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

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Archives — 2015

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.

2015 Burpee Emergency Services Award

Oct. 27, 2015

Pictured in the photo from left to right are: 1std VP John Maven, Past Battalion Chief F. Andrew Wedman, Chief J. David Worthington and PA State Representative Craig Staats

A prestigious honor was bestowed upon past Battalion Chief F. Andrew Wedman as he was presented with a 2015 Burpee Emergency Services Award on October 25, 2015 at the Spring Mill Manor Country Club. The annual award program is hosted the Central Bucks Chambers of Commerce. Battalion Chief Wedman was recognized for his twenty (20) years of service as a Chief Officer, along with the numerous other positons he held during the same time. He is currently President of Perkasie Firemen’s Relief Association. He was presented individual citations from U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, PA State Senator Charles T. McIlhinney Jr., and PA State Representative Craig Staats recognizing his achievements.

New Engine 26 – Production Reports #9

Sep. 14, 2015

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New Engine 26 – Production Reports #7, and #8

Sep. 11, 2015

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Click here to view progress report #8

New Engine 26 – Production Reports #3, #5, and #6

Sep. 9, 2015

Production Report #2 only had photos of the 2000 GPM pump as received by Pierce Mfg. In the following Production Reports are photos showing the start of body module fabrication.

Click here to view progress report #3
Click here to view progress report #5
Click here to view progress report #6

New Engine 26 – Production Report #1

Aug. 19, 2015

It was with great anticipation that PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 received the initial production report for the new Engine 26. The apparatus will be a 2016 Pierce Impel chassis, with 2000 GPM pump, 1000 gallons of water, Husky-6 Foam system for three (3) discharges. There will be 7-8 additional production reports forth coming in the next several weeks as fabrication continues. Anticipated final inspection at the Appleton, WI facility is September 30, 2015. Please check back often to watch the progress!

Click here to view a PDF document with pictures of the progress.

Please Drive Carefully

Aug. 19, 2015

It has been a busy month of August so far with multiple responses to several Motor Vehicle Accidents for PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1.

On August 7, 2015 10:40 hrs., Rescue 26 responded to assist Station 27 (Sellersville) with a report of an overturned vehicle on fire at N. Bethlehem Pike and Green Top Road in West Rockhill Twp. Pennridge Regional PD reported all subjects were out of the vehicles, however FD was needed for smoke coming from under hood of one vehicle. Deputy 26 (Boshell) reported no fire and directed Rescue 26 and Engine 27-1 to place oil absorbing material around and secure both vehicles. Companies remained on scene to assist with debris cleanup and cleared at 11:16 hrs.

On August 7, 2015 13:12 hrs., Rescue 26 was dispatched to assist Station 27 (Sellersville) with the report of a car into living room of house, operator was out and uninjured in the 1400 block of Ridge Road in West Rockhill Twp. Deputy 26 (Boshell) arrived on scene and reported vehicle did not strike residence rather wood shed on property. Deputy 26 and Montco Squad 72 (Tylersport) confirmed no utilities involved, incident was turned over to Engine 27-1 to remain on scene for vehicle removal. Companies cleared at 13:26 hrs.

On August 8, 2015 09:47 hrs., Rescue 26 was dispatched to assist Medic 151 and Perkasie PD with a 3-vehicle accident at N. 5th St. & W. Callowhill St. in Perkasie Boro. Deputy 26 (Boshell) directed Rescue 26 to secure all vehicles and contain fluids on roadway. Rescue 26 remained on scene to assist with general debris clean up. Cleared at 10:08 hrs.

On August 8, 2015 13:26 hrs., Rescue 26 was special called by Station 72 Command to assist with a single vehicle accident off the roadway on County Line Road, nearest intersection Barndt Road in West Rockhill Twp. Rescue 26 company arrived on scene to support Montco Squad 72, Montco Squad 75 (Telford) and Rescue 74 (Souderton) with the extrication of two (2) adults from an overturned vehicle. Company cleared at 14:04 hrs.

A&T Chevrolet-Subaru Presents $3,600 Donation

Aug. 7, 2015

PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 would like to thank A&T Chevrolet-Subaru for their very kind donation. During the recent Carnival, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru had two vehicles on display throughout the carnival week. During this time period, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru promoted they would donate $100 for every car sold at both their dealerships.

“We’re just glad to help. Our volunteer fire fighters and emergency personnel give so much of their time away from their families,” said Jeff Allen, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru’s President. “And the Department really helped us, even bringing the equipment trucks to the dealership for a promotional photo. It was amazing to see the trucks in action up close and, thankfully, not during a real emergency.”

We gratefully appreciate the support of all our local businesses.

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.

Dwelling Fire

July 29, 2015

On Monday morning July 27, 2015 at 06:11, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 responded to a report of a fire in the bedroom of a residence in the 500 block of Clover Lane, assisted by Tower 27 (Sellersville) and Engine 59 (Silverdale).

While enroute the Dispatch Center advised Deputy 26 (E. Boshell) that they had several calls reporting heavy smoke showing from the residence. Upon confirmation of a working fire Ladder 18 (West End – Quakertown) was added as RIT. Upon arrival smoke was pushing out of the eaves and roof vents. All residents of the dwelling had evacuated. Battalion 76 (J. Schoeller) arrived shortly to take Fire Operations, whereas Deputy 26 assumed Incident Command. Clover Command was established and assignments given to Tower 27 (Sellersville) to take the front of the dwelling and open the roof, Rescue 26 to pull a 2” attack line and proceeded into the residence, and Engine 59 (Silverdale) to hook to the hydrant to establish a water source for Rescue 26 and then pull a backup 2” attack line. Command requested 2 additional engines and Perkasie Boro Electric to respond. The first three apparatus arrived at the same time and proceeded with their assignments. At this time the fire breached the roof area on the A/D corner. Upon Ladder 18's (West End – Quakertown) arrival there assignment was changed to go to the roof and prepare to ventilate off their main. Due to fire and weather conditions (heat and humidity), Command requested a second alarm assignment and a second RIT team to replace Ladder 18. At this time the dwelling was evacuated and ladder pipes put in. The additional engines were Engine 23 (Dublin) and Rescue 60 (Hilltown). The 2nd RIT was Rescue 19 (Doylestown). The second alarm companies were Montco Tower 74 (Perseverance – Souderton),Tower 57 (Milford Twp.), Engine 17 (Quakertown) and Engine 58 (Trumbauersville). At 06:36 hours, about 10 minutes after the master streams were placed in service they were shut down and companies re-entered the dwelling. North Penn Goodwill Service was requested at this time for rehab, and Engine 36 (Richlandtown) and Tower 24 (Plumsteadville) were sent to cover Perkasie Borough. Second alarm companies started arriving at 06:40 and established a manpower pool. Chemical 17 (Quakertown) was added for the air cascade unit to refill SCBA cylinders. The fire was placed under control at 07:03 hours. Bucks County Fire Marshal FM200 (Kramer) and FM201 (Flanagan) arrived at 07:45 to start their investigation, and companies from the second alarm were starting to make themselves available. All companies were clear and available by 9:09 hours.

Kitchen Fire

July 29, 2015

At 11:35 hrs. on Friday July 17, 2015, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched for the report of multiple calls from neighbors stating smoke showing from a residence in the 300 block of S. 4th Street, Perkasie Borough. Upon arrival , light smoke was showing from the C/D corner of the structure. Captain J. Ferrara as acting officer, performed a 360 size-up while an personnel from Rescue 26 forced open the Side A front door and held it closed until a 2” hand line was in place for fire attack. As attack was initiated, the window on Side C was broken and ventilation begun as interior crews located and extinguished fire in kitchen cabinetry and surrounding walls. Upon arrival of Tower 27 (Sellersville), additional ventilation was performed and ground ladders thrown to the structure. Engine 59-1 (Silverdale) dropped 5” LDH from a hydrant at 4th & Spruce streets to Rescue 26. Ladder 18 initially dispatched for RIT, was placed in service handling primary search on 1st and 2nd floors. The incident was placed under control at 12:05 hours. Additional apparatus were called in for manpower during overhaul.

Vehicle Fire

July 15, 2015

At 13:08 hrs. on Tuesday July 14, 2015, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched for the report of an engine compartment fire with flames coming from under the hood in the 100 block of N. 5th Street in Perkasie Borough The complaint advised that he had emptied his extinguisher and his vehicle was turned off. Perkasie PD reported that the vehicle was a fully involved PortaPotty truck with hazardous waste. Rescue 26 responded and initiated attack on the engine compartment. The fire was contained to the cab of the vehicle and no hazardous material was involved. Engine 27 (Sellersville) arrived on the assist and pulled a back-up waterline. Perkasie Boro Electric Department was advised of possible damage to overhead service, and for inspection required. Department was made available at 15:07 hrs. after incident clean-up.

(Photo courtesy Joe Ferry – Bucks County Herald)

Aircraft Emergency

June 2, 2015

At 12:39 hrs. on Friday May 29. 2015, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY NO. 1 along with Engine 23 (Dublin) and Foam 57 (Milford Twp.) responded to the Pennridge Airport for an aircraft emergency. Upon arrival, PFC was advised that an in-flight twin-engine aircraft had lost one of its engines. Further details revealed that its landing gear was also malfunctioning preventing them from being lowered. Companies went to work preparing for an emergency landing by preparing foam and deploying five- inch supply hose from a nearby hydrant. The aircraft was able to make an emergency landing without further incident. There were no injuries reported. Pennridge Regional Police, Perkasie Police and Grand View Hospital’s Medics were also on scene assisting during the incident. The incident concluded at approximately 13:20 hrs.

Watch the incident on YouTube.

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.

  Credit for Emergency Reporting
  Credit for Telecommunications
  Credit for Dispatch Circuits
  Credit for Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms
  Credit for Engine Companies
  Credit for Reserve Pumpers
  Credit for Pump Capacity
  Credit for Ladder Service
  Credit for Reserve Ladder and Service Trucks
  Credit for Deployment Analysis
  Credit for Company Personnel
  Credit for Training
  Credit for Operational Considerations
  Credit for Fire Department
  Credit for Supply System
  Credit for Hydrants
  Credit for Inspection and Flow Testing
  Credit for Water Supply
  Community Risk Reduction

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

Smoke Detector Saturday

May 5, 2015

June 6, 2015 9am-12pm

The Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 will be distributing free smoke detectors to residents of Perkasie Borough. Members of the Fire Education Team will come to your residence and install a new working smoke detector during the time listed above. The Perkasie Fire Company participates with WPVI Channel 6 Operation Save a Life Smoke Detector Program and receives a generous allotment of free Kidde smoke detectors with 10-year lithium batteries. If you are in need of a new smoke detector and would like one installed for free, please call (215) 257-6950 or e-mail our Public Information Officer: to schedule a time.

William E. Baringer Recognized for 50 Years of Active Service

Apr. 6, 2015

During the 125th Anniversary celebration on evening March 7, 2015, William E. Baringer was presented his 50 year pin by fellow member & grandson Dylan Woosnam. He was also presented with a commemorative bronze bell from the Department in recognition of this achievement as a still Active Member. He received other notable items recognizing his years of service to the Department and community such as: a proclamation from US Senator Casey, a flag from US Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, a proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf, a proclamation from State Representative Craig Staats, a framed picture from Perkasie Borough Mayor John Hollenbach and Council and a resolution presented in his honor by the East Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors.

On Monday evening March 16th, Bill sat down with Perkasie News-Herald Reporter Eric Fitzsimmons to discuss his achievement. The text of his interview may be found here.

Following his interview Department members traveled to Perkasie Boro Hall to join in a special presentation. Perkasie Boro Council President James Ryder presented a framed print of the Boro’s Covered Bridge with an engraved plague recognizing his 50 years of Active Service. Council President James Ryder called it a “rare honor” to recognize someone who has been serving the borough and its citizens since 1965 and he was not alone in this praise.

Bill has serviced in many positions: Assistant Chief, Chief Engineer, Financial Secretary, member of the Bucks County Fire School Training Committee, numerous apparatus replacement committees, member of the Sell-Perk FD Convention committee, the Bucks County Fire Chiefs Clam Bake crew, and many other commitments too numerous to list. He is currently serving as Engineer for Rescue 26 and Trustee for the building. It is rare that you would not see him at the Station on a Saturday morning working on the apparatus or attending to something.

Congratulations Bill, we are proud of your milestone achievement and thank you for everything you have given to the Department and the Community.

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.

Operation 6 Save a Life

Apr. 6, 2015

Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 along with 165 other Fire Departments in the Tri-State area participated in the 23rd annual WPVI Operation 6 Save A Life smoke detector program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy on Friday, February 6, 2015. Fire Education Coordinator Patti Kostrubiak and Deputy Chief Ed Boshell received 15 cases of free smoke detectors with 10 year lithium batteries for distribution in the community.

This generous allotment was made possible thru a donation by Channel 6 ABC, Home Depot, American Water Resources, Tri-State Toyota and Kidde Corp who have provided smoke detectors to the Tri-State area departments. Over 10,000 smoke detectors were distributed. Present at the distribution were Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer along with 6 ABC reporter Karen Rogers. For more information about the Free Smoke Detector program please go to If you live within Perkasie Borough or East Rockhill Township, and cannot afford a working smoke detector or would like to have one installed, please call the Station at (215)257-6950 or e-mail our Public Information Officer at the link above with your request.

