Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 - 100 N. Fifth Street • P.O. Box 203 - Perkasie, PA 18944

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Why As A Business Owner Do I Have To Buy A Knox Box?

March 13, 2018



Early this morning (02:39 hrs), the Department responded to a local business for a Fire Alarm Activation. Chief Officers, along with a Police Officer, were able to quickly enter that property using the building keys contained in the exterior mounted Knox Box key vault, all without waiting for the Owner's representative to arrive. Upon entry they found a light smoke condition and a burnt electrical odor. With the assistance of arriving Engine companies, the problem was located and found to be an electric resistance baseboard heater that failed, and melted a nearby multi-outlet power strip. The Business Owner was notified of the emergency, and arrived to meet a Chief after the building was locked and all apparatus left.


REMINDER: If there are any changes to Business Emergency Contacts, please contact your local Police Department to inform them of the updates.




Voluntary Rescue Services Cert. – Advanced

Jan. 30, 2017


Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 is pleased to announce that both the PA Department of Health and the PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner have re-certified the Department for again reaching the goals for recognition in the PA Volunteer Rescue Services Recognition program. This achievement shows an outstanding level of commitment to the fire and EMS service and to the health and welfare of the citizens.



The Department has been certified at the highest level "Vehicle & Machinery - Advanced" since 2012; and remains the only recognized rescue service in the County of Bucks.



This program was developed through the collaboration of the Bureau of EMS, the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Rescue Task Force of the PA Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC) to formally recognize those services that meet the goals and successfully complete the recognition program.



New Engine 26

Oct. 30, 2015

Thanks to the support from Perkasie Borough residents, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No.1 was able to replace and upgrade their front line pumper. On Friday evening October 23, 2015 members of the Apparatus Replacement committee drove their new 2015 Pierce Impel pumper into the Borough Station. The new apparatus will be designated Engine 26 and will be placed in service in a few weeks after mounting additional tools and completing training on it's new systems.

Engine 26 is equipped with a 2000 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam cell, (2) pre-connected 2" hose foam/water speed-lays, (2) pre-connected 2" hose water cross lays, (1) pre-connected 3" foam/water blitz line, (1) pre-connected 3" water blitz line along with 1500 feet of 5" large diameter supply hose. The apparatus is equipped with LED scene lighting for greater lumens on the fire scene, along with a light tower mounted in the forward section of the hose bed.

The new Engine 26 replaced a 1989 Pierce Lance 2000 gpm pumper that was recently sold to Lillington FD - Lillington, NC. The FD would like to thank Sales Manager Kelly Baumgartle of Glick Fire Equipment Co. - Bird-In-Hand, PA for his valuable assistance in obtaining answers to the design questions the Apparatus Replacement Committee posed.

Please take time to stop by the Borough Station to see our new Engine 26.



Fire Prevention Award

Aug. 3, 2015

Fire Education Coordinator Patti Kostrubiak has announced that PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 has been informed by the Fireman's Association State of Pennsylvania (FASP) that the Department has been awarded third place for the Chief Robert W. Little Jr. Memorial Fire Safety Education Award in Division A (population greater than 10,000). A plaque noting this achievement along with a $400 cash prize will be presented at the annual Firemen's Convention in Lake Harmony, PA on September 24-26, 2015. Congratulations to Fire Education Coordinator Kostrubiak and all the members of the Department who work throughout the year promoting fire safety to both the youth and adults of our Community.



Department Receives ISO PPC Class 3 Rating

May 12, 2015

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the US. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using out Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1-10, Class 1 being superior.


