At the old Doylestown Lumber on Weds., April 22., members of the fire company gathered for a hands-on training session. We were able to use the facility thanks to the generosity of Keenan Motors, who are developing the site for a new Mercedes-Benz dealership.
There were two parts of the training- a challenge course and power saw operation.
A series of obstacles was set up in a large room in one of the buildings for fire fighters to simulate crawling in a building on a search and rescue mission. Next, some of the old wood barn structures were cut up as training with gas-powered saws.
We often ask for permission to use structures that are going to be demolished so our firefighters can get hands-on, real-world training with tools and personal safety gear. Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to hold these valuable trainings that help keep the residents and our firefighters safe!
If you were at the firehouse on Saturday March 21, 2015 for the pancake breakfast, you would have seen our volunteers running out the door for 2 major traffic accidents during the day. The first call was for a multi-vehicle accident on 611 just north of the Barn Plaza. First responders found a pickup truck with heavy front end damage that collided with a fire truck from Richlandtown Fire Company, along with a couple other vehicles that were involved after the initial accident. Minor injuries were reported and the highway was closed for an extended period of time to remove the vehicles. The 2nd accident involved a single vehicle on northbound 202 bypass, just south of the off ramp at 202 and 313. A single vehicle collided with the center median and guard rails, requiring the first arriving units to remove the passenger door to extricate the driver. Crews were in service for a short period of time to remove the driver of the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Despite both of the calls, the fire company was able to serve over 1700 breakfasts to the community that came through. Thank you for your support!
Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched for a door pop on South Main Street in the area of Clemens Road on 2-24-15 at approximately 10am. Crews found a 4 door wagon with the the door stuck due to an accident. Rescue 19 went in service with hydraulic tools to open up the door. Photos from Bret Morris.
The Warrington Fire Department was dispatched to a dwelling fire on 2-19-15 on Oak Ave. A one and a half story dwelling with fire in the attic. While Warrington was occupied with fighting the fire, Doylestown Ladder 79 was dispatched to cover their station for any other calls that may come in while Warrington was out. Warrington Command, Chief 29 Mike Bean, requested Ladder 79 to respond to help with overhaul. Crews worked interior to hook ceilings and on the roof, looking for stubborn hot spots throughout the attic area. Crews were in service for an extended period of time and had to deal with air temperature close to zero degrees. ALl members returned safely by 2am. Photos by Jeff Kennedy.
The pagers went off Saturday morning, February 7, 2015 for a reported dwelling fire at Ash Mill Road and Route 202 in Buckingham Township. Doylestown was called in to assist Midway Fire Company with the reported fire. Engine 19 and Ladder 79 were dispatched to assist with firefighting and Rescue 19 was dispatched to provide RIT coverage for the firefighters working on the call. Photos from Bret Morris.
The fire company was dispatched to 490 Almshouse Road at 11:29 PM on January 16, 2015. On arrival, Deputy 19 Mike Wood had a 2 story dwelling with fire showing from the roof, and the homeowner knocking down the fire. The cedar-shake roof caught fire in the area of the chimney, and on leaving the home to drive a guest home, saw the fire. He raised a ladder to the roof and controlled the small fire with an extinguisher. Members of the fire company checked for any extension with thermal imaging cameras.
Captain 79, Dan Kline, uses the thermal imaging camera to check for extension on the roof.
Doylestown Fire Company’s new slate of officers for 2015 was sworn into office on Wednesday night, Jan 7, 2015. Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse officiated the installation ceremony, which saw a passing of the gavel from Bill Cope, who served as president of the fire company for 8 years, to newly elected President Jay Fetterolf. Fetterolf, a life member of the company who has also served as 1st vice president for the past 2 years, is the 18th president in the fire company’s history. Like his predecessor Cope, Fetterolf is a 3rd generation firefighter, as his father and grandfather were both members of Midway Fire Company, where they also served as president of the Lahaska-based fire company. Cope will now serve as the 1st vice president.
The all volunteer members for the fire company responded to 676 calls for service in the year 2014.
The line and executive officers for 2015 are-
Chief- Sam Cramer, Jr.
Deputy Chief- Mike Wood
Battalion Chiefs- Denny Loux, Jr. and James F. Shepard
Captains- William Fluck and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Matt Grogan and Grant Castor
Fire Marshals- Steve Walther and Ed Truman
Safety Officers- Tom Smith and Annie Vancosky
Fire Police Captain- Drew McPherson
Communications Officer- Ed Loux
Asst. Communications Officer- Nick Popchuk, Jr.
Public Information Officers- Ollie Groman, Sr. and Larry Browne
Fire Prevention Officer- Larry Browne
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Bill Cope
2nd Vice President- Steve Walther
Treasurer- Bob McCrillis
Asst. Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Recording Secretary- Peter Mills
Asst. Recording Secretary- Steve Downs
Financial Secretary- Jack Connard
Asst. Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Head Trustee- Bill Price
Trustees- Jim Hampton, William Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Kevin Morris, Larry Browne
Bill Cope, right, presents the gavel to new President Jay Fetterolf, as Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse looks on.
The volunteers of the Doylestown Fire Company were out Sunday evening to assist in coverage for Warwick Township as they battled a fire on Meetinghouse Road. Members were at Station 66 for a couple hours and returned home after the fire was out. No additional calls came in while Station 66 crews were at the dwelling call.
Additional information about the fire in Warwick can be read here: Bucks County Courier Times
Station 19 was a busy place on August 27, as people and firefighters from all over flocked there. During the afternoon, the crew from Lunch Productions shot more video with fire company members and a social-media driven gathering of community members of all ages for a video shoot around the Borough. Over 60 people, young and old alike, met at the firehouse and were dispatched in three groups to the County Theatre, Doylestown Bookshop and Bagel Barrel. Then Engine 19 drove around town, passing the locations as the groups happily waved to the crew, and the crew waved back! Thanks to everyone who saw the posting on social media and the regional media outlets that picked it up. It was a fun and successful day!
After the video was shot around town, family members met at the station for some more shooting for the video, which will be called Let’s Go to the Firehouse, a book and video package being produced by Doylestown’s own Lunch Productions and distributed by Scholastic Books in fall of 2015.
Later, as part of weekly drill night, Point Pleasant Fire Company brought Dive Rescue 41, formerly Rescue 19, for a familiarization session with the members. Dive team members showed our firefighters how the truck is outfitted, the equipment carried, and what the roles and responsibilities of the members of the team have. Thanks to Station 41 for the presentation and for bringing the old girl back home for the evening!