On April 2nd, 2016 the Association held their 110th Anniversary and Awards Banquet. The following awards were presented at that time.
Pio Zapasodi Congressional Award
This award is name after the late Pio Zappasodi, a long time member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association who represented the 8th District on the Executive Board. This award is presented yearly by former Congressman Weldon, to a person who has helped the Fire Service in Delaware County
The 2015 recipient is: Kirby Kerber
The 2015 recipient is Ira N. Kerber (Kirby Kerber) of the Broomall Fire Company and Delaware County
Emergecy Services Training Center.
Kirby basically grew up in the fire house. I. N. Kerber Jr was the Chief ofthe Broomall Fire Company he
spent countless hours at the fire house helping and observing.
He was finally able to officially join in February 1969.
For the next 30 years he held various positions and offices.
Driver, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief
and served on the Board of Directors and as President
He began developing and interest in fire training even before he joined the company. He spent countless
hours observing company drills and weekly township inspections.
In 1982 he was able to attend the Instructor Development program sponsored by the Delaware County
Fireman's Asso. that resulted in him getting certified as a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Instructor.
Over the next 10 years he taught various State and Local Level programs throughout Delaware County.
In 1992 the opportunity to work part time for the Delaware County Board of Fire and Life Safety at the
Emergency Services Training Center under development in Darby Township/Folcroft presented itself.
In 1997 he was able to transition to a full time position with the County of Delaware that resulted in
being promoted to Deputy Director of the Emergency Services Training Center.
During this period he served on the Certification Advisory Board at the State Fire Academy, The Entry
Level Fire Fighter Training curriculum committee and a member of the Educational Training Agency
He is a member of the NFPA, International Society of Fire Service Instructors and the Keystone Chapter
of the Fire Service Instructors where he has been a board member Vice President and President. He has
also been a member of the Delaware County Fireman's Asso., serving on the Board of Directors.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Safety City, a fledgling organization
who's mission is to promote safety education to all ages.
He has been on the IFSTA Material Review Committee for the Essentials of Fire Fighting 6th Edition, and
am currently on the same committee for the 7th Edition
The Business of the Year Award is presented annually to a business or corporation, in Delaware County that has contributed to the benefit, welfare or improvement of the Fire Service in an outstanding manner.
The 2016 Business of the year is VFIS
The VFIS has always been there for the fire service in Delaware County.
Alhaji Saccoh Collingdale Fire Company # 1
Collecting & Delivering much needed fire gear to Sierra Leone Fire Department. Many Delaware County Fire Companies helped & contributed to his program.
Chris Yocum Folsom Fire Company
For providing all the hand made models that were used over the years for tabletop training in the county.
Collingdale Fire Company # 1 & Collingdale Fire Company # 2
Both Collingdale Fire Companies for the last 9 years have collecting Toy for Tots and providing for over 100 families during the holiday season.
Eugene ( Gene ) Bidoli Collingdale Fire Company # 1
Gene has been master of ceremonies for many banquets and we wanted to acknowledge him for the time & effort he puts into making the banquets go smoothly on banquet night.
Harry Maitland Lifetime Achievement Award
The Harry Maitland Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association who has shown life long devotion, support, and commitment to the Fire Service of Delaware County in an outstanding manner. Any member in good standing of the Association is eligible to be nominated by any individual member or organization member in good standing for this award.
The 2015 recipient is: John W. Weeks
This year's recipient is John William Weeks of Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Company.
John is a life member of the Firemen's Association State of Pennsylvania, and the
Delaware County Firemen's Association, where he is serves as the 8th District
Director. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors he also actively supports
this association on many of our ongoing projects giving of his time and talents
He has been involved in the Delaware County Fire Service since 1963 and is an
active Fire Police responder. He is a member of the 7th and 8th District Fire Police
Association, a life member of the Darby Fire Patrol #2, and a life member of
Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Company, where he also serves on their Board of
John has represented the Delaware County Firemen's Association at the PA State
level as a Board member of the Firemen's Legislative Federation, a member of the
State Wide Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Fire Services Institute, and delegate
to the Firemen's Association of State of PA, where he serves on the Awards and By-
He is a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Upper Darby Square Club, which
consists of Police and Firefighters. John is a World War II veteran having served in
the Pacific, has served as a PA Deputy Game Protector, and has his own pest
Congratulations John, and thanks for your many years of service to your
community, Delaware County, and your country.
The Association honored the following members for Fifty Years of Service
Ronald L. Fedder
William D. Hicks
Thomas R. MacDonald Sr.
Arthur L. O'Connor Jr.
Harry E. Patterson
John J. Quirk Jr.
James J. Saville (Deceased)
Eugene F. Schulze
The Association honored the following Life Members for Twenty Years of Service
David R. Cook
Gerald R. Davis
Howard W. Rayne Jr.
Kathleen C. Reardon