By Classifying communities' ability to surpress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION
Result
Potential
  Credit for Emergency Reporting
2.4
3
  Credit for Telecommunications
3.2
4
  Credit for Dispatch Circuits
1.2
3
  Credit for Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms
6.8
10
 
FIRE DEPARTMENT
  Credit for Engine Companies
5.41
6
  Credit for Reserve Pumpers
0.00
0.50
  Credit for Pump Capacity
3
3
  Credit for Ladder Service
3.9
4
  Credit for Reserve Ladder and Service Trucks
0.00
0.50
  Credit for Deployment Analysis
8.93
10.00
  Credit for Company Personnel
2.92
15
  Credit for Training
4.96
9
  Credit for Operational Considerations
2
2
  Credit for Fire Department
31.12
50
 
WATER SUPPLY
  Credit for Supply System
29.58
30
  Credit for Hydrants
3
3
  Credit for Inspection and Flow Testing
4
7
  Credit for Water Supply
36.58
40
 
DIVERGENCE
-5.84
  Community Risk Reduction
2.99
5.50
 
  TOTAL CREDIT
71.65
105.50

Community Classification = Class 3 Previous 2007 Classification = 63.21 8.44 Point Improvement

Facts and Figures:

  • 2,617 Fire Districts Classified in Pennsylvania
  • Perkasie FD ranks in the top 1.25% in Pennsylvania as a Class 3
  • One of 30 Districts classed at a Class 3 or above

View the ISO Letter



William E. Baringer Recognized for 50 Years of Active Service

Apr. 6, 2015

 



Department Celebrates 125th Anniversary Year

Apr. 6, 2015

On Saturday evening March 7, 2015 many Municipal Officials and Mutual Aid Officers from surrounding FD’s joined numerous Life Members and Active Members to celebrate the 125th Anniversary Year of PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1. The special evening was hosted in the banquet hall of the Indian Valley Country Club in Telford. Historical items were on display for all to view, many from the Departments collection and other personal items of members. Two (2) Special Awards were presented that evening to members who have contributed to the success of the Department. F. Andrew Wedman was presented with a commemorative bronze axe in recognition for his 20 years of service as Battalion Chief. William E. Baringer was presented his 50 year pin by member & grandson Dylan Woosnam. He was also presented with a commemorative bronze bell in recognition of this achievement as a still Active Member.

The William E. Baringer Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Price. He was recognized for his commitment, dedication and selfless service to the Department. Bob has held many positions with the Department including President and Relief Association President. He was a longtime chairman of the Bingo Committee.

Other awards presented that evening included plagues recognizing Roger A. Jones for his years of leading the Department as President, Gregory McManus for his service as 2nd Vice President, Alan Edwards for his years of service as Trustee and Leif Loheide for service as Relief Association Vice President. Thomas Steiner was recognized with a 15 year pin and Life Membership. Joseph Conway and Diana Strawn were recognized for 20 years of membership, along with Roger Jones and Doug Price for 35 years of membership. Treasurer Jerry Rup was recognized for his 40 years of membership along with Dennis High and Monroe Hunsberger for 45 years. Three (3) persons received 50 year pins for membership – Willaim Baringer, Larry Myers and Jay Sowers.

Congratulations to all of the honorees.



2017 Year End Report

Jan. 2, 2018



As we begin the New Year, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 would like to thank everyone that supported us throughout 2017. As a Department, we are looking forward to everything this next year will bring.


Please be sure to look for future posts with upcoming events, ways you can get involved and important announcements. As we look back on 2017, the Department responded to 276 fire-related incidents. Although the total number of incidents decreased 8% from 299 to 276, there was 3.5% increase in fire incidents, and a 3.5% decrease in false alarms. Apparatus and personnel responded to 276 requests; 45 of the incidents (16.30%) were fire related, 1 incidents were overpressure/explosion related (0.36%), 58 incidents (21.01%) were rescue/EMS related, 28 incidents (10.14%) were related to hazardous conditions, 47 incidents were service calls (17.03%), 58 incidents were good intent related (21.01%), 39 incidents (14.13%) were false alarms.


Perkasie Borough had 100 incidents (36.23%), East Rockhill Township had 62 incidents (22.46%) and Hilltown Township had 25 incidents (9.06%) of the total call volume. Our services were provided to various other municipalities such as West Rockhill Township with 36 incidents (13.04%), Sellersville Borough with 18 incidents (13.04%), Quakertown Borough with 9 incidents (3.26%), Dublin Borough with 2 incidents (0.72%), Richland Township with 6 incidents (2.17%), and Silverdale Boro with 2 incidents (0.72%).


