No Matter the Weather

Capt. 79 Dan Kline reports the conditions of the chimney from the roof of 220 E. Ashland.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 was a bitter cold, but sunny morning. Temperatures in the teens make for a frigid start to the day, and a need to heat inside. The call came in at 8:02 AM, for a chimney fire at 220 E. Ashland Ave. in Doylestown Borough. Doylestown Borough fire marshal, Scott Fleischer, was first on scene and reported smoke in the interior of the home and smoke from the chimney. Engines 19 and 19-1 and Ladder 79 responded and mitigated the situation in 45 minutes.

In order to check the flues, a weight on a chain is dropped down the flue to knock loose any burning debris and loosen blockages. That requires ascending to the roof, regardless of the weather.

Remember- heaters are instruments that need to be kept running perfectly to prevent fires. The exhaust system is a big part of that. Keep your flues clean by getting professionals to inspect and clean them regularly.

Small entranceway fire stays that way

A fire in a support column at the Landmark building in Doylestown Borough was spotted and reported around 10:30 AM, January 16, 2020. Doylestown Borough fire marshal Scott Fleischer arrived on scene and reported visible fire from the column and smoke pushing from the structure’s roof. Engine 19 arrived on scene with Warrington Rescue 78, and quickly knocked down the wind-driven fire, keeping it from extending into the building. Ladder 79’s crew arrived and assisted with overhaul. The building was quickly and safely evacuated, and there were no injuries. Also assisting were Midway and Chalfont fire, Central Bucks EMS, and Doylestown and Chalfont fire police.

New decade, new fire company president

Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, right, swears in the 2020 elected officers of the fire company and the January monthly meeting on Jan. 8, 2020. President Paul Kreuter, 2nd from left, and Chief Mike Wood, light shirt, lead the proceedings.

The first swearing in of fire company officers this decade occurred on Jan. 8 at the monthly business meeting. Newly elected President Paul Kreuter, along with Chief Mike Wood, in his third year, lead the participants in the process presided over by Doylestown Borough Ron Strouse. Kreuter succeeds Jay Fetterolf, who was president for the past 5 years. The company thanked Jay for his service with a standing ovation.

Along with Kreuter and Wood, the executive officers this year are 1st VP Steve Walther, 2nd VP Kyle Downs, Treasurer Bill Cope, Asst. Treasurer Paul Cain, Financial Secretary Jay Stough, Asst. Financial Secretary Bill Price, Recording Secretary Karen Truman, Asst. Recording Secretary Annie Vancosky, and trustees Ed Truman, Barbarajean Wood, Ray Bosche, Justen Hilton, and Steve Rizzo.

On the line officers, Deputy 19 Ed Loux, Battalion Chiefs Jim Shepard and Grant Castor, Captains Lori Westover and Dan Kline, and Lieutenant Don Talenti. Communications officer James Babinetz, Asst. Communications Officer Joey Grace, Safety Officer Tom Smith, and Public Information Officer and photographer Larry Browne.

Also at the meeting, the fire police officers were sworn in, lead by Capt. Nick Popchuk and Lt. Quentin Maust.

The members of the auxiliary board were sworn in also.

And finally Ed Truman took over as president of the Doylestown Firefighters Relief Assn., succeeding Larry Browne, who was president for the past 3 years.

Fire Police officers for 2020 are sworn in by Mayor Ron Strouse.

Rescue- Car into building

At 10:36 AM on January 3, 2020, Resuce 19 and Ladder 79 were dispatched to 420 N. Main St. for a vehicle into a building at the Doylestown Shopping Center. On arrival, Battalion Chief 19, Jim Shepard, reported a car into the Waxing the City store, with at least one person trapped. After taking a count, it was determined that all were accounted for, and the driver of the vehicle was removed from the car and transported. There were no serious injuries, and a total of 4 patients were transported by Central Bucks EMS. Central Bucks Regional Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash. Thanks to Plumsteadville Fire Co. for responding with Rescue 24 and assisting our fire police with traffic control.