After the latest round of Nor’easters in March, the fire company was kept busy by incidents not caused by nature. On March 25, the company was dispatched to a garage fire at 578 E. Butler Ave., in New Britain Borough. On arrival, Chief 19 Mike Wood reported a fully involved garage, and placed companies in service. A quick knock on the remains of the structure and the company was headed home an hour later. On the evening of March 29, the dispatch was for an overturned vehicle with entrapment in the 100 block of West Court Street in Doylestown Borough. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded, stabilized the vehicle and removed the occupant with minor injuries.The next day, March 30, the dispatch was for a crash with entrapment on Rt. 611 at Duane Road. Rescue 19 and Engine 79’s crews went in service and removed the roof of the vehicle to safely remove the trapped occupant.On April 3, the dispatch was for wires in the dwelling at 15 Shady Grove Circle in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux reported a smoke condition in the dwelling, and on further investiagtion found an electrical fire in the basement and upgraded the call to a working dwelling fire. Once PECO secured the power, the fire, which was contained by dry chemical extinguishers, was able to be extinguished fully, with relatively minor damage to the home and no injuries. Doylestown Township fire marshal Rick Schea and PECO are continuing to investigate.
Members of the fire company spent drill night working with the hydraulic rescue tools on two donated vehicles. Former chief Doug Tilley instructed the members on the use of hydraulic tools for extricating trapped victims of vehicle crashes. This training is invaluable as it keeps the firefighters ready to perform in an actual emergency.
The fire company was dispatched for Rescue Box 79-29 for a single vehicle crash with entrapment at Edison Furlong and Pebble Hill Roads at 9:45 PM on July 20, 2015. En route to the scene, Bucks County Fire Radio updated the location of the crash to be on Sugarbottom Road near Foy Drive. On arrival Deputy 19 Mike Wood reported a car in the woods with the driver, the sole occupant, trapped. Engine 79 and Rescue 19 arrived and went into service with hydraulic rescue tools and stabilization, as the vehicle was off the road and on the side of a hill. Central Bucks Ambulance was on scene with patient care as the extrication operation began. Warwick Fire Company assisted with the landing zone for the medevac helicopter at Bridge Valley Elementary.
If you were at the firehouse on Saturday March 21, 2015 for the pancake breakfast, you would have seen our volunteers running out the door for 2 major traffic accidents during the day. The first call was for a multi-vehicle accident on 611 just north of the Barn Plaza. First responders found a pickup truck with heavy front end damage that collided with a fire truck from Richlandtown Fire Company, along with a couple other vehicles that were involved after the initial accident. Minor injuries were reported and the highway was closed for an extended period of time to remove the vehicles. The 2nd accident involved a single vehicle on northbound 202 bypass, just south of the off ramp at 202 and 313. A single vehicle collided with the center median and guard rails, requiring the first arriving units to remove the passenger door to extricate the driver. Crews were in service for a short period of time to remove the driver of the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Despite both of the calls, the fire company was able to serve over 1700 breakfasts to the community that came through. Thank you for your support!
Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched for a door pop on South Main Street in the area of Clemens Road on 2-24-15 at approximately 10am. Crews found a 4 door wagon with the the door stuck due to an accident. Rescue 19 went in service with hydraulic tools to open up the door. Photos from Bret Morris.
The fire company and Central Bucks Ambulance were dispatched for a report of a car versus tanker truck crash on Rt. 202 near Mechanicsville Road on Friday, May 30 at 10:10 AM. Battalion 79, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and found a tractor-trailer tanker in the middle of Rt. 202 and a passenger vehicle off the road with 1 occupant trapped. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 arrived, with the rescue crew taking the extrication duties and the engine securing hazards on the roadway. After a door removal, the patient, receiving care from Central Bucks Ambulance personnel, was removed, packaged and transported.