Swarthmore Fire &
You don't have to spend more than a few days around Swarthmore before you hear a loud siren that will make you feel as if you were in a nuclear power plant. But you need not worry or look for shelter; it's just the good, old Swarthmore fire horn - yes, so old that it's one of the very few remaining in the country!
The Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association (SFPA) is a group of volunteers consisting both of Swarthmore students and members of the Borough. The siren alerts them to when they are needed - meaning they quite literally answer the call to serve Swarthmore and adjacent communities by providing both fire assistance and emergency medical service.
"In EMT class, you put all of your knowledge into action. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are ready and well-equipped to take the responsibility of helping someone in need."
Marina Tucktuck '13
If you think regular students here are busy, better not talk to a fire-fighter. Every year, they respond to over 500 emergency calls! But according to the student volunteers, all the hard work pays off.
So, if your passion is service, saving lives, and missing class for emergency calls, SFPA is the place to be. Members meet for weekly training at the Swarthmore Fire Station (in the heart of the Ville) where interested students should stop by to ask for information.