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Training

Cold night training in an ice house

December 14, 2016 was a cold night with a full moon. Members were at the old Gross’ Gourmet Chicken Ice House training on power saws, breaching and overhaul. Thanks to the Thompson Organization for once again allowing us to use a structure for training before demolition.

Heat and humidity are part of the training

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As part of our lifetime of skills training, we are constantly looking for new opportunites. When a building about the be demolished is available, we take the time to train on both new and old methods for better and safer firefighting. And though the heat and humidity were still rather oppressive on the evening of August 10, 2016, our members gathered to work on ventilation skills at the recently vacated Wine and Spirits shop on Veterans Lane in Doylestown Borough. Using power saws and old fashioned axes, they cut holes in the roof as we do on fires to ventilate, letting heat and smoke escape from the building.

Members will be back at over the weekend of August 13, continuing to train on this valuable short term resource.

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Ladders are a key not only to get up to the roof, but escape if conditions change.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor (l) and Firefighter Julio Rodriguez wind down after the drill on the roof.

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Congrats to the graduates of Summer ’16 Firefighter 1!

Graduates Todd Whalen,  Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Graduates Todd Whalen, Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Congratulations to our most recent Firefighter 1 graduates, Rachael Loux, Nick Tartaglia, Todd Whalen and Ben Hanbicki. Our newest firefighters were bestowed with their certificates at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus on Aug. 10, 2016.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center's Summer '16 Battalion 6 Class.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center’s Summer ’16 Battalion 6 Class.

Extrication training night at Station 79

 

The hydraulic rescue tools are ready to go in staging.

The hydraulic rescue tools are ready to go in staging.

Members of the fire company spent drill night working with the hydraulic rescue tools on two donated vehicles. Former chief Doug Tilley instructed the members on the use of hydraulic tools for extricating trapped victims of vehicle crashes. This training is invaluable as it keeps the firefighters ready to perform in an actual emergency.

The drill is discussed by instructor and past chief Doug Tilley.

The drill is discussed by instructor and past chief Doug Tilley.

Lt. 19 Grant Castor works with a team on a roof cut.

Lt. 19 Grant Castor works with a team on a roof cut.

Doug Tilley does a manual fold of the roof.

Doug Tilley does a manual fold of the roof.

Discussing the next procedure.

Discussing the next procedure.

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Zach Williams works to open a rear door.

Zach Williams works to open a rear door.

Doug tilley uses a Halligan bar to create a spot for the hydraulic tool.

Doug Tilley uses a Halligan bar to create a spot for the hydraulic tool.

Jeff Anlauf cuts a door hinge.

Jeff Anlauf cuts a door hinge.

Craig Lager works with the cutters.

Craig Lager works with the cutters.

Doug Tilley shows a more manual way to cut a hole.

Doug Tilley shows a more manual way to cut a hole.

Craig Lager tells Doug Tilley not to worry.

Craig Lager tells Doug Tilley not to worry.

Grant Castor pries a small opening in a door.

Grant Castor pries a small opening in a door.

Joey Grace uses the glass saw on the winshield.

Joey Grace uses the glass saw on the winshield.

Battalion 19 Jim Shepard with the large spreaders.

Battalion 19 Jim Shepard with the large spreaders.

Hands on training- thanks to Keenan Motors

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Steve Lee practices with a chain saw on a soon-to-be-demolished structure.

 

 

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!

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Pre-training briefing.

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Battalion 19 Jim Shepard helps Don Talenti with the now blinded SCBA mask.

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BC 19 leads the first group up the ramp to the challenge course.

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Rich Priolo and Don Talenti navigate the course.

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Don Talenti exits the tube.

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Deputy 19 Mike Wood prepares the second group for the course.

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Dan Hinkle works with Rich Priolo on power saw operation.

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Steve Lee removes part of a wall.

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Sam Tilley works to remove some wall parts.

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Dan Hinkle watches Sam Tilley use the power saw.

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Dan Hinkle reviews the nights training.

 

A busy day at Station 19

The County Theatre, an iconic location in Doylestown Borough, was a great background for the happy wavers.

The County Theatre, an iconic location in Doylestown Borough, was a great background for the happy wavers.

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!

The view of the happy residents from Engine 19, driven by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard.

The view of the happy residents from Engine 19, driven by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard.

The Bagel Barrel was one of the 3 locations where the video was shot.

The Bagel Barrel was one of the 3 locations where the video was shot.

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Before heading out to the locations, a group shot of all of the kids!

The once and presnet Rescue 19's together again, except now the old Rescue 19 is Dive Rescue 41 with our mutual aid friends Point Pleasant Fire Company.

The once and presnet Rescue 19’s together again, except now the old Rescue 19 is Dive Rescue 41 with our mutual aid friends Point Pleasant Fire Company.

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Dive Rescue 41, formerly Rescue 19, came back home as the members of Point Pleasant Fire Company showed the Doylestown firefighters how the truck is fitted out for the dive rescue team.

Dive Rescue 41, formerly Rescue 19, came back home as the members of Point Pleasant Fire Company showed the Doylestown firefighters how the truck is fitted out for the dive rescue team.

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.

Interested in Helping Your Community?

We will be hosting an informal open house on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8pm. We are asking for just an hour of your time to discuss volunteer opportunities with the fire company. If you can not attend and want some additional information, please email us HERE.

The meeting will be held at our Shewell Ave Firehouse. There is plenty of parking on the side of the firehouse or across the street in the bank parking lot. If you cant find a spot, we will have someone there to help you out.

Although we are volunteer, there are some unique benefits we receive just by being members of the Fire Company.

– Life Insurance
you– Change of Pace
– Work/Meeting Space
– Free Wifi
– Networking
– Health Club Membership
– Something New
– Discounts at Local Establishments
– Free Parking at the Firehouse for in town events
– Complete Health Physical every two years.
– Friends
– Sense of Accomplishment
– Fun
– Cable TV
– Yearly Banquet
– Free Training 
– Behind the Scenes Look at Life in Doylestown

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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Members Take Advantage of Gym Memberships

The Members of the Doylestown Fire Company were out in the elements during the winter storm of January 2nd and 3rd, 2014. Despite the weather, the volunteers were still able to get in their workout. Many thanks to the Total Fitness Zone for staying open long enough to allow the members coming out to get in a good workout before bunking in for the duration of the storm. The fire company relief association maintains gym memberships for each member to utilize at no cost to help the crews stay healthy.

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Photo Credit: Dan Alexander