Fire Marshal and Fire Department Information

Fire Departments

The two main missions of fire service personnel in Nether Providence Township are Suppression and Prevention.

Operating under the Suppression mission are the township’s two all-volunteer fire companies – South Media Fire Co. No. 1 (founded in 1922) and Garden City Fire Co. No. 1 (founded in 1944). Nearly 100 men and women from all walks of life participate in these two active companies.  Together, the two fire companies are often referred to as the Nether Township Fire Department.

Garden City Fire Company currently is led by Chief Pat O’Rourke, while Ed Kline serves as chief of South Media Fire Company. Roughly half of the township is covered by each company’s respective fire district.

Both companies have engines (pumpers), utility vehicles, and command vehicles.  Garden City operates the township’s ladder truck, while South Media has a heavy rescue truck used in motor vehicle accidents.

One member of the township’s Board of Commissioners serves as Fire Commissioner and is the liaison between the volunteers and the township government. Nether Providence Township contributes tax dollars to support  the two companies.  An annual fund drive also provides revenues, with monies raised shared by the two companies.  Both companies also make use of various state and federal grants.

Garden City and South Media also share revenue from Rose Valley Borough as both fire companies provide fire service to that community.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is the arm of the fire service charged with fire prevention as well as education, inspections and investigations. The office also is headquarters for the township’s  Emergency Management Agency.

Jack Gresch is the current fire marshal.  He has a deputy who assist him in investigations and inspections and an assistant who works on grants and fire prevention.

Thanks to two recent federal grants, the township’s award-winning fire prevention and education program has been greatly enhanced. “Hazard House,” a table top model, is being used to teach children and adults about good fire safety practices. A Sparky the Fire Dog suit also has been purchased for use with children’s groups. Video materials and smoke detectors also are available to the public.

The township has a small contingent of fire police officers who assist in traffic control as well as other duties at the scene of an emergency.

In accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state’s arm PEMA, Nether Providence Township has an emergency operations plan,  and individuals from the township’s departments and emergency services are ready to provide support in the event of a township-wide emergency.


How to Make a Fire Escape plan

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Sleepover Fire Safety for Kids

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Cooking Safety Information

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Safety Recalls

  • Britax Child Safety, Inc. (Britax) is recalling certain B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Travel Systems, B-Safe 35 Elite, B-Safe 35 Elite Travel Systems and BOB B-Safe rear-facing infant child safety seats. The affected child safety seats have a center tab on the chest clip marked “ABS” that may break. The broken tab may present a choking hazard to an infant in the car seat, increasing the risk of injury. Britax will notify owners and will provide a replacement chest clip marked “PC”, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 21, 2017. Owners may contact Britax at 1-833-474-7016 or visit
  • Please see the attached link for information on recalls for HP lithium ion batteries and Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle and Food Warmers: Recall Notices.
  • Child restraint system recalls: Evenflo Company, Inc. (Evenflo) is recalling certain Evolve 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats, model number 34411700 manufactured February 26, 2015, to February 9, 2016 and model number 34411741 manufactured May 27, 2015, to February 9, 2016. The affected seats have a button for adjusting the harness tightness. The child in the seat can access this button and loosen the harness without the caregiver’s knowledge. If the child is able to loosen the harness, they may not be properly secured in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury. Evenflo will notify the registered owners, and will provide a remedy kit with a replacement harness adjustment button, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Evenflo at or 1-800-233-5921.