Be safe and considerate this Independence Day weekend!

As we enter the Independence Day weekend, please keep in mind a few facts about fireworks.


1- They are dangerous, regardless of the size. Not only can they injure or kill, but start fires.
2- The noise can injure or kill some animals. This is very traumatic for pet owners too.
3- Many in our community are sensitive to the noise made, as it can trigger PTSD and anxiety.
4- Because they’re legal, it does not mean you can do whatever you want with them, wherever you want. There are laws for how, when or why, and they will be enforced.
https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/Pages/fireworks-safety.aspx


We all know that it’s disappointing to many that there are no public displays in the area this year. For many in our community, it’s a welcome break.
Be kind and safe.
And wear a mask when you leave the house!

House fire attacked quickly minimizes damage

Firefighter Rachel Loux pulls a line to the front door of the home.

At 4:37 PM on June 22, 2020, the fire company was dispatched for the report of a fire at 24 Walnut Lane in Doylestown Borough. On his arrival, Battalion Chief 79, Grant Castor, reported fire showing from the front right corner of the home and an active basement fire.

The fire was located in the home’s electrical equipment in the basement and burned through to the exterior of the house. Because of this, extinguishment of the fire was delayed while waiting for PECO energy to arrive and cut the power to the house, which they did about 20 minutes later. Chief Mike Wood placed the fire under control at 5:24 PM, and firefighters and investigators remained on scene until 7 PM. There were no injuries, and damage was limited to the corner of the home.

Thanks to our mutual aid response by Midway, Plumsteadville and Warwick Fire Companies and cover companies Lingohocken and Chalfont. Central Bucks EMS handled the very important rehab sector, as temperatures were in the upper 80’s with high humidity, putting firefighters at an increased risk. And thanks to our fire police and assisting units from Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Midway and Warwick.

Smoke was venting from the front door as firefighters entered to attack.
Firefighter Karen Truman and Junior Firefighter Ben Morris get a water supply going.
The twins- Engines 19 and 79- working in tandem to get water on the fire.
Firefighters from Midway and Plumsteadville arrive to assist.
Battalion Chief 79, Grant Castor and Safety officer 19, Tom Smith, discuss the operation.
Medics from Central Bucks EMS check firefighters and provide hydration and cooling on the hot, humid day.

Few for the books

Ladder 79 and Rescue 19 on the Ferry Road scene.

On July 30, the fire company was dispatched for a dwelling fire at 1426 Ferry Road in New Britain Township. On arrival, it was found that a water line in the basement had ruptured and shorted out the electrical panel in the basement, starting a small fire. Firefighters contained the situation until PECO arrived to de-energize the home. There were no injuries and minor damage. Thanks to Plumsteadville and Dublin Fire Companies and Central Bucks Ambulance for their assistance.

Firefighters Kyle Downs and Julian Kendter work to contain the spill along North Main St.

On July 31, the company was dispatched to the area of 625 N. Main St. in Doylestown Borough for a fuel spill. A tank truck containing waste oil had begun to leak, and a large amount of slippery product was leaking down North Main Street. Firefighters, along with Doylestown Borough Public Works and Bucks County Water and Sewer workers, mitigated the spill and hazards in advance of an environmental cleanup company’s arrival.

Firefighter Julian Kendter places a catch basin under the leaking truck.
Firefighters Steve Lee and Russ Bryant bring oil dry to the scene.

A luau of a night!

The members of the fire company and auxiliary gathered at Doylestown Country Club on April 6, 2019, to relax, have fun and recognize members for their accomplishments during 2018. The atmosphere was tropical, as the theme for the evening was Hawaiian Luau, and the dress was representative for the evening.

After dinner and the annual multi-media retrospective, awards were given to members of the company for service and accomplishments. Also receiving an award of recognition was former State Representative Marguerite Quinn. Fire company president Jay Fetterolf presented he with a plaque thanking her for her service and friendship to the company during her 10 years serving the Central Bucks community. She was moved by the honor, thanking every member of the company for the honor and honoring all back. The plaque read-

Marguerite Quinn (center) with fire company president Jay Fetterolf (left) and Chief Mike Wood.

