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.
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
New Engine 26 – Production Reports #7, and #8
Sep. 11, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.6abc.com. 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.
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.
Perkasie Fire & Police donate to TOYS for TOTS
Dec. 17, 2014
On December 9, 2014, members of the Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 and the Perkasie Police Department delivered two large bins filled with unwrapped toys to the Upper Bucks Toys for Tots Foundation. The toys will be given to some less fortunate children to help them have a memorable holiday season. Thank you to all that donated gifts and for all the volunteers that make this annual program such a success.
Photo Courtesy of Debby High
Veterans Day Recognition
Nov. 25, 2014
Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 was privileged to take part in “Honoring our Nation’s Veterans” at Grand View Hospital on November 11, 2014. Together with Sellersville Fire Department and Veterans from several branches of the military, we assisted in retiring an American Flag. Upon conclusion of its retirement, we then assisted with presenting the colors of a new American Flag. We were very honored to take part in this prestigious ceremony.
A Thank You from the Perkasie Fire Company
Nov. 7, 2014
To the Residents of Perkasie Borough:
On behalf of the entire Perkasie Fire Company, its Executive Board, Officers and members, we’d like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest THANKS for your support of the Tax Referendum. Your favorable vote will now assist the Fire Company in upgrading the Borough’s Fire Station that was built in 1970. It will also help to fund numerous projects that will not only improve the ability of the fire company to provide emergency services during severe storms and other major incidents, but also to improve the energy efficiency, safety and the security of our station and our volunteers.
Your generosity will help us to continue providing you with the most highly trained and professional fire protection, rescue and medical services available. If you have any questions or comments, you are always welcome to contact us at (215) 257-6950. We would also like to warmly welcome you to visit our website, www.perkasiefd.org, for detailed information about the Fire Company, our members and other important information and events. Thank you again for your support!
With Warm Regards,
The Members of the Perkasie Fire Company No. 1
2014 Burpee Emergency Services Award
Nov. 3, 2014
A prestigious honor was bestowed upon Dept. Secretary & Fire Education Coordinator Patti Kostrubiak as she was presented with a 2014 Burpee Emergency Services Award on October 26, 2014 at the Spring Mill Manor Country Club. The annual award program is hosted the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. Patti was recognized for her many years in service as Department Secretary and her leadership as Fire Education Coordinator developing Fire Prevention activities. She was presented individual citations from U.S. Representative Michael Fitzpatrick, PA State Senator Charles T. McIlhinney Jr., and PA State Representative Paul Clymer recognizing her achievements.
Fire Tax Open House
Oct. 7, 2014
The Fire Company will be hosting an Open House-type event on Saturday, October 25th from Noon to 3:00 pm to help answer any questions from the public before the election in November. There will be a question on the ballot asking residents if they support an increase in the Fire Tax millage in the amount of 0.5 mil to support capital projects at the Fire Station.
The language on the ballot will be as follows: “Shall Perkasie Borough Council levy an additional real estate tax of 0.5 mills for the purpose of funding fire department services in the Borough? YES or NO”
Plain English Statement: The ballot question asks the voters of Perkasie Borough whether the Borough Council should assess an additional tax of 0.5 mills, bringing the total fire services tax to 1.5 mills for the purpose of funding fire and rescue services within Perkasie Borough.
A vote of YES approves the levying of an additional real estate tax of 0.5 mills for this purpose.
To read a copy of the memorandum that was prepared for the first open house-style meeting, please click below.
PFC – Funding Request
The Fire Tax is currently at 1 mil, with the entire amount dedicated to pay for the ladder truck that was purchased in 2006. The Fire Company is looking to continue that 1 mil to purchase a pumper/ engine in 2015. They are also requesting an additional 0.5 mil in funding to help fund capital projects.
Firefighters Recognized for their Commitment
Sep. 9, 2014
At their September 9, 2014 meeting, the East Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors recognized the actions of firefighters for a rescue on July 5, 2014 at the Hansen Quarry. The Board of Supervisors recognized and commended the firefighters commitment placing themselves in harm's way to rescue a female subject from a cliff: Perkasie FD Battalion Chief 26 Shawn Eby, Perkasie FD Captain 26 Joseph Ferrara, Perkasie FD Firefighter John Yannaccone, Perkasie FD Firefighter Timothy Yannaccone, Haycock FD Deputy Chief 63 Gretchen Francis and Haycock FD Marine Captain Daniel Suszko.
