Early Morning Electrical Service
December 29, 2008
E29 (D-29 fuchs), Montco C15, Ladder 15, and B78
(Mancini) on scene at 1750 Costner Dr. Unit F, Badmann Corp at 0753
hrs. Reported to be wires burning inside of the commercial structure in
Box 29-19. Upon arrival units were directed to the electrical panel inside
the rear of the building to find the panel burned and scortched. Peco was
requested immediately. Checks of the rest of the unit as well as
surrounding units were negative for any further problems. Upon further
investigation, the triplex electrical feed for the unit was observed to be
burned/melted in numerous spots between the building and the pole.
FM-275-1( J. Pfizenmayer) was requested to the scene. Property was turned
back over to the occupant as peco secured electric to the unit.
B78 - J. Mancini
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Did You See
Sunday, December 21st
Santa made his rounds to see all of the
good boys and girls of Warrington. Santa was able to visit all of
the streets in Warrington in just one afternoon! (It was a practice run
for his trip around the world) Thank you to all of the members who
helped out. It was a great success and we look forward to seeing
everyone again next year.
ISO Rating Improves to a 4
Warrington Township Fire Company No.1 has reduced its
ISO rating from a 5/9 to a 4/9. To help establish appropriate fire
insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance
companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a community's
fire-protection services. ISO provides that information through the Public
Protection Classification (PPCTM) program.
collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities
throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes
the relevant data using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). We
then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1
represents exemplary public protection, and Class 10 indicates that the
area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO's minimum criteria. By
classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the
communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program
provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in
planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by
securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public
protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for
communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
Ice Takes Down Large Tree
December 19, 2008
Warrington Fire Company assisted 75PD with removal of
a large tree that fell across County Line Rd. The tree, measuring 3
feet 6 inches in diameter, stopped traffic in all directions between Titus
Avenue and Route 611. Station 29 and Station 78 crews worked to
remove parts of the tree when PennDot arrived to take over the
by B78 - J. Mancini
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Heavy Equipment Fire
December 17, 2008
E29 Dispatched to Titus Ave. /
Bunnell Rd. for a report of a rubbish fire @ 0200hrs. Battalion 29
(Harvey) on scene with a well involved skid loader, correct adress as 106
Titus Avenue. E29 (Lt. Sandler) arrived on scene and went into
service with a 2" front bumper line. FF Azzara made an agressive
attack from the tip while backed-up by Lt. P. Martin. Deputy 29
(Fuchs) operated the pump with Chief 29 (Bean) on scene assisting.
Crew on scene for approx. one hour overhauling, checking for extention,
and investigating the scene.
Photos by B29 - C. Harvey
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Annual Holiday Tee Lighting
December 6, 2008
Thank You to all of the Warrington Township residents
who came to Station 29 for the annual holiday tree lighting. The
United States Marines thank those who dropped off gifts for Toys for
Tots. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Maybe it
will snow again!?!
Photos by D29 - J. Fuchs
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Crews Rapidly Extinguish Kitchen
Friday December 5 2008 at 2101
Hrs the members of the Warrington Township Fire Co were alerted to tacical
box 29-59, 2153 Herblew Rd for the dwelling fire. Chief 29 (Bean) arrived
on the scene to find a two story single famliy dwelling with medium smoke
through out with a fire in the kitchen area. Squad 78 (Lt. Groman) arrived
on the scene and went in service with a two inch handline to the kitchen.
Engine 29 (Lt. Martin) arrived on the scene and supplied Squad 78 with
water and manpower. Ladder 29 and Rescue 66 assisted with checking for
extention and provided ventlation. Rescue 90 stoodby as the RIT team. The
fire was contained to the kitchen with no extention and placed under
control at 21:18 Hrs. The fire is under investigation by FM 275's
Involved SUV Fire
E29 dispatched November 29,2008
at 12:43pm for a reported vehicle fire at Palomino / Surrey Drive.
