On August 27, 2015, Four new members of the Doylestown Fire Company were awarded their Firefighter 1 certificate from the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center. Many hours of hard work and commitment were needed from these four new members and their hard work paid off. Congratulations to Steve Cote, Steve Lee, Mike Mach, and Sean Ryan for your commitment to the fire company. Also, Congratulations to Steve Lee as he was chosen as an outstanding student for his class.
Members of the fire company spent drill night working with the hydraulic rescue tools on two donated vehicles. Former chief Doug Tilley instructed the members on the use of hydraulic tools for extricating trapped victims of vehicle crashes. This training is invaluable as it keeps the firefighters ready to perform in an actual emergency.
The fire company was dispatched for Rescue Box 79-29 for a single vehicle crash with entrapment at Edison Furlong and Pebble Hill Roads at 9:45 PM on July 20, 2015. En route to the scene, Bucks County Fire Radio updated the location of the crash to be on Sugarbottom Road near Foy Drive. On arrival Deputy 19 Mike Wood reported a car in the woods with the driver, the sole occupant, trapped. Engine 79 and Rescue 19 arrived and went into service with hydraulic rescue tools and stabilization, as the vehicle was off the road and on the side of a hill. Central Bucks Ambulance was on scene with patient care as the extrication operation began. Warwick Fire Company assisted with the landing zone for the medevac helicopter at Bridge Valley Elementary.
On Thursday night, July 9, a violent storm rolled through the area, bringing high winds and heavy rains. After the storm had passed, the fire company was dispatched for a wires call in the 900 block of Almshouse Road in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Deputy Chief Mike Wood reported a large branch down on the power lines with a small fire. After searching the adjacent home and checking for extension, PECO Energy arrived on scene and secured the power. Warrington Fire Company also responded to the scene. There were no injuries or major damage.
Rescue 19 was dispatched as the RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) for the building fire on Box 15-2, 5071 Grundy Way, Buckingham Twp. Chief 5 had heavy fire on arrival, and Midway crews got a fast knock down on the fire. The crew from Rescue 19 monitored fireground safety and was ready to enter for firefighter rescue if needed. They were later placed in service to assist with extensive overhaul. This was the second working fire with Midway in 48 hours, as Ladder 79, Engine and Canteen 19 responded to 3783 E Brandon Way on 7/2.
At the old Doylestown Lumber on Weds., April 22., members of the fire company gathered for a hands-on training session. We were able to use the facility thanks to the generosity of Keenan Motors, who are developing the site for a new Mercedes-Benz dealership.
There were two parts of the training- a challenge course and power saw operation.
A series of obstacles was set up in a large room in one of the buildings for fire fighters to simulate crawling in a building on a search and rescue mission. Next, some of the old wood barn structures were cut up as training with gas-powered saws.
We often ask for permission to use structures that are going to be demolished so our firefighters can get hands-on, real-world training with tools and personal safety gear. Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to hold these valuable trainings that help keep the residents and our firefighters safe!
If you were at the firehouse on Saturday March 21, 2015 for the pancake breakfast, you would have seen our volunteers running out the door for 2 major traffic accidents during the day. The first call was for a multi-vehicle accident on 611 just north of the Barn Plaza. First responders found a pickup truck with heavy front end damage that collided with a fire truck from Richlandtown Fire Company, along with a couple other vehicles that were involved after the initial accident. Minor injuries were reported and the highway was closed for an extended period of time to remove the vehicles. The 2nd accident involved a single vehicle on northbound 202 bypass, just south of the off ramp at 202 and 313. A single vehicle collided with the center median and guard rails, requiring the first arriving units to remove the passenger door to extricate the driver. Crews were in service for a short period of time to remove the driver of the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Despite both of the calls, the fire company was able to serve over 1700 breakfasts to the community that came through. Thank you for your support!
Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched for a door pop on South Main Street in the area of Clemens Road on 2-24-15 at approximately 10am. Crews found a 4 door wagon with the the door stuck due to an accident. Rescue 19 went in service with hydraulic tools to open up the door. Photos from Bret Morris.