June 25, 2016
On Saturday June 25, 2016 at 13:20 hrs., Tower 26 was dispatched for a report of Skydiver stuck in a tree in the woods at Pennridge Airport in Box 76-28. Battalion 76 (Schoeller) was advised the patient was located at the end of the runway. Upon arrival, Deputy 26 (Boshell) contacted dispatch to notify FAA of activities in area and runway way shutdown. Battalion 76 advised Tower 26 to access airport via. Hi-Line Drive Gate. Upon accessing patient, it was determined the Skydiver had fallen approximately 40' onto the ground. Fire Department personnel assisted Medic 108-1 (St. Luke's - Quakertown) with patient packaging and movement to awaiting ground transportation. Incident was cleared at 14:23 hrs.
Congratulation FF1 Graduate Andrew Black
May 19, 2016
As graduation is about to occur in the area school districts, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 would like to congratulate our own graduate. During the Spring 2016 session, Probationary Firefighter Andrew Black completed and obtained National Pro-Board certification for Professional Qualifications for Firefighter 1 (NFPA 1001). The qualifications consist of CPR, First Aid (or higher level of Emergency Medical Training), Hazardous Materials Operational Core Competencies, Personal Protective Equipment Mission Specific Competencies, and Product Control Mission Specific Competencies in accordance with NFPA 472, Basic Fire Fighter Training that meets the intent of NFPA 1001-2013 Chapter 5, which has been approved to meet the requirement by the Bucks County Community College Department of Public Safety Training and Certification.
Pictured left to right: FF Brian Black (father), Graduate FF Andrew Black, Chief J. David Worthington
May 10, 2016
On Thursday May 10th, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 hosted members of the Bucks County Technical Rescue Task Force (BCTRTF) at Menlo Park in Perkasie Borough. The Task Force, along with Department firefighters worked with the MPD device on rigging rope hauling systems for several hours, under the direction of Task Force Leader Kurt Branule. The MPD (Multi-Purpose Device) allows the rescuer to go from lowering to raising without changing hardware, which is a major innovation in advanced technical hardware for rope rescues.
Photo courtesy of Anne Klimke
WPVI Operation 6 Save-A-Life Program
Feb. 10, 2016
On January 21, 2016, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 along with over 100 other fire departments in the Tri-State area participated in the 24th annual WPVI Operation 6 Save-A-Life Smoke Detector Program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. Fire Education Coordinator Patti Kostrubiak and Firefighter Brian Irvin received 40 free smoke detectors for distribution in the community.
In the 24 years, WPVI, along with sponsors Kidde, Home Depot, Tri-State Toyota, and American Water Resources, have donated over 200,000 life saving devices. In attendance along with sponsor representatives was 6ABC President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica, 6ABC Reporters Alicia Vitarelli, Annie McCormick and Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
For more information about the smoke detector program go to www.6abc.com. If you live in Perkasie Borough or East Rockhill Township, and cannot afford a working smoke detector or would like one installed, please call the station at (215) 453-2166 or email our Public Information Officer at the link above with your request.
Blizzard Storm Jonas
Feb. 4, 2016
During blizzard storm conditions from Friday January 22, 2016 thru Monday evening January 25, 2016, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 responded to eleven (11) incidents during those days. Incidents ranged from gas leaks inside dwellings, odor of smoke within a commercial building, and several respiratory arrest cases. Personnel on Utility 26 assisted Medic 151 (Grand View) with patient assessments, clearing access thru snow conditions and loading patients.
Tower 26 was dispatched to assist Station 59 (Silverdale) with a natural gas leak within a Hilltown Twp. multi-family residence; and also to assist Station 17 (Quakertown) with a partial building collapse within Quakertown Boro.
Jan. 25, 2016
During the clean-up from the heavy accumulation of snow on Monday January 25, 2016, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched at 23:26 hrs. for a dwelling on fire in the 1500 W. Rock Road, East Rockhill Twp. While responding to Station 76, Captain 76 (Nyce) reports he can see a header from on Ridge Road. Based upon this information, Chief 26 (Worthington) requests a Tanker Task Force(5 Tankers and 2 Engines) to the non-hydranted area. Pennridge Regional Police Officer Seville arrived on scene and reported well involved dwelling on road leading to quarry rim. Battalion 76 (Schoeller) arrives on scene and confirms PD report, and that all occupants are out of dwelling. Engine 27 and Engine 27-1 (Sellersville) were clearing an incident on RT 309 By-Pass are added to the repsonse. Chief 26 orders Engine 76 to drop 5" LDH at the corner of W. Rock corner and lay hose up the inclined snow covered hard pack roadway. Engine 27-1 was assigned to handle Tanker dump site at corner of W. Rock road; and Engine 27 to establish a Tanker fill site at a hydrant at Schwenkmill & Three Mile Run Roads. All other incoming apparatus were to stage off to the side of W. Rock Road and advance available manpower to the fire scene. Engine 76 laid 400' of 5" ldh before losing traction and stopping. Engine 76 personnel and stretched 400' -3” Blitzfire line in the roadway to Side A (front) of dwelling to protect a 2-story apartment/garage exposure on Side C. Chief 26 establishes Rock Road Command, and requests all incoming companies to assist in manually stretching 500' - 5" LDH to the fire scene from Engine 76, along with 5" gated manifold. Incoming companies advised to bring hi-rise hose packs to fire scene. Battalion 76 took Operations Sector. Command requested PP&L to expedite for downed live wires on Side B. Wires were secured by PP&L at transformer 300’ away. Command reports that 90% of cabin-style structure was consumed. Companies on scene had (3) Blitzfire ground monitors and (2) hand lines in service. Bucks County Chief Fire Marshal FM200 (Kramer) and FM202 (Walther) arrived on scene to document incident conditions and speak with the homeowner. FM201 (Flanagan) and FM202 returned the following morning to conduct their investigation as to the origin and cause of the fire. The incident was placed under control at 00:35 hrs. Additional man-hours were spent controlling hot spots and wrapping up frozen hose as the temperatures were hovering around 19F. Apparatus returned to quarters at 04:30 hrs.
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.