A Longs Days Night

Feb. 25, 2015

On Saturday afternoon February 22, 2015 at 16:38 hrs., PERKASIE FD was dispatched along with Sellersville’s Tower 27 and Engine 27-1 for a reported smoke condition and alarms sounding in Chalkboard Apartments on S. 3rd Street. Deputy 26 (Boshell) upon entering the structure found burnt food in the stairway and no one answering door of basement apartment. Engine Company 26 forced entry into the apartment and found a heavy smoke condition from burnt food and no one present. Chief 26 (Worthington) reduced the assignment down to Engine 26, Engine 76 and Tower 26. Tower Company 26 established positive pressure ventilation to evacuate smoke from affected hallway and apartment.

Later in that snow covered evening as the date changed to February 23rd, at 00:58 hrs. Rescue 26 was dispatched to assist Station 27 (Sellersville) with an Auto Extrication incident at Church and N. Main Streets in Sellersville Boro. Chief 26 (Worthington) was first on scene and found the driver of the involved single vehicle had self-extricated and was speaking with Perkasie PD. Chief 26 turned the scene overt o Engine 27-1 secure the hazards and recalled Rescue 26 at 01:10 hrs.

While returning to the Station, Chief 26 (Worthington) arrived on scene of a single vehicle accident with four (4) occupants that struck a utility pole in front of the Samuel Pierce Library on Arthur Avenue in Perkasie. After checking for injuries, Chief 26 secured the battery in the heavily front end damaged SUV. Chief 26 maintained contact with the occupants until arrival of sector Perkasie PD officers.

Upon clearing the Auto Extrication incident, Bucks County Radio reassigned Rescue 26 to cover Station 49 (Ottsville). While enroute, Rescue 26 was re-assigned to report to 10 Modern Way in Ottsville, to establish a tanker fill site at the local dry hydrant. Rescue 26 moved 38,000 gallons of water into mutual aid tankers working at a Barn Fire on Route 611 in Bedminster Twp. until 04:17 hrs. Upon completion, Rescue 26 returned to Station 49 for the cover assignment, returning to Perkasie Boro at 05:38 hrs. Rescue 26 was back at Station 26 at 6:28 hrs.

Kitchen Fire

Feb. 9, 2015

On Monday evening February 2, 2015 at 19:47 hrs., PERKASIE FD was dispatched for a reported kitchen fire in the 300 block of E. Walnut Street, Perkasie Boro. Deputy 26 (Boshell) was first on scene and reported smoke coming from Side A front door. Chief 26 (Worthington) arrived and established command on Side B, and reported visible flames thru window in B/C corner. Command directed Engine Company 26 to lead off with 2” hand line thru Side A front door to fire in B/C corner, with a hydrant directly in front of residence. Engine Company 76 was directed to initiate first floor ventilation . Deputy 26 directed First Floor interior attack, Battalion 26 (Eby) with Tower Company 26 went to the second floor for search and ventilation. Rescue Company 26 established a manpower pool in front of Engine 26. The fire was extinguished in 13 minutes with approximately 250 gallons of water. Companies remained on scene to board up kitchen window and perform overhaul duties. All Companies cleared the scene at 21:11 hrs.

Perkasie FD Receives Grant

Feb. 5, 2015

Perkasie FD recently received a $14,248 award thru the PA Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service grant for 2015. The funds will be utilized to install an emergency generator at the East Rockhill Twp. – Station 76; and the balance will pay down debt on an apparatus. The Grant monies are available thru State Gambling Funds.

Rescue 26 Covers Sellersville FD
at Motor Vehicle Accident

Feb. 5, 2015

On Monday morning February 2, 2015 at 10:17 hrs., Rescue 26 responded to assist Station 27 (Sellersville) with a fuel spill incident at N. Bethlehem Pike and Green Top Road, West Rockhill Twp. Deputy 26 (Boshell) arrived on scene and reported an accident between a box truck and a passenger vehicle. The passenger vehicle struck the rear wheels of the box truck shifting the wheels over the fuel tank dumping 5 gallons of diesel fuel in the wet road conditions. Deputy 26 directed Rescue 26 to place oil absorbent material and pads in place to collect the leaking fuel, and utilize putty to seal the leak so the truck could be towed. Department was available for service at 11:14 hrs.

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.