Our members have been working diligently to place the new engines in service soon. This past weekend, hose was packed and our new MSA SCBA training started, along with driver training on the trucks. It’s a big job to get all of these tasks finished, and we’re getting closer to the finish line. Of course, none of this could be done without the efforts of our volunteer members, and the support of the community we serve.We also added a finishing touch to Engine 79. Thanks to the artistry and generosity of Mike Berenstain, we have Papa Bear as the truck’s mascot! We look forward to sharing all of these new additions with everyone this summer!
This past Saturday, August 3, members participated with the Central Bucks Regional Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop. Along with Central Bucks EMS, brought our new Engine 79 out for it’s first in service event. We had a great time and got to talk with many community members. We’re grateful for all the positive comments, and of course the big smiles and laughs of the kids of all ages.
On July 30, the fire company was dispatched for a dwelling fire at 1426 Ferry Road in New Britain Township. On arrival, it was found that a water line in the basement had ruptured and shorted out the electrical panel in the basement, starting a small fire. Firefighters contained the situation until PECO arrived to de-energize the home. There were no injuries and minor damage. Thanks to Plumsteadville and Dublin Fire Companies and Central Bucks Ambulance for their assistance.
On July 31, the company was dispatched to the area of 625 N. Main St. in Doylestown Borough for a fuel spill. A tank truck containing waste oil had begun to leak, and a large amount of slippery product was leaking down North Main Street. Firefighters, along with Doylestown Borough Public Works and Bucks County Water and Sewer workers, mitigated the spill and hazards in advance of an environmental cleanup company’s arrival.
The new engines have arrived in Doylestown! Here they are as the arrived at Station 79. We’ll have more info, photos and video soon. Look for them in the Memorial Day parade and as we start to train drivers over the next month.
Well not a call, but service. For Junior Firefighter Julian Kendter, a rite of passage.
The members of the fire company and auxiliary gathered at Doylestown Country Club on April 6, 2019, to relax, have fun and recognize members for their accomplishments during 2018. The atmosphere was tropical, as the theme for the evening was Hawaiian Luau, and the dress was representative for the evening.
After dinner and the annual multi-media retrospective, awards were given to members of the company for service and accomplishments. Also receiving an award of recognition was former State Representative Marguerite Quinn. Fire company president Jay Fetterolf presented he with a plaque thanking her for her service and friendship to the company during her 10 years serving the Central Bucks community. She was moved by the honor, thanking every member of the company for the honor and honoring all back. The plaque read-
Your selfless dedication and tireless efforts have touched and changed countless people in the State of Pennsylvania and the Doylestown Fire Company. You have inspired greatness within our community and we honor your service.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Service awards were given to-
5-Year Pin/Silver (2014)
Miroslav “Mike” Mach
10-Year Pin/Silver (2009)
Will Fluck IV
15-Year Pin/Silver (2004)
Bob Adams, Sr.
20 Year Pin/Gold (1999) and Life Membership Card
30 Year Pin/Gold (1989)
Roseanne (Annie) Vancosky
Boyd (Bud) Baughman, Jr.
35 Year Pin/Gold (1984)
Dennis Loux, Jr.
40 Year Pin/Gold (1979)
50 Year Pin/Gold (1969)
55 Year Pin/Gold (1964)
Harold (Dutch) Reeser
60 Year Pin/Gold (1959)
65 Year Pin/Gold (1954)
Appreciation awards were given to-
Ed Truman for service as Deputy Chief from 2010-2011 and 2017-2018
Ed Loux for service as Battalion Chief for 2018
Peter Mills for service as Lieutenant for 2018
Anthony Montemurro for service as Treasurer from 2016-2018
Larry Browne for service as Trustee from 2015-2018
Jim Hampton for service as Trustee from 2011- 2018
Mike Kleban for service as Trustee for 2018
Steven Downs for service as Assistant Treasurer for 2017-2018
Karen Truman for service as Assistant Recording Secretary for 2017-2018
Bill Cope for service as Assistant Financial Secretary for 2018
Jeff Anlauf for service as Trustee for 2016-2018
Steve Cote for service as Trustee for 2017-2018
Attendance awards were presented to
Tommy Kirk- Top responder for 2018- 77.36%
Bill Price- 2nd top responder- 49.61%
Asher Mithoefer- 3rd top responder- 48.84%
Steve Lee- 4th Top Responder- 43.88%
Sam Cesare- 5th Top Responder- 42.33%
Percentage of calls based on 645 Incidents and 45 Trainings
Training Awards presented to Lori Westover and Tommy Kirk with 38 of 45 Drills for the year
The President’s award was bestowed upon Steve Downs for his work as Asst. Treasurer, constant optimism and guidance.