C29 (Bean) arrived on scene to find a Nissan Pathfinder SUV well
involved. E29 (Lt. P. Martin) arrived and extinguished the vehicle
with a 2" bumper line. Ut 78 (Lt. A. Groman),
DC29 (Fuchs), and B78 (Mancini) assisted on the scene. All
units cleared after overhauling the vehicle to check for
Congratulations BC Fuchs
2008 Bucks County Burpee Award
Thank you for all of your hard work this past
September 13, 2008
everyone that came out to help at Warrington Day. We handed out Fire
Prevention and Recruitment Material during the day. This was followed by a
family BBQ back at the station. The night was capped off with a great
Engine 29 takes in Garage
Photo from Intell
September 12, 2008
Engine 29 assisted Chalfont
Fire Company at a working garage fire on Friday night.
September 11, 2008
Members observed the 7th
Anniversary by attending 2 memorial services. One in the morning was at
the Bucks County Court House and the one in the evening at
Hartsville Fire Company. Let us never forget our fallen brothers and
Station 78 Building
September 3, 2008
Intell article for update.
Truck, Rescue and Chief
Run 2nd Alarm in Doylestown
August 24, 2008
Local Box 79-21 was
dispatched, around 17:20, for a investigation of a smoke condition in the
area of Turk Road and Rolling Hills Blvd. Additional calls reported a
dwelling fire well involved, at 1977 Turk Road. The assignment was
upgraded to a Tactical Box which added Ladder 29 (Lt. Campbell) and Rescue
29 (Lt. Sandler) as the R.I.T. Chief 29 (Hinkle) arrived with a 2.5 story
wood frame fully involved. Multiple autos on the Bravo Exposure were also
burning. He ordered E19 to lay in and lead off with deck gun and Ladder 79
to put up their stick and go in service with master stream operations. DC
19 (Fetterolf ) arrived, filled out the box and struck the second alarm.
Chief 19 (Loux) arrived and established Doylestown Command. DC 29 (Bean)
took the Delta Division and his crews made a great stop and prevented the
fire from entering the attached Delta exposure. Multiple hand lines and
master steams were in service at the height of the fire. Overhaul
operations included a backhoe to remove the collapsed building.
Sara Grogan and The Intell
Chief, Deputy and Ladder
on PSRCT Task Force
August 18, 2008
Tonight at the Bucks County
Fire Chief's and Fire Fighters Association meeting the Bucks County Fire
Task Force Group was voted on. Two Teams consist of a Team Leader, 2
Deputy Leaders, 3 Engines, 2 Ladders and 1 Rescue. This group is part of
the Pennsylvania Southeast Region Counter Terrorism Task Force. Chief 29
(Dan Hinkle) has been selected as the Fire Task Force Group1 Leader,
Deputy Chief 29 (Mike Bean) has been selected as one of the Deputy Team
Leaders and Ladder 29 has been selected as one of Ladder
2008 Fire Company
Thanks to everyone that came
to this years picnic at Elbow Lane. Once again it was a good time. Thanks
to the Ladies and Catering by Jessica Lee for the wonderful food and
July 20, 2008
A small brush fire was
extinguished by Engine 29 and Squad 78 behind Barclay Elementary
Our old Tanker
Truck Company Operations
July 19, 2008
Thanks to Scott Lyons and the
Bucks County Community College for the Truck Company Operations Class that
we finished on Saturday. The classroom portion was held on July13 with
Lyons, FDNY 79 Truck, and Bob Hedden and Josh Overholt. The 16 hour class
covers basic operations and duties of the truck company. Thanks to
everyone that came out and worked hard despite the high heat and humidity.
