Welcome to Alert

The mission of the Alert Fire Company Number One of Downingtown, PA shall be the preservation of life and property from the destruction of fire and other emergencies in the Borough of Downingtown, PA and vicinity.

~ Serving Downingtown and East Caln Since 1887 ~

 

Nov
29
2016

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

It is that time of year again, when the Alert No.1 “Elves” will drive me around the streets of Downingtown and East Caln Twp. on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  When you hear the sirens and air horns of Tower 45, please come out onto your sidewalks or yards and my Alert Elves will be happy to give all of the good boys and girls of all-ages, a candy cane!

We will start the tour at 9:00 AM in the West Ward of Downingtown.  In the early and mid afternoon we will be in the East Ward of Downingtown and late afternoon and early evening we will be in East Caln Twp.

Be sure to come-out and see me on December 17th.

Sincerely,

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Nov
24
2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The officers and members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov
19
2016

A SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

As the the sun was setting, late Saturday afternoon at 4:30 PM, with a new cold-front coming into our area with approximately 30 to 40 mph wind gusts, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to the first of four auto accidents in the Borough of Downingtown and East Caln Twp.

As Rescue 45, Engine 46-2 and MICU 46-2 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) were wrapping up at an auto accident on E. Lancaster Ave and Chestnut St., at 7:00 PM, Brush 45 (Capt. Wesson) and Rehab 46 (Dep. Chief Heininger) were dispatched on the Second Alarm of what would be a multi-alarm woods fire in Highland Twp., assisting Station 8 (Keystone Valley Fire Dept., Parkesburg).  The team assisted the KVFD and 47 other fire companies from throughout Chester and Lancaster Counties with a 20 acre woods fire that threatened several buildings, for three hours.

At 10:50 PM, Station 46 was dispatched as part of the First Alarm assignment, assisting Station 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) with a house fire in the 400 block of Denford Way in Uwchlan Twp.  As Engine 45 (Lt. Hamilton) was returning from a stand-by assignment at Station 52 (Good Will Fire Co. No. 2, West Chester), they responded to this house fire on the Working Fire Dispatch with other area apparatus.

The long day ended for the volunteer fire crews with an EMS lift assist in the Johnsontown section of the Borough at 2:30 AM (Sunday).  All of the Station 45 and 46 fire and rescue apparatus were back at station, cleaned-up and available at 4:30 AM on Sunday, after 11-1/2 hours of work.

We would like to thank Engine 37-2 (Modena Fire Co.) and Ambulance 55-2 (Good Fellowship Ambulance Club) for standing-by in Downingtown, during these events of the night.

The photo of the woods fire is courtesy of the the Keystone Valley FD and the house fire are from Joe Tomaselli.

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Nov
14
2016

ANNUAL ALERT THANKSGIVING SOCIAL GATHERING

The Alert No. 1 officers would like to invite all current and retired Active Force Members to the Annual Alert Thanksgiving Social Gathering on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, anytime after 7:00 PM.

As in years past, this will be a great opportunity for our members to catch-up with some old friends and for our current and retired members to meet and make some new friends!  If any of our retired members have any old photos or newspaper clippings, you are encouraged to bring them with you to share with our newer members.  And, please bring an appetite, because there will be plenty of good food to eat.

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Nov
11
2016

HAPPY VETERANS DAY – 2016

The members and officers of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to say thank you to all of our veterans who have served our country, so that we may enjoy our freedoms and security of the greatest nation on earth.  God bless all of you and God Bless America.

Last year we saluted 14 of our members who served in our Armed Forces during the Korean War and in 2014 we saluted 84 of our members who served during World War II.  This year we would like to honor the 28 members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, who served our great nation during the Vietnam War.  Below, is the list of those Alert Heroes:

Russell G. Baen

Edwin A. Berry

David Capuito

William D. Coffman

Charles Dawson

Edward J. Dazio

Steven A. DiLuigi

Peter A. Duca, Jr.

