Bringing the big man and the holiday season to Doylestown

Last night Doylestown started the holiday season in grand fashion, as it has for 105 years! And the members of the fire company were there to bring Santa to town so he could light the tree. In addition to the Fox being his sleigh for the night, Captain 19 Lori Westover was in charge of Santa’s safety as he rose above the crowd in his magic bucket. The crew then provided security for the big guy with Central Bucks Regional PD for the walk to his house.

Passing of Life Member Don Smith

Don Smith, Right, receiving a service award from State Senator Steve Santaserio at the 2019 Old Timers Night.

It is with sadness that the fire company announce the passing of life member Don Smith on Nov. 24, 2019. Don, who was a member of the fire company for over 65 years, was honored for his service at this year’s Old Timers Night. While working for Young and Bowman for many years, Don responded often to daytime calls and was a regular helper at Turkey Dinners and Pancake Breakfasts along with his wife Nancy.

Our third-generation scholarship winner!

Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Francis X. Thomas scholarship winner, Junior Firefighter Tricia Shepard. Trish is a third generation Doylestown firefighter, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Jim, past Chief of the company, and father Jim, who is currently one of 2 battalion chiefs. Trish was presented the scholarship at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards banquet on October 27 by DFC Deputy Chief Ed Loux, who works with the Thomas family to give the $1000 scholarship to a deserving student in the Central Bucks Fire and EMS community through the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, where Trish is in the nursing program.

The Francis X. Thomas scholarship is presented by the Thomas family in the memory of Fran Thomas, who was a very active participant and supporter of the emergency services in Bucks County for many years.

Great weather and support! Thanks to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house!

Checking out the new Engine 19!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house on October 12! We enjoyed seeing our community that come out and learned a little and had lots of fun. Thanks to all of our members that volunteered their time to educate and entertain. Remember- every day is fire prevention day! Check your smoke detectors monthly and plan and practice a home escape plan regularly! We also want to thank the Bucks County Hazardous Response Team, Patrick Murphy from Bagel Barrel, Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and the Bucks County BookFest. And the weather was great!

Deputy 19 Ed Loux tells some very cute unicorns about the Hahn engine he now owns with his brother Denny.
Firefighter Asher Mithoefer helps a future firefighter put out the “house fire”.
The Cat in the Hat approves of our Papa Bear on the new Engine 79!
Thanks to the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Team for bringing HazMat 89-3 and giving demonstrations of the very cool tools they have.

It’s Fire Prevention Week! Be a hero to your family!

It’s fire prevention week! For us, every day is fire prevention day- and we hope it is for everyone.
This year’s theme is How to make a Home Fire Escape plan.
When we meet with parents and kids, we often get embarrassed looks when we ask if families have plans and meeting places. We want to change this.
Make a plan.
Practice the plan.
Make a video of the practice and share it with #doylestownescapeplan and let us know- on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re @dfc1979news on Twitter and Instagram.
We’ll share your video- help us teach others how to have a plan- and the best ones will get some special treats.

It’s open house time!

Come to our annual fire prevention open house and have a great time learning about firefighters, fire prevention, and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. We’re partnering with the Bucks County BookFest, and the Kids Fest will be going strong too! We’ll have our new engines, demonstrations of drones, fire gear to try on and activities for young and older. It’s all free from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Shewell Ave. firehouse, 68 Shewell Ave. in Doylestown Borough.

Fun Saturday morning

This past Saturday, August 3, members participated with the Central Bucks Regional Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop. Along with Central Bucks EMS, brought our new Engine 79 out for it’s first in service event. We had a great time and got to talk with many community members. We’re grateful for all the positive comments, and of course the big smiles and laughs of the kids of all ages.

A salute from one of our biggest fans.
Engine 79’s crew- Todd Whalen, Lt. 79 Tommy Kirk, and Asher Mithoefer.

Few for the books

Ladder 79 and Rescue 19 on the Ferry Road scene.

On July 30, the fire company was dispatched for a dwelling fire at 1426 Ferry Road in New Britain Township. On arrival, it was found that a water line in the basement had ruptured and shorted out the electrical panel in the basement, starting a small fire. Firefighters contained the situation until PECO arrived to de-energize the home. There were no injuries and minor damage. Thanks to Plumsteadville and Dublin Fire Companies and Central Bucks Ambulance for their assistance.

Firefighters Kyle Downs and Julian Kendter work to contain the spill along North Main St.

On July 31, the company was dispatched to the area of 625 N. Main St. in Doylestown Borough for a fuel spill. A tank truck containing waste oil had begun to leak, and a large amount of slippery product was leaking down North Main Street. Firefighters, along with Doylestown Borough Public Works and Bucks County Water and Sewer workers, mitigated the spill and hazards in advance of an environmental cleanup company’s arrival.

Firefighter Julian Kendter places a catch basin under the leaking truck.
Firefighters Steve Lee and Russ Bryant bring oil dry to the scene.

Exciting times!

Our members have been working diligently to place the new engines in service soon. This past weekend, hose was packed and our new MSA SCBA training started, along with driver training on the trucks. It’s a big job to get all of these tasks finished, and we’re getting closer to the finish line. Of course, none of this could be done without the efforts of our volunteer members, and the support of the community we serve.We also added a finishing touch to Engine 79. Thanks to the artistry and generosity of Mike Berenstain, we have Papa Bear as the truck’s mascot! We look forward to sharing all of these new additions with everyone this summer!

The arrival

The new engines have arrived in Doylestown! Here they are as the arrived at Station 79. We’ll have more info, photos and video soon. Look for them in the Memorial Day parade and as we start to train drivers over the next month.