Doylestown firefighters responded with Chalfont Station 34 for Direct Salvage on County Line Road on Feb. 15. The 3-alarm fire consumed the office and warehouse areas of the expansive compound. Engine 19 dropped 1400′ of 5′, as water supply was at a distance. Ladder 79 and Engine 19’s crews were engaged during the fire, and Rescue 19 and Engine 79 also responded.
As is the tradition at Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, the first Wednesday night of the month means the installation of officers for the new year at the fire company. This year though, for the first time in seven years, there was a change at the top. Denny Loux, Jr., a life member and Chief for the past 7 years, was not at the front for the room being sworn in as Chief. Loux, who has been a line officer for most of his time spent volunteering at the fire company, stepped down as chief. After new chief Ed Truman was sworn in by Senior Judge Ollie Groman, Sr., Loux was honored by the fire company by his officers and firefighters with the traditional red helmet of a past chief. During his time as Chief, many safety reforms were instituted, and the company purchased and placed a new ladder in service. Over his time as chief, Loux gave thousands of hours of service to the community and the fire service, and lead the officers and firefighters of the fire company with honor and distinction. He will continue to be active, assisting fire company fire marshal Steve Walther, who is also a past Chief of the company, with investigative duties.
In addition to Truman, who becomes the 22nd member of the fire company to be chief, Michael Wood was installed as Deputy Chief, Paul Kreuter and first time Battalion Chief Bret Morris, returning Captian Lori Westover, and returning lieutenants Jeff Kennedy and Jim Shepard. Communications officer Ed Loux and assistant communications officer George Erb were also swoarn in.
Truman is also a life member of the fire company, has held every elected line officer position, and comes from a family rich in fire service participation. He has numerous relatives who have served in the fire service in the region, including past Doylestown chiefs Sam Cramer, Sr. and Sam Cramer, Jr., his uncle and cousin. He is also a firefighter for Merck in Montgomery County.
President Bill Cope was sworn in for his 7th year as president with Jay Fetterolf in his first year as 1st Vice President, Mark Hamilton as 2nd Vice President, Bob McCrillis treasurer, Victor Sarantschin assistant treasurer, Peter Mills recording secretary, Annie Baughman asst. recording secretary, Jack Connard financial secretary, trustees Bill Price, Dan Kline, B. J. Loughnane, Jim Hampton, Kyle Downs and Larry Browne.
As part of his first Chief’s report, Truman reported that the fire company responded to calls for services 665 times in 2011. Of those calls, 163 were for structure fires and 51 for rescues. Members have recorded over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Doylestown community in each of the past 3 years.
On Weds. night, January 18, Doylestown firefighters were dispatched to Chalfont Box 34-6 for a fire in the candle chapel of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Ladder 79 arrived and went into service with hand lines for a fire that was extending into the ceiling of the chapel. In addition to Chalfont, Dublin, Warrington and Hilltown responded to the fire, which was held to a small area of ceiling and a storage room above adjacent to the main tower. There were no injuries on the cold night.
As the Halloween snowstorm of 2011 raged along the east coast, the members of Doylestown Fire Company were busy keeping the area safe. Firefighters and fire police responded to dozens of calls for downed trees and wires starting mid-day Saturday. At 9:26 PM Saturday night, the fire company was dispatched to 13 Maple Lane in Doylestown Borough for a chimney fire. Battalion 19, Paul Kreuter, was first on scene and found that the fire from a fireplace had spread to the wall of the home directly above the fireplace. Engine 19 arrived and with the help of Ladder 79 opened the wall above the fireplace and quickly extinguished it. Warrington and Plumsteadville firefighters assisted, along with Central Bucks Ambulance. The scene was cleared by 11 PM. There were no injuries, and minor smoke and structural damage to the residence.
During the course of the storm and it’s aftermath, the all volunteer members of the fire company responded to 35 emergency calls. They have now responded to over 550 calls for the year.
