The process of purchasing a new fire truck is a long one. Much as most of us have experienced purchasing a new vehicle, there’s shopping, testing, and building. However, many fire trucks are very custom, being designed to the needs of the fire company to best serve the community it will respond to for at least 20 years. The fire company’s truck committee, which is organized by the chief when a new truck is needed, has been meeting for almost 2 years for the new engines about to arrive. Headed by Chief Engineer and past Chief Denny Loux, the members have researched designs, worked with manufacturers, discussed and researched financials, and slaved over technical drawings and updates as the build process has proceeded.
Now the days approach for the final inspection. The committee members will travel to Pierce in Wisconsin the week of April 22 to comb over the new rigs with fine toothed combs before the head south to Doylestown. We are very excited for the new additions, and will keep updating the status as the journey continues. Thanks to everyone in the community- the support is appreciated every day!
Remember, all of this work, as well as the training, responses and effort necessary to run the day-to-day operations of the fire company are done by volunteers. If you live in Doylestown Borough or Township, or parts of Buckingham and New Britain Townships, and half of New Britain Borough, you too can volunteer, either as a firefighter or contributing member. Go to http://www.doylestownfireco.org/join/ or stop in either station on a Weds. night at 7 to learn more.
Last night, September 26, 2018, the fire company took a historic step. A contract was signed with Pierce Manufacturing through Glick Fire Equipment for the purchase of 2 Enforcer pumpers. It’s the first time the fire company has purchased more than one, and for sound financial and operational reasons. The truck committee, chaired by Past Chief Denny Loux, did their research. They were able to negotiate pricing that immediately saves the community almost $100k, but also, with the spectre of another engine needing replacement in the next year, even more by striking now for the identical twins. From an operational standpoint, having the two will speed training and familiarization, and allow drivers to immediately be able to drive 2 trucks once qualified. Through the revenue streams our communities and municipalities have maintained and good investment and savings of those funds, we are prepared for this purchase to keep the Doylestown and surrounding areas safe for the forseeable future. We plan on selling 2 of the present engines to make room for the new ones. Our present fleet includes Engine 79, a 2000 Pierce, Engine 19, a 1998 Pierce, and Engine 19-1, a 1992 Pierce. Thanks to all of the members of the committee for their hard work, and most importantly, to the communities that support us year after year. We expect delivery in mid-2019.
Rescue 19 left the fire house on Shewell Ave on January 7, 2014 for the last time in its illustrious career with the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1. Here are a couple more photos from the day the “Big Pig” left town and sitting in its new quarters in Point Pleasant.
Rescue 19, our 1987 Saulsbury, left the station on Shewell Ave tonight for the last time in its distinctive career. Many times, this truck was called upon to serve the residents of the Doylestown Area. The truck isnt going far, it will be put back in service as Dive/Rescue 41 in support of the Point Pleasant Fire Company located just to our north along the Delaware River. Good luck to the new owners and take care of our “Big Pig.”
The new Rescue 19 arrived in quarters on November 15, 2013. It was welcomed by members and family members alike. A ceremonial push in the station capped the arrival. On Saturday morning the work began preparing the truck for service. Over the next weeks, the equipment will be mounted, drivers trained and firefighters will learn all of the new capabilities of new apparatus.