Special thanks to Craig Katz from Katz builders for donation the dwellings
that we used for the class. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for providing
the meals both days. Warrington Ambulance sent a rig to
Photos by Larry Browne,
Duct Fire at Benchsmith
July 11, 2008
At 15:31 Box 29-18 was struck for a building fire at 429
Easton Road. E29 (Lt. Campbell) arrived to find a large commercial building with
a medium smoke condition on the interior. BC-92 (Stebner) and DC-19 (Fetterolf)
were assigned to the interior. C-29 (Hinkle), C-19(Loux) and FM-19 (Walthers)
manned the command post. BC-91 (Croak) was assigned to Staging. Safety19, 29,
and 78 took care of the health and welfare of the crews operating. FM-275 and
275-1 handled the investigation. After investigating it was discovered that
multiple fires were burning in the dust collection system throughout the
building. The labor intensive work was compounded by the warm and humid weather.
Thanks to all the mutual aid help provided to contain and extinguish the fire.
Doylestown, Warwick, Hartsville ,Willow Grove Naval Air Station, Montgomery
Township, Horsham, Hatboro and Warminster Fire Companies assisted at the Scene.
Southampton, Ivyland and Chalfont covered the township from Station 29.
Warrington and Warminster Ambulance assisted with rehab. The Warrington and
Doylestown Ladies Auxiliary served food and drinks. Special thanks to TGI
Fridays for burgers, fries and soda.
All units were released around 19:30
Photos by Larry Browne (DFC) and FM
Read Intelligencer Article
Pin Job on 611
July 11, 2008
Companies were dispatched at 13:39 for a MVA with entrapment
in the 100 block of Easton Road. Rescue 29 and Squad 78 worked to
extricate the male driver who was transported to the hospital by M129.All units
clear around 14:25. Special thanks to Chick-Fil-A for providing water to the
Read Intelligencer Article
The Loss of A Friend
July 9, 2008
For those of you who
did not have the pleasure of meeting Franny here is a little bit about him.
Franny was a long time member and E.M.T. of Warrington and
CB Ambulance and a Bucks County dispatcher. He helped many people who's life
depended on him. In the early 2000's he bought Varcoe Funeral home with his wife
Mary and fulfilled his dream. He continued to help people making sure they were
cared for heading into their eternal life. If you knew Franny you saw he had a
heart of gold and a smile and a laugh every time you saw him. It is hard to
accept that such a good person is taken from us at such a young age, but he is
now up there looking over us all. Chief Harvey and myself along with many others
have some very fond memories of the good time with him. We will be going to his
services so keep out an eye and sign up if you are available. Sign up sheet will
be posted tonight. Class A uniforms with white gloves are requested. Also say a
prayer for his mom and dad and his wonderful wife Mary in the next few days.
God speed my friend, you will be missed.
Intelligencer Article on Model T
July 8, 2008
Warrington Fire Co. No. 1 welcomed back an old friend this
year. Its first fire truck, a 1925 Model TT American LaFrance Chemical fire
truck, was returned to the garage. Read Entire Article.
Ladder 29 assists at building fire
Ladder 29 and Chief 29 were dispatched on the second alarm
to 105 Westview Ave. in Chalfont to the Lenape Valley Swim Club. C34 was on
location with a well involved 2-story building. 2nd alarm companies assisted
New Burn Building Dedicated
July 1, 2008
The Warrington Fire
Company participated in the ribbon cutting on a new, live-fire, Class A
firefighting training building. Ladder 29 and Ladder 79 hoisted the Stars and
Stripes. The structural skin is 18-gauge steel. Doors and windows are designed
for heavy use. The eight burn rooms are lined with a blend of Super
PadgeniteTM and Duraliner HTTM. These materials are capable of continuous
service at temperature ranges to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The training building
includes a four-story stair tower, a residential section with attic and a
single-story annex. It features eight Class A burn rooms allowing firefighters
the opportunity to train using live fire. Rappelling anchors offer high-angle
scenarios can be accomplished through the use of twenty four moveable maze
panels, two forcible entry doors, a four-story standpipe and sprinkler system.
