Welcome to Alert

The mission of the Alert Fire Company Number One of Downingtown, PA shall be the preservation of life and property from the destruction of fire in the Borough of Downingtown, PA and vicinity. Also, the care of such apparatus and equipment as may be placed in its charge.

~ Serving Downingtown and East Caln Since 1887 ~

Dec
14
2014

SEASONS GREETINGS

The Alert No. 1 officers and members would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday.

Merry Christmas From Our Alert Family to Yours

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Dec
13
2014

DOWNINGTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

The Downingtown Fire Dept. participated in the Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade today.  In keeping with tradition, 22 of our volunteers pulled by hand, the retired 1892 Silsby Steam Fire Engine in the parade.

The DFD was also honored to host the family of John, Carla, Finn, