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Fire destroys home in Doylestown Township

L to r, Capt 79 Dan Kline, FF Grant Castor and Steve Lee, and Lt 79 Peter Mills work on ventilating the roof of the home.

“We’re getting multiple calls.” was the message given to Deputy 19 Ed Truman en route to a report of a dwelling fire at 588 Almshouse Road in Doylestown Township on Friday, April 13 2018. On the report of multiple calls, Bucks County Fire Radio upgraded the response to a working fire and Deputy 19 ordered a Tanker Task force added to the response. On arrival, Truman reported heavy fire from the rear, and instructed Engine 19 to lead off. All occupants were out of the home.

The house was a 1 and 2 story wood frame, and had headway. Winds from the southwest made finding the seat difficult, and a heavy interior fire load made for a hot blaze. Small explosions and a compromised electric service line complicated matters. The weather, which had finally changed to springlike temperatures, made for challenging conditions for firefighters.

Tankers set up water supply at the intersection of Lower State and Almshouse Roads. Multiple handlines were placed in service. The outcome was difficult though, as the fire raced throughout the 2 story portion and destroyed the home. The fire was declared under control at 3:42 PM by Deputy Chief Ed Truman.

Responding as mutual aid were Warrington, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Point Pleasant, Dublin, Hilltown, Warminster, Warwick, Midway, New Hope Eagle and Horsham Fire. Covering companies were Montgomery Township and Hatboro from Montgomery County, Midway and Warwick. Central Bucks and Chal-Brit EMS provided medical and rehab services. Fire police from Doylestown, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Dublin, Perkasie, and Ottsville handled traffic. North Penn Goodwill assisted with rehab and fed over 50 firefighters. The Red Cross was called to assist with the homeowners.

Firefighter Rachel Loux pulls a handline.

Battalion 79 Ed Loux pumps Engine 19.

Fire out a side window.

Chalfont firefighters man a handline.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle, r, shuts off a handline on the roof.

FF Grant Castor checks the roof saw as FF Steve Lee opens a vent hole.

Rescue 78 pumps to Engine 19.

Chief Knott loves the pancake breakfast!

Last night at our monthly business meeting, Chief Karl Knott of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department was introduced to the membership by Doylestown Borough Mayor (and fire company member) Ron Strouse. Chief Knott brought a picture from his days as a volunteer firefighter in Huntingdon Valley, and discussed his plans for his command and working with the fire company. He also mentioned how much he loved the pancake breakfast- you’re always welcome at DFC Chief!

Busy end of March, beginning of April

Fire showing from a garage at 578 E. Butler Av. in New Britian Boro, on March 25.

After the latest round of Nor’easters in March, the fire company was kept busy by incidents not caused by nature. On March 25, the company was dispatched to a garage fire at 578 E. Butler Ave., in New Britain Borough. On arrival, Chief 19 Mike Wood reported a fully involved garage, and placed companies in service. A quick knock on the remains of the structure and the company was headed home an hour later. On the evening of March 29, the dispatch was for an overturned vehicle with entrapment in the 100 block of West Court Street in Doylestown Borough. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded, stabilized the vehicle and removed the occupant with minor injuries.The next day, March 30, the dispatch was for a crash with entrapment on Rt. 611 at Duane Road. Rescue 19 and Engine 79’s crews went in service and removed the roof of the vehicle to safely remove the trapped occupant.On April 3, the dispatch was for wires in the dwelling at 15 Shady Grove Circle in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux reported a smoke condition in the dwelling, and on further investiagtion found an electrical fire in the basement and upgraded the call to a working dwelling fire. Once PECO secured the power, the fire, which was contained by dry chemical extinguishers, was able to be extinguished fully, with relatively minor damage to the home and no injuries. Doylestown Township fire marshal Rick Schea and PECO are continuing to investigate.

Deputy Chief Ed Truman talks to Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux after the basement fire was controlled.

 

Vehicle fire shuts 202 bypass for a short time

 

The fire company was dispatched for a vehicle fire on the Route 202 bypass northbound, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:23 PM. Deputy 19 Ed Truman and Battalion 19 Jim Shepard arrived to find a vehicle with the engine compartment well involved. Engines 79 and 19 responded and extinguished the fire quickly. There were no injuries.

Big night at the business meeting

 

President Jay Fetterolf, Mayor Ron Strouse and Chief Mike Wood after being sworn into office.

The Doylestown Fire Company’s January meeting is when the officers for the coming year are sworn into office. On Jan. 3, 2018, the new slate took their oath of office and got to work. Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, a contributing member of the company as well, Administered the oath of office to the Line and Administrative, Fire Police and Auxiliary officers.