Your selfless dedication and tireless efforts have touched and changed countless people in the State of Pennsylvania and the Doylestown Fire Company. You have inspired greatness within our community and we honor your service.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Service awards were given to-

5-Year Pin/Silver (2014)

Five year pins were presented to Rachel Loux, Rich Priolo and Ben Hanbicki

James Babinetz

Samuel Cesare

Ben Hanbicki

Rachel Loux

Miroslav “Mike” Mach

Joey Grace

Rich Priolo

Quentin Maust

10-Year Pin/Silver (2009)

Will Fluck IV

Steve Downs

Rich Schea

15-Year Pin/Silver (2004)

Bob Adams, Sr.

Matt Grogan

20 Year Pin/Gold (1999) and Life Membership Card

Larry Browne

30 Year Pin/Gold (1989)

Roseanne (Annie) Vancosky

Boyd (Bud) Baughman, Jr.

35 Year Pin/Gold (1984)

Dennis Loux, Jr.

Curt Rauss

40 Year Pin/Gold (1979)

Tom Cramer

Brian Cathers

Dave MacFarlane

Doug Tilley

50 Year Pin/Gold (1969)

Rob Hellyer

55 Year Pin/Gold (1964)

Dutch Reeser (center) receives his 55 year pin.

Harold (Dutch) Reeser

60 Year Pin/Gold (1959)

Charlie Penglase

65 Year Pin/Gold (1954)

Don Smith

Appreciation awards were given to-

Ed Truman for service as Deputy Chief from 2010-2011 and 2017-2018

Ed Loux for service as Battalion Chief for 2018

Peter Mills for service as Lieutenant for 2018

Anthony Montemurro for service as Treasurer from 2016-2018

Larry Browne for service as Trustee from 2015-2018

Jim Hampton for service as Trustee from 2011- 2018

Mike Kleban for service as Trustee for 2018

Steven Downs for service as Assistant Treasurer for 2017-2018

Karen Truman for service as Assistant Recording Secretary for 2017-2018

Bill Cope for service as Assistant Financial Secretary for 2018

Jeff Anlauf for service as Trustee for 2016-2018

Steve Cote for service as Trustee for 2017-2018

Attendance awards were presented to

Attendance awards recipients 2nd from left Bill Price, Steve Lee, Asher Mithoefer and Tommy Kirk with Chief Mike Wood (l) and president Jay Fetterolf (r)

Tommy Kirk- Top responder for 2018- 77.36%

Bill Price- 2nd top responder- 49.61%

Asher Mithoefer- 3rd top responder- 48.84%

Steve Lee- 4th Top Responder- 43.88%

Sam Cesare- 5th Top Responder- 42.33%

Percentage of calls based on 645 Incidents and 45 Trainings

Training Awards presented to Lori Westover and Tommy Kirk with 38 of 45 Drills for the year

The President’s award was bestowed upon Steve Downs for his work as Asst. Treasurer, constant optimism and guidance.

The Chief’s award was given to Ed Loux for his work on the duty crew and mapping.

The firefighter of the year, as voted on by the members of the fire company, is Larry Browne. Browne has been a member of the fire company since July of 1999, has held many positions in the company, including President of the Relief Association and Public Information and Fire Prevention officer, which he holds presently.

A good breakfast to start the day

L to R, the fire company recipients of the 4-way award- Tom Smith, Steve Walther and Jeff Kennedy.

Yes, it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. On April 24, 2019, that was very true for Past Chief Steve Walther. Walther, his wife Cindy and daughter Steffi along with members of the fire company attended the Doylestown Rotary’s 4-Way Test Awards breakfast at Doylestown Country Club. A crowd of over 300 was there to honor Steve and the other recipients of the 4-Way award. Steve was recognized for his over 60 years of service to the Doylestown and Warwick Communities as a volunteer. He joins firefighters Jeff Kennedy and Tom Smith as recipients of the award. In addition to his fire service time, Steve is also a volunteer for Special Olympics. Well done Steve!

Steve Walther walks to accept his award in front of a packed room at Doylestown Country Club.

The fire company was also the recipient of a grant from the Rotary at the gathering. President Jay Fetterolf accepted the check for $3100 on behalf of the fire company.

And breakfast was very, very good!

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.

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.

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.

Vehicle fire shuts 202 bypass for a short time

 

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.