Big night at Borough Hall

At the Central Bucks Regional Police Commission meeting, commendations were give to (l to r) Bucks County Deputy DA Kristen McElroy, and ADA Megan Brooks, CB Regional PD Detective Dave Jenkins, and Detective Sgt. Paul Kreuter, with CBRPD Chief Karl Knott.

On Monday night, April 22, 2019 there was a meeting of the Central Bucks Regional Police Commission at Doylestown Borough Hall. Two fire company members were front and center at the beginning of the meeting.

First, Detective Sgt. Paul Kreuter, a life member and retired Battalion Chief of the fire company, was commended along with his colleague Detective Dave Jenkins and Bucks County Deputy DA Kristen McElroy, and ADA Megan Brooks for work they did to secure the conviction of a sex offender. More info here- https://www.facebook.com/cbrpd/photos/rpp.544055969017541/2185444184878703/?type=3&theater
Well done Paul!

Nate Coia, center, takes the oath of office from CBRPD Commission Chair Dr. Robyne Kelemen, as his father holds the Bible proudly.

After the commendations, one of the kids, Nate Coia, was sworn in as a part time officer. We say “one of the kids” because many of us have watched Nate grow up in the fire company. He joined as a 14 year old kid, who for years never said much, but absorbed everything he heard like a sponge. Nate has served the Doylestown community well as a volunteer firefighter, and will continue that as a police officer for Doylestown, New Britain and Chalfont boroughs. Nate has had the dream to become a police officer since he was in kindergarten, as seen in the following photo of himself with now retired Doylestown Township officer Brian Rose. Nate’s mom wanted us to share that with everyone. She’s very proud of him!

Preparing for the new arrivals

View of the front of one of the units in the testing area. Awaiting a few parts.

The process of purchasing a new fire truck is a long one. Much as most of us have experienced purchasing a new vehicle, there’s shopping, testing, and building. However, many fire trucks are very custom, being designed to the needs of the fire company to best serve the community it will respond to for at least 20 years. The fire company’s truck committee, which is organized by the chief when a new truck is needed, has been meeting for almost 2 years for the new engines about to arrive. Headed by Chief Engineer and past Chief Denny Loux, the members have researched designs, worked with manufacturers, discussed and researched financials, and slaved over technical drawings and updates as the build process has proceeded.

Now the days approach for the final inspection. The committee members will travel to Pierce in Wisconsin the week of April 22 to comb over the new rigs with fine toothed combs before the head south to Doylestown. We are very excited for the new additions, and will keep updating the status as the journey continues. Thanks to everyone in the community- the support is appreciated every day!

Officers side view

Remember, all of this work, as well as the training, responses and effort necessary to run the day-to-day operations of the fire company are done by volunteers. If you live in Doylestown Borough or Township, or parts of Buckingham and New Britain Townships, and half of New Britain Borough, you too can volunteer, either as a firefighter or contributing member. Go to http://www.doylestownfireco.org/join/ or stop in either station on a Weds. night at 7 to learn more.

The rear and compartments on the officers side.
The view of the inside of the cab.

Another wildly successful Pancake Day in the books!

Thanks to all who came out or bought tickets to this year’s pancake day! We served 1,773 breakfasts, the weather was great, and all involved had a blast and great pancakes and sausages! Thanks for all of the words of support and encouragement as always. We love and appreciate your support every day. Pancake Day is one of the days we can meet each other.

It really is the beginning of the Spring social event of the year in Doylestown.

A Mutual Aid request

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When a fire company is in need of assistance for a call, they add mutual aid, surrounding companies that bring additional support. Mutual aid works both ways both given and received. So when one firefighter needs assistance, we all come to the call. If you can give our friend and other firefighters with ALS assistance, we will all appreciate it!

2019 begins with swearing (in)

Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, right, administers the oath of office to the 2019 slate.

At the first fire company business meeting of 2019 on Jan. 2, Doylestown Borough Mayor and fire company contributing member Ron Strouse administered the oath of office to the incoming corporate and line officers. He also swore in the fire police officers, the Fire Company Auxiliary executive board, and the Firefighters Relief Association board.

