Congratulations to our two newest Firefighter 1 graduates- junior firefighters Julian Kendter and Tricia Shepard! They both graduated last night after passing the class this summer! Tricia is a third generation firefighter, as dad Jim is one of our battalion chiefs and grandfather Jim is a past chief! Julian joined as an explorer, as did Tricia, and has worked hard to attain this goal.
It has been brought to our attention that area residents are receiving this letter soliciting funds for a volunteer firefighter drive. This is not mail from Doylestown Fire co., nor will the funds go to the fire company. While a registered entity with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this is an out of state company that has no relationship with your or any other fire company. We only distribute one mailing a year, our annual fund drive in October. Please DM us with any questions or concerns, however, we have no connection to this company and can not give refunds or in any way rectify any transactions with them
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.
The 150th Doylestown Memorial Day parade, the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the US, made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown Borough on May 29, 2018. The Fire Company and Auxiliary marched and rode, joining the annual remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to the country. Thank you to all who had such kind words of support and appreciation for what we do for the community. It is humbling to see everyone stand and applaud, but the reason for the parade is those who never came home.
“We’re getting multiple calls.” was the message given to Deputy 19 Ed Truman en route to a report of a dwelling fire at 588 Almshouse Road in Doylestown Township on Friday, April 13 2018. On the report of multiple calls, Bucks County Fire Radio upgraded the response to a working fire and Deputy 19 ordered a Tanker Task force added to the response. On arrival, Truman reported heavy fire from the rear, and instructed Engine 19 to lead off. All occupants were out of the home.
The house was a 1 and 2 story wood frame, and had headway. Winds from the southwest made finding the seat difficult, and a heavy interior fire load made for a hot blaze. Small explosions and a compromised electric service line complicated matters. The weather, which had finally changed to springlike temperatures, made for challenging conditions for firefighters.
Tankers set up water supply at the intersection of Lower State and Almshouse Roads. Multiple handlines were placed in service. The outcome was difficult though, as the fire raced throughout the 2 story portion and destroyed the home. The fire was declared under control at 3:42 PM by Deputy Chief Ed Truman.
Responding as mutual aid were Warrington, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Point Pleasant, Dublin, Hilltown, Warminster, Warwick, Midway, New Hope Eagle and Horsham Fire. Covering companies were Montgomery Township and Hatboro from Montgomery County, Midway and Warwick. Central Bucks and Chal-Brit EMS provided medical and rehab services. Fire police from Doylestown, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Dublin, Perkasie, and Ottsville handled traffic. North Penn Goodwill assisted with rehab and fed over 50 firefighters. The Red Cross was called to assist with the homeowners.
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!
After the latest round of Nor’easters in March, the fire company was kept busy by incidents not caused by nature. On March 25, the company was dispatched to a garage fire at 578 E. Butler Ave., in New Britain Borough. On arrival, Chief 19 Mike Wood reported a fully involved garage, and placed companies in service. A quick knock on the remains of the structure and the company was headed home an hour later. On the evening of March 29, the dispatch was for an overturned vehicle with entrapment in the 100 block of West Court Street in Doylestown Borough. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded, stabilized the vehicle and removed the occupant with minor injuries.The next day, March 30, the dispatch was for a crash with entrapment on Rt. 611 at Duane Road. Rescue 19 and Engine 79’s crews went in service and removed the roof of the vehicle to safely remove the trapped occupant.On April 3, the dispatch was for wires in the dwelling at 15 Shady Grove Circle in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux reported a smoke condition in the dwelling, and on further investiagtion found an electrical fire in the basement and upgraded the call to a working dwelling fire. Once PECO secured the power, the fire, which was contained by dry chemical extinguishers, was able to be extinguished fully, with relatively minor damage to the home and no injuries. Doylestown Township fire marshal Rick Schea and PECO are continuing to investigate.
The fire company was dispatched for a vehicle fire on the Route 202 bypass northbound, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:23 PM. Deputy 19 Ed Truman and Battalion 19 Jim Shepard arrived to find a vehicle with the engine compartment well involved. Engines 79 and 19 responded and extinguished the fire quickly. There were no injuries.
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.
Here we go- the first warned winter storm of 2018. Snow and high winds and record cold temperatures. Are you prepared?
And we’re not talking milk, bread and eggs here. Do you have working flashlights, charged phones and spare batteries, and secondary sources of safe heat if necessary? Have a safe place for a generator far enough away from the home? Do you have a plan for any outside pets?
And of course, don’t forget about hydrants. They’re out there all the time, waiting. Be kind and make sure your local hydrants are clear and visible.
We’ll be ready. We’ll also be passing along any important information as the storm unfolds. Stay safe.