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.

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.

Fire at water treatment plant- smoke seen for miles

Lt. 79 Nate Coia works on setting up the main on Ladder 79

The fire company was dispatched to the ChalBrit water treatment plant on Lower State Road in Doylestown Township on May 24, 2017. Engines 19, 79, Ladder 79, Rescue 19 and fire police responded. Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. was in charge of operations at his former place of employment for over 20 years. There were no injuries, but alot of fire gear needed to be washed afterwards.

Jess Meisinger heads to the fire after helping set up the ladder for service.

The fire was seated in the roof of the processing building.

Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. ran operations, here with Chalfont Battalion chief Nick Marino.

Dan Kline and Jess Meisinger on a line on side A.

Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. and Deputy 19 Ed Truman.

Firefighter Pete Mills on the pump panel of Ladder 79.

 

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.

Unbelieveable find in a burning pile of trash

Found in the trash- a still hot piece of discarded firewood.

On the cold, sunny morning of March 17, 2017, the fire company was dispatched for a trash truck fire in Buckingham Township at Coldbrook Ct. and Lexington Dr. On arriving, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard found that the driver of the truck had emptied the contents in the middle of the street, and it was smoldering. Engine 79’s crew worked to separate the pile, and after a good bit of foraging, found the still burning hunk of firewood pictured above.

Yes, someone discarded hot firewood in the trash.

Luckily no one was injured, thanks to the heads up work by the truck driver to notice the fire early.

But really? We’ve told you many times that embers and debris from a fireplace need to be discarded carefully. Placed in a metal container and doused with water thoroughly. Not in a plastic trash can. Ever.

Had that container been up against a home and left with the hot embers, it could have started a much larger fire and possibly involved the home.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk, Grant Castor and Peter Mills work to separate the trash and find the source of the fire.

The smoldering pile of trash in the middle of Lexington Drive in Buckingham Township on March 17.

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.

Quick work keeps vehicle fire contained

 

Firefighter Todd Kulp stretches a hand line for the attack.

The fire company was dispatched to Limekiln and North Shady Retreat Roads for a report of a vehicle fire at 6:32 PM on January 2, 2017. The first call of 2017 was also the first fire of the year, as firefighters Bill Price and Todd Kulp arrived enroute to the station on scene and reported that the engine compartment was well involved. Engine 19 arrived, and a hand line was pulled and the fire quickly extinguished. Engine 79 arrived and assisted with overhaul.

The fire was knocked down quickly.

Cooling off hot spots.

Wrapping up in the rain.

Midway calls for mutual aid for Peddlers Village building fire

On Tuesday December 20, 2016, Rescue 19 and Engine 19-1 were dispatched on Box 5-52, The Nut Kettle at Peddlers Village on Rt 202 in Lahaska. On arrival, Assistant Chief 5, Tom Benscoter, arrived on location and reported heavy fire showing. Rescue 19 was dispatched as the RIT team, and Engine 19-1 to the scene for manpower.  Members assisted with overhaul and ventilation. There were no injuries.

Midway firefighters make entry to the building.

Tommy Kirk cuts the exterior wall to check for extension.

Lori Westover uses a chainsaw to ventilate the exterior wall and check for extension.

Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, opens windows for ventilation.

Warrington Dwelling fire

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The fire company was dispatched to assist Warrington Fire Company for a dwelling fire at 1031 Hickory Ridge Drive at 7:15 PM on December 21, 2015. Chief 19, Sam Cramer, Jr.,  was first on scene and reported to Battalion 78, Tim Campbell as he arrived that there was a heavy smoke condition on the second floor of the dwelling. All hands went to work. Engines 19 and 19-1 were placed in service. The fire was contained to an area under a bedroom floor and the attic area above the garage. There were no injures.

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Steve Cote (R), helps raise a ground ladder.

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Don Talenti and Rich Priolo take a 24′ ladder to side B.

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Smoke pushes from the second floor as it’s ventilated.

Chief Cramer gives a report to command.
Chief Cramer gives a report to command.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor and Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. lead the fire attack in the garage.