Perkasie Block Party
Sep. 6, 2014
On Saturday evening September 6th , the residents of N. 9th Street were able to view Engine 26 as part of their Annual Block Party festivities. Engineer Jason Kelly provided tours of the apparatus and equipment to the youth present, who then presented him with a banner to display at the Station.
RIT Assignment – Hampton Inn
Jul. 19, 2014
Early Saturday morning July 19, 2014 01:31 hrs., Rescue 26 was dispatched for a RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) assignment at the Hampton Inn on RT 663, Milford Township. Seven (7) firefighters of the Rescue Company established a base position on Side D while other companies worked on determining origin of smoke condition and possible fire. Department cleared the scene at 02:56 hours.
Bi-Plane Accident - Pennridge Airport
Jul. 17, 2014
On Thursday July 17, 2014 at 10:56hrs., Rescue 26 was dispatched for a small plane crash at Pennridge Airport. LT 26-3 (Nyce) arrived on scene with Pennridge Regional PD, and reported to Bucks County Radio of an overturned Bi-Plane on runaway. Pilot has self-extricated and had no injuries. LT 26-3 recalled all incoming apparatus except Rescue 26. Upon arriving on scene Rescue 26 utilized small amount of oil absorbent to contain fluids coming from motor. Department was available at 11:15 hrs.
Sky Diving Accident - Air Medical Evacuations
Jul. 8, 2014
On Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 11:19 hrs., Rescue 26 was dispatched for an two (2) air medical landings at Guth Elementary School in Perkasie Borough, for two (2) skydivers with life-threatening injuries. Rescue 26 arrived at Fairmont & N. 5th Streets and setup the first landing zone at an open area below the school. Temple Med Flight 1 landed at that location and was wheels up at 11:38 hrs. Engine 26 was directed by Lt. G. Nyce to proceed to the N. 7th Street entrance and setup a second landing zone on the lower side of the school. Perkasie Police Officers had already placed flares at that location. Jeff Stat 2 landed at that second location and was wheels up at 11:45 hours. Rescue 26 and Engine 26 Companies did a final sweep of both landing zones and used water cans to wet down areas where PD had placed flares. All apparatus took up and were available at 11:55 hrs.
Landis Community Night
Jul. 8, 2014
Tower 26 and Fire Police were on public display as part of Landis Supermarkets Community Night celebrating 75 years of service. Firefifghters and Fire Police Officers were present to explain the apparatus, equipment and their uses. The Fire Education team handed out coloring books, helmets and fire prevention literature to those present. Scott Landis and Bill Delany from Landis Supermarkets thanked the Department for their participation by contributing 10% of the evenings proceeds to Perkasie FD.
Pennridge Community Day 2014
Jul. 6, 2014
On Sunday July 6, 2014, as part of the Opening Day Ceremonies for Pennridge Community Day, numerous members of Station 26 (PERKASIE) traveled to the Sellersville Memorial Monument in Lenape Park to congratulate Chief Craig Wilhelm on his receiving the 2014 Citizen of the Year award. They were joined by Officers and Members of Station 18 (Quakertown - West End) and Station 58 (Trumbauersville).
Chief Wilhelm was recognized for his many years of community service as Chief of Sellersville FD, Commander of Sellersville American Legion, Trumbauersville Boro Fire Marshal, Perkasie FD Ambulance, Pennridge HS Marching Band, and Delaware Valley Judges Association, along with his 37 years as the Operator for the Sellersville Boro Water System. A celebration party was held at the American Legion after the Opening Ceremony concluded.
Congratulations Chief on this honored achievement!
