COVID-19 Status update

The leadership of the Doylestown Fire Co #1 is in constant contact with Local, County, State and Federal authorities on the continuing COVID-19 outbreak. In order to minimize unnecessary contact, steps have been taken in both stations limiting visitors. We continue to be prepared to respond to any emergency.
 
We urge everyone in our community to take all warnings and directions seriously.  We’re all human, and understand that the necessary changes are difficult.
 
 As we do with all safety and fire prevention messages, we share these prevention messages so that we can come out of this situation in a quicker time-frame.
 
In the meantime, as you’re home with your families, take the time to check on your smoke detectors, making sure they all work. Please do not overload your power cords, surge strips or outlets.
 
We will continue to pass along information as we get it from authorities. Please practice fire prevention and home safety while you are at home
 
Please, stay at home, wash your hands, and stay safe.
 

Fire Company status and notices in light of COVID-19

The leadership and members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 want to let the community they serve to know that in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting precautions that we are ready and able to respond to and handle emergencies on Doylestown and surrounding areas as we have since 1879. We are in contact with all of the local, county and state authorities and making sure that our members follow the proper protocols for their safety and yours.

With  that, on guidance from health authorities, we must restrict access to our stations and apparatus to fire company members and authorized individuals only. Any visits or public activities are now postponed until further notice, as are visits to the firehouses. Our members will do everything they can to be friendly in public areas but will be maintaining a safe distance to assure social distancing.

We will continue to update our channels with pertinent information as this unfolds. We urge everyone to follow the guidance of the health authorities to minimize the spread of the virus, and to wash your hands often and well. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please message us on our Facebook page or through the contact us button on our website at www.doylestownfireco.org

Snow, wind and hydrants

Here we go- the first warned winter storm of 2018. Snow and high winds and record cold temperatures. Are you prepared?

And we’re not talking milk, bread and eggs here. Do you have working flashlights, charged phones and spare batteries, and secondary sources of safe heat if necessary? Have a safe place for a generator far enough away from the home? Do you have a plan for any outside pets?

And of course, don’t forget about hydrants. They’re out there all the time, waiting. Be kind and make sure your local hydrants are clear and visible.

We’ll be ready. We’ll also be passing along any important information as the storm unfolds. Stay safe.

Thanks Mike! So much to tell! More room here!

Hickory Kitchen owner Mike Markowitz, center, presents a check for $500 to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and fire company president Jay Fetterolf, at the fire company business meeting on March 1, 2017. The donation was from 20% of sales at the restaurant on Feb. 23, as part of the “Comfort Food for a Cause” event.

Thanks to Mike Markowitz for the donation at the March monthly business meeting- 20% of sales at Hickory Kitchen on 2/23, plus an additional amount from Mike and staff. Mike and his crew are great neighbors and better people who care about the Doylestown community!

Also, since clocks change this weekend- be sure to check and change all batteries in your smoke detectors! Discard and replace any over 10 years old.

Pancake tickets are available online and at local stores. Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional opportunities.

And last, even though we thought we were done with winter, if we do get the “big one”, make sure to keep your local hydrants clear and happy. Remember, seconds count!

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Seconds Count

By now everyone knows winter is coming. Or here. And winter storm Jonas (not the singing brothers) is near, bringing blizzard watches and packed supermarkets.

We want everyone to be safe, first and foremost. Make sure you have supplies, flashlights, blankets and batteries ready. If you use a generator when the power is out, PLEASE make sure it runs away from the home, and is not inside the structure. Make sure fireplace flues are clear and clean. Listen to official emergency information, and heed the warnings. If the storm does materialize as predicted, please stay inside and only drive if absolutely necessary.

hydranthelpersIf you’re the hearty type, in good shape and out shoveling, we ask one favor- take care of your local hydrants. The more visible and accessible, the faster we can get to the water in an emergency. If we can’t see it, or if we have to shovel around it to access it, that’s precious seconds lost allowing a fire to grow.

