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
12
2015

SECOND ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCEMENT

The all volunteer, Alert Fire Co. No. 1 of Downingtown will be hosting the Second Annual Alert Fire Co. Golf Outing at the Downingtown Country Club as a fund-raising event and we are asking for local and national sponsorship for this event.

The outing will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015 - Happy May 4th!  Yes, we will have a “May The 4th Be With You” theme for the day!!!

This is where we need your help.  Attached, is a four page information handout.  This attachment has all of the info about the starting time, great prizes (such as a new car for a Hole-In-One and a “May The 4th Be With You” prize), sponsors and golfer registration.  Please consider joining us for the day, either by being a sponsor or getting a foursome together to play a round of golf.  You can either complete the attached sponsor and/or registration forms and send them in by mail.  Or, visit  www.alertgolfouting.org   for our on-line sponsorship and registration before April 26, 2015.  The  www.alertgolfouting.org  website is update daily, showing our sponsors and golfers when they register.  Please check the golf outing website for the most up-to-date list of sponsorship availability.

We do already have some great sponsors already partnered with us.  In addition, we are seeking door prizes from our local businesses, to give away during our Awards Ceremony, as well.  And, you would get full recognition for your sponsorship, with door prizes.

We look forward to seeing you on May 4th at the Downingtown Country Club.  All proceeds will benefit the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, directly.  Alert is 100% volunteer and a non-profit organization.  Also, please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alertfireco .

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Mar
10
2015

WORKING HOUSE FIRE ASSIST IN DOWNING RIDGE

Just after 1:30 PM, Tower 45 and Station 46 of the Downingtown Fire Dept. were dispatched on the first due assignment to assist Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and Rescue 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) as RIT to a house fire on Glen View Lane, in the Downing Ridge section of Caln Twp.

Caln Police promptly arrived on location, reporting smoke showing with an elderly female suffering from smoke inhalation.  Shortly thereafter, Chief 39 (Law) arrived and reported fire showing from the front of the two story Cape Cod style house.  The Working Fire Dispatch added the balance of Station 45, Medic 46-1 and a second Ambulance 46, Tower 47, and Engine 49-1.

Chief 38 (Cordisco) established Command and Chief 39 was the Operations Officer.  Engine 46-2 arrived and laid a 5″ water supply line from a hydrant to the scene, with the crew advancing an 1.75″ hand line into the house for fire attack.  Engine 49-5 advanced a backup 1.75″ hand line into the house, with a second hand line to the rear of the house.  The crew from Tower 45 laddered the house and ventilated, while the team from Rescue 47 established RIT.  The crews from Rescue 45 and Tower 47 assisted with fire attack plus Salvage and Overhaul.

Due to the injuries of the victim, it was determined that she needed to be flown by JeffStat 3 (Jefferson Univ. Hospital Air Medical) to Crozer-Chester Medical Center.  Ambulance 46-2, Medic 46-1 and Engine 46-1 responded to the nearby Landing Zone.

The is being investigated by the Chester County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.

Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography and Kirk Kohlmeyer.

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Feb
28
2015

SMOKE INVESTIGATION AND TOWER 45 ASSIST

At 5:00 PM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to an outside smoke investigation in the area of W. Pennsylvania and Hunt Avenues.  The crews from Engine 45 (Lt. K. Stevens), Brush 45 (Lt. Hamilton) and Squad 45 (Capt. Wesson) checked the area and the alley’s and determined that the odor of smoke were several homes using their fireplaces!

After the department cleared the W. Pennsylvania Ave. call, Assistant 45 (D. Ashbee) was advised that Tower 45 was required as the first-due truck company to assist Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) for an apartment building fire on Paul Nelms Dr. in Caln Twp.  Also, on the assignment were Station 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.), Ladder 49 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and RIT – Rescue 47 (Lionville Fire Co.).

Chief 38 (Cordisco) arrived on location and reported that a kitchen fire, in the area of the stove was already out, with a smoke condition inside of the building.  Tower 45 (Capt. Wesson) arrived on location just after the Chief’s and set-up in the front-corner of the three story apartment building.  The crew split into two teams with the first crew going into the apartment checking for fire extension.  And, the other team, in the bucket of Tower 45 to the roof.

Photo’s are courtesy of East Brandywine Fire Co.

 

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Feb
26
2015

DFD ASSIST TO EAST BRANDYWINE

Just after midnight, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched with Stations 49 (East Brandywine Fire Co.), 48 (Glen Moore Fire Co.) and RIT – Rescue 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) for a building fire at the China-Moon Restaurant, on Rt. 322 in East Brandywine Twp.

Tower 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) responded as the second-due truck company and was assigned to the rear of the building with Engine 49-1.  The crew split into two teams with one going to the roof and the other placing ground ladders.  Engine 46-2 (Lt. T. Lee, IV) was assigned to the front of the building and assisted with ventilation.

