At a special meeting of the membership of the fire company on Weds., Jan 9, the truck committee, lead by chairman Denny Loux, Jr., presented the proposal for a new rescue pumper to replace Rescue 19, a 1987 Saulsbury rescue truck. The new truck will incorporate a pump, water and hose, and run as a rescue pumper, increasing the capabilities and ability of the fire company to respond with more life and property saving tools. After a presentation and discussion of the process and design of the truck, the fire company voted to approve the purchase of the vehicle, which should arrive in late summer. The truck will be built by Pierce on a Quantum chassis, the same chassis as Engine and Ladder 79. It will carry a 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallons of water, hose, ladders, and rescue equipment and a complement of 6 firefighters. It will be outfitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment and features for the crew, and be compliant with all current emissions standards.
The membership of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 is grateful to the Doylestown community for the resources necessary to purchase the equipment that will keep the volunteer firefighters and residents safe for many years to come. The planned lifespan of the vehicle is 20+ years, as was its predecessor.
Thanks also go to the members of the truck committee, who worked diligently for almost 2 years on the planning of the truck. They spent countless and unpaid hours researching, planning and listening to input from the membership on what the vision for the truck should be. They visited area fire companies with similar vehicles and a trip to the Pierce factory in Wisconsin to discuss and test trucks with the engineers.
At 2:40 PM, January 7, 2013, the fire company was dispatched for a car fire at 48 Limekiln Road in New Britain Township. Chief 19, Ed Truman, arrived and found an SUV with an engine compartment fire. Engine 19 arrived and extinguished the fire quickly. Engine 79 assisted with checking the exposure dwelling for extension. There was some heat damage to the dwelling, but no extension.
Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to Box 19-5, 232 Gatehouse Court, in the Charing Cross development in Doylestown Township. While en route to the scene, Battalion Chief 19 Paul Kreuter and Deputy Chief Mike Wood were informed by Bucks County Fire Radio of numerous calls for a dwelling fire, and a report from a Doylestown Township Police officer that it was a working fire. When Kreuter arrived on location, he reported heavy fire from the first floor, ordered Engine 19 to prepare to lead off with their deck gun, and established Doylestown Command. All occupants were out of the dwelling, and there was heavy fire from the garage and first floor. Heavy smoke was pushing from the second floor as Ladder 79 set up their main for ladder pipe operations and Engine 19 set up for a deck gun operation and a hand line was stretched.
Also responding on the first alarm were Plumsteadville, Midway and Warrington, along with Central Bucks Ambulance. Dublin and Chalfont were added for manpower. Engine 19-1 arrived and hit the hydrant and supplied Engine 19. Ladder 24 set up on the corner of Old Dublin and Trafalgar.
The second alarm was struck at 8:26 AM, bringing Warwick, Lingohocken, Harstville, Point Pleasant and Hilltown. Handlines were placed in service from both sides A and C. There was a collapse of the garage ceiling, and heavy fire on the second floor that was knocked down quickly. There was no extension to the attached exposure on side B, due to the quick and aggressive efforts of the companies. The fire was placed under control at 9:56 AM. There were no injuries. The fire is under investigation by the Doylestown Township fire marshal.
Santa arrived in Doylestown Borough Friday night, riding on the fire company’s 1923 Ahrens-Fox fire engine, complete with elves!
The annual event, sponsored by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance, draws hundreds of people to the center of town for the big arrival. This year was no exception, as the warmer weather made for a perfect night.
Santa was guided into town by the Central Bucks West marching band. The CB West Choir sang holiday standards for the crowd as they waited for the jolly old elf.
The DBCA’s army of festive volunteers served free cider and cookies to the crowd.
The crowning moment of the evening was the tree lighting.
On the morning of November 20, Bucks County Emergency Communications dispatched Doylestown Fire Company to Box 19-16, 3826 Old Easton Road, for a building fire at the Arbonite Corp at 0532.. While en route, dispatchers reported multiple reports of fire through the roof, including from a Doylestown Borough Police Dept. sergeant. Battalion 19, Paul Kreuter arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire, with fire through the roof of the 150×100 1 story building. All companies were ordered to go in service with master stream devices, and a tanker task force was ordered for water supply. Car 98, the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Team, was notified and requested to send a representative due to the presence of multiple products in the industrial coatings company. There were multiple explosions, and heavy fire could be seen for miles.
Deputy 19, Mike Wood, struck the 2nd alarm at 0555, and special called foam units from Penndel and Milford. Central Bucks Ambulance set up a rehab area, and Doylestown Canteen 19 was dispatched for fireground support. Covers came from Bucks, Montco and Hunterdon County, NJ.
The third alarm was struck at 0624, bringing companies from all over Bucks County and Montgomery Township and Colmar in Montgomery County. Companies attacked the fire from both Old Easton Road and Easton Road on the west side of the incident. There were 2 fill sites for the tankers. Multiple elevated master streams were placed in service, as well as ground appliances. The Bucks Haz-mat team monitored the air and worked with the company on the contents of the building, and found minimal risk to the air.
The fire was placed under control at 0740. Companies were on scene for most of the day wetting down hot spots. There were no fire related injuries, but 1 firefighter was transported for a medical emergency. The Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Chris Manion and Steve Cantrell of the Travis Manion Foundation were the guests of honor at the monthly business meeting of Doylestown Fire Company on November 7, 2012. They came to present a check for $5000 to the fire company, part of the funds raised by the foundation though the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, which this year was held in over 30 locations around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The race and foundation is held in memory and honor to all who have served in the military and emergency services, and to Doylestown native Travis Manion, who was killed in action while serving as a Marine in 2007.
The funds will go to a scholarship fund that benefits Doylestown Fire Company members and families. The scholarship fund was established in 2011. This year’s recipients are Craig Lager and Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, who are both college freshmen this fall.
Fire Company president Bill Cope, Deputy Chief Michael Wood, and Fire Marshal Steve Walther accepted the check on behalf of the fire company.
The fire company has responded to over 500 emergency calls in 2012. The all-volunteer membership recorded over 15,000 hours of service to the Doylestown community in 2011.
The members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 have been preparing for Hurricane Sandy and are ready for whatever emergency they are called for. Please be careful, stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, and have a plan.
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The Doylestown Fire Company’s annual fire prevention open house will be held on Friday, October 5th, 2011 from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM. The event revolves around having fun while also educating kids and adults about fire safety. There will be fire trucks, fire safety information, gear for kids and adults to try on, and Doyle the Dalmatian!
The event is free! Please stop by and say hello to your local fire volunteers at the Shewell Ave. Firehouse at 68 Shewell Ave, in Doylestown Borough.
Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to 116 Conestoga Drive, in Doylestown Township at 1351 hours on August 29, 2012.
While en route, Bucks County Fire Radio reported that police were on scene reporting a working fire in the modular home community and all occupants out. Deputy 34, Bill Fluck, was first on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the 1 story dwelling. Engine 19-1 arrived and stretched a 2″ hand line and made entry through the front door. Firefighters Bill Price, Chris Morris and Rick Schea advanced the line on the kitchen fire and made a quick knockdown. Ladder 79 arrived, along with firefighters from Chalfont and Warrington, and assisted with overhaul and ventilation. Central Bucks Ambulance was on scene for medical and rehab support. Battalion 79, Bret Morris, placed the fire under control at 1413 hours. There were no injuries and the Doylestown Township and Bucks County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause.