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.
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-
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)
Miroslav “Mike” Mach
10-Year Pin/Silver (2009)
Will Fluck IV
15-Year Pin/Silver (2004)
Bob Adams, Sr.
20 Year Pin/Gold (1999) and Life Membership Card
30 Year Pin/Gold (1989)
Roseanne (Annie) Vancosky
Boyd (Bud) Baughman, Jr.
35 Year Pin/Gold (1984)
Dennis Loux, Jr.
40 Year Pin/Gold (1979)
50 Year Pin/Gold (1969)
55 Year Pin/Gold (1964)
Harold (Dutch) Reeser
60 Year Pin/Gold (1959)
65 Year Pin/Gold (1954)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.