Michael J. Dunn

Gilbert M. Evoli

Larry F. Farnum

Donald A. Forbes

Gary Holman

Carl D. Lambert

Charles Lang

Kevin J. Larkin

Thomas J. MacDougal III

Louis Mascherino

Ralph J. McComsey

Robert Mento

Gary S. Plank

Stanley “Tony” Przychodzien

Carmen A. Semenza

Gary Stern

Steven Talucci

Richard Thompson

Thomas Wilkinson

Charles Woodward

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Nov
3
2016

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK – CHANGE YOUR BATTERY

The Downingtown Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Committee recommends that when you change your clocks this weekend, that you change the battery in your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, as well.

At 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6, 2016 you will be changing your clocks back one hour, which means that Daylight Savings Time will end and Standard Time will begin.  Please take this time, this weekend to make changing your batteries a family project.  Something as simple as having a fresh battery may safe your life!

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Oct
31
2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

All of the members of Alert No. 1 would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Halloween!  Please stop-by our firehouse tonight, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM for Trick or Treat and visit with our volunteers.

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Oct
12
2016

2016 FIRE PREVENTION SCHOOL VISITS AND ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

The week of October 9 – 15 is Fire Prevention Week.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), along with the Downingtown Fire Dept. and other safety advocates nationwide are urging people to check the batteries in your smoke detector, review your emergency escape plan with your family and stay fire smart.  The national theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. hosted the Annual Fire Prevention Open House on Wednesday, October 12th, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at both stations in Downingtown, with a great showing of community support.  All who attended saw all of our equipment that is used and had an opportunity to speak directly to the volunteer firefighters with their questions about fire safety and fire department operations, in addition to touring our fire station.  We estimated that over 180 people visited us at the Alert Fire Station during our Open House!

The Alert Fire Prevention Committee, who took vacation days from their jobs, visited with 440 kindergarten and pre-school children within a two day period, to speak about fire and home safety.  The volunteers either visited at the schools or the classes made-it, a field trip to the station on W. Pennsylvania Ave.

The Alerts would like to thank the following schools for allowing the children to participate in our Fire Prevention Week activities:

  • Beaver Creek Elementary
  • Beaver Creek Autistic Support Group
  • Lori Petrie’s Preschool
  • Messiah Lutheran Church Preschool
  • St. Joseph’s Elementary
  • Step By Step Preschool
  • Teach and Learn Day School

In addition to the local schools, the Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the following fire and rescue companies for participating in our Annual Fire Prevention Open House Display at the Alert Fire Station:

  • West Bradford Fire Co. – Brush 39
  • Chester County Haz Mat Team – Truck 15-1
  • Friendship Fire Co. Diving Rescue Unit – Dive Trucks 77-1 and 77-2 with boat
  • Craig Snyder of the K9 Detection & Search Foundation – Meadow the Search and Rescue Dog

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Oct
11
2016

DFD WELCOMES HOME AREA WWII VETERANS

After a full day of Fire Prevention school visits, the Alert and Minquas volunteers were honored to welcome home some of our World War II veterans. These great American men and women returned today, from a trip to visit the war memorials in Washington, DC to a heroes banquet at the Downingtown Country Club.

The Honor Flight of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization who makes arrangements and organizes bus trips for our local veterans of all wars, to visit their war memorial in Washington, DC, at different times of the year.

Honor Flight Link:  http://honorflightphiladelphia.org/

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Oct
9
2016

LADDER TOWER OPERATIONS TRAINING

The Downingtown Fire Dept. volunteers completed a training class in Ladder Tower Operations.  This class took place over the past two Wednesday evenings, conducting several different types of drills that could be practiced at our fire station.  The final skills operations portion of the training class took place on Sunday.  The team put all of our practical skills together and put them out on the street, in the “Out-N-About” day. We covered several different locations and building types with obstacles around the Downingtown area. The crews practiced several different good and not-so-good truck placement and operational scenarios so that proper Ladder Tower placement could be seen.

Thanks to Michael R. Horst of the Harrisburg Area Community College Fire Service Unit Training and Trident Training Specialists, LLC for a great hands-on class!

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