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A ride for his lifetime

Bill Grun’s smile was as big as Ladder 79 on April 24, 2017, his 97th Birthday.

The email came about 2 weeks ago from Wesley Enhanced Living, asking for the fire company to come over and participate in resident Bill Grun’s 97th birthday party. “He’s wanted to be a firefighter all his life” it read.

It’s been quite a life.

Grun, an amazingly spry 97 year-old, is as sharp as men decades younger. He still teaches Sunday school and drives a manual shift Model T Ford. He’s a former teacher and a gifted story teller, regaling the assembled partiers on his and his father’s early days. And after his ride on Ladder 79, he jogged across the parking lot. Yes, jogged. There were inquiries into his being permitted to climb the main ladder. We had to deny that wish, but do not doubt he could.

Happy Birthday Bill, and many more. You’re one of us now.

Bill waves as he heads out on a check ride in Ladder 79 with firefighter Peter Mills at the wheel.

With a spring in his step usually reserved for an excited kid, Bill exits the ladder with help from Dan Kline.

 

HIs ride over, Bill and Dan discuss the ladder and it’s capabilities.

 

More on todays visit-

From CBS3-

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From Fox29-

From 6ABC-

Keeping skills sharp

Members of the fire company gathered for drill at Station 79 on Weds., March 12 for training on vehicle extrication skills. Through the generosity of Security and Data Technologies donating old vehicles, firefighters are able to use real techniques used in rescues.

 

Working on cutting vehicle parts with a range of tools both manual and power keeps skills sharp and helps with decision making on the scene.

Captain 79 Craig Lager works with firefighter Evan Birmingham on the procedure for cutting a windshield.

 

Both hydraulic power tools and hand tools were used in the drill.

 

Lt. 19 Don Talenti discusses strategies of extrication.

Debriefing at the end of the drill.

Barn fire in Dublin

Engines 19, 19-1, 79 and Field 79 were dispatched to assist Dublin Fire Company at a barn fire on Smith School Road. The stone barn was fully involved on arrival. Members assisted with water supply, extinguishment and logistics. There were no injuries.

Unbelieveable find in a burning pile of trash

Found in the trash- a still hot piece of discarded firewood.

On the cold, sunny morning of March 17, 2017, the fire company was dispatched for a trash truck fire in Buckingham Township at Coldbrook Ct. and Lexington Dr. On arriving, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard found that the driver of the truck had emptied the contents in the middle of the street, and it was smoldering. Engine 79’s crew worked to separate the pile, and after a good bit of foraging, found the still burning hunk of firewood pictured above.

Yes, someone discarded hot firewood in the trash.

Luckily no one was injured, thanks to the heads up work by the truck driver to notice the fire early.

But really? We’ve told you many times that embers and debris from a fireplace need to be discarded carefully. Placed in a metal container and doused with water thoroughly. Not in a plastic trash can. Ever.

Had that container been up against a home and left with the hot embers, it could have started a much larger fire and possibly involved the home.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk, Grant Castor and Peter Mills work to separate the trash and find the source of the fire.

The smoldering pile of trash in the middle of Lexington Drive in Buckingham Township on March 17.

Thanks Mike! So much to tell! More room here!

Hickory Kitchen owner Mike Markowitz, center, presents a check for $500 to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and fire company president Jay Fetterolf, at the fire company business meeting on March 1, 2017. The donation was from 20% of sales at the restaurant on Feb. 23, as part of the “Comfort Food for a Cause” event.

Thanks to Mike Markowitz for the donation at the March monthly business meeting- 20% of sales at Hickory Kitchen on 2/23, plus an additional amount from Mike and staff. Mike and his crew are great neighbors and better people who care about the Doylestown community!

Also, since clocks change this weekend- be sure to check and change all batteries in your smoke detectors! Discard and replace any over 10 years old.

Pancake tickets are available online and at local stores. Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional opportunities.

And last, even though we thought we were done with winter, if we do get the “big one”, make sure to keep your local hydrants clear and happy. Remember, seconds count!

Pancake Day – Saturday March 18th

All you can eat- $5 advance- $6 Door

New! Advanced ticket sales at the Shewell Ave. firehouse!

