As we enter the Independence Day weekend, please keep in mind a few facts about fireworks.
1- They are dangerous, regardless of the size. Not only can they injure or kill, but start fires. 2- The noise can injure or kill some animals. This is very traumatic for pet owners too. 3- Many in our community are sensitive to the noise made, as it can trigger PTSD and anxiety. 4- Because they’re legal, it does not mean you can do whatever you want with them, wherever you want. There are laws for how, when or why, and they will be enforced. https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/Pages/fireworks-safety.aspx
We all know that it’s disappointing to many that there are no public displays in the area this year. For many in our community, it’s a welcome break. Be kind and safe. And wear a mask when you leave the house!
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!
It’s fire prevention week! For us, every day is fire prevention day- and we hope it is for everyone.
This year’s theme is How to make a Home Fire Escape plan.
When we meet with parents and kids, we often get embarrassed looks when we ask if families have plans and meeting places. We want to change this.
Make a plan.
Practice the plan.
Make a video of the practice and share it with #doylestownescapeplan and let us know- on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re @dfc1979news on Twitter and Instagram.
We’ll share your video- help us teach others how to have a plan- and the best ones will get some special treats.
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.
The volunteer members of the fire company responded to a few “almosts” last week. “Almosts”, as in an incident that was almost much worse. With that in mind, and the knowledge that thankfully no one was seriously injured, we offer the following-
1- When cooking, don’t leave anything over heat unattended. We’ve had a string of kitchen incidents where unattended contents caught fire.
2- If a pot suddenly flashes and fire erupts, cover it with a fireproof lid. Don’t try to extinguish it if you can smother it.
3- Don’t attempt to move the pot.
4- Get everyone out and call 911.
5- Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself. We are trained, equipped and ready. Our main concern is your safety.
6- Smoke detectors on every floor and every bedroom. They save lives.
We have many more of these. Got a question- please ask! If we can’t answer, we’ll get you to someone who can.
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!
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 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!
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!