Chris Manion and Steve Cantrell of the Travis Manion Foundation were the guests of honor at the monthly business meeting of Doylestown Fire Company on November 7, 2012. They came to present a check for $5000 to the fire company, part of the funds raised by the foundation though the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, which this year was held in over 30 locations around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The race and foundation is held in memory and honor to all who have served in the military and emergency services, and to Doylestown native Travis Manion, who was killed in action while serving as a Marine in 2007.
The funds will go to a scholarship fund that benefits Doylestown Fire Company members and families. The scholarship fund was established in 2011. This year’s recipients are Craig Lager and Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, who are both college freshmen this fall.
Fire Company president Bill Cope, Deputy Chief Michael Wood, and Fire Marshal Steve Walther accepted the check on behalf of the fire company.
The fire company has responded to over 500 emergency calls in 2012. The all-volunteer membership recorded over 15,000 hours of service to the Doylestown community in 2011.
The members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 have been preparing for Hurricane Sandy and are ready for whatever emergency they are called for. Please be careful, stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, and have a plan.
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Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to 116 Conestoga Drive, in Doylestown Township at 1351 hours on August 29, 2012.
While en route, Bucks County Fire Radio reported that police were on scene reporting a working fire in the modular home community and all occupants out. Deputy 34, Bill Fluck, was first on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the 1 story dwelling. Engine 19-1 arrived and stretched a 2″ hand line and made entry through the front door. Firefighters Bill Price, Chris Morris and Rick Schea advanced the line on the kitchen fire and made a quick knockdown. Ladder 79 arrived, along with firefighters from Chalfont and Warrington, and assisted with overhaul and ventilation. Central Bucks Ambulance was on scene for medical and rehab support. Battalion 79, Bret Morris, placed the fire under control at 1413 hours. There were no injuries and the Doylestown Township and Bucks County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause.
As part of the Doylestown Borough Bicentennial of the County Seat moving here in 1812, Doylestown Fire Company will be recreating the Fireman’s Day ceremonies of 1912’s Centennial celebration.On June 2, at 2:15 PM, area fire companies will converge on Station 19 on Shewell Ave. and recreate the photo taken in 1912. Then the firefighters and apparatus will parade around the Courthouse and down Court St. to the Central Bucks Family YMCA, where the family picnic will be held. There will be an antique fire truck display there and a ladder flag arch. Fireworks close the day and the week-long celebration.
Companies wishing to participate in the phone and the parade can contact Larry Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Doylestown Bicentennial can be found at http://doylestownbicentennial.com/
Johnny Carwithen, and associate member since 2005 and honorary member for many years before that, passed away at the age of 60 on Weds., April 4, 2012. John was an integral part of the fire company, his hard work and dedication to the organization were admired and recognized by the members of the company and the Doylestown community.
John will be dearly missed. The thoughts and prayers of his fire company family go out to Johnny’s family.
Doylestown firefighters were dispatched to a report of a car under a tractor/trailer at the intersection of Maple Ave. and Swamp Road on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:36 PM. Police on scene reported heavy entrapment, with the victim conscious and moving. Deputy 19, Mike Wood, arrived and ordered Rescue 19 to prepare to go in service with heavy spreaders and airbags. Engine 79’s crew was ordered to pull a protection line and handle hazards. Rescue 29 and 5 were special called, and medics from Central Bucks Ambulance requested a medevac chopper. The chopper landed on a nearby baseball field, and flight medics came to the scene. Deputy 19 requested an engine for the LZ. Companies used every type of tool to complete the extrication, including hydraulic rescue cutters, spreaders and rams.
After almost an hour of work, the driver was removed from the vehicle at 7:25 PM. She was flown to Temple University Trauma by Pennstar 6.
Plumsteadville Tower 24 was special called for scene photography.
Doylestown Fire Company held it’s monthly probie/junior drill night on Monday, Feb. 20, at Station 79. Lt. Jeff Kennedy and Chief Engineer 79 Matt Grogan lead the group in the use of power saws on wood and metal. The sparks flew when the metal saw was placed in service.
Doylestown firefighters responded with Chalfont Station 34 for Direct Salvage on County Line Road on Feb. 15. The 3-alarm fire consumed the office and warehouse areas of the expansive compound. Engine 19 dropped 1400′ of 5′, as water supply was at a distance. Ladder 79 and Engine 19’s crews were engaged during the fire, and Rescue 19 and Engine 79 also responded.
As is the tradition at Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, the first Wednesday night of the month means the installation of officers for the new year at the fire company. This year though, for the first time in seven years, there was a change at the top. Denny Loux, Jr., a life member and Chief for the past 7 years, was not at the front for the room being sworn in as Chief. Loux, who has been a line officer for most of his time spent volunteering at the fire company, stepped down as chief. After new chief Ed Truman was sworn in by Senior Judge Ollie Groman, Sr., Loux was honored by the fire company by his officers and firefighters with the traditional red helmet of a past chief. During his time as Chief, many safety reforms were instituted, and the company purchased and placed a new ladder in service. Over his time as chief, Loux gave thousands of hours of service to the community and the fire service, and lead the officers and firefighters of the fire company with honor and distinction. He will continue to be active, assisting fire company fire marshal Steve Walther, who is also a past Chief of the company, with investigative duties.
In addition to Truman, who becomes the 22nd member of the fire company to be chief, Michael Wood was installed as Deputy Chief, Paul Kreuter and first time Battalion Chief Bret Morris, returning Captian Lori Westover, and returning lieutenants Jeff Kennedy and Jim Shepard. Communications officer Ed Loux and assistant communications officer George Erb were also swoarn in.
Truman is also a life member of the fire company, has held every elected line officer position, and comes from a family rich in fire service participation. He has numerous relatives who have served in the fire service in the region, including past Doylestown chiefs Sam Cramer, Sr. and Sam Cramer, Jr., his uncle and cousin. He is also a firefighter for Merck in Montgomery County.
President Bill Cope was sworn in for his 7th year as president with Jay Fetterolf in his first year as 1st Vice President, Mark Hamilton as 2nd Vice President, Bob McCrillis treasurer, Victor Sarantschin assistant treasurer, Peter Mills recording secretary, Annie Baughman asst. recording secretary, Jack Connard financial secretary, trustees Bill Price, Dan Kline, B. J. Loughnane, Jim Hampton, Kyle Downs and Larry Browne.
As part of his first Chief’s report, Truman reported that the fire company responded to calls for services 665 times in 2011. Of those calls, 163 were for structure fires and 51 for rescues. Members have recorded over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Doylestown community in each of the past 3 years.