Roof training will incorporate caged ladders, a dual-pitched roof, chop-outs for
ventilation exercises, parapet walls, bar grate working deck and exterior
Photos by Larry Browne, DFC
Rescue 29 assists at Station 66
June 28, 2008
Rescue 29 was dispatched to Station 66 for a truck into the
front of the fire house.
A pickup truck had crashed into the building damaging the
ladder truck and the building.
Rescue 29 helped shore up the building and built a temporary
Photos from Warwick Fire
Rescue Runs RIT on Dwelling Fire
June 25, 2008
Rescue 29 was dispatched to 276 Cherry Lane on Box 19-26 for
a dwelling fire as the RIT. Fire was contained to the attic area and the crew
was assigned to manpower.
Rescue 29 was then released shortly after by Doylestown
Photo by Larry Browne, DFC
Township Approves Bond for West End Station
June 24, 2008
The Board of Supervisors, by a vote of 4-1, have approved a
bond package that includes our new West End Fire Station 78. This project has
been in the works for over 10 years and we would like to thank all the support
we have received for this project. If all goes well bids should be going out
soon with a fall ground breaking. Thanks to all the fire company members for
coming out to the meeting last night.
Read the Intelligencer article here.
Rescue Runs RIT to D-Town
June 21, 2008 19:27
Rescue 29 was dispatched to 3765 Old Easton Rd on Box 19-15
for a building fire as the RIT team. Fire was extinguished a short time later
and the crew was assigned to manpower.
Rescue 29 was then released shortly after by Doylestown
House Struck By Lightning
On 06-18-2008 at 1748 hours station 29 was dispatched for a
dwelling fire at 1596 Marie Circle. E-29 first arriving found a 2.5 story single
family dwelling with nothing showing and obvious structural damage to the
chimney. E-29's crew checked the interior with Tower-66 and found nothing
evident with the T.I.C. Squirt-93's crew stood by the hydrant at Sarah's Lane
and Marie Circle. Tower-66 also checked the roof for extension and found
negative results. Chief-29 set up command. L-29's crew and Tower-66's crew
assisted the homeowner with covering the chimney and sky light areas with tarps.
All companies were available at 1827 hours.
Small Bedroom Fire on Bristol Road
June 13, 2008
E29,E78,E93, L29 and Medic129 were dispatched to 2907
Bristol Road for a dwelling fire at 00:01. 75 PD on location reports fire in the
window of a second floor bedroom with extension to the walls. MC TW99 and R15
added for working fire. E29 on location and reported a small fire in the rear
2nd floor bedroom and stretched a line.C-29 set up Warrington Command. C93
assigned to operations. SQ93 assisted E29's crew. L29 worked on ground ladders
and checked for extension. E78 supplied E29 and assisted with manpower.SQ99
assisted with manpower and R15 set up the RIT. FM275,1, and 2 arrived to begin
investigation. Fire contained to area around window and wall of bedroom. 1st
floor below was opened up and salvage covers were deployed. FMO investigating.
All units back in service at 01:54.
Rescue and Chief go to Doylestown 3rd Time
May 31, 2008
Rescue 29 (BC Fuchs) and C-29(Chief Hinkle) was dispatched
to assist Doylestown Fire Company as the RIT Team at a working dwelling fire on
Ashland Ave in Doylestown Boro.
A small fire in the attic was quickly contained and all
crews were released in 30 minutes.
This was the 3rd fire Rescue 29 assisted DFC in less that 48
Rescue takes in Barn Fire as RIT in
May 31, 2008
Rescue 29 (Chief Hinkle) was dispatched at 09:50 to assist
Doylestown Fire Company as the RIT at a working barn fire at 4320 Tersher Drive.
Engine 29 covered Engine 19's house. Rescue 29's crew was relieved by Engine 95
as the RIT and assisted with some clean up before returning to town around
This was the second working fire the Rescue Company took in
(Photo by Sara Grogan, DFC)
Rescue goes to work in Doylestown
May 30, 2008
Rescue 29 (Chief Hinkle) was dispatched at 0717 to assist
Doylestown Fire Company as the RIT Team at a working dwelling fire. While in
route Doylestown Command (Chief Loux) put Rescue 29 to work to assist Truck 79
and added the next due RIT. Crews assisted with salvage and overhaul operations.
