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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Feb
7
2017

FOURTH ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCED

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 ( 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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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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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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