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!
The 6th annual Doylestown Fire Company Fire Prevention Open House will be held on October 2, 2015 from 6:30-9 PM at the fire house at 68 Shewell Ave. in Doylestown Borough. In addition to fire prevention education, firetrucks tours and firefighters, there are a few new additions to the event.
Everyone attending is asked to bring new pet supplies for donation to Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, a regional volunteer organization that assists pets and their families affected by emergencies or disasters.
The judging and awards presentation of Discover Doylestown’s Doylestown Junior Builders LEGO Contest will be part of the evening. There’s a special category just for fire related LEGO creations!
Eric Darling, a retired California firefighter who is now a member of the Ridley Park (Delaware county, PA) Fire Dept. will be demonstrating the skills of his canine partners Ben and Wyatt. Ben and Wyatt are detection and search and rescue certified and work with Ben on the Pennsylvania PA-TF1 Urban Search and Rescue team. They recently assisted with the search for victims in the wake of the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment.
In addition, the Teddy Bear Clinic from Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Department will be in attendance to take care of the needs of any stuffed friends. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed buddies!
We’ll also have representatives from local non-profit organizations, an ambulance from Central Bucks EMS, and activities and demonstrations for all ages!
The Budweiser Clydesdales visited Doylestown on September, 5, 2015, and the fire company was honored to be part of an amazing community gathering. The legendary hitch from New Hampshire, one of three in the US, traversed the borough making special deliveries, lead by Engine 19-3, our legendary Ahrens-Fox pumper. Members of the fire company also walked beside the team, providing security and safety for both the team and spectators. Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse, and photo, of the team of 8 Clydesdales, the drivers, and of course, Barley the Dalmatian.
On August 27, 2015, Four new members of the Doylestown Fire Company were awarded their Firefighter 1 certificate from the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center. Many hours of hard work and commitment were needed from these four new members and their hard work paid off. Congratulations to Steve Cote, Steve Lee, Mike Mach, and Sean Ryan for your commitment to the fire company. Also, Congratulations to Steve Lee as he was chosen as an outstanding student for his class.
As always tickets are available at the door on the day of the big event, which starts at 6:30 AM till Noon on Saturday March 21st at the Shewell Avenue firehouse. C’mon out to enjoy a great breakfast and meet the volunteers who serve the community!
Doylestown Fire Company’s new slate of officers for 2015 was sworn into office on Wednesday night, Jan 7, 2015. Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse officiated the installation ceremony, which saw a passing of the gavel from Bill Cope, who served as president of the fire company for 8 years, to newly elected President Jay Fetterolf. Fetterolf, a life member of the company who has also served as 1st vice president for the past 2 years, is the 18th president in the fire company’s history. Like his predecessor Cope, Fetterolf is a 3rd generation firefighter, as his father and grandfather were both members of Midway Fire Company, where they also served as president of the Lahaska-based fire company. Cope will now serve as the 1st vice president.
The all volunteer members for the fire company responded to 676 calls for service in the year 2014.
The line and executive officers for 2015 are-
Chief- Sam Cramer, Jr.
Deputy Chief- Mike Wood
Battalion Chiefs- Denny Loux, Jr. and James F. Shepard
Captains- William Fluck and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Matt Grogan and Grant Castor
Fire Marshals- Steve Walther and Ed Truman
Safety Officers- Tom Smith and Annie Vancosky
Fire Police Captain- Drew McPherson
Communications Officer- Ed Loux
Asst. Communications Officer- Nick Popchuk, Jr.
Public Information Officers- Ollie Groman, Sr. and Larry Browne
Fire Prevention Officer- Larry Browne
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Bill Cope
2nd Vice President- Steve Walther
Treasurer- Bob McCrillis
Asst. Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Recording Secretary- Peter Mills
Asst. Recording Secretary- Steve Downs
Financial Secretary- Jack Connard
Asst. Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Head Trustee- Bill Price
Trustees- Jim Hampton, William Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Kevin Morris, Larry Browne
Bill Cope, right, presents the gavel to new President Jay Fetterolf, as Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse looks on.
Station 19 was a busy place on August 27, as people and firefighters from all over flocked there. During the afternoon, the crew from Lunch Productions shot more video with fire company members and a social-media driven gathering of community members of all ages for a video shoot around the Borough. Over 60 people, young and old alike, met at the firehouse and were dispatched in three groups to the County Theatre, Doylestown Bookshop and Bagel Barrel. Then Engine 19 drove around town, passing the locations as the groups happily waved to the crew, and the crew waved back! Thanks to everyone who saw the posting on social media and the regional media outlets that picked it up. It was a fun and successful day!
After the video was shot around town, family members met at the station for some more shooting for the video, which will be called Let’s Go to the Firehouse, a book and video package being produced by Doylestown’s own Lunch Productions and distributed by Scholastic Books in fall of 2015.
Later, as part of weekly drill night, Point Pleasant Fire Company brought Dive Rescue 41, formerly Rescue 19, for a familiarization session with the members. Dive team members showed our firefighters how the truck is outfitted, the equipment carried, and what the roles and responsibilities of the members of the team have. Thanks to Station 41 for the presentation and for bringing the old girl back home for the evening!
This Saturday, July 19, 2014, come and visit the Doylestown Fire Company at the Doylestown at Dusk Car Show. We will be setting up at the intersection of State and Clinton Streets.
Rescue 19 and Ladder 79 will be on hand for you to check out gear, equipment, sit in the crew section, and get some great photos. Come and talk to some of Doylestown’s Bravest and learn about what we do for the community. We will also have members on hand to speak about volunteer opportunities with the fire company. So, if you are looking for an exciting change of pace and the ability to help keep Doylestown a wonderful place to live, make sure to stop by!
Members of the fire company, along with members of Warwick Station 66, Doylestown Township PD, the Warrior Watch riders and A Hero’s Welcome, were honored to help bring home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, a Doylestown Township resident, to his home in Doylestown Hunt on June 14. The motorcade started in Warwick Township, lead by Rescue 19, and ended at the home of Ponente, complete with a flag salute from Ladder 79. Hundreds of friends and neighbors cheered his arrival home. He was given honors by the Warriors Watch and A Hero’s Welcome, and showered with hugs and high-fives. Ponente served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Welcome home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, and thank you for your service!
We will be hosting an informal open house on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8pm. We are asking for just an hour of your time to discuss volunteer opportunities with the fire company. If you can not attend and want some additional information, please email us HERE.
The meeting will be held at our Shewell Ave Firehouse. There is plenty of parking on the side of the firehouse or across the street in the bank parking lot. If you cant find a spot, we will have someone there to help you out.
Although we are volunteer, there are some unique benefits we receive just by being members of the Fire Company.
– Life Insurance
– Change of Pace
– Work/Meeting Space
– Free Wifi
– Health Club Membership
– Something New
– Discounts at Local Establishments
– Free Parking at the Firehouse for in town events