They returned to town around 0849. (Photo by Sara Grogan, DFC)
Crews Complete Incident Safety Officer Class
May 27, 2008
Tonight was the final class for the Incident Safety Officers
Class that we have been taking for the past 5 weeks. This class certifies our
members on the roles and responsibilities of the Safety Office on the fire
scene. Thanks to all that came out to receive this important
Day Time Burn
May 14, 2008
The day crew members along with Horsham Fire Co. and a few
of the volunteers went to Montgomery County Fire School for a structural burn
class. Fires in dwellings, apartments, and an office building were simulated. It
was a great day of practice and a thanks to FM 275 for scheduling a great
Pickertown Road Heater Fire
May 11, 2008
The Company was dispatched for a fire alarm at a dwelling on
Pickertown Road. PD arrived on location with heavy smoke condition and no one
home. The assignment was upgraded to a dwelling fire brining assistance from
Warminster, Hartsville, Doylestown and Willow Grove NAS. Crews forced entry and
found a small fire contained to the oil burner. PPV fans were placed in service
to clear the smoke.
Citi Bank Open House
May 10, 2008
Engine 29 went to the Citi Bank grand opening at Valley
Square for fire prevention. They gave out hats, coloring books, smoke detectors
and talked about fire prevention tips to all the kids.
Car Fire 611 and Kelly
May 8, 2008
Jeep Cherokee, fire in the engine compartment. Owner states
the car started making noises approx 3 miles back, steering not working
properly. Owner attempted to make a left turn at fire scene, heard a bang and
the car went straight with smoke eventually showing from the engine compartment.
E29 on scene with fire from the engine compartment, extinguished with the 1 3/4
line. Vehicle checked with thermal camera. No injuries to report. All units
cleared from the scene.
New Class "A" Prop Almost Done
May 8, 2008
The new burn prop at the Bucks County Public Safety Training
Center is in the final stages of construction. Looks like early summer
completion. We will keep you posted as work progresses.
Our First Fire Truck Returns
On May 6, 2008 our 1925 Ford Model TT American La France
Chemical Fire Truck has returned home to the Warrington Township Fire Company
No.1. This vehicle the first piece of fire apparatus the company purchased in
1925 for $2083.00. It was in service until 1955. Since then it was owned and
cared for by the Penrose family here in Warrington. The Penrose Family has given
the truck back to the fire company. Words can not express how grateful we are to
have this piece or history back in our family. Stay tuned to see the progress of
getting it cleaned up and running. We hope to get it out and to a few parades
this summer. Thanks to Penrose Hallowell and Boylan's Towing for their
See more pictures here.
New Firehouse Plans
On May 6, 2008 plans for the new West End Fire Station #78
we unveiled at the Board Of Supervisors Meeting. Click on the links below to see
31 Cent Scoop Night
Annual Fire Company
The members celebrated the year with the Annual
Banquet on April 26, 2008. Awards were given out and
many danced the night away. The Ladies Auxiliary was also recognized for their
work during the last year. The Township supervisors, Mutual Aid Chiefs, Senator
Greenleaf and Representative Watson, and Top Brass from the Police Department
were on hand to enjoy the evening with us. Thanks to the Banquet Committee and
the Township for providing a wonderful night for us. Our thanks to Chief Simon
and the crew of Ladder 8 and Chief Murphy and the crew of Engine 95 who covered
the township for us during the night.
Small Bathroom Fire
Units dispatched on April 23, 2008 to 1111 Easton Road
for a report of wires burning inside the building. Engine 29 arrived on scene
with medium smoke showing from roof area with occupant at front door reporting a
bathroom fire. BC-29 set up Easton Rd command. Engine29 advising of an
extinguished bathroom fire and crews checked for extension in fire room, Squad
78 checked adjoining exposures side "B" and "D" and Ladder 79 checked the roof.