The fire was found by patrolling police officers when they saw smoke coming from the roof.  Upon further investigation, they saw flames in the area of the kitchen.  The fire was contained to the kitchen and is under investigation by the Chester County Fire Marshall’s department.

Photo is courtesy of the East Brandywine Fire Co.

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Feb
24
2015

ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. BANQUET ANNOUNCEMENT

The Downingtown Fire Dept. will hold the 58th. Annual DFD Banquet on Saturday, March 21, 2015, starting at 5:00 PM.  All members are urged to attend the annual event to help celebrate the accomplishments of 2014, at the Downingtown Country Club.  Please see Susan Schoellkopf or Jeff Stevens for tickets before Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

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Feb
19
2015

HOME HEATING SAFETY TIPS

During our recent extreme cold temperatures that we are experiencing, it is a good time to review our Home Heating Safety Tips, which are shown below.  When using any type of space heater, please be sure there is at least a three feet space all around the unit, do not use extension cords and do not leave the space heater unattended.  If you use an electric space heater, we recommend that you use a ceramic style of space heater.

Please do not use candles or your oven to heat your home.  And, be sure that you have working Smoke Detectors in your house.

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Feb
15
2015

ANNUAL DFD ICE RESCUE REFRESHER

Volunteers from the Downingtown Fire Dept. (Alert No. 1 and Minquas No. 2) Water Rescue Team participated with other teams from the Chester County Technical Rescue Task Force (Lionville Fire Co. and Wagontown Fire Co.) in an Ice Rescue Refresher Training Course.

On Sunday morning, the group met at the Lionville fire station to review our Ice Rescue techniques.  And, at 9:30 AM the group went to the Marsh Creek State Park lake for the practical exercises with the outside temperature of 9° and a -25° wind chill. Although it was very windy and bitter cold, the ice was perfect for training as it was only 3″ thick near the shore in spots, where the team conducted the training exercises.

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Feb
11
2015

BRUSH 45 ASSIST TO THORNDALE FIRE CO.

Just after 12:00 PM, Brush 45 and TAC-76 (Coatesville Veterans Admin.) were dispatched to assist Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) with a possible woods fire in the area of Lloyd and Manor Ave’s., Caln Twp.  It was determined that the fire was several hundred feet into the woods behind St. Martha’s Manor in Caln Twp.

Photo is courtesy of Main Line Media News.

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Jan
26
2015

PLEASE CLEAR YOUR FIRE HYDRANTS

With the snowy season of 2015 upon us, the Downingtown Fire Dept. would like remind those residents with fire hydrants in your neighborhood, to please shovel the snow, at least three feet in all directions from around the fire hydrant.  And, to shovel an additional three feet wide path out to the street, as well.

If our volunteer firefighters need take the time to shovel snow during an emergency, that will take them away from their duties at the emergency.  Please help us, help you.

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Jan
9
2015

TOP TEN RESPONDERS OF 2014

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 was dispatched to 389 emergency calls in 2014.  Some examples of the emergency calls that our volunteers responded to were house fires, commercial building fires, burnt food, automatic fire alarms, woods fires, car fires, vehicle accidents, water rescues, technical rescues and medical assists.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers who responded and participated in all of our calls and training events this past year.  The following is a list of the Top Ten Emergency Call Responders and the number of calls they responded to, for the year 2014:

    • Tom Lee – 300
    • Phil Moore – 227
    • Jeff Stevens – 211
    • Jason Cary – 199
    • Brett Wesson – 198
    • Shaun Hamilton – 189
    • Karl Stevens – 181
    • Vince Panetti – 165
    • Mike Wolfinger – 140
    • Bob Siter – 135
Dec
29
2014

2015 CORPORATE & ACTIVE FORCE OFFICERS ANNOUNCED

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to announce and congratulate the following Corporate and Active Force Officers for 2015:

  • President:  Jeff Stevens
  • Vice President:  Jason Cary
  • Secretary:  Chris Lam
  • Treasurer:  Susan Schoellkopf
  • Financial Secretary:  Jane Colburn
  • Trustee – Three Year Term:  Bob Siter
  • Trustee – Two Year Term:  Vince Panetti
  • Trustee – One Year Term:  Josh Tatham

 

  • Assistant Chief:  Dave Ashbee
  • Captain:  Brett Wesson
  • First Lieutenant:  Karl Stevens
  • Second Lieutenant:  Kevin Johnson
  • Third Lieutenant:  Shaun Hamilton

 

We would like to thank the following outgoing officers for their service to the company:  Pat Butler – President, Donna Abel – Treasurer, Blake Quinn – Trustee and Phil Moore – Deputy Chief.

Dec
21
2014

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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