At a special meeting of the membership of the fire company on Weds., Jan 9, the truck committee, lead by chairman Denny Loux, Jr., presented the proposal for a new rescue pumper to replace Rescue 19, a 1987 Saulsbury rescue truck. The new truck will incorporate a pump, water and hose, and run as a rescue pumper, increasing the capabilities and ability of the fire company to respond with more life and property saving tools. After a presentation and discussion of the process and design of the truck, the fire company voted to approve the purchase of the vehicle, which should arrive in late summer. The truck will be built by Pierce on a Quantum chassis, the same chassis as Engine and Ladder 79. It will carry a 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, hose, ladders, and rescue equipment and a complement of 6 firefighters. It will be outfitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment and features for the crew, and be compliant with all current emissions standards.
The membership of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 is grateful to the Doylestown community for the resources necessary to purchase the equipment that will keep the volunteer firefighters and residents safe for many years to come. The planned lifespan of the vehicle is 20+ years, as was its predecessor.
Thanks also go to the members of the truck committee, who worked diligently for almost 2 years on the planning of the truck. They spent countless and unpaid hours researching, planning and listening to input from the membership on what the vision for the truck should be. They visited area fire companies with similar vehicles and a trip to the Pierce factory in Wisconsin to discuss and test trucks with the engineers.
At 2:40 PM, January 7, 2013, the fire company was dispatched for a car fire at 48 Limekiln Road in New Britain Township. Chief 19, Ed Truman, arrived and found an SUV with an engine compartment fire. Engine 19 arrived and extinguished the fire quickly. Engine 79 assisted with checking the exposure dwelling for extension. There was some heat damage to the dwelling, but no extension.