Fire contained to the room of origin with minimal fire extension around the
door. FM 275 investigating and it appears to be undetermined at this time.
Honoring a Hero
Chief Hinkle, FF Hessler, Sr., and
FF Hessler, Jr., traveled to East Franklin NJ to attend dinner and the candle
light memorial service for Kevin Apuzzio. At approx. 0600 hours, April 11th,
2006, companies were dispatched to a dwelling fire with reported entrapment. PD
on the scene confirmed it. 1st due Firefighters arrived with heavy smoke, made
the decision to go immediately in after the victim, (as the husband had made it
out and he confirmed where she was) and they entered with a handline, TIC, tools
and attempted to locate that trapped victim. The victim was found. Firefighters
continued to attempt the rescue and made it with her about 3’ from the front
door when, at that time, the floor opened up and several Firefighters along with
Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio fell into the fire-and subsequently died of his
injuries following valiant attempts by those Firefighters to get him out.
Kevin's legacy lives on today and is proof that
sometimes....not everyone goes home!!
New Class "A" Prop Taking Shape
April 11, 2008
The new burn prop at the Bucks County Public Safety Training
Center is finally looking like a building. Things are starting to take shape. We
will keep you posted as work progresses.
At the April 8, 2008 meeting Paul Martin was promoted to
Station 29 Foreman.
Congratulation and Good luck!
Engine takes in Multi Vehicle
At 15:01 April 2, 2008 Engine 29 (Lt. Campbell) was
returning from a fuel spill call and took in a 3 vehicle MVA on Upper State Road
at Detweiler. 4 Medic units were dispatched.
E 29 arrived and assisted with EMS and controlled the
Dinner and a Rock Band Night
Friday night our usual Dinner and Movie was replaced by
Dinner and a Rock Band. After a Heart Healthy Meal and 2 QRS runs, we had some
fun singing, playing guitar and drums with Playstation Rockband and Wii Guitar
Hero. It was a chance for some of us to relive our youth when we wanted to be
David Lee Roth or Gerry Garcia. While fun was had by all the highlight of the
night was watching Little Sal rock out head to head on Guitar Hero. That even
topped The Freak on da mike. Stay tuned for a rematch!
Raging Toilet Fire
On 03/24/2008 at 15:44:00 local box 78-33 was dispatched for
a rubbish fire at 3377 Street Rd. C29 (Hinkle) arrived a found the remains of
two Port-A-Potty's and a bleacher on fire. Squad 78 (Lt. Mancini) and E 29 (Lt.
Campbell) extinguished the fire. Warrington Township FMO investigating.
Engine Covers Hartsville
On March 20, 2008 Engine 29 (Lt. Hochmuth) was dispatched
around 0730 to assisted Hartsville Fire Company and covered their station while
they operated at a working dwelling fire.
Engine 29 was available at 0900.
"The 611 Express" Runs Fatal Accident in
On March 14, 2008 Rescue 29 (BC Fuchs) and C29 (Hinkle)
assisted Doylestown Fire Company with a fatal traffic accident on the 611
Bypass. 1 vehicle struck a guard rail and went into the woods.
Warrington crews went to work searching the woods for
Day Crew Training
On March 11, 2008 the day crew along with Horsham Fire
Company, Warwick Fire Company and Montgomery Township held a drill at the old
Twin Oaks office. The Township is allowing the fire company to drill in the
structure until it is demolished. The building was filled with artificial smoke
and crews went in service to find the "fire". Crews will use this building over
the next few weeks to work on their firefighting skills. Thanks to FM 275 for
getting us this great training prop.
Storms Keep Volunteers Busy
On March 8, 2008 heavy rain and winds sent the Warrington
Fire Company Volunteers on a total of 10 calls. Arcing wires, fire alarms, wires
in the dwelling, and a chimney fire kept the crews busy.
