As part of our lifetime of skills training, we are constantly looking for new opportunites. When a building about the be demolished is available, we take the time to train on both new and old methods for better and safer firefighting. And though the heat and humidity were still rather oppressive on the evening of August 10, 2016, our members gathered to work on ventilation skills at the recently vacated Wine and Spirits shop on Veterans Lane in Doylestown Borough. Using power saws and old fashioned axes, they cut holes in the roof as we do on fires to ventilate, letting heat and smoke escape from the building.
Members will be back at over the weekend of August 13, continuing to train on this valuable short term resource.
Congratulations to our most recent Firefighter 1 graduates, Rachael Loux, Nick Tartaglia, Todd Whalen and Ben Hanbicki. Our newest firefighters were bestowed with their certificates at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus on Aug. 10, 2016.
The Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer for most of the area. In the case of the members of the fire company, it also brought the start of an unusually busy stretch for the all-volunteer membership of the company and surrounding area. Starting on Friday night, May 27, when the members responded to two mutual aid calls for assistance in Warminster and Plumstead Township, to the morning of June 7, activities and calls kept coming.
On May 28, the fire company displayed the colors from Ladder 79 and provided cooling support for the Discover Doylestown 5K race. On the 30th, the members marched and participated in Memorial Day observances. June 1 was our annual Old Timer’s Night, where friends old and new are invited to the firehouse for food and friendship. Early in the morning of June 5, the fire company and area mutual aid companies battled a 2-alarm fire at the Baliwick office park in Doylestown Township until after the sun rose. Monday night members responded to a dryer fire in a laundromat on North Main St. in Doylestown Borough, and Tuesday morning, June 7, a vehicle crash with fire in Doylestown Township in morning rush hour traffic along Rt 611.
Great work by all of our volunteers and mutual aid colleagues, as everyone went home safely. Let’s see what the rest of the summer has for us!
On April 2, 2016, the members of Doylestown Fire Company gathered at Doylestown Country Club for the annual banquet and awards ceremony. The annual event is a time when the company recognizes the efforts of members during the previous calendar year.
The firefighter of the year for 2015, as voted on by the members of the company, is Peter Mills of Doylestown Borough. Mills is an 18 year veteran of the fire company, having joined as a junior firefighter. Presently the Recording Secretary, he has also served as Asst. Recording Secretary, Asst. Communications Officer, and served as an engineer.
The rookie of the year is Steve Lee, who joined the company in January of 2105. Steve completed the 180+ hours of Firefighter 1 training at the Bucks County Fire School, graduating first in his class. He had a 49% activity percentage for 2015.
Steve Walther, the chairman of the awards committee for 33 years, was honored with a longevity award for his diligent work in the position, as he has announced he is stepping down after this year. The members of the fire company thanked Steve for his work with a standing ovation.
Dan Kline received the Chief’s award from Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., for his tireless work on the box maps project, and Tony Montemurro was named the President’s Award winner by president Jay Fetterolf for his taking over the treasurer’s position mid-year and doing a great job.
Service pins were awarded to the following members for years of service- 5 years, Nick Popchuk, Jr, 10 years- Paul Cain, Sara Grogan, Marshall Sher, and Rebecca Loux-Clark. 15 years- Jamie Haddon. 20 years- new life members Dan Kline and Jerry Bredow. 25 years- Paul Kreuter, Ed Boshell and Chris Morris, 30 years- James D. Shepard, 35 years, Ed Truman and Mike Wood, 40 years Ollie Groman, Jr., John Croman and Gian Luiso, 45 years- Bill Price, 50 years- Bill Funk, 55 Years- Jack Connard, 65 years- Nick Chubb, Jr.
Position awards were given to B. J. Loughnane for serving as a trustee from 2010-2015 and Tony Montemurro as Asst. Treasurer from 2014-2015. Matt Grogan was recognized for his service as Lieutenant from 2014-2015, and Ed Loux as Chief Engineer since 2008 and Communications Officer since 2009.
Attendance awards were given based on a total of 705 point, which included 605 incidents, 40 drills and 60 non-incident activities. Fire police officer Sam Cesare was the top responder for 2015, with 58.2% of the points. Bill Price was second with 49.5%, Steve Lee with 49%, Dan Kline with 46.2% and Craig Lager with 41.7%.
Thanks to all that came out and shared in our favorite community event- Pancake Day! We served over 1400 meals, responded to a call, and had a great time doing it. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Tickets are $5 during pre-sales, $6 at the door, children 6 to 12 are $4 and children under 6 free.
C’mon out to enjoy a great breakfast and meet the volunteers who serve the community!
The weather may have won tonight, but don’t worry- we’ll be out Thursday, Feb. 25th selling tickets! Check our facebook page and twitter @dfc1979news for updates and locations!
By now everyone knows winter is coming. Or here. And winter storm Jonas (not the singing brothers) is near, bringing blizzard watches and packed supermarkets.
We want everyone to be safe, first and foremost. Make sure you have supplies, flashlights, blankets and batteries ready. If you use a generator when the power is out, PLEASE make sure it runs away from the home, and is not inside the structure. Make sure fireplace flues are clear and clean. Listen to official emergency information, and heed the warnings. If the storm does materialize as predicted, please stay inside and only drive if absolutely necessary.
If you’re the hearty type, in good shape and out shoveling, we ask one favor- take care of your local hydrants. The more visible and accessible, the faster we can get to the water in an emergency. If we can’t see it, or if we have to shovel around it to access it, that’s precious seconds lost allowing a fire to grow.
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the officers and members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 announce the passing of past President and Assistant Chief Oliver A. Groman, Sr. Ollie was an active member for over 60 years. He will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are as follow-
Reed and Steinbach funeral home
January 3 – 1800-2100 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Services @ funeral services:
January 4 – 1000 – 1100 (10:00 am – 11:00am)
Interment to follow @ Doylestown Cemetery.
Rest easy Ollie, we’ll take if from here.
The fire company was dispatched to assist Warrington Fire Company for a dwelling fire at 1031 Hickory Ridge Drive at 7:15 PM on December 21, 2015. Chief 19, Sam Cramer, Jr., was first on scene and reported to Battalion 78, Tim Campbell as he arrived that there was a heavy smoke condition on the second floor of the dwelling. All hands went to work. Engines 19 and 19-1 were placed in service. The fire was contained to an area under a bedroom floor and the attic area above the garage. There were no injures.