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!
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.
In addition, firefighters Rachel Loux, Tommy Kirk, Nick Tartaglia and Todd Whalen were all named recipients of scholarships from the Bucks County Chiefs and Firefighters Association.
The email came about 2 weeks ago from Wesley Enhanced Living, asking for the fire company to come over and participate in resident Bill Grun’s 97th birthday party. “He’s wanted to be a firefighter all his life” it read.
It’s been quite a life.
Grun, an amazingly spry 97 year-old, is as sharp as men decades younger. He still teaches Sunday school and drives a manual shift Model T Ford. He’s a former teacher and a gifted story teller, regaling the assembled partiers on his and his father’s early days. And after his ride on Ladder 79, he jogged across the parking lot. Yes, jogged. There were inquiries into his being permitted to climb the main ladder. We had to deny that wish, but do not doubt he could.
Happy Birthday Bill, and many more. You’re one of us now.
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!