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The Alert No. 1 and Downingtown Fire Dept. volunteers were busy from 6:00 AM until 11:40 PM today, preparing and keeping our community safe during all of the 39th. Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Day events.

The Alerts started the day with what has turned-out to be an annual July 4th breakfast at a local diner, starting at 6:00 AM.  After breakfast the volunteers broke into several different teams for the day.  We had emergency crews operating a Water Station at Alert, while Minquas EMS had a First Aid Tent at Kerr Park and mobile EMT’s and Medics during the 5-10-15 k Run-For-Life Race; the DFD Water Rescue Teams were stationed on the Brandywine Creek during the Canoe Race; the DFD Fire Police maintained Traffic Control throughout the day and night; Fire and Rescue teams were on duty in addition to the DFD Officers maintained an Incident Command Team during the entire day.  Our Mutual-Aid partners assisted us with Fire and Emergency Crews during the Run-For-Life Race, plus during and after the fireworks show.

A new thing that the DFD added to our busy schedule for the entire day and evening was a New Volunteer Member Recruiting Table that was located on Pennsylvania Ave. at Park Lane, in Kerr Park.  Volunteers from the DFD in conjunction with  (in Chester County) greeted many visitors from near and far throughout the entire day of events.  Several visitors found out for the first time that we and many fire departments and companies in the area are volunteers!  This table was a success, as we were able to speak with many people and sparked the interest of several people to become a volunteer in their community.

If you are interested in our theme of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” please visit the Downingtown Fire Dept. at either the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, 122 W. Pennsylvania Ave. or the Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, 141 Wallace Ave, both in Downingtown, PA 19335. Or, visit our websites at  or .

If you are not sure which Fire, EMS or Fire Police service is closest to your home, please visit  for more info on how you can help your community.

The Officers of the DFD would like to thank all of our volunteers, our Mutual-Aid partners and their families for your service to our community in preparation and during our Good Neighbor Day and July 4th celebration.