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Heat and humidity are part of the training

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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.

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Ladders are a key not only to get up to the roof, but escape if conditions change.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor (l) and Firefighter Julio Rodriguez wind down after the drill on the roof.

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Congrats to the graduates of Summer ’16 Firefighter 1!

Graduates Todd Whalen,  Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Graduates Todd Whalen, Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

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 cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center's Summer '16 Battalion 6 Class.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center’s Summer ’16 Battalion 6 Class.

A busy start to the summer of 2016

 

 

 

The giant American flag at the end of the race is a beacon of hope and pride for the participants of the Discover Doylestown 5K annually.

The giant American flag at the end of the race is a beacon of hope and pride for the participants of the Discover Doylestown 5K annually.

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!

In addition to providing the iconic flag at the end of the race, the fire company set up a cooling station at the corner of State and Pine.

In addition to providing the iconic flag at the end of the race, the fire company set up a cooling station at the corner of State and Pine.

The color guard of (l to r) Sam Tilley, Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, Steve Downs and Marshall Sher leads the fire company down State St at the beginning of the parade route.

The color guard of (l to r) Sam Tilley, Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, Steve Downs and Marshall Sher leads the fire company down State St at the beginning of the parade route.

Old trucks visited as well, Both the Hale and Hahn, both privately owned by members of the fire company, were on display.

Old trucks visited as well, Both the Hale and Hahn, both privately owned by members of the fire company, were on display.

History is a big part of Old Timers Night, as fire company historian Mark Hamilton (l) brings out the facts and photos every year. With Mark (baseball cap) is ex-Chief, and father of the present Chief, Sam Cramer, Sr.

History is a big part of Old Timers Night, as fire company historian Mark Hamilton (l) brings out the facts and photos every year. With Mark (baseball cap) is ex-Chief, and father of the present Chief, Sam Cramer, Sr.

Friends old and new gathered at the firehouse for Old Timers Night.

Friends old and new gathered at the firehouse for Old Timers Night.

Fire company president Jay Fetterolf addresses the members and friends at Old Timers Night.

Fire company president Jay Fetterolf addresses the members and friends at Old Timers Night.

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Ladder 79 outside the laundromat fire on North Main St.

Ladder 79 outside the laundromat fire on North Main St.

Firefighters Steve Lee (r) and Tommy Kirk stretch a line to the car as traffic backs up on southbound Rt 611.

Firefighters Steve Lee (r) and Tommy Kirk stretch a line to the car as traffic backs up on southbound Rt 611.

Here’s to the honorees of 2015!

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fteerolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

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.

Rookie of the Year Steve Lee (center) with with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

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.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

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.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, 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 award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

Attendance award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

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%.

Pancake Day 2016 – Thanks for a great turnout!

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.

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In addition to great food, friends and families got together and enjoyed a nice day.

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Rich Priolo serves some delicious sausages.

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Pancakes cooking and ready to go.

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Behind the scenes, where the batter is made.

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At times the line stretched out the door and up Shewell Ave.

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Lots of take out breakfasts were prepared by the crew in the canteen.

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State representative Marguerite Quinn is a regular guest-flipper.

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Tom Smith flips, as Charlie Penglase gets more batter.

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Jack Connard, our most experienced Pancake Day veteran, at his normal spot serving smiles and sausages.

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Jay Stough and Steve Cote served up pancakes and smiles, even at 6:30 AM.

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Thanks to our fellow firefighters from Chalfont for coming and covering for a bit while we cooked.

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Thanks to Midway for the stand-by during the call. And consuming pancakes while they did.

Pancake Breakfast 2016

_DSC1496As always tickets are available at the door on the day of the big event, which starts at 6:30 AM till Noon on Saturday March 19th at the Shewell Avenue firehouse.

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!

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Pancake Pre-sales postponed!

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!

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company's Shewell Ave. firehouse.

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company’s Shewell Ave. firehouse.

Preparing for the Snowpocalypseageddon of 2016- round one

Seconds Count

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.

hydranthelpersIf 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.

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RIP Oliver A. Groman, Sr., 1931-2015

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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
Viewing:
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.

Ollie Groman, Sr., receiving his 60 years of service jacket in 2012.

Ollie Groman, Sr., receiving his 60 years of service jacket in 2012.

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Ollie Groman, Sr., and wife Marti at Old Timers Day.

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Warrington Dwelling fire

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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.

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Steve Cote (R), helps raise a ground ladder.

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Don Talenti and Rich Priolo take a 24′ ladder to side B.

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Smoke pushes from the second floor as it’s ventilated.

Chief Cramer gives a report to command.

Chief Cramer gives a report to command.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor and Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. lead the fire attack in the garage.