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
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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Dec
13
2014

DOWNINGTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

The Downingtown Fire Dept. participated in the Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade today.  In keeping with tradition, 22 of our volunteers pulled by hand, the retired 1892 Silsby Steam Fire Engine in the parade.

The DFD was also honored to host the family of John, Carla, Finn, Siennna Dougherty and Lauren Miller during the parade.  The Dougherty family won the opportunity to ride on any firetruck in the parade at a recent Habitat for Humanity of Chester County Auction, that was sponsored by Mayor Josh Maxwell, of the Borough of Downingtown.  After a tour of the old and new fire apparatus at the parade, they chose to ride in Rescue 45.

The heavy Silsby Steam Fire Engine was originally pulled by two horses when it was in service.  The Silsby was actually the second piece of fire apparatus for the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, purchased back in 1892 (the first was a Rumsey Ladder Wagon in 1887).  It served the Alerts from 1892 until 1908, when it was then given to the Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, when they formed, in 1908.  It was in service at Minquas until the early 1930′s.  In the early 1970′s, due to limitations in space, at the fire Minquas firehouse on E. Lancaster Ave, the steamer was sold to a collector of antique carriages.  Minquas was able to purchase the Silsby from the collector in the late 1990′s where it was placed into storage until the new Minquas firehouse was built in 2013.  The old steamer was taken out of storage in 2010 and taken to the Alert firehouse, where volunteers spent every night for three weeks scrubbing and cleaning many decades of dirt from the antique.  It made its first grand appearance, since the 1970, to the public in the 2010 West Chester and Downingtown Christmas Parades.  And, it has now been a new tradition that the DFD volunteers pull the heavy steam fire engine in the Downingtown Christmas Parade.  This is a piece of early Downingtown firefighting history and the volunteers of the DFD are very proud to show-it-off.  If you would like to get a close-up look at the Silsby, it can be seen, by appointment.

The photos are courtesy of Mike Dunn, Cory Butler, Linda Stevens and Betsy Zapotoczny Barron.

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