Dec
20
2014

SANTA VISITED DOWNINGTOWN & EAST CALN

I would like to thank my friends at the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 who volunteered to drive me around the streets of Downingtown Borough and East Caln Twp. on Engine 45, to visit with you, today.  All of the good boys and girls received a candy-cane that was handed out by my Alert Elves.

We started our travels in the West Ward of Downingtown at 9:00 AM and entered the East Ward of Downingtown in the early afternoon.  Then we covered East Caln Twp. in the mid to late afternoon.  I would like to thank the following Alert Elves who volunteered their entire day to drive me around the Good Neighbor Community.  They were Shaun Hamilton, J. D. Keen, George Monoghan, Jeff Stevens, Karl Stevens and Brett Wesson.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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Mar
13
2017

FOURTH ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 8, 2017

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 will be hosting the Fourth Annual Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing, on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club. There are several different opportunities for you or your business to join with us for this special event.  We are asking you to help us this year, by partnering with us and either being a sponsor or registering to play in the golf outing.

In the Information Packet, you will find several different Sponsor Levels to choose from. As one of our sponsors, you will have your name or business prominently displayed on our golf outing website ( www.alertgolfouting.org ), our Facebook page and signage during the golf outing. In addition to the Sponsor Levels, we will gladly accept items that can be given away to our golfers as door prizes and raffles at the awards dinner and at registration. You can also register to golf in the outing on our golf outing website at www.alertgolfouting.org .

Thank you for considering to golf in the outing, become a sponsors or a prize donation. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.  We hope to see you on May 8, 2017.  Registration deadline is May 2, 2017.

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Mar
12
2017

DFD ASSISTS AT TWO ALARM CALN BUILDING FIRE

At 12:11 AM, Engine 45 was dispatched as the Third-Due Engine Co. to assist Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) on the initial alarm for an apartment building fire at the The Preserve at Milltown on Meadowlake Drive in Caln Twp.

Assistant Chief 38 (D. Taylor) arrived on location with smoke showing from the second floor.  The crew from Engine 38 advanced an 1-3/4″ hand-line to the second floor to begin the fire attack.  Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) arrived next and supplied Engine 38 with their tank water, while the crew preformed search and rescue.  Engine 45 (Ass’t Chief J. Stevens) reverse laid 500′ of 5″ supply line from Engine 49-5 to a fire hydrant, while the crew advanced a back-up attack hand-line to the second floor apartment in the front of the building.

Battalion Chief 45 (Trego) was assigned an Operations Sector in the rear of the building while the crew from Engine 46-2 (Capt. Boyd) advanced an 1-3/4″ hand-line into the second floor exposure apartment in the rear of the building. Rescue 38 supplied Engine 46-2 from an additional fire hydrant in the complex.

After the fire was extinguished, all of the crews from the first and second alarms worked together with the salvage and overhaul operation.  Engine 45 was back at station and available at 4:30 AM.

The photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography.

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Mar
4
2017

60th. ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. BANQUET

The Downingtown Fire Dept. celebrated the accomplishments of 2016 at the 60th Annual DFD Banquet.  The guests enjoyed a buffet dinner at the St. Anthony’s Lodge Banquet Hall with the awards presentation and followed by dancing and socializing.

The following Alert No. 1 members received recognition for their volunteer service during 2016:

  • Jeff Griffiths – Firefighter of the Year
  • Debbi Follett – Fire Police of the Year
  • Josh Tatham – Meritorious Service
  • John Follett – Meritorious Service
  • Anthony Bensinger – Active Life Member (20 Years of Service)
  • John Carbo – Social Life Member (35 Years of Service)
  • Rich Rissel – Social Life Member (35 Years of Service)
  • Don Daily – 25 Years of Active Service
  • Chris Keen - 25 Years of Active Service
  • Kevin Larkin - 25 Years of Active Service
  • Carol Nelms - 25 Years of Active Service
  • Shane Colburn - 15 Years of Active Service
  • Jason Cary – 5 Years of Active Service
  • Allan Cunningham – 5 Years of Active Service
  • Kevin Johnson - 5 Years of Active Service
  • Mike McCarraher - 5 Years of Active Service
  • James Mostyn IV - 5 Years of Active Service

We would like to thank the Honey Brook Fire Co. (Rescue 33) and the West Whiteland Fire Co. (Tower 6) for standing-by at our station during the banquet.

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Feb
21
2017

TRESTLE BRIDGE & WOODS FIRE

At 10:00 PM the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to a Woods Fire in the area of Brandywine Ave, and Old Trolley Station Rd. in East Caln Twp.

Battalion Chief 45 (J. Trego) arrived at the Brandywine Ave. location and found what appeared to be a 200′ x 200′ woods fire where the “High Trestle Bridge” connects to the eastern side at the top of the valley.  He established the Trestle Bridge Command.

Assistant Chief 45 (J. Stevens) determined that the best access to the fire was from “Barrel House Hill” off of Boot Rd. He established the Water Supply and Staging Officer at the top of the hill.  The crews from Brush 45 (Lt. Hamilton) and Engine 46-2 (Capt. Boyd) started to cut a half of a mile path down the abandon railroad bed with chainsaws.  The Borough of Downingtown Public Works assisted with making this operation quicker with a front-end loader. When these two crews arrived at the beginning of the trestle, they determined that the under-side of the wooden section of the bridge and the surrounding woods were on fire.   Assistant Chief 46 (T. Lee, III) was the Operations Officer and requested ground ladders and additional manpower, due to an extensive operation on the bridge and the surrounding woods, under the high bridge being on fire.

