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.

Snow, wind and hydrants

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.

A few notes on fire safety

Firefighter Grant Castor clears a window for ventilation and firefighter safety.

The volunteer members of the fire company responded to a few “almosts” last week. “Almosts”, as in an incident that was almost much worse. With that in mind, and the knowledge that thankfully no one was seriously injured, we offer the following-

1- When cooking, don’t leave anything over heat unattended. We’ve had a string of kitchen incidents where unattended contents caught fire.

2- If a pot suddenly flashes and fire erupts, cover it with a fireproof lid. Don’t try to extinguish it if you can smother it.

3- Don’t attempt to move the pot.

4- Get everyone out and call 911.

5- Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself. We are trained, equipped and ready. Our main concern is your safety.

6- Smoke detectors on every floor and every bedroom. They save lives.

We have many more of these. Got a question- please ask! If we can’t answer, we’ll get you to someone who can.

Because we care, about you.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Steve Downs clear the fire scene.

Members repack hose for the next call.

Firefighter Nick Tartaglia checks for fire extension.

Passing of past chief Sam Cramer, Sr.

At Old Timers Night on June 7, 2017, past and present Chiefs (left to right) Doug Tilley, Jim Shepard, Sam Cramer, Sr., Steve Walther and Sam Cramer, Jr.

It is with profound sadness that the fire company must announce the passing of past chief Sam Cramer, Sr. Sam Sr., as he was known to generations of Bucks County firefighters, father of present Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., was forever an optimist, quick with a smile and ready to help anyone in need. In the past few weeks, he took a ride on the Chicken, the fire company’s 1968 Hahn, which was his favorite truck, one of many that he was responsible for bringing to the fleet as the Chair of many truck committees. He was also at last week’s annual Old Timers Night. He fought hard and will be dearly missed by all.
Services are pending and will be posted.

Sam Cramer, Sr., center, with son Chief Same Cramer, Jr., rear, and past chief Doug Tilley, left.