Bringing the big man and the holiday season to Doylestown

Last night Doylestown started the holiday season in grand fashion, as it has for 105 years! And the members of the fire company were there to bring Santa to town so he could light the tree. In addition to the Fox being his sleigh for the night, Captain 19 Lori Westover was in charge of Santa’s safety as he rose above the crowd in his magic bucket. The crew then provided security for the big guy with Central Bucks Regional PD for the walk to his house.

Great weather and support! Thanks to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house!

Checking out the new Engine 19!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fire prevention open house on October 12! We enjoyed seeing our community that come out and learned a little and had lots of fun. Thanks to all of our members that volunteered their time to educate and entertain. Remember- every day is fire prevention day! Check your smoke detectors monthly and plan and practice a home escape plan regularly! We also want to thank the Bucks County Hazardous Response Team, Patrick Murphy from Bagel Barrel, Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and the Bucks County BookFest. And the weather was great!

Deputy 19 Ed Loux tells some very cute unicorns about the Hahn engine he now owns with his brother Denny.
Firefighter Asher Mithoefer helps a future firefighter put out the “house fire”.
The Cat in the Hat approves of our Papa Bear on the new Engine 79!
Thanks to the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Team for bringing HazMat 89-3 and giving demonstrations of the very cool tools they have.

It’s open house time!

Come to our annual fire prevention open house and have a great time learning about firefighters, fire prevention, and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. We’re partnering with the Bucks County BookFest, and the Kids Fest will be going strong too! We’ll have our new engines, demonstrations of drones, fire gear to try on and activities for young and older. It’s all free from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Shewell Ave. firehouse, 68 Shewell Ave. in Doylestown Borough.

Exciting times!

Our members have been working diligently to place the new engines in service soon. This past weekend, hose was packed and our new MSA SCBA training started, along with driver training on the trucks. It’s a big job to get all of these tasks finished, and we’re getting closer to the finish line. Of course, none of this could be done without the efforts of our volunteer members, and the support of the community we serve.We also added a finishing touch to Engine 79. Thanks to the artistry and generosity of Mike Berenstain, we have Papa Bear as the truck’s mascot! We look forward to sharing all of these new additions with everyone this summer!

A good breakfast to start the day

L to R, the fire company recipients of the 4-way award- Tom Smith, Steve Walther and Jeff Kennedy.

Yes, it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. On April 24, 2019, that was very true for Past Chief Steve Walther. Walther, his wife Cindy and daughter Steffi along with members of the fire company attended the Doylestown Rotary’s 4-Way Test Awards breakfast at Doylestown Country Club. A crowd of over 300 was there to honor Steve and the other recipients of the 4-Way award. Steve was recognized for his over 60 years of service to the Doylestown and Warwick Communities as a volunteer. He joins firefighters Jeff Kennedy and Tom Smith as recipients of the award. In addition to his fire service time, Steve is also a volunteer for Special Olympics. Well done Steve!

Steve Walther walks to accept his award in front of a packed room at Doylestown Country Club.

The fire company was also the recipient of a grant from the Rotary at the gathering. President Jay Fetterolf accepted the check for $3100 on behalf of the fire company.

And breakfast was very, very good!

Another wildly successful Pancake Day in the books!

Thanks to all who came out or bought tickets to this year’s pancake day! We served 1,773 breakfasts, the weather was great, and all involved had a blast and great pancakes and sausages! Thanks for all of the words of support and encouragement as always. We love and appreciate your support every day. Pancake Day is one of the days we can meet each other.

It really is the beginning of the Spring social event of the year in Doylestown.

A Mutual Aid request

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When a fire company is in need of assistance for a call, they add mutual aid, surrounding companies that bring additional support. Mutual aid works both ways both given and received. So when one firefighter needs assistance, we all come to the call. If you can give our friend and other firefighters with ALS assistance, we will all appreciate it!

The firehouse has gone to the dogs- literally!

Our drill night instructors!

Finley the Frenchie.
Laverne
Heidi and her human, Jon Detweiler, the hospital administrator and one of our wonderful instructors.

Last night, our members had a great class on Animal Emergency Care for First Responders. We have pictures of the wonderful humans from Telford Veterinary Hospital who taught the class with compassion and love, and the humans that learned from them (us). But when it came down to the stars, it was this trio of pooches who were not only willing demonstrators, but good sports. Meet Finley the frenchie, Laverne (male) the longhair, and Heidi with Telford Veterinary’s Jon Detweiler, one of our instructors. Thanks also to Dr. Sharon Minninger, Megan, Mike and our own firefighter Rachel Loux, who had lots of patience for all.

Old Timers Night- fun, food and awards!

On June 6, 2018, the annual Old Timers Night was held at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. The event is a night for members of the fire company to join with local community leaders and officials to relax, eat a great dinner prepared by members of the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and recognize members for efforts over the past year.

John Cope holds his 50 years of service award with State Representative Marguerite Quinn and acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego.

In addition, the acting State Fire Commissioner, Bruce Trego, attended and addressed the gathering. Trego was invited by State Representative Marguerite Quinn, who was also in attendance, along with numerous local and state officials. Before the event Trego met with Chiefs from are fire companies at Doylestown Borough hall. They discussed the challenges facing the volunteer companies in Pennsylvania, and what is on the horizon. Many long-time, but less active life members of the fire company attended, as well as some very young future members.

Acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego with president Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Mike Wood (r).

Members who were recognized at the annual banquet in April were again introduced. President’s award and Firefighter of the year Grant Castor, 50 year member John Cope, Chief’s award recipient Will Fluck, Rookie of the year Mike Kleban and new life members Jeff Kennedy, Peter Mills and Aaron Soldavin were highlighted again.

Local businesses were honored for their generosity and partnership with the fire company, including Kniese’s Plumbing.

Also, donations were received from the County of Bucks, Steely and Smith Insurance, and the Fire Company Auxiliary.

Jack Connard with Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley from Steely and Smith Insurance.

 

Doylestown Memorial Day parade 2018

On Court St. east of the monument.

The 150th Doylestown Memorial Day parade, the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the US, made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown Borough on May 29, 2018. The Fire Company and Auxiliary marched and rode, joining the annual remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to the country. Thank you to all who had such kind words of support and appreciation for what we do for the community. It is humbling to see everyone stand and applaud, but the reason for the parade is those who never came home.

The Fox continues along Court St.

The living legend, Jack Connard. Jack is a veteran of the Korean War, and our most senior participating member.

The company at Court and West.

The Fox arrives at staging with Bill Cope at the wheel.

Ladder 79’s crew at staging.