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For sale- 2 fire engines

As we await the arrival of our two new engines, slated for delivery in mid-2019, we are posting 2 of our engines for sale. Please see the details above, and questions to the email address at the bottom. The ad is downloadable here- Doylestown Fire Company for Sale

Passing of Past President John E. “Jack” Connard

It is with profound sadness that we must announce the passing of past President and Life Member John E. “Jack” Connard. We will miss his wit, candor and smile. He was still active, still ready to start an argument, then let loose a big smile to let everyone know he was “stirring the pot”.
http://www.theintell.com/…/OBITUARI…/20181014/JOHN-E-CONNARD

A historic purchase

Last night, September 26, 2018, the fire company took a historic step. A contract was signed with Pierce Manufacturing through Glick Fire Equipment for the purchase of 2 Enforcer pumpers. It’s the first time the fire company has purchased more than one, and for sound financial and operational reasons. The truck committee, chaired by Past Chief Denny Loux, did their research. They were able to negotiate pricing that immediately saves the community almost $100k, but also, with the spectre of another engine needing replacement in the next year, even more by striking now for the identical twins. From an operational standpoint, having the two will speed training and familiarization, and allow drivers to immediately be able to drive 2 trucks once qualified.
Through the revenue streams our communities and municipalities have maintained and good investment and savings of those funds, we are prepared for this purchase to keep the Doylestown and surrounding areas safe for the forseeable future.
We plan on selling 2 of the present engines to make room for the new ones. Our present fleet includes Engine 79, a 2000 Pierce, Engine 19, a 1998 Pierce, and Engine 19-1, a 1992 Pierce.
Thanks to all of the members of the committee for their hard work, and most importantly, to the communities that support us year after year.
We expect delivery in mid-2019.

Doylestown McDonalds burns

It was a sad night for fast-food aficionados in Doylestown on Sept. 21, 2018, as long time hangout McDonalds was destroyed by fire. The call, dispatched at 1:49 AM, was first reported to police as a burglar alarm. The Central Bucks Regional officer reported the building full of smoke and windows hot. Deputy 19 Ed Truman and Battalion 19 Jim Shepard arrived to heavy smoke, and Truman established Doylestown command. After ventilating and making entry, firefighters were presented with fire in the roof area, and shortly after a collapse of the interior roof structure over the kitchen area, making it difficult to get to the seat of the fire. 

After an hour, the fire was placed under control at 2:25 AM by Truman. There was one minor injury to a firefighter. Responding as mutual aid were Warrington, Plumsteadville, Midway, Lingohocken and Hartsville, Central Bucks Ambulance was there for rehab and patient care, and fire police from Chalfont, Warwick, and Plumsteadville. Thanks to Chalfont, Warwick Dublin, Pt. Pleasant, and Horsham for covering during the fire. The cause is being investigated by Doylestown Borough fire marshal Scott Fleischer.

Firefighter Tom Savasta brings a ladder to the scene.
Ladder 29 in the rear.
Ladder 79 in the front.
Engine 19 and Ladder 29.

Car fire shuts down Rt 611

Firefighters Nick Tartaglia and Paul Kreuter advance the hoseline. 

Dispatched at 12:06 PM, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 for vehicle fire on Southbound Rt. 611 at Edison. Acting Battalion 19-2, Don Talenti, arrived and had a vehicle well involved on the side of the road. Engine 19 arrived and stretched a line, assisted by Ladder 79’s crew. Fire Police were on hand for traffic control. Southbound traffic was stopped for about 40 minuets, and there were no injuries. Congratulations to Talenti and Tommy Kirk for milestones!

Traffic is at a standstill on Southbound 611.
Crews from Engine 19 and Ladder 79 prepare to attack the fire.
Nick Tartaglia hits hot spots.
Firefighters Bill Price and Justen Hilton work to open the hood as the fire is extinguished.

Congratulations Jess!

2nd Lt. Jessica Meisinger, USMC
Photo courtesy Sara Grogan/https://www.facebook.com/saragphotographybuckscounty/

We are honored to share the news that our Jess, excuse us, now 2nd Lt. Jessica Meisinger, USMC, received her promotion this week after completing Artillery Officers school in Oklahoma! Congrats Jess, we’re all so proud of you. We’ll get the locker sign updated ASAP!

New firefighter 1 graduates!

Congratulations to our two newest Firefighter 1 graduates- junior firefighters Julian Kendter and Tricia Shepard! They both graduated last night after passing the class this summer! Tricia is a third generation firefighter, as dad Jim is one of our battalion chiefs and grandfather Jim is a past chief! Julian joined as an explorer, as did Tricia, and has worked hard to attain this goal.

Tricia Shepard with dad, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard.
Julian Kendter

Unauthorized mailing- please read

It has been brought to our attention that area residents are receiving this letter soliciting funds for a volunteer firefighter drive. This is not mail from Doylestown Fire co., nor will the funds go to the fire company. While a registered entity with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this is an out of state company that has no relationship with your or any other fire company. We only distribute one mailing a year, our annual fund drive in October. Please DM us with any questions or concerns, however, we have no connection to this company and can not give refunds or in any way rectify any transactions with them

Old Timers Night- fun, food and awards!

On June 6, 2018, the annual Old Timers Night was held at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. The event is a night for members of the fire company to join with local community leaders and officials to relax, eat a great dinner prepared by members of the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and recognize members for efforts over the past year.

John Cope holds his 50 years of service award with State Representative Marguerite Quinn and acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego.

In addition, the acting State Fire Commissioner, Bruce Trego, attended and addressed the gathering. Trego was invited by State Representative Marguerite Quinn, who was also in attendance, along with numerous local and state officials. Before the event Trego met with Chiefs from are fire companies at Doylestown Borough hall. They discussed the challenges facing the volunteer companies in Pennsylvania, and what is on the horizon. Many long-time, but less active life members of the fire company attended, as well as some very young future members.

Acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego with president Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Mike Wood (r).

Members who were recognized at the annual banquet in April were again introduced. President’s award and Firefighter of the year Grant Castor, 50 year member John Cope, Chief’s award recipient Will Fluck, Rookie of the year Mike Kleban and new life members Jeff Kennedy, Peter Mills and Aaron Soldavin were highlighted again.

Local businesses were honored for their generosity and partnership with the fire company, including Kniese’s Plumbing.

Also, donations were received from the County of Bucks, Steely and Smith Insurance, and the Fire Company Auxiliary.

Jack Connard with Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley from Steely and Smith Insurance.

 

Doylestown Memorial Day parade 2018

On Court St. east of the monument.

The 150th Doylestown Memorial Day parade, the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the US, made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown Borough on May 29, 2018. The Fire Company and Auxiliary marched and rode, joining the annual remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to the country. Thank you to all who had such kind words of support and appreciation for what we do for the community. It is humbling to see everyone stand and applaud, but the reason for the parade is those who never came home.

The Fox continues along Court St.

The living legend, Jack Connard. Jack is a veteran of the Korean War, and our most senior participating member.

The company at Court and West.

The Fox arrives at staging with Bill Cope at the wheel.

Ladder 79’s crew at staging.