Advanced Fire Police Class – 6/4 & 6/5

Chester Township Fire Company will be hosting the new Advanced Fire Police Class. The class will be held on June 4th & 5th from 8am till 5pm and the cost will be $55. Cost includes the class, book, and lunch. Chester Township Fire Company is located at 2410 Concord Rd Chester, Pa. 19013. For those interested please contact Wayne LaDue by calling or texting at 610-620-8502 or by email at This class is also listed on the training page as well. For all those attending please park in the large upper lot to the right of the station closest to the bus stop.

New Advanced Fire Police Class
Dates: June 4th & 5th
Times: 8am till 5pm
Location: Chester Township Fire Company
Delaware County Station 47
2410 Concord Road
Chester, Pa. 19013
Cost: $55 – Includes Class, Book, and lunch.
Contact: Wayne LaDue
Call or text: 610-620-8502

Letter from Paul Blanford on Passing of Lisa Dudrick

Hello Everyone,

It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of Lisa Dudrick, a former Fire Police Officer at the Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company and a member of both 7th and 8th districts and Delaware County Fire Police Associations. Lisa (and her partner Lynn West) moved to Georgia several years ago. Unfortunately, there are no funds for Lisa to be cremated and transported back to Pennsylvania for burial.

I have been in touch with her brother David, who has started a Go Fund Me account. In lieu of donating to the Go Fund Me account (Go Fund Me charges a percentage of the collected money), I suggest donations be sent to me then I will forward the donations to her brother David directly. Subsequently, anyone wishing to contribute should contact myself, Paul Blandford, at 610-299-2486 with an amount. Any and all contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, Lisa still had her helmet and other fire police items in her apartment. When the funeral home saw this they draped her body with an American Flag as she was being removed from her apartment, it was a very thoughtful tribute.

God bless you all and stay safe,

Paul Blanford

Passing of Fire Police Captain James L. Maitland

We regret to announce the LODD (Line of Duty Death) of Fire Police Captain James Maitland. Jim passed away at Riddle Memorial Hospital on Thursday December 23rd, 2021 after a brief battle with COVID-19. Jim served as Fire Police Captain with Parkside Fire Company as well as Fire Police Captain of Upland Fire Company. Jim was a wonderful kind-hearted man who would help anyone and it showed in his dedication to emergency services as well as in his military career. Jim was a great asset to Delaware County and will truly be missed.

Jim started his career in the fire service in 1988 when he joined Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company in Rock Hall Maryland. Jim joined Parkside Volunteer Fire Company in 1993 where he held the positions of Trustee, Fire Police Lt, and Fire Police Captain. Jim most recently also joined Upland Volunteer Fire Company in September of 2021 to aid in their Fire Police division holding the position of Fire Police Captain..

Jim was a great guy that would do anything for you. Jim helped many people and touched many lives. He was always the one person who you could turn to any time for anything. Jim was the man that would joke with you one day and had no problem putting you in your place the next day, that’s the kind of person everyone needs in their lives. A loyal friend and mentor to many people both in life and in the fire service. Jim may you rest easy with friends Gary Mulligan and John English, and please watch over those friends and family members left behind. You will always be loved and missed by many.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 7th, 2022 at Upland Baptist Church, 325 Main Street Upland, PA starting at 6pm. Fire apparatus are requested to participate. For more information, please contact Upland Fire Company Deputy Chief Jeff Hill. Please keep the Maitland Family and the Officers and Members of both Upland & Parkside Fire Companies in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Obituary of James L. Maitland

James L. Maitland, age 76 of Upland, PA, passed away on December 23, 2021 at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Born to the late James W. and Brenna Mae Sommers Maitland, in Chester, PA, James resided for the past 30 years in Upland, PA, previously residing in Eastern Shore, MD. James currently worked for Murphy Ford, and previously was a truck driver, hauling heavy equipment. He was a member of the Upland Fire Co., Parkside Fire Co., Rock Hall Fire Co., and served as the Captain of Fire Police. In his spare time he enjoyed paranormal investigations with his best friend, Steven Edwards, was a Baltimore Ravens football fan, and loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A veteran, Jim served his country as a Veteran in the US Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Eleanor “Sam” Maitland, 3 children, James (Jennifer) Maitland, Michael (Jennifer) Maitland, and Kevin (Linda) Maitland, and a step-daughter, Stephanie (Richard) Bauer, grandchildren, Ashley, Ryan, Andrew, Ciara, Jason, Jasmine, Darian and Kristie, and 2 great-grandchildren, Marilyn and John. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7th at 6:00pm at the Upland Baptist Church, Upland, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation ( Online condolences may be made by visiting


Funeral Service

6:00 pm Friday, January 7, 2022
Upland Baptist Church
325 Main St.
Upland, Pennsylvania, 19015

Ridley Park Main Street Festival

Ridley Park Police is requesting assistance for their annual Main Street Festival on October 10th from 1pm until 6pm (1300 – 1800 hrs). The Ridley Park Police are requesting 6 officers to cover 3 locations. Anyone that can assist please contact Jesse Francis (610) 496-8198 or Steve Edwards (610) 842-7238. Intersections that need coverage are W. Ridley & Swarthmore Ave, Hinkley & Swarthmore Ave, and Sellers & Swarthmore Ave.

Tinicum Township Yacht Stock

Tinicum Township Police Department is requesting fire police to assist with traffic control for the annual Yacht Stock on Saturday October 9, 2021 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM (08:30 hrs. – 22:00 hrs.). Anyone that can assist with this event please contact Tinicum Township Fire Police Capt. Jessie Francis at 610-496-8198 or Steve Edwards at 610-842-7238. Any assistance would be helpful. If you can only assist for a few hours that would be extremely helpful, no one is required to volunteer for the entire day. Any questions or concerns about the event please contact Jesse Francis directly.

*For a copy of the letter right click and open image in a new tab then print the image.*

Capt. Thomas Royds

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Capt. Thomas Royds. “Roydsy,” as he was affectionately known, died in the line of duty serving the residents of Lower Merion as a career firefighter. We extend our condolences to the Royds family and our brothers and sisters at Lower Merion Fire Department and Lower Merion Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 2844.

Ridley Park Fireworks

Ridley Park Police is requesting assistance of 7 fire police officers to assist with this years fireworks at the lake from 5pm till 10pm on July 3rd. Fire Police will be meeting at Constitution Terrace and W. Ridley Ave for assignments. Ridley Park Police Chief has advised that they will be closing the roads at 5pm this year. Anyone that can assist please contact Jesse Francis (Traffic 48) at 610-496-8198 or Steve Edwards at 610-842-7238. Thank You in advance.

Help Needed for Tinicum Township Fireworks

Tinicum Township is requesting assistance of fire police on June 26 from 6pm to 10pm at Manor Field located at 420 & 291 (Wanamaker Ave & 291). Tinicum Township is requesting 5 fire police officers to assist with this event. A letter has been received for those that need one, click the link below to download the letter. Anyone available please contact Jesse Francis (Traffic48) at 610-496-8198. Thank You in advance.

TTFC letter to fire police assocation