The water supply operation was set-up at the top of Barrel House Hill with Engines 45 (Capt. Wesson), 46-1 (Firefighter T. Swisher), 46-2, 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.)  and Tanker 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.).  Fire suppression was completed after three and a half hours of hard work by the crews from Brush and Squad 45 (Firefighter Tatham), Brush and TAC 39, ATV 46 and 49 and Brush 35-2 (Wagontown Fire Co.). We would like to thank our volunteers and our mutual-aide partners for their assistance.

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Feb
6
2017

CHESTER COUNTY INTRODUCES SMART911

The Downingtown Fire Dept. is happy to announce that Chester County now has “Smart 911″ for all of our residents to use.  This new system will give emergency responders additional knowledge when we are responding to your emergency.

What if there’s a fire, a medical emergency, or a child goes missing?  When you dial 9-1-1 under stress, you may not have access to important details, or you may have trouble remembering them.  Smart911 is a new service in Chester County that allows you to create a Safety Profile on-line at  www.smart911.com .  Your profile will include details that you want the Chester County 9-1-1 Center and the public safety response teams to know about you and others in your household in an event of an emergency.  When you dial 9-1-1, from a phone associated with your Safety Profile, the information that you provide, automatically displays to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send you responders based on the up-to-date location and emergency information.

With your Safety Profile created, emergency responders can arrive at your location, already aware of details that they would not otherwise know. Fire crews can arrive knowing exactly how many people live in your home and where the bedrooms are located.  EMS personnel will know family members’ allergies or specific medical conditions.  And, the police will be able to access a photo of a family member in seconds rather than minutes or hours, helping the search for a missing person, start faster.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. urges you to create an Safety Profile today and take advantage of this state-of-the-art feature, so that we will be better equipped to help you in a time of need.

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Feb
5
2017

ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. BANQUET ANNOUNCEMENT

The Downingtown Fire Dept. will host the 60th. Annual DFD Banquet on Saturday, March 4, 2017, starting at 5:00 PM.  All members are urged to attend the annual event to help celebrate the accomplishments of 2016, at the St. Anthony’s Lodge Banquet Hall.  Please see Susan Schoellkopf or Karl Stevens for tickets before Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Jan
9
2017

CHIMNEY FIRE IN CALN TWP.

Just after 8:30 PM, Tower 45 was dispatched with Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) as the first-due truck company to a chimney fire on Walnut St., in the Thorndale Heights section of Caln Twp.

Chief 38 (Cordisco) arrived with fire and smoke showing from the top of the chimney.  The crew from Engine 38 operated in the interior of the two story house while the crew from Tower 45 (Lt. Hamilton) placed the ladder tower and ground ladders in service to the roof.  The team dropped the chimney chain down the chimney from the roof and the interior team checked for extension.

Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Emergency Service Photography.

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Dec
31
2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The members and officers of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to wish you and your family a Safe and Happy 2017!

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Dec
20
2016

SEASONS GREETINGS

The Alert No. 1 officers and members would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday.

Merry Christmas From Our Alert Family to Yours

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Dec
20
2016

2017 CORPORATE AND ACTIVE FORCE OFFICERS ANNOUNCED

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to announce and congratulate the following Corporate and Active Force Officers for the year 2017:

  • President:  Vince Panetti
  • Vice President:  Bob Siter
  • Secretary:  Jane Colburn
  • Treasurer:  Susan Schoellkopf
  • Financial Secretary:  Debbi Follett
  • Trustee – Three Year Term:  Karl Stevens
  • Trustee – Two Year Term:  Mike Fetterman
  • Trustee – One Year Term:  Pat Butler

 

  • Assistant Chief:  Jeff Stevens
  • Battalion Chief:  Jeff Trego
  • Captain:  Brett Wesson
  • First Lieutenant:  Karl Stevens
  • Second Lieutenant:  Shaun Hamilton
  • Third Lieutenant:  Bob Siter

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Dec
19
2016

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN – UPDATE

We heard from Santa Claus on Saturday morning while we were at a house fire and Santa said that due to the streets and sidewalks still being icy, we will reschedule his visit for next Saturday.

SANTA CLAUS WILL NOW BE COMING TO TOWN ON DECEMBER 24th. STARTING AT 8:00 AM.

We will start the tour at 8:00 AM in the West Ward of Downingtown. In the early and mid afternoon we will be in the East Ward of Downingtown, then late afternoon we will be in East Caln Twp.

Be sure to come-out and see me on December 24th!

Sincerely,

Santa

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Dec
18
2016

ANNUAL DFD CHRISTMAS SOCIAL GATHERING

The Annual Downingtown Fire Dept. Members Christmas Social Gathering will take place on December 21, 2016, any time after 7:00 PM, at the St. Anthony’s Lodge Banquet Hall on Church St., in Downingtown.

All current and retired Firefighters, Fire Police and EMS of the Downingtown Fire Dept. are invited to attend our annual event.  This will be a great opportunity for you to catch-up with an old friend or meet some of our newer members!  Be sure to bring an appetite for our buffet that starts at 7:00 PM.  We hope to see you there!

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