The line and administrative officers for 2018 are-

Chief- Mike Wood

Deputy Chief- Ed Truman

Battalion Chiefs- Jim Shepard and Ed Loux

Captains- Lori Westover and Dan Kline

Lieutenants- Don Talenti and Peter Mills

President- Jay Fetterolf

1st Vice President- Steve Walther

2nd Vice President- Kyle Downs

Treasurer- Tony Montemurro

Asst. Treasurer- Steve Downs

Asst. Recording Secretary- Karen Truman

Financial Secretary- Jay Stough

Asst. Financial Secretary- Bill Cope

Trustees- Larry Browne, Jim Hampton, Jeff Anlauf, Steve Cote, Michele Cevasco and Ray Bosche

In addition to the installation of officers and 3 fire calls, the body was presented with a $9000 donation from the Travis Manion Foundation to support our scholarship program. Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley of Steely and Smith Insurance presented the fire company with a certificate congratulating the company on taking all of the necessary steps for risk prevention and reduction from one of the fire company’s insurers, VFIS.

Receiving the check from the Travis Manion Foundation.

Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley presented Chief Mike Wood (l) and President (and sibling) Jay Fetterolf with a certificate of appreciation from VFIS Insurance for efforts towards risk reduction and prevention.

The members of the 2018 fire company line and executive offices are sworn in.

Fire Police officers being sworn in.

The Auxiliary officers after being sworn in with Mayor Strouse.

Snow, wind and hydrants

Here we go- the first warned winter storm of 2018. Snow and high winds and record cold temperatures. Are you prepared?

And we’re not talking milk, bread and eggs here. Do you have working flashlights, charged phones and spare batteries, and secondary sources of safe heat if necessary? Have a safe place for a generator far enough away from the home? Do you have a plan for any outside pets?

And of course, don’t forget about hydrants. They’re out there all the time, waiting. Be kind and make sure your local hydrants are clear and visible.

We’ll be ready. We’ll also be passing along any important information as the storm unfolds. Stay safe.

Congratulations are in order!

Firefighters Will Kinyon (l) and Mike Kleban.

Congratulations are in order for out newest Firefighter 1 graduates- Mike Kleban and Will Kinyon! Mike was also named outstanding student for the class. And yes, they’re not kids- Mike is the father of one of our members, Zach, adn Will spent 20 years in the Navy before joining.

In addition, firefighters Rachel Loux, Tommy Kirk, Nick Tartaglia and Todd Whalen were all named recipients of scholarships from the Bucks County Chiefs and Firefighters Association.
Strong work by all!

All clear on State Street now

Lt. 19 Don Talenti prepares to enter Artistic Pizza.

If you were in or around Doylestown Borough in the evening of Weds., August 9, you probably saw the fire company. At 6:51 PM, we were dispatched for a building fire at 86 West State Street. On arrival, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr. found a small electrical fire in the area of the gas meter on the exterior of 86 West. The restaurant was evacuated, and PECO Energy called.

In these type of responses, we have to wait for the utility company to come and secure the utilities, for everyone’s safety. This was determined to be a complex situation, and more assistance was called for. So we waited. It was a pleasure talking to everyone as they passed and asked questions.

Big thanks to Tim Wylie and the staff at Nat’s Pizza for the waterice!

After around 3 hours of standing by, we broke down the scene, leaving just the crew from Engine 19. Just as many of the company had returned home and started to relax, our pagers opened and reported an alarm sounding on the block east, at 6 W State St., followed quickly by a full building fire response. There was smoke showing as Chief Cramer and Battalion Chief Jim Shepard arrived. Luckily, it was a few overcooked pizzas contained to the over with no damage or injuries.

And all this on our drill night.

We were supposed to be training at a home that’s about to be demolished. Battalion Chief Will Fluck and his helpers worked a good part of Weds. afternoon preparing. We’ll give that another try next week.

One note, when you see us in gear with the trucks blocking traffic, we don’t take everyone’s safety lightly. We don’t block traffic for frivolous reasons. Please slow down, and go around. You’ll get there safely.

We care, about you.

The newest vehicle in the fleet, Utility 79, on the fireground.

Thanks to our mutual aid partners from Warrington Fire Company.

The command staff discusses strategy. Left to right, Don Talenti, Sam Cramer, Jr., Jim Shepard, Nate Coia and Will Fluck.

A few notes on fire safety

Firefighter Grant Castor clears a window for ventilation and firefighter safety.

The volunteer members of the fire company responded to a few “almosts” last week. “Almosts”, as in an incident that was almost much worse. With that in mind, and the knowledge that thankfully no one was seriously injured, we offer the following-

1- When cooking, don’t leave anything over heat unattended. We’ve had a string of kitchen incidents where unattended contents caught fire.

2- If a pot suddenly flashes and fire erupts, cover it with a fireproof lid. Don’t try to extinguish it if you can smother it.

3- Don’t attempt to move the pot.

4- Get everyone out and call 911.

5- Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself. We are trained, equipped and ready. Our main concern is your safety.

6- Smoke detectors on every floor and every bedroom. They save lives.

We have many more of these. Got a question- please ask! If we can’t answer, we’ll get you to someone who can.

Because we care, about you.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Steve Downs clear the fire scene.

Members repack hose for the next call.

Firefighter Nick Tartaglia checks for fire extension.

Services for past Chief Sam Cramer, Sr.

Shelly Funeral Home, 5880 Easton Road, Plumsteadville, PA
Viewing Wednesday, June 21, 2017 From 6 PM till 8 PM
Viewing Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 10 AM till 11 AM
Service at 11 AM
Interment at Doylestown Cemetery, 215 East Court St. Doylestown, PA.