In total, the department staff provided 5,479.07 man-hours of service in response activity and training.(not including fund-raising time).


Do you skills to share with your community? We are currently seeking new members ages 14 and up to fill a wide opportunity of positions from Fire Suppression to non-emergency roles. Please contact us about what you can offer.



2016 Year End Report

Jan. 3, 2017


Total Number of Incidents for Year: 299
Total Number of Training Activities: 44


Year End Summary Statistics:

Apparatus and personnel responded to 299 requests; 39 of the incidents (13.04%) were fire related, 1 incidents were overpressure/explosion related (0.33%), 59 incidents (19.73%) were rescue/EMS related, 34 incidents (11.37%) were related to hazardous conditions, 53 incidents were service calls (17.72%), 59 incidents were good intent related (19.73%), 53 incidents (17.72%) were false alarms, 1 incident was severe weather (0.33%).

Perkasie Borough had 117 incidents (39.13%), East Rockhill Township had 75 incidents (25.08%) and Hilltown Township had 23 incidents (7.69%) of the total call volume. Our services were provided to various other municipalities such as West Rockhill Township with 26 incidents (8.69%), Sellersville Borough with 21 incidents (7.02%), Quakertown Borough with 6 incidents (2.00%), Dublin Borough with 3 incidents (1.00%), Richland Township with 3 incidents (1.00%), and Silverdale Boro with 3 incidents (1.00%).

In total, the department staff provided 6598.76 man-hours of service in response activity and training.



2015 Year End Report

Jan. 4, 2016


Total Number of Incidents for Year: 340
Total Number of Training Activities: 49


Year End Summary Statistics:

Apparatus and personnel responded to 340 requests; 47 of the incidents (13.82%) were fire related, 2 incidents were overpressure/explosion related (0.58%), 51 incidents (15.00%) were rescue/EMS related, 33 incidents (9.70%) were related to hazardous conditions, 71 incidents were service calls (20.88%), 74 incidents were good intent related (21.76%), 60 incidents (17.64%) were false alarms, 1 incident was severe weather (0.29%)and 1 incident was special type (0.29%).

Perkasie Borough had 119 incidents (35.00%), East Rockhill Township had 54 incidents (15.88%) and Hilltown Township had 27 incidents (7.94%) of the total call volume. Our services were provided to various other municipalities such as Sellersville Borough with 33 incidents (9.70%), West Rockhill Township with 63 incidents (18.52%), Quakertown Borough with 11 incidents (3.23%), Richland Township with 7 incidents (2.05%), Silverdale Boro with 1incidents (0.29%), and Dublin Borough with 1 incidents (0.29%).

In total, the department staff provided 6705.08 man-hours of service in response activity and training.



2014 Year End Report

Jan. 5, 2015

Total Number of Incidents for Year: 371
Total Number of Training Activities: 69


Year End Summary Statistics:
Apparatus and personnel responded to 371 requests; 21 of the incidents (5.66%) were fire related, 3 incidents were overpressure/explosion related (0.80%), 62 incidents (16.71%) were rescue/EMS related, 43 incidents (11.59%) were related to hazardous conditions, 91 incidents were service calls (24.52%), 91 incidents were good intent related (24.52%), 59 incidents (15.90%) were false alarms, and 1 incident was special type (0.26%) Perkasie Borough had 129 incidents (34.77%), East Rockhill Township had 69 incidents (18.59%) and Hilltown Township had 32 incidents (8.62%) of the total call volume. Our services were provided to various other municipalities such as Sellersville Borough with 23 incidents (6.19%), West Rockhill Township with 71 incidents (19.13%), Quakertown Borough with 14 incidents (3.77%), Richland Township with 5 incidents (1.34%), Silverdale Boro with 1 incident (0.26%), and Dublin Borough with 8 incidents (.34%). In total, the department staff provided 9,127.11 man-hours of service in response activity and training.