The line and Corporate officers for 2019 are-

LINE OFFICERS- 2019

  • Chief 19 – Mike Wood
  • Deputy Chief  – 19 Ed Loux
  • Battalion Chief 19 – Jim Shepard
  • Battalion Chief 79 – Grant Castor
  • Captain 19 – Lori Westover
  • Captain 79 – Dan Kline
  • Lieutenant 19 – Don Talenti
  • Lieutenant 79 – Tommy Kirk
  • Communications Officer – Steve Lee
  • Assistant Communications Officer – Stephen Cote
  • Fire Company Fire Marshal – Steve Walther
  • Safety Officers – Tom Smith – Roseanne Vancosky
  • Fire Prevention Officer – Larry Browne
  • Public Information Officer – Larry Browne
  • Engineer 19 – Denny Loux

CORPORATE OFFICERS- 2019

  • President – Jay Fetterolf
  • 1st Vice President – Steve Walther
  • 2nd Vice President – Kyle Downs
  • Secretary – Karen Truman
  • Assistant Secretary – Annie Vancosky
  • Treasurer – Bill Cope
  • Assistant Treasurer – Paul Cain
  • Financial Secretary – Jay Stough
  • Assistant Financial Secretary – Bill Price
  • Trustee – Ray Bosche
  • Trustee – Ed Truman
  • Trustee – Justen Hilton
  • Trustee – Steve Rizzo
  • Trustee – Will Kinyon
  • Trustee – Michele Cevasco

The firehouse has gone to the dogs- literally!

Our drill night instructors!

Finley the Frenchie.
Laverne
Heidi and her human, Jon Detweiler, the hospital administrator and one of our wonderful instructors.

Last night, our members had a great class on Animal Emergency Care for First Responders. We have pictures of the wonderful humans from Telford Veterinary Hospital who taught the class with compassion and love, and the humans that learned from them (us). But when it came down to the stars, it was this trio of pooches who were not only willing demonstrators, but good sports. Meet Finley the frenchie, Laverne (male) the longhair, and Heidi with Telford Veterinary’s Jon Detweiler, one of our instructors. Thanks also to Dr. Sharon Minninger, Megan, Mike and our own firefighter Rachel Loux, who had lots of patience for all.

A historic purchase

Last night, September 26, 2018, the fire company took a historic step. A contract was signed with Pierce Manufacturing through Glick Fire Equipment for the purchase of 2 Enforcer pumpers. It’s the first time the fire company has purchased more than one, and for sound financial and operational reasons. The truck committee, chaired by Past Chief Denny Loux, did their research. They were able to negotiate pricing that immediately saves the community almost $100k, but also, with the spectre of another engine needing replacement in the next year, even more by striking now for the identical twins. From an operational standpoint, having the two will speed training and familiarization, and allow drivers to immediately be able to drive 2 trucks once qualified.
Through the revenue streams our communities and municipalities have maintained and good investment and savings of those funds, we are prepared for this purchase to keep the Doylestown and surrounding areas safe for the forseeable future.
We plan on selling 2 of the present engines to make room for the new ones. Our present fleet includes Engine 79, a 2000 Pierce, Engine 19, a 1998 Pierce, and Engine 19-1, a 1992 Pierce.
Thanks to all of the members of the committee for their hard work, and most importantly, to the communities that support us year after year.
We expect delivery in mid-2019.

Doylestown McDonalds burns

It was a sad night for fast-food aficionados in Doylestown on Sept. 21, 2018, as long time hangout McDonalds was destroyed by fire. The call, dispatched at 1:49 AM, was first reported to police as a burglar alarm. The Central Bucks Regional officer reported the building full of smoke and windows hot. Deputy 19 Ed Truman and Battalion 19 Jim Shepard arrived to heavy smoke, and Truman established Doylestown command. After ventilating and making entry, firefighters were presented with fire in the roof area, and shortly after a collapse of the interior roof structure over the kitchen area, making it difficult to get to the seat of the fire. 

After an hour, the fire was placed under control at 2:25 AM by Truman. There was one minor injury to a firefighter. Responding as mutual aid were Warrington, Plumsteadville, Midway, Lingohocken and Hartsville, Central Bucks Ambulance was there for rehab and patient care, and fire police from Chalfont, Warwick, and Plumsteadville. Thanks to Chalfont, Warwick Dublin, Pt. Pleasant, and Horsham for covering during the fire. The cause is being investigated by Doylestown Borough fire marshal Scott Fleischer.

Firefighter Tom Savasta brings a ladder to the scene.
Ladder 29 in the rear.
Ladder 79 in the front.
Engine 19 and Ladder 29.

Car fire shuts down Rt 611

Firefighters Nick Tartaglia and Paul Kreuter advance the hoseline. 

Dispatched at 12:06 PM, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 for vehicle fire on Southbound Rt. 611 at Edison. Acting Battalion 19-2, Don Talenti, arrived and had a vehicle well involved on the side of the road. Engine 19 arrived and stretched a line, assisted by Ladder 79’s crew. Fire Police were on hand for traffic control. Southbound traffic was stopped for about 40 minuets, and there were no injuries. Congratulations to Talenti and Tommy Kirk for milestones!

Traffic is at a standstill on Southbound 611.
Crews from Engine 19 and Ladder 79 prepare to attack the fire.
Nick Tartaglia hits hot spots.
Firefighters Bill Price and Justen Hilton work to open the hood as the fire is extinguished.