Doylestown Fire Company and Hartsville Fire Company assisted
on a few calls.
Thanks to all our members that came out to help.
Street Road Fatal Pin Job
On March 6, 2008 Rescue Box 29-32 was dispatched at 13:38 to
Street and Hanora for a multi vehicle accident with 1 pinned. DC 29 (Bean)
arrived along with M129 and found a Level 1 trauma unconscious driver. Rescue 29
(Lt. Sandler) arrived and assisted with removal and M129 transported to
Abington. L29 (Lt. Hochmuth) returned to the scene at 17:00 to assist 75 PD with
Deputy 29 and Squad 78 Assist at Pin Job
On 2-11-08 at 1648 Squad 78 was alerted to respond on Rescue
box 37-06 in Horsham Township. This brought Squad 78 (Groman) and Deputy 29
(Bean). DC29 arrived on the scene with Montco Squad 18 who was in the area
from a prior call, to find a two vechicle MVA with one trapped. Squad 18 along
with DC29 went in service with a roof removal. Squad 15 arrived on the
scene and assisted with the extrication efforts. Squad 78 arrived on the scene
and was given the LZ for Med Evac. Squad 78's crew assisted Med Evac crew
with patient packaging. All WFC units were clear at 17:20
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY
Firefighter Fatality and Serious Injury Report
and Multiple Firefighters Injured
Following a Floor
Collapse during a Structure Fire
(Somerset County), New Jersey
Heart Attack Remains Leading Cause of On-Duty Firefighter
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced there
were 115 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2007. In 2007,
there were firefighters lost in 33 states and Washington, DC. South Carolina
experienced the highest number of fatalities (11) while Pennsylvania, New York,
North Carolina, and California each suffered more than 5 on-duty losses.
Read Entire Report
PEMA Grant Awarded to WTFC
Warrington Fire Company has received Volunteer Fire Company
and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant from Pennsylvania Emergency
Management Agency for a vehicle exhaust removal system in the amount of
$22,100.77. Systems will be installed in both stations for approx.
Thanks to Captain Harvey for his work on getting this
Rescue goes to first pin job of the year
On February 5, 2008 Rescue 29 (Lt. Hochmuth) was dispatched
at 14:47 for a MVA with entrapment at 611 and Titus. Units arrived and went in
service to remove drivers door. Squad 78 and Utility 29 assisted. Driver
packaged and transported by M129. All units clear @ 15:15.
Rescue goes to work at all hands fatal in
On January 29, 2008 Rescue 29 (Lt. Jared Sandler) was
dispatched to respond to assist the Doylestown Fire Company at a dwelling fire
with entrapment. BC 19 (Truman) arrived with a 1.5 story dwelling with heavy
smoke and fire showing. E19-1 arrived and went to work stretching a line, while
Ladder 79 (Capt. Morris) began to search and vent. Rescue 29 arrived and went to
work as the RIT and later was place in service for overhaul operation. They
cleared the scene around 12:30.
Photos by Mike Wood and Gian Luiso
Chief, Engine and Rescue go to work in
January 26, 2008 20:13
Montco DC 15 (L.Greenberg) arrived at 628 Lower State Road
with a large 2.5 story farmhouse with fire through the roof. FDMT Ladder 18
(Capt. Simes) proceeded down the long stone driveway. Wissahickon E7-4 (Chief
Leadbeater) laid about 1000' of 5' down the driveway. Chief 29 (Hinkle) arrived
and was assigned Operations. E29 (Lt. Campbell) arrived and set up behind E 7-4
and went to work on Side "A". Rescue 29 (Deputy Bean) arrived and went to work
with a 2.5" line on Side "C". DC 29 was assigned command of the Charlie Side.
