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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Box 19-15, Arbonite Compressor Building

On April 15, 2014, the fire company was dispatched to Arbonite Co., 3826 Old Easton Road, Buckingham Twp., for a building fire. First arriving units reported fire and smoke from the roof, Battalion 79, Denny Loux, Jr., arrived and reported the working fire. Engine 19 and Ladder 79, along with Engines 15 and 41 and Tower 24, went to work. The structure was a small enclosure for a compressor on the exterior of a 1 story shop building on the complex.  Lines were stretched to knock down the fire and cool off a 55 gallon drum. Companies went to the roof to check for extension and into the interior. The fire was placed under control in 30 minutes. There were no injuries.

Box 19-15 4/15/14

BC5 Dave Shapp

BC5 Dave Shapp

Line being pulled off Engine 19

Line being pulled off Engine 19

Line being pulled off Engine 19

Line being pulled off Engine 19

Overhaul on the roof

Overhaul on the roof

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire with BC 19 Jim Shepard

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire with BC 19 Jim Shepard

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire`

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire`

Stretching a line

Stretching a line

Pushing the line

Pushing the line

Dan Hinkle pulling line

Dan Hinkle pulling line

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire

Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire

Cooling

Cooling

Bill Price

Bill Price

BC 19 Jin Shepard

BC 19 Jin Shepard

Cooling off a 55 gallon drum

Cooling off a 55 gallon drum

DC 29 Joe Fuchs, Safety Officer

DC 29 Joe Fuchs, Safety Officer

Sam Tilley

Sam Tilley

Attack line

Attack line

Cooling

Cooling

Roof ops

Roof ops

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Cooling line

Cooling line

Looking for a new Volunteer Experience?

The Doylestown Fire Company is currently looking for volunteers to assist with all facets of Fire Company Operations.

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Firefighting, Fund Raising, Special Events, Fire Police, and Support Roles.

We will be holding an informal meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 7:30pm at our Shewell Ave Station.

The meeting will only be an hour in length, so hopefully we won’t take up too much of your night. We hope that you can attend and learn about different ways you can become a member and assist with the operation of the Doylestown Fire Company.

Any questions, please email Jeff Anlauf or Matt Grogan

Pancake Day 2014 is a huge success

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company's Shewell Ave. firehouse.

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company’s Shewell Ave. firehouse.

A beautiful morning in Doylestown made for a great day to come out and eat pancakes and see friends and neighbors at the Shewell Ave. firehouse on March 15. Almost 1800 meals of pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee were served by members of the fire company and auxiliary.

The Auxiliary and fire company members want to thank everyone who came out to support our efforts protecting the Doylestown community. This was the 50th year of the event, and we look forward to the 51st and more.

State Representative Marguerite Quinn and Jay Stough serve up a stack of pancakes.

State Representative Marguerite Quinn and Jay Stough serve up a stack of pancakes.

Judy Adams and Ed Loux working the juice station.

Judy Adams and Ed Loux working the juice station.

 

The juice and sausage crew, Annie Vancosky, Sara Grogan and Jack Connard.

The juice and sausage crew, Annie Vancosky, Sara Grogan and Jack Connard.

Guests are lined up at the grills waiting for pancakes and sausages.

Guests are lined up at the grills waiting for pancakes and sausages.

 

There were some special looking pancakes.

There were some special looking pancakes.

Charlie Penglase has a grill full of pancakes ready to go.

Charlie Penglase has a grill full of pancakes ready to go.

 

A pancake eating competition between Ryan Walsh (L)  and Carter Nicholas (R) was a close race, with both eating 13 at press time.

A pancake eating competition between Ryan Walsh (L) and Carter Nicholas (R) was a close race, with both eating 13 at press time.

Runners from the C. B. West and East track teams came to do some serious carbo-loading.

Runners from the C. B. West and East track teams came to do some serious carbo-loading.

 

Doylestown Takes in Building Fire in Warrington

Ladder 79 and Engine 19-1 responded along with Chief 19 on Box 29-37 for Land Tech Industries building fire on March 14, 2014. Ladder 79 was put in service with its aerial master stream and Engine 19-1 boosted hydrant pressure out on Bristol road for Engine 29 (Warrington). Engine 19-1 also assisted with runoff hazmat control by setting up absorbent pads in the nearby creek to help keep the runoff from the building from entering creek. Crews were in service for approximately 3 hours. A 2nd alarm was called for manpower.

Photos by Dan Hinkle, Peter Mills, Mike Suessenguth, and Fox 29 News.

 

Doylestown responds on Tactical Box 29-30

Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched on March 10, 2014 to assist Station 29 on Tactical Box 29-30, 2354 South Greensward Rd for a confirmed working structure fire. Crews worked for about 2 hours and all members returned safely.

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Change your clocks, change your batteries…

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Pancake Breakfast is Almost Here!

_DSC1496Members of the fire company and auxiliary started the preparations for the annual Pancake Day on February 25th with ticket presales.  As always tickets are available at the door on the day of the big event, which starts at 6:30 AM till Noon on Saturday March 15th at the Shewell Avenue firehouse. C’mon out to enjoy a great breakfast and meet the volunteers who serve the community!

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Members help clear hydrants between storms

You may have seen us out and about in your neighborhood. Doylestown volunteers took time during the middle of the storm to clear out hydrants around town. We couldn’t get everywhere, so please make sure your hydrant is cleared off.

The storm continues tonight with another round of heavy snow. Please be safe out there.

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