The Chief’s award was given to Ed Loux for his work on the duty crew and mapping.
The firefighter of the year, as voted on by the members of the fire company, is Larry Browne. Browne has been a member of the fire company since July of 1999, has held many positions in the company, including President of the Relief Association and Public Information and Fire Prevention officer, which he holds presently.
Yes, it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. On April 24, 2019, that was very true for Past Chief Steve Walther. Walther, his wife Cindy and daughter Steffi along with members of the fire company attended the Doylestown Rotary’s 4-Way Test Awards breakfast at Doylestown Country Club. A crowd of over 300 was there to honor Steve and the other recipients of the 4-Way award. Steve was recognized for his over 60 years of service to the Doylestown and Warwick Communities as a volunteer. He joins firefighters Jeff Kennedy and Tom Smith as recipients of the award. In addition to his fire service time, Steve is also a volunteer for Special Olympics. Well done Steve!
The fire company was also the recipient of a grant from the Rotary at the gathering. President Jay Fetterolf accepted the check for $3100 on behalf of the fire company.
And breakfast was very, very good!
On Monday night, April 22, 2019 there was a meeting of the Central Bucks Regional Police Commission at Doylestown Borough Hall. Two fire company members were front and center at the beginning of the meeting.
First, Detective Sgt. Paul Kreuter, a life member and retired Battalion Chief of the fire company, was commended along with his colleague Detective Dave Jenkins and Bucks County Deputy DA Kristen McElroy, and ADA Megan Brooks for work they did to secure the conviction of a sex offender. More info here- https://www.facebook.com/cbrpd/photos/rpp.544055969017541/2185444184878703/?type=3&theater
Well done Paul!
After the commendations, one of the kids, Nate Coia, was sworn in as a part time officer. We say “one of the kids” because many of us have watched Nate grow up in the fire company. He joined as a 14 year old kid, who for years never said much, but absorbed everything he heard like a sponge. Nate has served the Doylestown community well as a volunteer firefighter, and will continue that as a police officer for Doylestown, New Britain and Chalfont boroughs. Nate has had the dream to become a police officer since he was in kindergarten, as seen in the following photo of himself with now retired Doylestown Township officer Brian Rose. Nate’s mom wanted us to share that with everyone. She’s very proud of him!
The process of purchasing a new fire truck is a long one. Much as most of us have experienced purchasing a new vehicle, there’s shopping, testing, and building. However, many fire trucks are very custom, being designed to the needs of the fire company to best serve the community it will respond to for at least 20 years. The fire company’s truck committee, which is organized by the chief when a new truck is needed, has been meeting for almost 2 years for the new engines about to arrive. Headed by Chief Engineer and past Chief Denny Loux, the members have researched designs, worked with manufacturers, discussed and researched financials, and slaved over technical drawings and updates as the build process has proceeded.
Now the days approach for the final inspection. The committee members will travel to Pierce in Wisconsin the week of April 22 to comb over the new rigs with fine toothed combs before the head south to Doylestown. We are very excited for the new additions, and will keep updating the status as the journey continues. Thanks to everyone in the community- the support is appreciated every day!
Remember, all of this work, as well as the training, responses and effort necessary to run the day-to-day operations of the fire company are done by volunteers. If you live in Doylestown Borough or Township, or parts of Buckingham and New Britain Townships, and half of New Britain Borough, you too can volunteer, either as a firefighter or contributing member. Go to http://www.doylestownfireco.org/join/ or stop in either station on a Weds. night at 7 to learn more.
Thanks to all who came out or bought tickets to this year’s pancake day! We served 1,773 breakfasts, the weather was great, and all involved had a blast and great pancakes and sausages! Thanks for all of the words of support and encouragement as always. We love and appreciate your support every day. Pancake Day is one of the days we can meet each other.
It really is the beginning of the Spring social event of the year in Doylestown.