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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanks Mike! So much to tell! More room here!

Hickory Kitchen owner Mike Markowitz, center, presents a check for $500 to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and fire company president Jay Fetterolf, at the fire company business meeting on March 1, 2017. The donation was from 20% of sales at the restaurant on Feb. 23, as part of the “Comfort Food for a Cause” event.

Thanks to Mike Markowitz for the donation at the March monthly business meeting- 20% of sales at Hickory Kitchen on 2/23, plus an additional amount from Mike and staff. Mike and his crew are great neighbors and better people who care about the Doylestown community!

Also, since clocks change this weekend- be sure to check and change all batteries in your smoke detectors! Discard and replace any over 10 years old.

Pancake tickets are available online and at local stores. Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional opportunities.

And last, even though we thought we were done with winter, if we do get the “big one”, make sure to keep your local hydrants clear and happy. Remember, seconds count!