Cliff Rescue – Hanson Quarry
Jul. 5, 2014
On Saturday evening July 5, 2014 at 20:35 hrs., Rescue 26 responded to assist Station 17 (Quakertown #1) with a marine rescue at Hansen Quarry, 1200 Quarry road, East Rockhill Twp. Battalion 26 (Eby) after communicating with dispatch and from radio cross traffic, directed Rescue 26 and Tac 76 to respond for an apparent cliff rescue. Battalion 76 (Wedman) and Tac 76 were assigned to meet Station 17/18 apparatus at the Rich Hill Road location. Battalion 26 responded to the Rockhill Road quarry entrance to open a locked gate for Rescue 26 and Battalion 17 (Reinhardt), and then proceeded along an internal quarry access road to the area of the patient. Battalion 26 advised Chief 87 (Wilhelm) that Rescue 26 company had two (2) EMT’s and four (4) Bucks County Technical Rescue Task Force members on-board. Chief 87 assigned cliff operations to Battalion 26 and to Rescue 26 to perform rescue operations. Rescuers took harnesses and rope equipment in Battalion 26 vehicle as far off-road access would allow. They then proceeded to hike to the top of the quarry as darkness suddenly fell to gain access from above the patient. Rescuers were located 60 feet above patient and another 30 feet lay between the patient to the quarry water surface. Rescuers made a rigging system of a main line and belay for Captain 26 (J. Ferrara), also an additional belay for the patient. Captain 26 went over the edge at 21:51 hrs,, down to patient (20 YOF), at 22:04 hrs. placed her in a harness and helmet, performed a pick-off and took her the remain distance to awaiting Marine 63 (Haycock) inflatable water craft at 22:11 hrs.. Patient was then taken across the water to awaiting medical personnel at 22:16 hrs. All personnel and equipment were off the quarry cliff face at 22:43 hrs. Department was available for service at 22:52 hrs.
Congratulations to the Graduates
Jun. 18, 2014
As graduation is occurring in the area school districts, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 would like to congratulate our own graduates. During the Spring 2014 session, six (6) firefighters completed and obtained National Pro-Board certification in Firefighter 2. They are Captain Jordan Schoeller, FF/EMT Brain Black, FF Brian Irvin, FF Greg McManus, FF John Yannaccone and FF Timothy Yannaccone. Also during the Spring session Probationary FF Leif Pruitt completed and obtained his National Pro-Board certification in Firefighter 1.
We would also like to take this opportunity to graduate our own 2014 graduates from Pennridge High School – Probationary FF Leif Pruitt and Probationary FF Kurt Vaders. Best wishes to both of them as they look to enter the next phase in their life.
Building Fire – West Rockhill Township
Mar. 25, 2014
At 17:19 hrs. on Saturday evening March 22, 2014, Tower 26 was dispatched to assist Station 27 (Sellersville) with a reported fire on outside corner of a dwelling on Augustine Road in West Rockhill Twp. Tower 26 was on the street within two (2) minutes after dispatch. Lt. 27 (Cogossi) arrived first on scene and confirmed fire on the exterior A/D corner. Chief 26 (Worthington) received permission from Lt. 27 for Engine 26 take in assignment, as they were returning from an earlier assignment in Perkasie Boro. Chief 26 (Worthington) was first on scene seven (7) minutes after dispatch, and directed Engine 26 to stage beyond driveway and lead off with 200’ – 2” waterline for extinguishment. As the next arriving apparatus, Montgomery County Tanker 72 (Tylersport) established a 5” transfer line to Engine 26. Chief 26 directed Tower 26 to enter the dwelling and check for extension. Augustine Command then directed Engine 27 to assist Truck Company on interior, while Lt. 27 handled Operations. Fire was knocked and held to exterior of dwelling. After checking interior with thermal imaging camera, Tower 26 established electric positive pressure ventilation practices to the interior rooms. Command requested the response of FM277 (West Rockhill) for investigation. Engine 27 remained on scene for Fire Marshal’s investigation, all other companies returned at 17:59 hrs.
6ABC Operation Save A Life
Feb. 18, 2014
Perkasie Fire Company No. 1 along with 171 other Fire Departments in the Tri-State area participated in the 22nd annual WPVI Operation 6 Save A Life smoke detector program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. Fire Education Coordinator Patti Kostrubiak and Firefighter Tom Howells received 14 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, 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 Lloyd Ayers along with 6 ABC reporters Karen Rogers and Cecily Tynan.
For more information about the Free Smoke Detector program please go to www.6abc.com. 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 leave a message on our Station voice mail at (215)453-2166 or e-mail our Public Information Officer at the link above with your request.
