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 ~




The 100% volunteer Alert Fire Co. No. 1 hosted our 48th Annual Chicken Bar-B-Que and Bake Sale and it was a great success.

We would like to thank all of you, who supported our event during the extremely hot weather conditions with the heat index at 110°F throughout the entire day. We sold 580 dinners on Saturday, thanks to the generous support of everybody who came out into the heat of the day. Our goal each year is to sell-out at 600 dinners, although we were 20 dinners short this year, we were extremely happy with our results, due to the adverse weather conditions!

This is our largest fund-raiser of the year and and we do appreciate all of the support and well wishes that our customers gave us during the BBQ. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who helped prepare for this event on Wednesday and Friday nights, then again starting at 7:30 AM and ending at 10:00 PM on Saturday.  Without the dedication of our volunteers, their families and friends, we cannot produce this annual fundraising event that so many people look forward to each year.

In addition, we would like to thank the following organizations who donated items to the annual BBQ, so that we can keep our cost to our customers at only $13.00 per meal:

  • - WAWA Food Market (Iced Tea)
  • - Chester County Food Bank (Refrigerated Truck)
  • - Pepperidge Farm (Dinner Rolls)
  • - BJ’s Wholesale (Gift Card, so that we can purchase ingredients)
  • - Sweet Beginnings Bake Shop (Baked Goods for the Bake Sale)


And, the following Social Media and Websites for posting our advertisement:

  • Downingtown Area Historial Society
  • Downingtown Borough
  • Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • The Town Dish

Again, thank you all who helped make the day a GREAT success!  See you again, next August.




The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 will host our 48th Annual Chicken Bar-B-Que and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  Dinner will be served from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and you can either eat-in at the firehouse or take-out.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at the firehouse on any Wednesday evening between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

The dinner will include a hearty half of chicken, a baked potato, corn on the cob, apple sauce, dinner roll, a drink and a dessert, for a donation of $13.00.  Due to hard work of our BBQ Committee we were been able to keep the price, the same for four years now!

Please stop-by and support your 100% volunteer fire company with our largest fund-raiser of the year..  This is a great way for our neighbors to socialize with each other and to meet some new friends.

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The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 and the DFD volunteers were very active, once again in Kerr Park and at the firehouse during the Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Day ~ Fourth of July Celebration, today.

Starting at 6:00 AM several of the members got together and had breakfast at the diner then at 7:00 AM, the volunteers split into crews that manned a water station in front of our firehouse for the annual Run-For-Life and an EMT Team in Brush 45 provided first-aid at Manor and Downing Ave’s. while a crew for Engine 45 was available for emergencies. In addition, our volunteers provided emergency and fire crews throughout the day and evening, during all of the events of Good Neighbor Day.

In addition to the many Good Neighbor events, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was invited to represent Chester County in the nationally televised, Wawa Welcome America Parade, in Philadelphia, PA.  We were honored to participate in the nations largest Independence Day Parade with Tower 45.  The theme for the 2015 parade was to honor the 240th. birthday of our great county.  Also representing Chester County in the parade were the Malvern Fire Co.  In addition to Chester County, there were a representative fire company from the Philadelphia Fire Dept, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Bucks County from Pennsylvania.

This was a great honor to represent Downingtown Borough, East Caln Twp. and the volunteer fire service on a national stage!  And we would like to thank the organizers of the Wawa Welcome America Parade for including the DFD in this event.

The DFD would like to thank our mutual aid companies that assisted us throughout the day and evening to help the Good Neighbor Day Emergency Response Team run smoothly.  We hope that you enjoyed and had a happy and safe Independence Day!




The volunteers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. were honored to display our American Flag in front of the Downingtown VFW Post 845 for the annual Rolling Thunder Motocyle Ride.

Rolling Thunder is an organization that honors our POW/MIA heroes of the Vietnam War.  Each year the group holds motorcycle rallies throughout the United Sates.  The local 2016 Pennsylvania rally started in Oaks, Montgomery County and ended at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Hospital.

Every year the DFD volunteers look forward to displaying our nations colors for this important cause.




Congratulations to our Firefighter, James Lutz who just graduated from Downingtown West High School and the Chester County Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus.

James has been an active Alert volunteer since 2014 and is involved in many community events. He will soon be starting the Police Academy at Delaware Community College. All of the members and officers at Alert wish James good luck in the next phase of your life, after graduation! Well done!

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Jeff Griffiths, our newest member of the company, graduated from the Chester County Fire Training Academy with the Chester County, Pennsylvania and National Certification of Firefighter I.

The officers and members of Alert would like to congratulate Jeff and his family for his hard work and dedication to this important training and certification accomplishment.

Jeff was voted into the Alert Active Force in January and started his Firefighter I classes one week later, while planning his upcoming wedding with his fiancee, Jessica!

Congratulations Jeff and we look forward to seeing you grow into a great firefighter.

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The Downingtown Fire Dept. is invited each year to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Kids Day and Touch-A-Truck.  Tower and Rescue 45 plus Engine 46-2 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) and Air/Light 52 (Good Will Fire Co. No. 2 of West Chester) represented the the fire apparatus division.

In addition to the fire trucks, the Downingtown Police Dept. and the Chester County Sheriffs Dept. had their SUV’s to see and there were tow trucks, dump trucks, cement mixers and school buses.  It was a little rainy and cloudy, but the kids who attended had a great time checking-out our apparatus!




Thank you again to all of our Sponsors, Golfers and Volunteers who made our Third Annual Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing at the Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club another huge success.  The weather, first thing in the morning was cloudy and a slight mist, however by 10:00 AM the sun was starting to shine and we had another outstanding day!

Below, is a list of all of our 2016 Sponsors who helped make the Golf Outing a rewarding day. We would like to thank all of the golfers and sponsors again for the support of our 100% volunteer fire company.  Please be sure to patronize all of our sponsors in he future.

We had 24 golf teams participate this year, which was a record number.  The winning teams and the winners of the different challenges are as follows:

* First Place Team: “Team Flowers By Jena Paige” with a score of 59 – Ryan Kendra, Ron Kendra, Brett Kendra, Blake Kendra.

* Second Place Team: “Team CC” with a score of 61 – Herb Mays, Jon Gruss, Kevin Eill, Tom Laughlin.

* Third Place Team: “Team OKSAL” with a score of 62 – Gary Beideman, Tom Hebling, Ralph Zwakenberg, Joe Sparano.

- Closest to the Pin (3rd Hole): Glen Mariani – 6’11″.
- Closest to the Pin (15th Hole): Rick Counihan – 3’10″.
- Closest to the Pin (17th Hole): Jon Wetty – 10′
- Longest Drive, Female: Bev Brudnok.
- Longest Drive, Male: Mark Jenkins

We would also like to thank Mark Walsh of IrishEyez Photography for taking over 350 photos of our event!  All of the photos can be viewed on our Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing and IrishEyez Photography Facebook and websites.

We hope to see you all again next year – on May 8, 2017.

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The Downingtown Fire Dept. and the first-alarm mutual aide companies Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.), Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Engine 51-2 – RIT (First West Chester Fire Co.), Tanker 52 (Goodwill Fire Co. No. 2) and Tanker 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.) were dispatched to a building fire in the 400 block of Boot Rd., in Downingtown Borough.

Battalion 46 (J. Swisher) arrived on location and reported that there was a fire on the roof of a large industrial building with smoke showing from the roof.  After the crews laddered the roof, they found roofing materials on fire around the rooftop HVAC that renovation company was working on.  The fire was quickly brought under control and all units returned to service after about hour of work.

Thanks to IrishEyez Photography for the photos.

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This morning, volunteers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. took a vacation day from their regular jobs to participate in the Annual Pre-Prom Mock Auto Accident at the Downingtown West High School. The target audience for the event was the Junior Class of DWHS.  The mock two vehicle crash simulated the consequences of either texting and/or drinking and driving.

The DFD volunteers from Rescue 45 (Alert No. 1) and Engine 46-2 and EMS (Minquas Fire Company No. 2) with Uwchlan EMS  (Station 87) removed the doors from both cars and the roof of one of the cars, so that the students involved in the auto accident could be extricated from the two car, side impact accident.  One of the victims that was ejected through the windshield of the car was deceased and the Chester County Coroner placed that person in a body-bag and was removed to the Coroner van.

After the patients were removed, Office Coyle of the Downingtown Police Dept. took “Crime Scene” photos and conducted an accident scene investigation. At the end of the demonstration, Brad Cosgrove (Minquas EMS) and Officer Coyle described the process of the accident extrication and answered questions of the students.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the Downingtown West High School for inviting us to participate in this important “live” public safety message for our young people.