runners who wanted to show their support for those impacted by the bombings.  They had no idea if the relay would work, let alone take off in the extraordinary way that it did.

One Run For Boston became a symbol of hope and positivity that inspired a powerful grassroots movement that continues to unite the running community. 

In 2014 One Run For Boston returns to blaze an even brighter trail across America

Busy night for Reliance
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Tonight Tower 61 responded to 1800 mill road for a fire alarm, Upon arrival under direction of 61-9 crews found the alarm tripped by un attended cooking. Crews set up positive pressure and cleared the apartment. As the apartment was clearing out there was reports of an unconscious person. 9a Along with ff. cardwell than began an assessment on the patient until the arrival of an EMT from Boothwyn and paramedics. Tower 61 while returning to the station received a copy and respond to the Drexel ct. apartment for a gas leak outside. Assesing the situation it was determined that the cause was due to an underground arching wire. crews Taped off the area and stood by for PECO.

Upper Chi Box
Thursday, February 6, 2014 14:58
Company 61 was dispatched to 3500 Greenwood ave. For the Building fire Upper Chi Car 1 Arrived on location with heavy smoke showing from the rear of the house. Tower 61 and Engine 40 Arrived on location and engine 40 went in service with the 1 3/4 handline. The crew from tower 61 began throwing ground ladders and went to the roof for ventalaton. tower crew than placed 4 4X4 holes in the roof Crews made quick work of the job. Good job to all on scene. Thanks to Engine 47 & Ladder 48 for covering our station.

Tower Assists 66 on working fire
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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Today we were dispatched to assist Bethel Township on the Working House fire at 1659 Wisteria way. The crew from tower 61 assisted with ground ladders and checking for extension in the B side Exposure. Truck 66 went into service and made a quick knock on the fire.

New Officers for 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014 
New officers for Reliance Hook & Ladder Co. 61 as of January 1, 2014. Administrative Officers of Reliance are President Steve Bender, Vice President Andy Maher, Recording Secretary Brandy Beauchamp, Corresponding Secretary Shirley Smith, Financial Secretary Jackie Maffei, Treasurer Robin McGhee, Trustees Jim smith, Mike Bannon, Jerry Gaspero, Tom Adams Sr. and John Bannon. Line officers for Reliance are Chief Mike Byrne, Deputy Chief Mike Bannon, 1st Assistant Chief John Bannon, 2nd Assistant Chief David Zeigler, Captain Brandon Smith and Chief Engineer Jim Smith.

Tower covers sta 68
Saturday, December 7, 2013 
Tonight a crew of 6 covered sta 68 MHTFD while they attended there christmas party . The tower received one call a MVA at 10th and market . The tower arrived and started patient care till ems arrived , rescue 39 arrived and controlled fluids on the road way . Tower 61 stood by till the car was removed from the road and then returned to 68 to finish the cover . Crews on operated under the command of 619b .the.Tower covered at sta 68 till 2400 then covered at sta 61 till 0600 . Thanks to MHTFD for the invite an good food .

Friday, November 22, 2013 
Reliance Hook & Ladder regrets to inform the passing of a dear friend, AND Honorary Life Member Antonio "Tony" Mattera. Tony was the owner of Lupi's Pizza/ Catering and a friend to many of the members of the firehouse, he will be truly missed.

61 To the roof
Saturday, November 9, 2013 
Today, 61 house dispatched to Marcus Hook for the Building fire. Upon arrival of Tower 61 crews went to the roof. After the tower crew placed 2 holes in the roof they assisted with checking for extension In the building. Great job to all on the scene!

Chichester Kinderschool
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:00
Today a crew from 61 went to the Chichester Kinder school for a Fire Prevention demonstration. The kids learned about stop drop and roll, Smoke detectors, crawl low in smoke, and got to sit in the truck and see inside the bucket.

Upper Chichester Township Safety Fair
Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:00
On October 5th at 1000hrs until 1300hrs Upper Chichester Township will be holding its annual Safety & Health Fair. There will be multiple vendors, FREE safety information, FREE FLU SHOTS, Live Demonstrations, FREE FOOD & DRINKS. There will be FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY while LEARNING Fire safety! There will be Many interactive stations where you can Crawl out of a simulated smoke filled room to using an extinguisher to put our an oven that's on fire. Be sure to come visit us at Tower 61 where you can be hoisted up in the air with our Rope rescue Simulation.

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