Emergency Services & Divisions


 The mission of the Norristown Fire Department is to save lives and protect property through Prevention, Preparedness, Education and Response. We are a combination fire department consisting of approximately 50 Pennsylvania State and Nationally Certified Firefighters. The Department consists of the following individuals: 

Fire & Rescue Services

In addition to firefighting, the department provides heavy rescue and water rescue services to Norristown and surrounding municipalities. The Department participates in the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program and the Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition Program. The purpose of these Certification Programs is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds NFPA standards for the Fire Service. Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. A person certified to one of the Fire Service Professional levels will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular level. The service that is offered to the citizens of Norristown and surrounding communities will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process. In addition, a number of our firefighters also respond and train with the Southeastern Montgomery County Technical Rescue Task Force, which is a collaborative effort between Upper Merion, Lower Merion and Norristown Fire Departments, providing professional technical rescue services.

Fire Inspections

Fire Inspection Checklist 

The Norristown Fire Department’s Fire Safety Inspection Program is designed to promote a proactive approach to fire safety through prevention. Our career firefighters are also certified fire inspectors. They conduct fire safety inspections with the goal of identifying existing hazards to life and property, and to provide explanations on how to mitigate any fire hazard found.  In addition, they also ensure that each property is compliant with the adopted International Fire Code. Fire inspectors also ensure that emergency contact information is up to date, along with any other key information that can be use in the event of an emergency at a specific location.  Business owners and residents can always update emergency contact information by submitting updates to: NFDinfoupdates@Norristown.org. You may also print the Occupancy Information Form, linked below, and mail it to the Norristown Fire Department at 235 E. Airy St, Norristown, PA 19401, or fax it to (610) 292-8090.

  • Occupancy Information Form
  • Fire Alarm Certification Form (working on new form)
  • Operational Fire Permit Application (working on new form)
  • Construction Fire Permit Application (working on new form)

Fire Education/Prevention

NFD trailer

 Fire Safety House

The safety house is a twenty eight foot long mobile educational trailer that graphically demonstrates, through various “hands on” exercises, what children need to know regarding fire safety. To schedule a FREE fire prevention demonstration or to schedule the Kid’s Fire Safety House for your school or community event, please contact the Fire Marshal's office at (610) 270-2894.

 Fire Safety in Residential High Rises

Fire Safety in Residential High Rises (PDF)

 Fire Safety at Your Worship Center

Fire Safety at Your Worship Center (PDF)

 Outdoor Grilling & Barbeque Fire Safety

Outdoor Grilling & Barbeque Fire Safety (PDF)

 Smoke Detectors Can Save Your Life

Smoke Detectors Can Save Your Life (PDF)

 Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer (PDF)

 Fire Safety Checklist

Fire Safety Checklist (PDF)

 What to do when Firefighters Leave

What to do when Firefighters Leave (PDF)

 PECO Energy Power Outage Information

PECO Energy (PDF)

K9 Arson

Kindle the Arson Dog

“KINDLE” is a female yellow Labrador retriever that is the first certified accelerant detection dog in Montgomery County.

Fire Chief Thomas O’Donnell and Kindle earned their certification in obedience and accelerant detection from the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers, a credential that requires recertification every two years. Chief O’Donnell and Kindle are available to anyone who needs K9 assistance, whether it be firefighters or law enforcement. Kindle is another tool in the toolbox for arson and fire investigators within Norristown and Montgomery County. 

 Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services are provided by Plymouth Community Ambulance Association, Montgomery County Station 308. Plymouth Ambulance is a 911 advanced life support paramedic ambulance service, serving a total of eleven municipalities and over 110,000 permanent residents.  More information about Plymouth Ambulance can be found on their website: www.medic308.org