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!
The first swearing in of fire company officers this decade occurred on Jan. 8 at the monthly business meeting. Newly elected President Paul Kreuter, along with Chief Mike Wood, in his third year, lead the participants in the process presided over by Doylestown Borough Ron Strouse. Kreuter succeeds Jay Fetterolf, who was president for the past 5 years. The company thanked Jay for his service with a standing ovation.
Along with Kreuter and Wood, the executive officers this year are 1st VP Steve Walther, 2nd VP Kyle Downs, Treasurer Bill Cope, Asst. Treasurer Paul Cain, Financial Secretary Jay Stough, Asst. Financial Secretary Bill Price, Recording Secretary Karen Truman, Asst. Recording Secretary Annie Vancosky, and trustees Ed Truman, Barbarajean Wood, Ray Bosche, Justen Hilton, and Steve Rizzo.
On the line officers, Deputy 19 Ed Loux, Battalion Chiefs Jim Shepard and Grant Castor, Captains Lori Westover and Dan Kline, and Lieutenant Don Talenti. Communications officer James Babinetz, Asst. Communications Officer Joey Grace, Safety Officer Tom Smith, and Public Information Officer and photographer Larry Browne.
Also at the meeting, the fire police officers were sworn in, lead by Capt. Nick Popchuk and Lt. Quentin Maust.
The members of the auxiliary board were sworn in also.
And finally Ed Truman took over as president of the Doylestown Firefighters Relief Assn., succeeding Larry Browne, who was president for the past 3 years.
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.
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!