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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Apr
28
2016

ROOF-TOP FIRE ON BOOT RD.

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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Mar
21
2016

THIRD ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCED

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 will be hosting the Third Annual Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing, on Monday, May 2, 2016 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 ( 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 2, 2016.  Registration deadline is April 25, 2016.

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Alert Golf Outing Website – Registration and Info

Mar
19
2016

E. LANCASTER AVE. SMOKE INVESTIGATION

Just before 7:30 AM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched for an outside smoke investigation in the 100 block of E. Lancaster Ave.  Assistant 45 (J. Stevens) arrived on location and found a light smoke condition inside of the first floor of a commercial business.

The crew from Tower 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) went inside of the building to determine the source of the smoke and the crew from Engine 46-1 (FF Wolfinger) established a water supply and stretched a hand-line into the building.  Assistant 45 added Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.) to the assignment and their crew checked the rear of the building and second floor apartment.  It was determined that the source of the smoke condition was a window frame fire, that was covered-over on the inside of the building and was in a small crawl-space between two of the buildings.  Battalion 45 (Trego) had the operations sector and the crews from Rescue 45 and Engine 46-2 assisted with the overall.

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Mar
12
2016

59th. ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. BANQUET

The Downingtown Fire Dept. celebrated the accomplishments of 2015 at the 59th 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 2015:

  • Shaun Hamilton – Firefighter of the Year
  • Debbi Follett – Fire Police of the Year
  • Bob Siter – Meritorious Service
  • John Follett – Meritorious Service
  • Bryan Rambo – 40 Years of Active Service
  • Vince Panetti – 45 Years of Active Service
  • Jason Cary – Outgoing Vice President
  • Chris Lam – Outgoing Secretary
  • Josh Tatham – Outgoing Trustee
  • Jeff Stevens – Outgoing President
  • Dave Ashbee – Outgoing Assistant Chief
  • Kevin Johnson – Outgoing Lieutenant

We would like to thank the Lafayette Fire Co. (Lancaster County) and the Christiana Fire Co. (New Castle County, DE) for standing-by at our station during the banquet.

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Mar
11
2016

CHANGE YOUR CLOCK – CHANGE YOUR BATTERY

The Downingtown Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Committee recommends that when you change your clocks this weekend, that you change the battery in your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, as well.

At 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 13, 2016 you will be changing your clocks ahead one hour, which means that Standard Time will end and Daylight Savings Time will begin.  Please take this time, this weekend to make changing your batteries a family project.  Something as simple as having a fresh battery may safe your life!

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Mar
6
2016

TWO ALARM HOUSE FIRE ASSIST IN COATESVILLE

AT 10:00 PM, Rescue 45 and Air-Light 46 were requested on the Working Fire Dispatch, to assist the Coatesville Fire Dept. with a house fire in the 600 block of Olive St., in Coatesville City.  The Rescue 45 (Capt. Wesson) crew split into two teams going to the first and second floors to assist with pulling ceilings and walls for the engine companies operating inside.

Tower 45 was promptly added to the second alarm assignment as the third-due truck company.  The Tower 45 (Past Chief Lee) assisted with roof ventilation operations.  All of the DFD volunteers assisted with the salvage and overhaul operations.

Photos are courtesy of 3rd. Alarm Photography.

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Feb
18
2016

RV FIRE AT CRACKER BARREL

At 11:00 PM, Station 46 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) was dispatched to a vehicle fire to the rear of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, on E. Lancaster Ave., in East Caln Twp.  As Battalion 46 (J. Swisher) went responding, he was advised that the Downingtown Police Dept. was on location with a fully involved RV.  B-46 added Station 45 and Engine 6-2 (West Whiteland Fire Co.) to the assignment.

Upon arrival, the fully involved RV fire was extending into the rear of the restaurant and B-46 assumed Command and requested a Working Fire Building Dispatch, which added Tower 6, Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Tower 47 and Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.), Engine 51-2 – RIT (First West Chester Fire Co.) and Ambulance 87 (Uwchlan EMS).