Help a hydrant, help your neighborhood!hydranthelpersflyer

RIT team assignment, 113 Dolly Lane, Chalfont

Storm brings down branches on power lines

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On Thursday night, July 9, a violent storm rolled through the area, bringing high winds and heavy rains. After the storm had passed, the fire company was dispatched for a wires call in the 900 block of Almshouse Road in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Deputy Chief Mike Wood reported a large branch down on the power lines with a small fire. After searching the adjacent home and checking for extension, PECO Energy arrived on scene and secured the power. Warrington Fire Company also responded to the scene. There were no injuries or major damage.

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Mutual aid on dwelling fire in Chalfont

The fire company was dispatched to a dwelling fire with Chalfont Fire Company on Saturday, July 19 at 10:50 PM. Rescue and Engine 19 responded with Deputy and Battalion 19 to 70 Unami Trail in Chalfont. The fire was in the basement of an end of row townhome. Members assisted in search and ventilation.

Dan Hinkle ventilates a second floor window.
Dan Hinkle ventilates a second floor window.

Grant Castor opens a window on side A.
Grant Castor opens a window on side A.

Todd Kulp's feet as he enters the window.
Todd Kulp’s feet as he enters the window.

After a search of the second floor.
After a search of the second floor.

Fast work prevents further damage

 

Jay Fetterolf and Tony Bartolomeo open the garage door with a power saw.

On the afternoon of July 17, 2014, Doylestown Fire Co. was dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire in Buckingham Township. En route to 3070 Yorkshire Road, Battalion 79, Denny Loux, Jr., was informed by Bucks County Fire Radio that a Buckingham Township Police officer was reporting a working fire in the garage. Chief Loux confirmed the working fire on arrival and established Doylestown command.

 

The fire was contained to the garage of the home, and Engine 19 was tasked with taking aline to the interior of the home and attacking the fire from the interior. Deputy 19, Mike Wood, arrived and was assigned operations and Midway Fire Company Deputy 5 Steve Turbyfill took interior operations. The crew of Engine 19 advanced the line and began the fire attack as Ladder 79 arrived and started ventilating. Tanker 5 arrived and supplied Engine 19. Rescue 29 was dispatched as the RIT team. Lingohocken and Warwick Fire Companies also assisted on the fireground, along with Central Bucks Ambulance. After a quick attack and knockdown, the fire was placed under control in 39 minutes.

 

There were no injuries, and all occupants safely evacuated the dwelling before the arrival of companies. Damage was limited to the garage, where a vehicle was destroyed.

Heavy smoke pushes from the garage before the arrival of the first engine.
Heavy smoke pushes from the garage before the arrival of the first engine.

Fire in the soffet on side C.
Fire in the soffet on side C.

Kyle Downs opens up the roof.
Kyle Downs opens up the roof.

Deputy 19 and roof ops.
Deputy 19 and roof ops.

Conditions  from the front of the garage as the first line went in service.
Conditions from the front of the garage as the first line went in service.

Kyle Downs preparing for roof operations.
Kyle Downs preparing for roof operations.

Deputy 19, Mike Wood sizes up the fire and gives orders.
Deputy 19, Mike Wood sizes up the fire and gives orders.

Ladder 79 arrives.
Ladder 79 arrives.

Conditions on Engine 19's arrival.
Conditions on Engine 19’s arrival.

Kyle Downs and Jessica Meisinger-MacDonald opening the roof.
Kyle Downs and Jessica Meisinger-MacDonald opening the roof.

Chief 5 Hugh Hager heads to the interior as the manpower pool stands by.
Chief 5 Hugh Hager heads to the interior as the manpower pool stands by.

Tanker 5 supplied Engine 19.
Tanker 5 supplied Engine 19.

Midway Engine 15 crew overhauling on side C.
Midway Engine 15 crew overhauling on side C.

Ruptured Tank Spills Oil Into Neshaminy Tributary

On Tuesday, February 11th, Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to assist with a tank rupture which leaked 200 gallons of oil into a tributary of the Neshaminy Creek. Firefighters responded and applied their training and expertise to trap and remove the oil before it made its way out of the tributary.

Photos Courtesy of Stephanie from the Intelligencer

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