Last night Doylestown started the holiday season in grand fashion, as it has for 105 years! And the members of the fire company were there to bring Santa to town so he could light the tree. In addition to the Fox being his sleigh for the night, Captain 19 Lori Westover was in charge of Santa’s safety as he rose above the crowd in his magic bucket. The crew then provided security for the big guy with Central Bucks Regional PD for the walk to his house.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Francis X. Thomas scholarship winner, Junior Firefighter Tricia Shepard. Trish is a third generation Doylestown firefighter, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Jim, past Chief of the company, and father Jim, who is currently one of 2 battalion chiefs. Trish was presented the scholarship at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards banquet on October 27 by DFC Deputy Chief Ed Loux, who works with the Thomas family to give the $1000 scholarship to a deserving student in the Central Bucks Fire and EMS community through the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, where Trish is in the nursing program.
The Francis X. Thomas scholarship is presented by the Thomas family in the memory of Fran Thomas, who was a very active participant and supporter of the emergency services in Bucks County for many years.
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!
Thanks to all who came out or bought tickets to this year’s pancake day! We served 1,773 breakfasts, the weather was great, and all involved had a blast and great pancakes and sausages! Thanks for all of the words of support and encouragement as always. We love and appreciate your support every day. Pancake Day is one of the days we can meet each other.
It really is the beginning of the Spring social event of the year in Doylestown.
At the first fire company business meeting of 2019 on Jan. 2, Doylestown Borough Mayor and fire company contributing member Ron Strouse administered the oath of office to the incoming corporate and line officers. He also swore in the fire police officers, the Fire Company Auxiliary executive board, and the Firefighters Relief Association board.
The line and Corporate officers for 2019 are-
LINE OFFICERS- 2019
- Chief 19 – Mike Wood
- Deputy Chief – 19 Ed Loux
- Battalion Chief 19 – Jim Shepard
- Battalion Chief 79 – Grant Castor
- Captain 19 – Lori Westover
- Captain 79 – Dan Kline
- Lieutenant 19 – Don Talenti
- Lieutenant 79 – Tommy Kirk
- Communications Officer – Steve Lee
- Assistant Communications Officer – Stephen Cote
- Fire Company Fire Marshal – Steve Walther
- Safety Officers – Tom Smith – Roseanne Vancosky
- Fire Prevention Officer – Larry Browne
- Public Information Officer – Larry Browne
- Engineer 19 – Denny Loux
CORPORATE OFFICERS- 2019
- President – Jay Fetterolf
- 1st Vice President – Steve Walther
- 2nd Vice President – Kyle Downs
- Secretary – Karen Truman
- Assistant Secretary – Annie Vancosky
- Treasurer – Bill Cope
- Assistant Treasurer – Paul Cain
- Financial Secretary – Jay Stough
- Assistant Financial Secretary – Bill Price
- Trustee – Ray Bosche
- Trustee – Ed Truman
- Trustee – Justen Hilton
- Trustee – Steve Rizzo
- Trustee – Will Kinyon
- Trustee – Michele Cevasco
Last night, September 26, 2018, the fire company took a historic step. A contract was signed with Pierce Manufacturing through Glick Fire Equipment for the purchase of 2 Enforcer pumpers. It’s the first time the fire company has purchased more than one, and for sound financial and operational reasons. The truck committee, chaired by Past Chief Denny Loux, did their research. They were able to negotiate pricing that immediately saves the community almost $100k, but also, with the spectre of another engine needing replacement in the next year, even more by striking now for the identical twins. From an operational standpoint, having the two will speed training and familiarization, and allow drivers to immediately be able to drive 2 trucks once qualified.
Through the revenue streams our communities and municipalities have maintained and good investment and savings of those funds, we are prepared for this purchase to keep the Doylestown and surrounding areas safe for the forseeable future.
We plan on selling 2 of the present engines to make room for the new ones. Our present fleet includes Engine 79, a 2000 Pierce, Engine 19, a 1998 Pierce, and Engine 19-1, a 1992 Pierce.
Thanks to all of the members of the committee for their hard work, and most importantly, to the communities that support us year after year.
We expect delivery in mid-2019.
On June 6, 2018, the annual Old Timers Night was held at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. The event is a night for members of the fire company to join with local community leaders and officials to relax, eat a great dinner prepared by members of the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and recognize members for efforts over the past year.
In addition, the acting State Fire Commissioner, Bruce Trego, attended and addressed the gathering. Trego was invited by State Representative Marguerite Quinn, who was also in attendance, along with numerous local and state officials. Before the event Trego met with Chiefs from are fire companies at Doylestown Borough hall. They discussed the challenges facing the volunteer companies in Pennsylvania, and what is on the horizon. Many long-time, but less active life members of the fire company attended, as well as some very young future members.
Members who were recognized at the annual banquet in April were again introduced. President’s award and Firefighter of the year Grant Castor, 50 year member John Cope, Chief’s award recipient Will Fluck, Rookie of the year Mike Kleban and new life members Jeff Kennedy, Peter Mills and Aaron Soldavin were highlighted again.
Local businesses were honored for their generosity and partnership with the fire company, including Kniese’s Plumbing.
Also, donations were received from the County of Bucks, Steely and Smith Insurance, and the Fire Company Auxiliary.
Last night at our monthly business meeting, Chief Karl Knott of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department was introduced to the membership by Doylestown Borough Mayor (and fire company member) Ron Strouse. Chief Knott brought a picture from his days as a volunteer firefighter in Huntingdon Valley, and discussed his plans for his command and working with the fire company. He also mentioned how much he loved the pancake breakfast- you’re always welcome at DFC Chief!
The Doylestown Fire Company’s January meeting is when the officers for the coming year are sworn into office. On Jan. 3, 2018, the new slate took their oath of office and got to work. Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, a contributing member of the company as well, Administered the oath of office to the Line and Administrative, Fire Police and Auxiliary officers.
The line and administrative officers for 2018 are-
Chief- Mike Wood
Deputy Chief- Ed Truman
Battalion Chiefs- Jim Shepard and Ed Loux
Captains- Lori Westover and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Don Talenti and Peter Mills
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Steve Walther
2nd Vice President- Kyle Downs
Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Asst. Treasurer- Steve Downs
Asst. Recording Secretary- Karen Truman
Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Asst. Financial Secretary- Bill Cope
Trustees- Larry Browne, Jim Hampton, Jeff Anlauf, Steve Cote, Michele Cevasco and Ray Bosche
In addition to the installation of officers and 3 fire calls, the body was presented with a $9000 donation from the Travis Manion Foundation to support our scholarship program. Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley of Steely and Smith Insurance presented the fire company with a certificate congratulating the company on taking all of the necessary steps for risk prevention and reduction from one of the fire company’s insurers, VFIS.
Congratulations are in order for out newest Firefighter 1 graduates- Mike Kleban and Will Kinyon! Mike was also named outstanding student for the class. And yes, they’re not kids- Mike is the father of one of our members, Zach, adn Will spent 20 years in the Navy before joining.