The annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards ceremony was held on October 25, 2015, at the Spring Mill Country Club in Northampton Township. Formerly known as the Burpee Awards, the ceremony is held to honor members of Central Bucks County Fire and EMS organizations. This year the fire company’s honoree was the 2015 Firefighter of the Year, Tom Smith.
Also honored was James Babinetz, a fire company member who is also a volunteer with Warrington Ambulance. He was honored for his tireless service to the ambulance company.
Congrats to Tom, James and all of the recipients last night!
Recently, video has circulated of a small fire in a postal vehicle in Doylestown Township, where it appears that three police officers are extinguishing a fire. In reality, two of the three are Doylestown firefighters, who were on their way to work as public servants at a facility in the area. The third is indeed a Doylestown Township police officer who was there to lend a hand, who is also a well-trained volunteer firefighter. Serving the public is what they do. The fire was small and contained to the engine compartment. A second, better staffed engine company arrived as the fire was extinguished.
As an all-volunteer organization, we occasionally are called and have fewer members than we’d like respond, or are delayed in response to their stations. Our members are trained to extinguish fires and mitigate emergencies as quickly and safely as possible. That was the goal of the members in the video and is every day we serve. What we wear for our jobs may be different, but at our core, when called, we are firefighters. In this incident, no one was injured, the fire was extinguished, and our members went to work like any other day.
Weekdays are the toughest times for most volunteer fire companies. Members no longer work at businesses that can allow them to respond to calls or don’t work close enough to respond safely. We’re always looking for individuals to join and help us keep the Doylestown community safe.
The volunteers of the fire company respond to many different types of calls in the course of a day, from alarm systems to major emergencies. In the past 24 hours, the fire company was dispatched to a small grass fire in Buckingham and a lawn mower fire at Delaware Valley University.
Small incidents that were kept from becoming larger and threatening life and property. All in a days work for the members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1.
Thanks to Battalion 19 Jim Shepard for the photos.
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!
The Budweiser Clydesdales visited Doylestown on September, 5, 2015, and the fire company was honored to be part of an amazing community gathering. The legendary hitch from New Hampshire, one of three in the US, traversed the borough making special deliveries, lead by Engine 19-3, our legendary Ahrens-Fox pumper. Members of the fire company also walked beside the team, providing security and safety for both the team and spectators. Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse, and photo, of the team of 8 Clydesdales, the drivers, and of course, Barley the Dalmatian.
At the old Doylestown Lumber on Weds., April 22., members of the fire company gathered for a hands-on training session. We were able to use the facility thanks to the generosity of Keenan Motors, who are developing the site for a new Mercedes-Benz dealership.
There were two parts of the training- a challenge course and power saw operation.
A series of obstacles was set up in a large room in one of the buildings for fire fighters to simulate crawling in a building on a search and rescue mission. Next, some of the old wood barn structures were cut up as training with gas-powered saws.
We often ask for permission to use structures that are going to be demolished so our firefighters can get hands-on, real-world training with tools and personal safety gear. Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to hold these valuable trainings that help keep the residents and our firefighters safe!
Doylestown Fire Company’s new slate of officers for 2015 was sworn into office on Wednesday night, Jan 7, 2015. Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse officiated the installation ceremony, which saw a passing of the gavel from Bill Cope, who served as president of the fire company for 8 years, to newly elected President Jay Fetterolf. Fetterolf, a life member of the company who has also served as 1st vice president for the past 2 years, is the 18th president in the fire company’s history. Like his predecessor Cope, Fetterolf is a 3rd generation firefighter, as his father and grandfather were both members of Midway Fire Company, where they also served as president of the Lahaska-based fire company. Cope will now serve as the 1st vice president.
The all volunteer members for the fire company responded to 676 calls for service in the year 2014.
The line and executive officers for 2015 are-
Chief- Sam Cramer, Jr.
Deputy Chief- Mike Wood
Battalion Chiefs- Denny Loux, Jr. and James F. Shepard
Captains- William Fluck and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Matt Grogan and Grant Castor
Fire Marshals- Steve Walther and Ed Truman
Safety Officers- Tom Smith and Annie Vancosky
Fire Police Captain- Drew McPherson
Communications Officer- Ed Loux
Asst. Communications Officer- Nick Popchuk, Jr.
Public Information Officers- Ollie Groman, Sr. and Larry Browne
Fire Prevention Officer- Larry Browne
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Bill Cope
2nd Vice President- Steve Walther
Treasurer- Bob McCrillis
Asst. Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Recording Secretary- Peter Mills
Asst. Recording Secretary- Steve Downs
Financial Secretary- Jack Connard
Asst. Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Head Trustee- Bill Price
Trustees- Jim Hampton, William Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Kevin Morris, Larry Browne
Bill Cope, right, presents the gavel to new President Jay Fetterolf, as Doylestown Borough mayor Ron Strouse looks on.
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!
We will be hosting an informal open house on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8pm. We are asking for just an hour of your time to discuss volunteer opportunities with the fire company. If you can not attend and want some additional information, please email us HERE.
The meeting will be held at our Shewell Ave Firehouse. There is plenty of parking on the side of the firehouse or across the street in the bank parking lot. If you cant find a spot, we will have someone there to help you out.
Although we are volunteer, there are some unique benefits we receive just by being members of the Fire Company.