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.

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.

Small house fire creates concerns, challenges

Engine 19’s crew of Tommy Kirk, Nick Tartaglia and Evan Birmingham enter with the first line.

Box 79-41 was dispatched at 5:41 PM on May 22, 2017 for a dwelling fire at 37 Quarry Road in Doylestown Township. En route to the scene, Captain 79 Craig Lager and Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. were informed by Bucks County Fire Radio that police were on scene and reporting heavy smoke from the dwelling. On arrival, a working fire was transmitted, with the possibility of 1 occupant trapped but not located. Initially companies were in service searching for a victim,  but after 20 minutes, the occupant walked up to the fireground, unhurt. Fire was knocked down quickly, but due to interior conditions overhaul was extensive and slow. There were no injuries. Thanks to all the companies who responded or covered, including Warrington, Hartsville, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Midway, Warwick, Warminster Fire and Horsham covering Station 29. Also thanks to Warrington Community and Central Bucks Ambulance for rehab services on scene, and Doylestown Township and Central Bucks Regional Police Departments. The fire was placed under control at 6:11 PM, and companies cleared the scene at 8:22 PM.

Stretching the first line are Capt. 79 Craig Lager and FF Michele Cevasco.

Warrington firefighters arrive to assist.

More troops arrive to assist.

Conditions in the rear, along with limited space, made access difficult. Firefighters Jess Meisinger and Grant Castor access from side C.

Firefighter Kyle Downs works on ventilation at the front of the building.

Operations acting chief Mike Wood directs firefighters.

The dwelling was next to the Edison Quarry.

Fresh troops wait to be given orders.

Don’t let the gear fool you, that’s Lt. 79 Nate Coia, borrowing some gear.

The rehab sector, with Medic 129 personnel taking care of firefighters.

Quick response limits damage

Firefighters Justin Hane and Ray Bosche advance a line into the heavily involved room.

The fire company was dispatched for a building fire to 625 North Main St in Doylestown Borough for a fire at the Main Street Inn. En route, Bucks County Fire Radio reported that police were on scene reporting heavy fire from a 1st floor room. Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and reported a working fire. Engine 19, with the sleep-in duty crew, arrived and quickly stretched a hand line and knocked down the fire. There was damage to both floors of the motel. One firefighter was treated and released for minor burns. Central Bucks Regional Police and the Bucks County Fire Marshals office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Line is pulled from Engine 19 as Battalion 79 Will Fluck sizes up the attack.

Firefighter Justin Hane prepares to attack the blaze.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk and Justin Hane get water on the fire.

Our new flag will fly thanks to Discover Doylestown

The new flag is presented to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and president Jay Fetterolf (r) by Discover Doylestown board members (from 2nd left) Jim Weisser, Ron Martin, Krisy Paredes, Rose Yaun and Colette Hearn .

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners Discover Doylestown, the fire company has a new large display flag. For many years, Ladder 79 has flown the colors at the Doylestown 5k, and has become an iconic part of the annual Memorial Day weekend race.  The fire company flies the flag for many area events, and to honor our fallen. We look forward to flying it this Memorial Day weekend for the 25th anniversary of the Doylestown 5K!