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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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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Dec
17
2016

ENGINE 45 ASSISTS STATION 49 AT A HOUSE FIRE

At 8:21 AM, Engine 45 with Engines 46-1 and 46-2 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) of the DFD were dispatched on the first alarm assignment to assist Station 49 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) at a house fire in the 200 block of La Vida Via in East Brandywine Twp.

The first arriving Chief Officer from Station 49 announced that there was a working garage fire.  Engine 49-5 laid a 5″ supply line down the road to the fire building.  Engine 45 (Ass’t. Chief Stevens), as the third-due engine company attached to the supply line and was the Water Supply Engine for the incoming Tanker Shuttle – Engine 48-5 (Glen Moore Fire Co.), Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.) and Engine 33-5 (Honey Brook Fire Co.).

The crews from Engine 45, Engine 46-1 (Capt. Boyd) and 46-2 (Lt. Pozza) assisted with fire attack, salvge and overhaul.  MICU 46-1 was the rehab team.

The photos are courtesy of the East Brandywine Fire Co.

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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
22
2016

DFD ADDS A NEW MEMBER TO THE SWIFT-WATER RESCUE TEAM

Congratulations to our volunteer, Jeff Griffiths who successfully completed the required WRER (Water Rescue & Emergency Response) training to allow him to now be an Operations Level member of the Downingtown Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.

Although, there is still more DFD training required for Jeff to be qualified for Emergency Boat Operations, Advanced Line Systems and Ice Rescue, the WRER certification is a big accomplishment for this volunteers, and he should be congratulated.

A job, well done Jeff; welcome to the team. This is only the beginning of more water rescue training!

The following is an article from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC:

Rescue members train in poor conditions

Sunday’s WRER training on The Schuylkill River. Water temp was 48 degrees, winds were blowing at 45mph, air temp was 37 degrees and water was moving at 606cfs.

This 16-hour course includes many valuable swiftwater rescue techniques. Using both classroom and practical hands-on training, Water Rescue & Emergency Response covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670 operations level guidelines.

An awesome group of First Responders from various companies in Chester County; Fame (West Chester), Lionville, Wagontown, Alert (Downingtown) and Goodwill (West Chester). They were motivated, determined and very professional as they went through each skill station in the not so friendly weather conditions.

Thank you Fame Fire Company for hosting this specialized rescue training and the hospitality was very nice. Classroom session took place at Fame Fire, pool session was held at Westtown School and Skills were on the Schuylkill River.

All those attending successfully completed and passed their written exam and skills! Thank you students for another outstanding training!

Photos by John Pavoncello. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.

The training was conducted by WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC from York, PA.

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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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