Doylestown Fire Company reminds everyone with the cold weather upon us, don’t take the safety of your heat sources for granted. Have your heaters and fireplace/chimney checked, cleaned and maintained every season.
The first annual George Casey Memorial 5K run through the streets of Doylestown Borough on October 8, 2011, was a race in memory of a man who left a legacy of community service. Casey, who passed away in late December of 2010, was a retired police officer who served in both Doylestown Borough and Plumstead Township. He was also a volunteer firefighter with both Doylestown and Plumsteadville Fire Companies. Because of this, his youngest daughter Megan decided that she wanted to undertake an event in the memory of her father that would benefit the two fire companies he gave so much to over the years.
Over 100 runners and walkers traversed the course that wound through the neighborhoods of Doylestown Borough on a beautiful fall Saturday morning. Fire trucks and firefighters from both companies lined the course, cheering on the participants. Scouts manned the water station at Linden Elelmentary School. The winner was Megan D’Arcangelo in a time of 20:19. The second place winner and top male finisher was David Boelker, with a time of 21:22.
After the race, participants and fans gathered at the Doylestown Fire Company firehouse on Shewell Ave. for refreshments and an award ceremony. In addition to the 2 top finishers, awards were given to third place overall runner Andy Jarin, fourth place overall Ryan Bennett, second overall femaile Erin Burker and Aubrie Fennecken, who was awarded third place overall female after Lauren Casey, a family member, was disqualified for being related to Megan and George Casey.
Results are available at www.pretzelcitysport.com
For more information on the George Casey 5k, go to www.georgecasey5k.org
Doylestown Fire Company’s annual Fire Prevention Open House kicks off Fire Prevention week every October First Friday. This year’s event featured the fire company’s fire safety house, where kids and parents got to learn about fire prevention and safety issues. Kids were also able to try on fire gear, put out a “house fire” with a real fire hose, and tour fire trucks. Doyle the Dalmatian was giving and receiving hugs, and the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary served free food and beverages.
Also, Megan Browne, daughter of Fire Prevention Officer Larry Browne, assembled 2 baskets for a raffle she held at the event. Megan donated the proceeds to fire company president Bill Cope at the end of the evening. The winning baskets were won by Doylestown Borough resident Janet Casey and Caleb Rufe of Doylestown Township. The raffle raised $32.
Doylestown’s Fire Prevention Unit reminds everyone that every day is fire prevention day. Make sure you check your smoke detectors monthly, change the batteries when you change your clock, and practice a home safety drill at least once a year.
Poco’s Restaurant owner Wayne Cauble presents Doylestown Fire Company president Bill Cope and Deputy Chief Ed Truman with a check for $4226, the proceeds of a fund raiser held at the restaurant on 9/11/11, in honor of the work of Doylestown firefighters on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Cauble said that $1356 of the donation was from cash donations by customers that evening at the Doylestown landmark, and $2870 was the net profit for the night from sales at the restaurant and bar.
The members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 are very appreciative of the generosity and efforts of Wayne Cauble, his staff and the customers that evening.
Members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 have responded to over 400 emergency calls in 2011 and in 2010 recorded over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Doylestown and Central Bucks area. The company has been an all-volunteer organization since 1879.
On September 29th at 19:34 hours, Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to a 3 alarm dwelling fire on Milords Lane in Buckingham. The fire originated in one home and quickly spread to the nearby houses, completely destroying two of them, damaging two others and displacing several families. Several fire companies from Bucks and Montgomery counties were called in to assist with the rapid moving fire. Paul Kreuter, Battalion Chief 19, took command, got the scene under control and successfully prevented the fire from spreading to additional homes. Peco was also on the scene to shut off gas to the four homes involved in the fire. The gas meter on one of the homes was damaged from the fire and ignited, further complicating the effort. Peco was eventually able to dig up the gas line and crimp it to shut off the flow.