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The job is done! Let’s have some fun!

The Fox, driven by Bill Cope, senior fire company Elf, arrives with the big man!

The Fox, driven by Bill Cope, senior fire company Elf, arrives with the big man!

Our annual mission to bring Santa to town went off without a hitch, as the Doylestown holiday tree was lit, carols were sung, and good little girls and boys were smiling after the Fox delivered the big man to town!

The big man, Santa, and his elves prepare to light the tree.

The big man, Santa, and his elves prepare to light the tree.

Thanks to McCaffrey's Food Markets and both Jims for coming along for the ride, and sponsoring!

Thanks to McCaffrey’s Food Markets and both Jims for coming along for the ride, and sponsoring!

The tree is lit! It's officially the season for smiling in Doylestown!

The tree is lit! It’s officially the season for smiling in Doylestown!

Travis Manion Foundation 5K 2016

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The Fire Company 5K crew after the race!

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Firefighters Justen Hilton, Tommy KIrk and Asher Mithoefer ran the entire race in bunker gear. Here is the race to the finish.

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The Fox, driven by Bill Cope and with State Representative Marguerite Quinn in the officers seat, lead the runners of the 5K. Ladder 79 flew the colors at Court and Main Streets.

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The Fox, driven by Bill Cope and with State Representative Marguerite Quinn in the officers seat, lead the runners of the 5K.

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The fire company family portrait post-race.

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Firefighter Rachel Loux struck the bell on the reading of the names of the fallen.

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Firefighter Nick Tartaglia passes Ladder 79. Ran the entire race in gear.

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Father and son Jeff and Tyler Kennedy.

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The gear runners after finishing.

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Fire prevention open house is a success!

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Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our annual open house on October 7. There were lots of learning and fun activities, great organizations like Red Paw Emergencey Relief Team and the Teddy Bear Clinic from¬†Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Division, and delicious hotdogs and desserts from our Auxiliary!

We look forward to next year!

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Mark Hamilton, 11/25/1958- 9/27/16

dscn0585It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that the fire company yet again must bid farewell to a member. Life member Mark Hamilton, known to many fondly as Beach, passed away on September 27, 2016, after a long and hard fought battle with serious respiratory illnesses. Mark joined the company on June 8, 1977, and served as Firefighter, Lieutenant, 2nd Vice President, Fire Police officer, Relief Treasurer and Director, and most recently, Historian. Mark was a dedicated husband and father. Always ready to talk history, either local Doylestown or fire company, he took great care and pride in being a keeper of the heritage and history of the area. His encyclopedic knowledge and the enthusiasm he delivered it with, even as his condition made it more difficult to deliver, will be sorely missed by not only the fire company and family, but the Doylestown area. Mark was also the force behind the Facebook #fbf 
every Friday for the past few years. Those shoes will be hard to fill, but we’ll do our best to continue what he started and loved.
Arrangements are pending
Breathe easy now Mark. You’re part of our history now, and will never be forgotten.

Farewell to a friend

ronsflagarch650On September 9, 2016, the members of the fire company, along with the family and friends of life member Ron Bellerby, gathered to remember the life of Ron and say “All right, see you later.” Ron was a dedicated father, husband, grandfather, uncle and firefighter. His ability to make friends and tell stories made him a unique and wonderful person to know. His absence is palpable, but we all know he’s happier now that he’s back with Sarah and no longer in pain. We’ll miss you Ron.

The Clydesdales take Doylestown- 2016 edition

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The visit of the Budweiser Clydesdales is becoming a Labor Day weekend staple in Doylestown Borough. For the second consecutive year, the team, from New Hampshire, paraded through the streets of the borough and made deliveries to local customers. The fire company once again took the role of protectors of the team as it made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown.

Chief 19's car lead the vehicle procession onto Court Street.

Chief 19’s car lead the vehicle procession onto Court Street.

The Clydesdales wait to be unloaded as onlookers get a peek at the transporters.

The Clydesdales wait to be unloaded as onlookers get a peek at the transporters.

Barley the dalmatian, guided by Joe Morris of Gretz, was a big hit with the crowd.

Barley the dalmatian, guided by Joe Morris of Gretz, was a big hit with the crowd.

The first member of the team is lead off.

The first member of the team is lead off.

Spectators took a lot of photos.

Spectators took a lot of photos.

The Clydesdales are well groomed, and very tall.

The Clydesdales are well groomed, and very tall.

More grooming. Always looking good.

More grooming. Always looking good.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The ceremonial cases are loaded onto the wagon.

The ceremonial cases are loaded onto the wagon.

The team arrives on Shewell Ave.

The team arrives on Shewell Ave.

The members of the fire company with the team in front of station 19.

The members of the fire company with the team in front of station 19.

People lined any area where they could catch a glance of the world-famous horses.

People lined any area where they could catch a glance of the world-famous horses.

A world-famous icon passes a local one.

A world-famous icon passes a local one.

The Fox leads the procession from Main to Oakland.

The Fox leads the procession from Main to Oakland.

Central Bucks Regional PD Sgt. Paul Kreuter leads the way.

Central Bucks Regional PD Sgt. Paul Kreuter leads the way.

Our happy Fox crew- Bill Cope and Jim Hampton.

Our happy Fox crew- Bill Cope and Jim Hampton.

Barley and his assistants.

Barley and his assistants.

The team rounds the corner of Main and Ashland.

The team rounds the corner of Main and Ashland.

CBRPD Officer (and DFC Lt. 79) Craig Lager on traffic control at Ashland and Green.

CBRPD Officer (and DFC Lt. 79) Craig Lager on traffic control at Ashland and Green.

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The Fox passes the Mercer Museum.

The Fox passes the Mercer Museum.

Chief Sam Cramer keeps an eye on the route ahead.

Chief Sam Cramer keeps an eye on the route ahead.

Protected by members of the fire company, the team passes Green and Ashland.

Protected by members of the fire company, the team passes Green and Ashland.

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The team makes a big U-turn at five points.

The team makes a big U-turn at five points.

Barley takes a nap after the run is complete.

Barley takes a nap after the run is complete.

Members of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, Sgt. Lance Carlen, Ofc. Andrew Hochmuth, Ofc. Monica Malatesta, Ofc. Craig Lager, Sgt. Paul Kreuter

Members of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, Sgt. Lance Carlen, Ofc. Andrew Hochmuth, Ofc. Monica Malatesta, Ofc. Craig Lager, Sgt. Paul Kreuter

Passing of life member Ronald Bellerby

bellerbyIt is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of life member Ronald Bellerby. Ron passed away on Sept. 2, 2016, after a long fight with cancer. He was passionate about the fire company and all of the members. Always quick with a story and smile, his presence will be deeply missed by the members and families. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family in these difficult times.
Services will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home on Lower State Road in Doylestown Township starting at 9:30 AM, followed by internment at Doylestown Cemetery.

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.