Dwelling Fire in Buckingham

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.

Photo provided courtesy of Ray Lekich (PVFC)

Fire Prevention Open house and George Casey 5K pre-race festivitites

Fire trucks will be open for tours at the Shewell Ave. Firehouse.

The Doylestown Fire Company’s annual fire prevention open house will be held on October 7, 2011 and have fun and education for kids and adults. There will be fire trucks, fire safety information and education, gear for kids and adults to try on, and Doyle the Dalmatian! The Teddy Bear Clinic from Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Department will be there to attend to the health needs of kids’ favorite stuffed friends.

Also, there will be late registration available for the George Casey Memorial 5K run, and information on the event, as well as credential pick up and a vendor fair.

The event is free! It runs from 6:30-9 PM at the Shewell Ave. Firehouse at 68 Shewell Ave, in Doylestown Borough.

George Casey 5k

Join us on Saturday, October 8 for the George Casey 5k Memorial. The race will run through downtown Doylestown. George was a dedicated police officer and firefighter, who found his passion in firefighting. He passed away on December 28. This race, in memory of him, will benefit Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 and Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company.

Pre-registration is available until October 2. Race day registration will also be available. Pre-registration guarantees you a tshirt, discount on registration & a swag bag (race goodies, coupons, etc).

Visit the race website for more information (http://www.georgecasey5k.org).

Doylestown After Dark

Several members of Doylestown Fire Company attended the 2011 Doylestown After Dark Car Show on Saturday August 23rd. The members were there to recruit new members, promote fire prevention/awareness and to provide lighting for the award ceremony.

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Car leaves Route 202 bypass

On Feb. 9 at 10:44 am, Doylestown Fire Company and Central Bucks Ambulance were dispatched to a vehicle rescue, with the report of a car into a creek, on the Rt. 202 bypass in the area of South Main St.. Police units from Doylestown Borough and Township, along with Chief Denny Loux, looked for and found the vehicle off the side of the highway on the southbound side just north of Pebble Hill Road. The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was in and out of consciousness and airbags had deployed. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 arrived on scene and assisted Medics from CB Ambulance in removing, packaging and transporting the driver to an ambulance. Cold conditions and snow made the trek up the hilly side of the road tricky, but the operation was successful.

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2011 Officers Sworn In

The executive and line officers for 2011 for Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 were sworn into their positions on Weds., Jan. 5 by Doylestown Borough Mayor Libby White during the fire company’s monthly business meeting at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. Lead by Chief Denny Loux, Jr., and President Bill Cope, the slate of elected officers will serve a one year term of office. Loux, serving his 7th year as chief, and Cope in his 6th as president, both come from firefighting families. The chief’s wife, Donna, is secretary and past president of the Auxiliary, father Denny Sr., is 1st Vice President and Captain of the Fire Police, brother Ed is one of the Chief Engineers and Communications Officer, and daughter Rebecca is a firefighter/EMT. Cope is the third member of his family to serve as president of the fire company. His late father Frank served from 1960-66 and brother John from 1993-97. Cope also serves as the engineer on the fire company’s antique Ahrens-Fox pumper and is a life member of the company. Filling out the ranks of the line officers for 2011 are- John “Ed” Truman, deputy chief, Paul Kreuter and Michael Wood, battalion chiefs, Doug Tilley, Captain, and Jeff Kennedy and James F. Shepard, lieutenants. The communications officers are Ed Loux and George Erb. On the executive side, the 1st Vice President is Denny Loux, Jr., 2nd vice president is Mark Hamilton, treasurer is Robert McCrillis. Assistant treasurer is Jay Stough, recording secretary is Peter Mills, assistant recording secretary is Roseanne Baughman. The trustees are Dan Kline, Bill Price, B. J. Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Jim Hampton and Larry Browne. After the officers of the fire company were sworn in, Mayor White also swore in the fire police officers for 2011- Capt. Denny Loux, Sr., 1st Lt. George Erb, 2nd Lt. Drew McPherson, Sgt. Gian Luiso, and officers Dennis Michener, Mark Hamilton and Sam Cramer, Sr.

2011 Officers Sworn In

Springhill Circle Dwelling Fire

On January 10, 2010, Ladder 79 and Engine 19 were dispatched to an address of fire on Springhill Circle in Buckingham. Chief 5 arrived on scene and reported fire on the 2nd floor in a bedroom. Crews from Midway Fire Company Stations 5 and 15 made an interior attack up the stairs. Engine 19’s crew assisted with getting an additional hand line in service. Ladder 79 went to the rear of the dwelling and set up to open the roof. A bulk of the fire was knocked down and crews went into overhaul mode. Engine 19 and Ladder 79 stayed interior to open up all the walls on the 2nd floor to check for any remaining pockets of fire. Rescue 19 was dispatched as an air cascade to fill air bottles. Crews were back in town within 2 hours.

Springhill Circle Dwelling Fire. Steam and some Smoke venting from the roof of the house. Kyle Downs backs up a firefigther from Midway as they try to wet down some of the soffit area. Matt Grogan uses a hook to pull back some of the siding on the 2nd floor. 2 Firefighters continue to clear debris from the 2nd floor where the fire started. The crew from Engine 19. Lt 19 Bill McCool, Capt 19 Lori Westover, Becca Loux, and Jim Shepard.

Photos by Sara Grogan

 

Blackburn Court Dwelling

On January 6, 2010, Rescue 19 was dispatched to Blackburn Court to assist with a fully involved dwelling that was under construction. Rescue 19 was initially dispatched as a RIT Team however when crews switched to an exterior operation only due to the amount of fire on arrival Rescue 19 assisted Ladder 74s crew with suppression efforts and exposure protection.

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