Engine 46-2 (Lt. Pozza) was the first unit to arrive and they deployed two attack lines, while Engine 46-1 secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant.  The crew from Tower 45 (Capt. Wesson) went to the roof from the rear of the building to check for extension.  While Engine 45 (Past Chief T. Lee) laid a second water supply line to the rear of the building to supply Tower 45.  Assistant 45 (J. Stevens) was Operations/Manpower for the building sector.  The crew from Engine 6-2 went into the building with a hand line and Tower 6 went to the roof, both to check for extension from the front of the building. Due to a quick knockdown of the RV fire, there was no fire extension into the building.  The crews Engine 38 and Station 47 assisted with overhaul and packing of hose.

We would like to thank the above Mutual Aid companies and the Downingtown Police Dept. who assisted at the fire scene and the Glen Moore and East Brandywine Fire Co’s who stood-by at both stations.

Photos are courtesy of Nozzle Nut Photography and IrishEyez Photography.

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http://6abc.com/news/rv-fire-damages-restaurant-in-downingtown/1207352/

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Camper-Fire-at-Cracker-Barrel_Philadelphia-369397271.html

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Jan
21
2016

PLEASE CLEAR YOUR FIRE HYDRANT OF SNOW

With the coming of the first major snow storm of the season, the Downingtown Fire Dept. would like remind those residents and business owners 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.

By taking a few minutes to shovel-up our fire hydrants will help us provide you with prompt an efficient service, if that water source is needed.  If our volunteer firefighters need take the time to shovel the snow from around the fire hydrant, during an emergency, that will take them away from their duties at the emergency scene.  We ask that you please help us, help you!

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Jan
10
2016

UNDERGROUND FIRE ON E. LANCASTER AVE.

At 4:48 AM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to a report of a carbon monoxide detector activation in the 100 block of East Lancaster Ave.  The first arriving units evacuated the the residents from the apartment building that had the elevated carbon monoxide readings.  Upon further investigated, the crews found a situation with underground electrical wires that were on fire and producing carbon monoxide that was entering several of the buildings and created a larger scale incident that blocked traffic during the morning hours in the 100 block of East Lancaster Ave.

Downingtown EMS evaluated the residents impacted by the fumes as a precaution and the situation was turned over to PECO Energy crews to complete repairs after all businesses and residences in the block were ventilated and checked with metering devices to ensure safety of the occupants.  The DFD was assisted by Engines 47 and 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.) at the scene.  And, Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) stood-by at Station 45 to cover our local during this extended incident. All DFD units cleared the scene at 11:00 AM.

Photos are courtesy of the Minquas Fire Co. No. 2.

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Jan
4
2016

RESCUE IN EAST BRADFORD TWP.

Just after 9:30 PM, Rescue 45 and Squad 45, with Engine 46-2 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) were dispatched as the second due rescue and engine companies to assist Station 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.) and Ambulance/Medic 46 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2 EMS) for a serious auto accident on the 1100 block of Skelp Level Rd, in East Bradford Twp.

The rescue crew assisted with stabilization using Struts, Come-A-Longs and Cribbing, in addition to patient extrication using several components of our Hurst Jaws Of Life rescue system tools.

Photos are courtesy of the West Bradford Fire Co.

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Jan
1
2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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

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Dec
29
2015

2016 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 2016:

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

 

  • Assistant Chief:  Jeff Stevens
  • Captain:  Brett Wesson
  • First Lieutenant:  Karl Stevens
  • Second Lieutenant:  Shaun Hamilton

 

We would like to thank the following outgoing officers for their service to the company:  Jason Cary – Vice President, Chris Lam – Secretary, Josh Tatham – Trustee, Kevin Johnson – Lieutenant and Dave Ashbee – Assistant Chief.