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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Welcoming home a hero

Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.

Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.

Members of the fire company, along with members of Warwick Station 66, Doylestown Township PD, the Warrior Watch riders and A Hero’s Welcome, were honored to help bring home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, a Doylestown Township resident, to his home in Doylestown Hunt on June 14. The motorcade started in Warwick Township, lead by Rescue 19, and ended at the home of Ponente, complete with a flag salute from Ladder 79. Hundreds of friends and neighbors cheered his arrival home. He was given honors by the Warriors Watch and A Hero’s Welcome, and showered with hugs and high-fives. Ponente served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Welcome home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, and thank you for your service!

 

Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.

Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.

Riders from Warrior Watch.

Riders from Warrior Watch.

 

Tower 66 enters the street.

Tower 66 enters the street.

 

LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.

LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.

 

A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

 

The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

Learning safety on the rails

Members of Doylestown and Plumsteadville listen as SEPTA training personnel discuss the Silverliner V commuter train.

Members of Doylestown and Plumsteadville listen as SEPTA training personnel discuss the Silverliner V commuter train.

Members of the fire company, along with Plumsteadville firefighters and officers, attended training at the Doylestown SEPTA station on June 7, 2014. The visit was the culmination of training with SEPTA on rail safety for firefighters, and what to do in the case of an emergency on the rails. Trainers from SEPTA gave the attendees direction on what to do in an emergency on the Silverliner IV and V commuter trains that ride the rails in the region.

Thanks to the SEPTA trainers who were very committed to rail and responder safety, and the well-being of their passengers.

 

Deputy Chief Mike Wood, Battalion 79 Denny Loux, Jr., and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Deputy Chief Mike Wood, Battalion 79 Denny Loux, Jr., and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

The safety briefing before the group entered the yard area.

The safety briefing before the group entered the yard area.

One of the SEPTA trainers showing how to access a Silverliner V in the event of an emergency.

One of the SEPTA trainers showing how to access a Silverliner V in the event of an emergency.

One of the groups learning about the Silverliner IV.

One of the groups learning about the Silverliner IV.

Learning about access to the Silverliner V.

Learning about access to the Silverliner V.

Bill Price opens a door.

Bill Price opens a door.

SEPTA trainer shows the emergency door release.

SEPTA trainer shows the emergency door release.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, prepares to open a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, prepares to open a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, opens a door.

Battalion 24, Karen Grabowski, opens a door.

Lori Westover accesses a train door.

Lori Westover accesses a train door.

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SEPTA trainer Greg Robinson points out a detail on a train.

SEPTA trainer Greg Robinson points out a detail on a train.

Crash on Rt. 202 requires extrication

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Firefighter Dan Hinkle, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard, Firefighters Ed Loux, Jay Fetterolf and Craig Lager prepare to extricate the victim from the vehicle.

The fire company and Central Bucks Ambulance were dispatched for a report of a car versus tanker truck crash on Rt. 202 near Mechanicsville Road on Friday, May 30 at 10:10 AM. Battalion 79, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and found a tractor-trailer tanker in the middle of Rt. 202 and a passenger vehicle off the road with 1 occupant trapped. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 arrived, with the rescue crew taking the extrication duties and the engine securing hazards on the roadway. After a door removal, the patient, receiving care from Central Bucks Ambulance personnel, was removed, packaged and transported.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

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The door is removed with the hydraulic cutters by firefighter Jay Fetterolf and Battalion Chief Jim Shepard.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

 

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.