October 2016 - The Fire Education Committee of the Perkasie Fire Co. No.1 participated in various events during Fire Prevention week of October 9th-15th, highlights included: Visitation to Pennridge’s Robert B. Deibler and Dr. Patricia Guth Elementary Schools with firefighter friends and Engine 26. Their presentations reached a total of 1,000 students and teachers.
The team of Firefighters also hosted preschool children from Explore and Learn Childcare and Learning Center and TLC Learning Center, also traveling to the Leight House Nursery School explaining fire safety tips to children and adults.
The culmination of the Department’s Fire Education Team efforts was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at an Open House at the Station at 5th and Arch St in Perkasie Borough. 750 People attended the well planned Open House. Many different fire departments and organizations participated this year including the Bucks County Fire Marshal Office, Grand View Hospital Medic 151, Northern Bucks Wildfire Crew, Perkasie Borough Electric Department, Perkasie Borough Police Department, Quakertown Fire Co. Chemical 17 and Quakertown West End Fire Co. Rescue 18, and Telford Dive and Rescue Unit. A special Thank You to Montgomery County Station 75 Telford Fire Co. for covering our department during our Open House. Attendees were encouraged to bring a canned good for the Pennridge Fish Organization local food bank, also participating in our Open House. Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog were also in attendance. Firefighters provided demonstrations in Ropes and Repelling from Tower 26.
Firefighters demonstrated to children how to perform safe home escapes with the use of a window prop. A houseline accuracy prop was manned by firefighters to give area youth the experience of flowing water.
The success of this year’s Fire Prevention and Education efforts is directly due to the dedication and efforts of all committee and department members. The numerous hours of planning for the Open House brought many smiles to the Community while explaining fire safety tips and service that this Department provides as volunteers.
6ABC Operation Save A Life
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.