Mutual aid on dwelling fire in Chalfont

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.

Dan Hinkle ventilates a second floor window.

Dan Hinkle ventilates a second floor window.

Grant Castor opens a window on side A.

Grant Castor opens a window on side A.

Todd Kulp's feet as he enters the window.

Todd Kulp’s feet as he enters the window.

After a search of the second floor.

After a search of the second floor.

Fast work prevents further damage

 

Jay Fetterolf and Tony Bartolomeo open the garage door with a power saw.

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.

Heavy smoke pushes from the garage before the arrival of the first engine.

Heavy smoke pushes from the garage before the arrival of the first engine.

Fire in the soffet on side C.

Fire in the soffet on side C.

Kyle Downs opens up the roof.

Kyle Downs opens up the roof.

Deputy 19 and roof ops.

Deputy 19 and roof ops.

Conditions  from the front of the garage as the first line went in service.

Conditions from the front of the garage as the first line went in service.

Kyle Downs preparing for roof operations.

Kyle Downs preparing for roof operations.

Deputy 19, Mike Wood sizes up the fire and gives orders.

Deputy 19, Mike Wood sizes up the fire and gives orders.

Ladder 79 arrives.

Ladder 79 arrives.

Conditions on Engine 19's arrival.

Conditions on Engine 19′s arrival.

Kyle Downs and Jessica Meisinger-MacDonald opening the roof.

Kyle Downs and Jessica Meisinger-MacDonald opening the roof.

Chief 5 Hugh Hager heads to the interior as the manpower pool stands by.

Chief 5 Hugh Hager heads to the interior as the manpower pool stands by.

Tanker 5 supplied Engine 19.

Tanker 5 supplied Engine 19.

Midway Engine 15 crew overhauling on side C.

Midway Engine 15 crew overhauling on side C.

Visit the Fire Company at Doylestown at Dusk Car Show

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!

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Welcoming home a hero

Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.

Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.

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!

 

Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.

Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.

Riders from Warrior Watch.

Riders from Warrior Watch.

 

Tower 66 enters the street.

Tower 66 enters the street.

 

LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.

LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.

 

A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

 

The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

Learning safety on the rails

Members of Doylestown and Plumsteadville listen as SEPTA training personnel discuss the Silverliner V commuter train.

Members of Doylestown and Plumsteadville listen as SEPTA training personnel discuss the Silverliner V commuter train.

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.

 

Deputy Chief Mike Wood, Battalion 79 Denny Loux, Jr., and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Deputy Chief Mike Wood, Battalion 79 Denny Loux, Jr., and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

The safety briefing before the group entered the yard area.

The safety briefing before the group entered the yard area.

One of the SEPTA trainers showing how to access a Silverliner V in the event of an emergency.

One of the SEPTA trainers showing how to access a Silverliner V in the event of an emergency.

One of the groups learning about the Silverliner IV.

One of the groups learning about the Silverliner IV.

Learning about access to the Silverliner V.

Learning about access to the Silverliner V.

Bill Price opens a door.

Bill Price opens a door.

SEPTA trainer shows the emergency door release.

SEPTA trainer shows the emergency door release.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, prepares to open a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, prepares to open a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, opens a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, opens a door.

Lori Westover accesses a train door.

Lori Westover accesses a train door.

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SEPTA trainer Greg Robinson points out a detail on a train.

SEPTA trainer Greg Robinson points out a detail on a train.

Crash on Rt. 202 requires extrication

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Firefighter Dan Hinkle, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard, Firefighters Ed Loux, Jay Fetterolf and Craig Lager prepare to extricate the victim from the vehicle.

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.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

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The door is removed with the hydraulic cutters by firefighter Jay Fetterolf and Battalion Chief Jim Shepard.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

 

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.

Interested in Helping Your Community?

We will be hosting an informal open house on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8pm. We are asking for just an hour of your time to discuss volunteer opportunities with the fire company. If you can not attend and want some additional information, please email us HERE.

The meeting will be held at our Shewell Ave Firehouse. There is plenty of parking on the side of the firehouse or across the street in the bank parking lot. If you cant find a spot, we will have someone there to help you out.

Although we are volunteer, there are some unique benefits we receive just by being members of the Fire Company.

- Life Insurance
you- Change of Pace
- Work/Meeting Space
- Free Wifi
- Networking
- Health Club Membership
- Something New
- Discounts at Local Establishments
- Free Parking at the Firehouse for in town events
- Complete Health Physical every two years.
- Friends
- Sense of Accomplishment
- Fun
- Cable TV
- Yearly Banquet
- Free Training 
- Behind the Scenes Look at Life in Doylestown

Memorial Day Parade 2014

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Every year the fire company is honored to take part in the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade, the longest continuous parade in the Untied States. It was a perfect day to pay thanks to those who have served and given all for this country. We are also honored by the reception and thanks given to us along the parade route every year.

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Did you know Doylestown Fire Company is 100% VOLUNTEER?

youDid you know Doylestown Fire Company is 100% VOLUNTEER?
That’s right, when you see the truck going down the road to a call the crew on board is made up of members of your community who are taking time out of their lives to help protect and save lives!!

Did you also know the number of volunteers in PA has dropped from 300,000 to 50,000 in the last 30 years?
Fire companies across the state need your help to continue protecting the community, so if you are interested in helping out, let us know.  At a minimum, please help spread the word about how your local VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS take the time out of their lives on a daily basis to help protect the communities and people that they love!

Training to stay prepared

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Members of the fire company meet weekly to train. We train for many different tasks, but our core is structural firefighting. On April 16, the fire company traveled to Fort Washington Fire Company’s training center in Upper Dublin to train with live fire in the facility there. The fire company trains in different facilities to get varied scenarios for members to experience, as not all structures are the same, nor is the fire behavior. We want to thank Fort Washington Fire Company for facilitating the training, and Ottsville Fire Company for bringing Utility 94 to the training and covering Station 19 for the duration of the training.

 

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