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Fri. Nov 30th 2018
On Saturday, November 24, our firefighters took advantage of some warmer weather after the historically cold Thanksgiving to ...
Fri. Jun 22nd 2018
On Wednesday June 22, Firefighter A. McIntyre, FF/EMT A. Marchetti and FF/Medic J. Ulrich visited Girl Scouts to help them ac...
Fri. Jun 1st 2018
On Friday, June 1st West End Fire Company No. 3 EMS and Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Co. were invited to attend the ...
Wed. Mar 21st 2018
Attention all VFVFCo members, Our Company Meeting tonight has been postponed due to snow.  The Company Meeting has ...
Sat. Mar 3rd 2018
Valley Forge Fire personnel had a pretty busy day on Friday.  The company was dispatched at 01:47 hrs to assist the...
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About Us

 

The Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company is an all volunteer organization since its creation in 1949.  The fire company is a non-profit organization that provides fire and rescue services in all of Schuylkill Township in Chester County.  Additionally, the fire company provides mutual aid support to all our surrounding municipalities in Chester and Montgomery Counties.The fire company's main station is located on Valley Park Road, just outside of the Valley Forge National Park.  The company also houses a number fire apparatus at the sub-station located along Pothouse Road.

 

History

 

Early in 1949, after several fires in the Valley Forge area that were a total loss or nearly a total loss, a group of men from the village decided that Valley Forge was in great need of a fire company. This group of eleven men consisted of Paul Hicks*, John F. Davis*, Albert Ritschards*, James T. Setzler*, Carroll Swearer*, E. Arthur Rowan*, John Kenneth Long*, Richard Leeson*, Gilbert Swearer*, Joseph Ravis* and Paul Weber*. Meetings were held at the home of Mr. Hicks, Mr. Coughey's hall, the old school house, and anywhere the group could get together.
After several meetings, the group met with Mr. Fred Deininger, Esq. to find out what was involved with starting a fire company. On August 23, 1949, Paul Hicks and Albert Ritschards went to see Squire Elwanger with regards to processing the appropriate paperwork. On August 29, 1949, it was brought before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On September 6, 1949, a notice of "Article of Corporation" was printed in several papers, one of these being the "Daily Republican" of Phoenixville. Mr. Ujobai was the Managing Editor of the paper. On October 4, 1949, a decree was issued by The Honorable Judge Harvey of Chester County that the name of "Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company" was officially recorded. No other person or organization would ever be able to use this name.

At one of the first meetings, Richard Leeson was appointed Chairman of the committee to write the Fire Company's Constitution and By-Laws. Others serving on this committee were Gilbert Swearer, Joseph Ravis, and John Kenneth Long. They met in the basement of Richard Leeson's home. It was also decided that John F. Davis and two other men would be appointed to find a piece of land on which to build the first Fire Hall.


The men of this company had decided to purchase their first piece of equipment from the Friendship Fire Company in Phoenixville. Most of the original eleven members were present at a membership meeting at Friendship Fire Company. A motion was passed that Friendship would sponsor Valley Forge. Their bid was put in to purchase an engine for $500. The motion was passed and the new engine was driven down to Valley Forge in April of 1950 by Paul Hicks and Albert Ritschards.

* Deceased