March 15th, from 5-8 PM! Advance sales end at Midnight, 3/15

Tickets are available at the following businesses in Doylestown-

Aunt Judy’s Family Restaurant
Rutherford’s Camera Shop
Paul B Moyer & Sons Inc
Bagel Barrel
Nats Pizza
Nuts Plus
First Trust Bank, 288 S Main St

Quick response limits damage

Firefighters Justin Hane and Ray Bosche advance a line into the heavily involved room.

The fire company was dispatched for a building fire to 625 North Main St in Doylestown Borough for a fire at the Main Street Inn. En route, Bucks County Fire Radio reported that police were on scene reporting heavy fire from a 1st floor room. Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and reported a working fire. Engine 19, with the sleep-in duty crew, arrived and quickly stretched a hand line and knocked down the fire. There was damage to both floors of the motel. One firefighter was treated and released for minor burns. Central Bucks Regional Police and the Bucks County Fire Marshals office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Line is pulled from Engine 19 as Battalion 79 Will Fluck sizes up the attack.

Firefighter Justin Hane prepares to attack the blaze.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk and Justin Hane get water on the fire.

Our new flag will fly thanks to Discover Doylestown

The new flag is presented to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and president Jay Fetterolf (r) by Discover Doylestown board members (from 2nd left) Jim Weisser, Ron Martin, Krisy Paredes, Rose Yaun and Colette Hearn .

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners Discover Doylestown, the fire company has a new large display flag. For many years, Ladder 79 has flown the colors at the Doylestown 5k, and has become an iconic part of the annual Memorial Day weekend race.  The fire company flies the flag for many area events, and to honor our fallen. We look forward to flying it this Memorial Day weekend for the 25th anniversary of the Doylestown 5K!

2017 slate is sworn in at January business meeting

At the January Business meeting on 1/4/17, the fire company’s slate of corporate, line and fire police officers were sworn into their positions by Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse. Mayor Strouse is also a contributing member of the all-volunteer fire company.

The line officers are lead by Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., who has held the position since 2015. He is joined by Ed Truman as Deputy chief, Battalion Chiefs Will Fluck and Jim Shepard, Captains Lori Westover and Craig Lager, and Lieutenants Don Talenti and Nate Coia. Rich Priolo is the Communications officer.

President Jay Fetterolf, also in his third year, is joined by Steve Walther as first Vice President, Kyle Downs, second Vice President, Tony Montemurro, treasurer, Steve Downs asst. Treasurer, Peter Mills recording secretary, Karen Truman asst. Recording secretary, Jay Stough Financial secretary, Jack Connard assistant financial secretary, and trustees Bill Price, Jim Hampton, Larry Browne, Jeff Anlauf, Steve Cote and Michele Cevasco.

Fire police officers are Capt. George Erb, Lieutenant Gian Lusio, and officers Nick Popchuk, Sam Cesare, Quentin Maust, Peter Mills and Stefan Stillwell.

The Doylestown Firefighters Relief Association installed a slate of officers lead by new President Larry Browne, Vice President Steve Walther, treasurer Barbarajean Wood, asst. Treasurer Jay Stough, Secretary Bill Cope, and asst secretary Steve Downs. The Directors are Jay Fetterolf, Bill Price, Sam Cramer, Jr., Jim Hampton and Lori Westover.

The all-volunteer members of Doylestown FIre Company responded to 608 calls for emergency assistance in 2016. For more information, including how to join, go to doylestownfireco.org

Quick work keeps vehicle fire contained

 

Firefighter Todd Kulp stretches a hand line for the attack.

The fire company was dispatched to Limekiln and North Shady Retreat Roads for a report of a vehicle fire at 6:32 PM on January 2, 2017. The first call of 2017 was also the first fire of the year, as firefighters Bill Price and Todd Kulp arrived enroute to the station on scene and reported that the engine compartment was well involved. Engine 19 arrived, and a hand line was pulled and the fire quickly extinguished. Engine 79 arrived and assisted with overhaul.

The fire was knocked down quickly.

Cooling off hot spots.

Wrapping up in the rain.