About Us

Who are we?

  • The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 was formed in 1887 and is the ninth oldest fire company in Chester County, PA, with a motto that still holds true today:  “The Danger of our Citizens Prompts us to Action.”
  • We are a non-profit, 100% volunteer, full service fire and heavy rescue organization, providing care to the residents of Downingtown Borough, East Caln Township and the surrounding areas.
  • We have deep roots and have always been located in the West Ward of Downingtown, to serve our fellow neighbors.
  • Alert is one of two fire companies that make-up the Downingtown Fire Department.  The other fire company is the Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, located in the East Ward of Downingtown since 1908.
  • We have provided service to our community for over 129 continuous years.
  • We are a charter member of the Chester County Technical Rescue Task Force (CHESCO RTF-1).
  • Alert is a dynamic company known for its professional approach to service, training and a team-oriented  environment.
  • We provide opportunities for growth, national certification training and advancement within the company.
  • We are your neighbors, friends and family, ages 16 years and up.
  • If you’re looking for a way to be personally involved in your community, in an exciting town, the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 is the place for you!