Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation

Our Mission

The PFD Foundation, previously named Citizens Committee for Fire Prevention established in 1952, changed to the PFD Foundation in 2016 and is the official not-for-profit of the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD). Our mission is to promote fire and life safety education and help the PFD better protect Philadelphia. The PFD Foundation funds programs that advance the PFD’s goals, which include maintaining operational excellence, reaching out to the community with an array of fire and life safety programs, and ensuring that our firefighters and EMS personnel have the best available training and equipment. The PFD Foundation is:

  • The only organization authorized to raise funds on behalf of the PFD Foundation and;
  • The PFD Foundation does not solicit by telephone or use telemarketers.

Board of Directors

Brian Devaney

John J. Devlin

Robyn Colajezzi

James T Connell

Dennis Dougherty

Suzanne Geyer

Amy Hennessey

Amanda Kaster

John J. Mulligan

Anthony Pontarelli

Eli Wolf


Donating to the PFDF

Thank you for your support and donation to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Your donation supports the critical needs of our firefighters and paramedics, and supports important community initiatives around education, fire prevention, training and in-home smoke detectors for residents not funded through city, state or federal budgets.

Check donations can be made to Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation and mailed to, Philadelphia Fire Department 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia PA 19123.

If you have any questions please contact us at PhillyFireFoundation@gmail.com.


Philadelphia Fire Department

Unsung ACTS of Bravery Since 1736

The Philadelphia Fire Department has been serving Philadelphia for nearly 265 years. Our first organized volunteer firefighting service was launched on December 7, 1736, and served the community with unsung acts of bravery for nearly 135 years.

In the late 1860’s, city officials spoke of transforming this volunteer service into a professional fire department to meet the demands of the City’s growth.

In December 1870, a council meeting was held and an ordinance was issued to create a professional fire department – and the Philadelphia Fire Department was born. The legacy of our early beginnings has made us heir to a lasting public image – an image that is protected and refined by the dedicated men and women of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Safety Resources

Make A Home Escape Plan

Request A Smoke Detector

Smoke Alarm Safety

Emergency Preparedness

General Fire Safety

Let's Connect!

You can reach the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation by mail, phone, email or using the form below.
Mail: 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Free Smoke Alarm Installation

The Philadelphia Fire Department offers 10-year lithium battery operated smoke alarms free of charge and will even install them for you. Fill out the form below or call 311.

The following requirements must be met:

  1. You are a resident of the City of Philadelphia Pa.
  2. You live in a one or two family OWNER occupied dwelling.
  3. You otherwise could not afford to purchase smoke alarms.

NOTE: If you live in an apartment building, or renting a home. It is the responsibility, (by law) of the landlord to provide smoke alarm protection on every level of the home.