Small entranceway fire stays that way

A fire in a support column at the Landmark building in Doylestown Borough was spotted and reported around 10:30 AM, January 16, 2020. Doylestown Borough fire marshal Scott Fleischer arrived on scene and reported visible fire from the column and smoke pushing from the structure’s roof. Engine 19 arrived on scene with Warrington Rescue 275, and quickly knocked down the wind-driven fire, keeping it from extending into the building. Ladder 79’s crew arrived and assisted with overhaul. The building was quickly and safely evacuated, and there were no injuries. Also assisting were Midway and Chalfont fire, Central Bucks EMS, and Doylestown and Chalfont fire police.

New decade, new fire company president

Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, right, swears in the 2020 elected officers of the fire company and the January monthly meeting on Jan. 8, 2020. President Paul Kreuter, 2nd from left, and Chief Mike Wood, light shirt, lead the proceedings.

The first swearing in of fire company officers this decade occurred on Jan. 8 at the monthly business meeting. Newly elected President Paul Kreuter, along with Chief Mike Wood, in his third year, lead the participants in the process presided over by Doylestown Borough Ron Strouse. Kreuter succeeds Jay Fetterolf, who was president for the past 5 years. The company thanked Jay for his service with a standing ovation.

Along with Kreuter and Wood, the executive officers this year are 1st VP Steve Walther, 2nd VP Kyle Downs, Treasurer Bill Cope, Asst. Treasurer Paul Cain, Financial Secretary Jay Stough, Asst. Financial Secretary Bill Price, Recording Secretary Karen Truman, Asst. Recording Secretary Annie Vancosky, and trustees Ed Truman, Barbarajean Wood, Ray Bosche, Justen Hilton, and Steve Rizzo.

On the line officers, Deputy 19 Ed Loux, Battalion Chiefs Jim Shepard and Grant Castor, Captains Lori Westover and Dan Kline, and Lieutenant Don Talenti. Communications officer James Babinetz, Asst. Communications Officer Joey Grace, Safety Officer Tom Smith, and Public Information Officer and photographer Larry Browne.

Also at the meeting, the fire police officers were sworn in, lead by Capt. Nick Popchuk and Lt. Quentin Maust.

The members of the auxiliary board were sworn in also.

And finally Ed Truman took over as president of the Doylestown Firefighters Relief Assn., succeeding Larry Browne, who was president for the past 3 years.

Fire Police officers for 2020 are sworn in by Mayor Ron Strouse.

Rescue- Car into building

At 10:36 AM on January 3, 2020, Resuce 19 and Ladder 79 were dispatched to 420 N. Main St. for a vehicle into a building at the Doylestown Shopping Center. On arrival, Battalion Chief 19, Jim Shepard, reported a car into the Waxing the City store, with at least one person trapped. After taking a count, it was determined that all were accounted for, and the driver of the vehicle was removed from the car and transported. There were no serious injuries, and a total of 4 patients were transported by Central Bucks EMS. Central Bucks Regional Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash. Thanks to Plumsteadville Fire Co. for responding with Rescue 24 and assisting our fire police with traffic control.

Bringing the big man and the holiday season to Doylestown

Last night Doylestown started the holiday season in grand fashion, as it has for 105 years! And the members of the fire company were there to bring Santa to town so he could light the tree. In addition to the Fox being his sleigh for the night, Captain 19 Lori Westover was in charge of Santa’s safety as he rose above the crowd in his magic bucket. The crew then provided security for the big guy with Central Bucks Regional PD for the walk to his house.

Passing of Life Member Don Smith

Don Smith, Right, receiving a service award from State Senator Steve Santaserio at the 2019 Old Timers Night.

It is with sadness that the fire company announce the passing of life member Don Smith on Nov. 24, 2019. Don, who was a member of the fire company for over 65 years, was honored for his service at this year’s Old Timers Night. While working for Young and Bowman for many years, Don responded often to daytime calls and was a regular helper at Turkey Dinners and Pancake Breakfasts along with his wife Nancy.

Our third-generation scholarship winner!

Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Francis X. Thomas scholarship winner, Junior Firefighter Tricia Shepard. Trish is a third generation Doylestown firefighter, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Jim, past Chief of the company, and father Jim, who is currently one of 2 battalion chiefs. Trish was presented the scholarship at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards banquet on October 27 by DFC Deputy Chief Ed Loux, who works with the Thomas family to give the $1000 scholarship to a deserving student in the Central Bucks Fire and EMS community through the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, where Trish is in the nursing program.

The Francis X. Thomas scholarship is presented by the Thomas family in the memory of Fran Thomas, who was a very active participant and supporter of the emergency services in Bucks County for many years.

Great weather and support! Thanks to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house!

Checking out the new Engine 19!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house on October 12! We enjoyed seeing our community that come out and learned a little and had lots of fun. Thanks to all of our members that volunteered their time to educate and entertain. Remember- every day is fire prevention day! Check your smoke detectors monthly and plan and practice a home escape plan regularly! We also want to thank the Bucks County Hazardous Response Team, Patrick Murphy from Bagel Barrel, Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and the Bucks County BookFest. And the weather was great!

Deputy 19 Ed Loux tells some very cute unicorns about the Hahn engine he now owns with his brother Denny.
Firefighter Asher Mithoefer helps a future firefighter put out the “house fire”.
The Cat in the Hat approves of our Papa Bear on the new Engine 79!
Thanks to the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Team for bringing HazMat 89-3 and giving demonstrations of the very cool tools they have.

It’s Fire Prevention Week! Be a hero to your family!

It’s fire prevention week! For us, every day is fire prevention day- and we hope it is for everyone.
This year’s theme is How to make a Home Fire Escape plan.
When we meet with parents and kids, we often get embarrassed looks when we ask if families have plans and meeting places. We want to change this.
Make a plan.
Practice the plan.
Make a video of the practice and share it with #doylestownescapeplan and let us know- on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re @dfc1979news on Twitter and Instagram.
We’ll share your video- help us teach others how to have a plan- and the best ones will get some special treats.

It’s open house time!

Come to our annual fire prevention open house and have a great time learning about firefighters, fire prevention, and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. We’re partnering with the Bucks County BookFest, and the Kids Fest will be going strong too! We’ll have our new engines, demonstrations of drones, fire gear to try on and activities for young and older. It’s all free from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Shewell Ave. firehouse, 68 Shewell Ave. in Doylestown Borough.