Multiple handlines and ground monitors along with Ladder 15's pipe worked for
nearly 3 hour to extinguish the blaze. Multiple collapses of the dwelling made
for a long, cold night for all the Volunteers. Lt 78 (Mancini) and Squrt 93
covered Warrington Township while the crews assisted Horsham. All Warrington
units were clear by 23:00. Great work guys!!!
Next time make sure you leave some pizza for the Chief
when he gets back to the station !!!!!(Ha-Ha)
SCBA Drill Part 2
January 22, 2008
The volunteers of Warrington Fire Company held part 2 of the
SCBA class at station 29. Captain Harvey constructed the props to include
several different stations to help build confidence using SCBA. Part one was
held last week with a presenatiaon on the proper use and maintenace of SCBA.
Thanks to Jay Fetterolf of Breathe Safe for the class room session.
Another Sprinkler Save
January 20, 2008
When the Warrington Fire Department was dispatched to 1109
Main Street around 12:00 reports were of a fire in a bathroom and a waterflow
alarm. When DC-29 (Bean) arrived he had reports from the PD that the fire was
out and the sprinkler system was running. BC 29 (Fuchs) confirmed the report.
Chief 29 (Hinkle) arrived and silenced the alarm and shut down the sprinkler
system. Fire was contained to area of origin by one pendant sprinkler in the
bathroom. Crews from Horsham, Harstville and Warminster assisted with cleanup of
water in the salon as well as 2 adjacent stores. FM 275 (Lesniak) and
275-2 (Greenberg) are investigating the cause. All the stores were able to open
up later that day except the nail salon. We believe this is the 7th sprinkler
save in Warrington Township since the Mandatory Sprinkler Ordinance was passed
more than 10 years ago. As national studies show most fires the start in fully
sprinklered properties, are contained by one or two sprinklers and save lives
R.I.P. Brett Stebulis
Saving lives was in Brett Stebulis’ blood. It was a mission
the 22-year-old carried with him until death.An emergency medical technician and
a sixth-generation Ivyland firefighter, Stebulis donated his own organs after
succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident Saturday night in the 600
block of Street Road. Knowing that his own body might help someone else, even
after he was beyond help, “was important to him” said his uncle, Ivyland
Councilman and Fire Chief Albert DeGideo. Stebulis, who lived on West Bristol
Road, was thrown from the vehicle after it struck a utility pole, police
said.Tara Ketterer, 23, of Ottsville, was a passenger in the 2006 black Scion.
She survived the accident and was listed in fair condition Monday at Abington
Memorial Hospital, said a spokeswoman there. Stebulis was driving east at about
11:45 p.m. when he apparently lost control of the car, which then climbed an
embankment and hit a utility pole, police said.
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29 Truck Hits the Road to FDMT
January 16, 2008
29 Truck was dispatched @ 13:39 on the second alarm to 200
Victoria Drive in Montgomery Township for a building fire. The crew assisted
with throwing ground ladders and salvage operations. They cleared the scene
about an hour later and relocated to cover Montco Station 18A with Montco E75.
While on the cover the task force took in an alarm at Uno's
Bar and Grill.
The crew returned to Warrington Township around
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New Class "A" Prop Taking Shape
January 12, 2008
The new burn prop at the Bucks County Public Safety Training
Center is finally looking like a building. This is the latest view from atop the
high rise building. Things are starting to take shape.
We will keep you posted as work progresses.
Two Bronze Stars awarded to Marine for action while deployed
MARINE CORPS AIR
STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — Most Marines go through their entire careers and
never earn a Bronze Star Medal. Staff Sgt. Jacob B. Jones now has two.He was
awarded both — one with the Combat V for valor — in a ceremony Wednesday at
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
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Jake!!! Stay Safe and Thanks for Protecting Our
Local box 29-48 was dispatched at 12:31 for an automobile fire at
1240 Suzann Dr. E29 arrived on scene with a Corvette
fire. The fire originated in the engine compartment with
some extension to the dashboard compartment, the automobile will be a
total loss. E29 was available just after 1300 hrs.