Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our annual open house on October 7. There were lots of learning and fun activities, great organizations like Red Paw Emergencey Relief Team and the Teddy Bear Clinic from Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Division, and delicious hotdogs and desserts from our Auxiliary!
The visit of the Budweiser Clydesdales is becoming a Labor Day weekend staple in Doylestown Borough. For the second consecutive year, the team, from New Hampshire, paraded through the streets of the borough and made deliveries to local customers. The fire company once again took the role of protectors of the team as it made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown.
Congratulations to our most recent Firefighter 1 graduates, Rachael Loux, Nick Tartaglia, Todd Whalen and Ben Hanbicki. Our newest firefighters were bestowed with their certificates at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus on Aug. 10, 2016.
The Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer for most of the area. In the case of the members of the fire company, it also brought the start of an unusually busy stretch for the all-volunteer membership of the company and surrounding area. Starting on Friday night, May 27, when the members responded to two mutual aid calls for assistance in Warminster and Plumstead Township, to the morning of June 7, activities and calls kept coming.
On May 28, the fire company displayed the colors from Ladder 79 and provided cooling support for the Discover Doylestown 5K race. On the 30th, the members marched and participated in Memorial Day observances. June 1 was our annual Old Timer’s Night, where friends old and new are invited to the firehouse for food and friendship. Early in the morning of June 5, the fire company and area mutual aid companies battled a 2-alarm fire at the Baliwick office park in Doylestown Township until after the sun rose. Monday night members responded to a dryer fire in a laundromat on North Main St. in Doylestown Borough, and Tuesday morning, June 7, a vehicle crash with fire in Doylestown Township in morning rush hour traffic along Rt 611.
Great work by all of our volunteers and mutual aid colleagues, as everyone went home safely. Let’s see what the rest of the summer has for us!
On April 2, 2016, the members of Doylestown Fire Company gathered at Doylestown Country Club for the annual banquet and awards ceremony. The annual event is a time when the company recognizes the efforts of members during the previous calendar year.
The firefighter of the year for 2015, as voted on by the members of the company, is Peter Mills of Doylestown Borough. Mills is an 18 year veteran of the fire company, having joined as a junior firefighter. Presently the Recording Secretary, he has also served as Asst. Recording Secretary, Asst. Communications Officer, and served as an engineer.
The rookie of the year is Steve Lee, who joined the company in January of 2105. Steve completed the 180+ hours of Firefighter 1 training at the Bucks County Fire School, graduating first in his class. He had a 49% activity percentage for 2015.
Steve Walther, the chairman of the awards committee for 33 years, was honored with a longevity award for his diligent work in the position, as he has announced he is stepping down after this year. The members of the fire company thanked Steve for his work with a standing ovation.
Dan Kline received the Chief’s award from Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., for his tireless work on the box maps project, and Tony Montemurro was named the President’s Award winner by president Jay Fetterolf for his taking over the treasurer’s position mid-year and doing a great job.
Service pins were awarded to the following members for years of service- 5 years, Nick Popchuk, Jr, 10 years- Paul Cain, Sara Grogan, Marshall Sher, and Rebecca Loux-Clark. 15 years- Jamie Haddon. 20 years- new life members Dan Kline and Jerry Bredow. 25 years- Paul Kreuter, Ed Boshell and Chris Morris, 30 years- James D. Shepard, 35 years, Ed Truman and Mike Wood, 40 years Ollie Groman, Jr., John Croman and Gian Luiso, 45 years- Bill Price, 50 years- Bill Funk, 55 Years- Jack Connard, 65 years- Nick Chubb, Jr.
Position awards were given to B. J. Loughnane for serving as a trustee from 2010-2015 and Tony Montemurro as Asst. Treasurer from 2014-2015. Matt Grogan was recognized for his service as Lieutenant from 2014-2015, and Ed Loux as Chief Engineer since 2008 and Communications Officer since 2009.
Attendance awards were given based on a total of 705 point, which included 605 incidents, 40 drills and 60 non-incident activities. Fire police officer Sam Cesare was the top responder for 2015, with 58.2% of the points. Bill Price was second with 49.5%, Steve Lee with 49%, Dan Kline with 46.2% and Craig Lager with 41.7%.
Thanks to all that came out and shared in our favorite community event- Pancake Day! We served over 1400 meals, responded to a call, and had a great time doing it. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
The annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards ceremony was held on October 25, 2015, at the Spring Mill Country Club in Northampton Township. Formerly known as the Burpee Awards, the ceremony is held to honor members of Central Bucks County Fire and EMS organizations. This year the fire company’s honoree was the 2015 Firefighter of the Year, Tom Smith.
Also honored was James Babinetz, a fire company member who is also a volunteer with Warrington Ambulance. He was honored for his tireless service to the ambulance company.
Congrats to Tom, James and all of the recipients last night!