The fire company was dispatched to 490 Almshouse Road at 11:29 PM on January 16, 2015. On arrival, Deputy 19 Mike Wood had a 2 story dwelling with fire showing from the roof, and the homeowner knocking down the fire. The cedar-shake roof caught fire in the area of the chimney, and on leaving the home to drive a guest home, saw the fire. He raised a ladder to the roof and controlled the small fire with an extinguisher. Members of the fire company checked for any extension with thermal imaging cameras.
Captain 79, Dan Kline, uses the thermal imaging camera to check for extension on the roof.
Doylestown Fire Company’s new slate of officers for 2015 was sworn into office on Wednesday night, Jan 7, 2015. Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse officiated the installation ceremony, which saw a passing of the gavel from Bill Cope, who served as president of the fire company for 8 years, to newly elected President Jay Fetterolf. Fetterolf, a life member of the company who has also served as 1st vice president for the past 2 years, is the 18th president in the fire company’s history. Like his predecessor Cope, Fetterolf is a 3rd generation firefighter, as his father and grandfather were both members of Midway Fire Company, where they also served as president of the Lahaska-based fire company. Cope will now serve as the 1st vice president.
The all volunteer members for the fire company responded to 676 calls for service in the year 2014.
The line and executive officers for 2015 are-
Chief- Sam Cramer, Jr.
Deputy Chief- Mike Wood
Battalion Chiefs- Denny Loux, Jr. and James F. Shepard
Captains- William Fluck and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Matt Grogan and Grant Castor
Fire Marshals- Steve Walther and Ed Truman
Safety Officers- Tom Smith and Annie Vancosky
Fire Police Captain- Drew McPherson
Communications Officer- Ed Loux
Asst. Communications Officer- Nick Popchuk, Jr.
Public Information Officers- Ollie Groman, Sr. and Larry Browne
Fire Prevention Officer- Larry Browne
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Bill Cope
2nd Vice President- Steve Walther
Treasurer- Bob McCrillis
Asst. Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Recording Secretary- Peter Mills
Asst. Recording Secretary- Steve Downs
Financial Secretary- Jack Connard
Asst. Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Head Trustee- Bill Price
Trustees- Jim Hampton, William Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Kevin Morris, Larry Browne
Bill Cope, right, presents the gavel to new President Jay Fetterolf, as Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse looks on.
The volunteers of the Doylestown Fire Company were out Sunday evening to assist in coverage for Warwick Township as they battled a fire on Meetinghouse Road. Members were at Station 66 for a couple hours and returned home after the fire was out. No additional calls came in while Station 66 crews were at the dwelling call.
Additional information about the fire in Warwick can be read here: Bucks County Courier Times
Station 19 was a busy place on August 27, as people and firefighters from all over flocked there. During the afternoon, the crew from Lunch Productions shot more video with fire company members and a social-media driven gathering of community members of all ages for a video shoot around the Borough. Over 60 people, young and old alike, met at the firehouse and were dispatched in three groups to the County Theatre, Doylestown Bookshop and Bagel Barrel. Then Engine 19 drove around town, passing the locations as the groups happily waved to the crew, and the crew waved back! Thanks to everyone who saw the posting on social media and the regional media outlets that picked it up. It was a fun and successful day!
After the video was shot around town, family members met at the station for some more shooting for the video, which will be called Let’s Go to the Firehouse, a book and video package being produced by Doylestown’s own Lunch Productions and distributed by Scholastic Books in fall of 2015.
Later, as part of weekly drill night, Point Pleasant Fire Company brought Dive Rescue 41, formerly Rescue 19, for a familiarization session with the members. Dive team members showed our firefighters how the truck is outfitted, the equipment carried, and what the roles and responsibilities of the members of the team have. Thanks to Station 41 for the presentation and for bringing the old girl back home for the evening!
The fire company was dispatched to a dwelling fire with Chalfont Fire Company on Saturday, July 19 at 10:50 PM. Rescue and Engine 19 responded with Deputy and Battalion 19 to 70 Unami Trail in Chalfont. The fire was in the basement of an end of row townhome. Members assisted in search and ventilation.
On the afternoon of July 17, 2014, Doylestown Fire Co. was dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire in Buckingham Township. En route to 3070 Yorkshire Road, Battalion 79, Denny Loux, Jr., was informed by Bucks County Fire Radio that a Buckingham Township Police officer was reporting a working fire in the garage. Chief Loux confirmed the working fire on arrival and established Doylestown command.
The fire was contained to the garage of the home, and Engine 19 was tasked with taking aline to the interior of the home and attacking the fire from the interior. Deputy 19, Mike Wood, arrived and was assigned operations and Midway Fire Company Deputy 5 Steve Turbyfill took interior operations. The crew of Engine 19 advanced the line and began the fire attack as Ladder 79 arrived and started ventilating. Tanker 5 arrived and supplied Engine 19. Rescue 29 was dispatched as the RIT team. Lingohocken and Warwick Fire Companies also assisted on the fireground, along with Central Bucks Ambulance. After a quick attack and knockdown, the fire was placed under control in 39 minutes.
There were no injuries, and all occupants safely evacuated the dwelling before the arrival of companies. Damage was limited to the garage, where a vehicle was destroyed.
This Saturday, July 19, 2014, come and visit the Doylestown Fire Company at the Doylestown at Dusk Car Show. We will be setting up at the intersection of State and Clinton Streets.
Rescue 19 and Ladder 79 will be on hand for you to check out gear, equipment, sit in the crew section, and get some great photos. Come and talk to some of Doylestown’s Bravest and learn about what we do for the community. We will also have members on hand to speak about volunteer opportunities with the fire company. So, if you are looking for an exciting change of pace and the ability to help keep Doylestown a wonderful place to live, make sure to stop by!
Members of the fire company, along with members of Warwick Station 66, Doylestown Township PD, the Warrior Watch riders and A Hero’s Welcome, were honored to help bring home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, a Doylestown Township resident, to his home in Doylestown Hunt on June 14. The motorcade started in Warwick Township, lead by Rescue 19, and ended at the home of Ponente, complete with a flag salute from Ladder 79. Hundreds of friends and neighbors cheered his arrival home. He was given honors by the Warriors Watch and A Hero’s Welcome, and showered with hugs and high-fives. Ponente served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Welcome home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, and thank you for your service!
Members of the fire company, along with Plumsteadville firefighters and officers, attended training at the Doylestown SEPTA station on June 7, 2014. The visit was the culmination of training with SEPTA on rail safety for firefighters, and what to do in the case of an emergency on the rails. Trainers from SEPTA gave the attendees direction on what to do in an emergency on the Silverliner IV and V commuter trains that ride the rails in the region.
Thanks to the SEPTA trainers who were very committed to rail and responder safety, and the well-being of their passengers.
The fire company and Central Bucks Ambulance were dispatched for a report of a car versus tanker truck crash on Rt. 202 near Mechanicsville Road on Friday, May 30 at 10:10 AM. Battalion 79, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and found a tractor-trailer tanker in the middle of Rt. 202 and a passenger vehicle off the road with 1 occupant trapped. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 arrived, with the rescue crew taking the extrication duties and the engine securing hazards on the roadway. After a door removal, the patient, receiving care from Central Bucks Ambulance personnel, was removed, packaged and transported.