Click here to watch Patti's Interview
Jan. 20, 2014
At 15:19 hrs. on Tuesday afternoon January 14, 2014, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched for a reported chimney fire in the 1000 block of N. 7th Street in Perkasie Boro. Twp. Battalion 26 (Boshell) upon arrival met Perkasie PD which confirmed chimney fire had since reduced in volume and intensity. Battalion 26 entered residence with a medium smoke condition on first floor and light smoke in the attic. Tower 26 was directed to ladder chimney and send Firefighters inside to check for possible fire extension. On arrival Engine 26 was directed to establish electric positive pressure ventilation to Side A and check the basement. Engine 23 (Dublin) held the hydrant assignment two doors away from residence. Engine 27-1 (Sellersville) staged behind Tower 26. Lt. 26-1 (Ferrara) took roof sector, Lt. 26 (Bogen) took interior sector. Interior Sector reported no extension and emptied fire box, while Roof Sector reported a clog at the top of the chimney. The weights were dropped to insure the chimney fire was extinguished. Upon confirmation of no fire extension, Engine 23 and Engine 27-1 were released at 15:46 hrs. All apparatus cleared the scene at 15:59 hrs.
Jan. 20, 2014
At 18:49 hrs. on Monday evening January 6, 2014, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched for an overturned vehicle on N. 5th Street, nearest intersection W. Schwenkmill Road in East Rockhill Twp. Deputy 26 (Trotter) arrived on scene with a single overturned Dodge Dakota Pick-Up truck off the roadway. Rescue 26 was directed to stabilize vehicle, prepare airbag lifting equipment and have EMT’s assess patient. Engine 76 was directed to block southbound N. 5th Street traffic, with manpower to assist with extrication. Engine 26 responded with additional manpower. Patient was extricated thru driver’s window, and turned over to Medic 151 (Grand View). Traffic 26 diverted motorists around accident scene. All apparatus cleared scene at 19:36 hrs.
Jan. 7, 2014
At 12:46 hrs. on Friday afternoon January 3, 2014, PERKASIE FIRE COMPANY No. 1 was dispatched for a reported Dwelling Fire in the 1000 block of N. Ridge Road, Perkasie Boro. Dispatch reported the Property Owner was using a heat gun to thaw frozen pipes in attic who requested his tenants to call FD. Battalion 26 (Boshell) arrived first on scene and reported an attic area with medium smoke condition with no visible fire. Engine 26 Company was directed to access interior attic opening with thermal imaging camera, tools and pressurized water extinguisher. Chief 26 (Worthington) directed Rescue 26 to take hydrant assignment on N. Ridge Road and stand-by. Command directed Tower 27 to establish positive pressure ventilation on Side B, and Engine 59-1 to have manpower to report to front of Engine 26 to assist with overhaul. Due to extreme windy and cold weather conditions, extensive time was spent during overhaul of attic and eave areas. The fire area was wet-down with single PW extinguisher, limiting damage to finished room below. All Companies cleared the scene at 13:53 hrs. Everyone is reminded to test their working smoke detectors monthly, and to hire licensed professional contractors when home maintenance problems occur.
2013 Year End Report
Jan. 1, 2014
Total Number of Incidents for Year: 298
Total Number of Training Activities: 58
Year End Summary Statistics:
Apparatus and personnel responded to 298 requests; 35 of the incidents (11.74%) were fire related, 2 incidents were overpressure/explosion related (0.67%), 43 incidents (14.42%) were rescue/EMS related, 34 incidents (11.40%) were related to hazardous conditions, 99 incidents were service calls (33.22%), 43 incidents were good intent related (14.42%), 41 incidents (13.75%) were false alarms, and 1 incident was special type (0.33%). Perkasie Borough had 120 incidents (40.26%), East Rockhill Township had 68 incidents (22.81%) and Hilltown Township had 10 incidents (3.35%) of the total call volume. Our services were provided to various other municipalities such as Sellersville Borough with 27 incidents (9.06%), West Rockhill Township with 37 incidents (12.41%), Quakertown Borough with 4 incidents (1.34%), Richland Township with 5 incidents (1.67%), Silverdale Boro with 1incidents (0.33%), and Dublin Borough with 4 incidents (1.34%). In total, the department staff provided 10,224 man-hours of service in response activity and training.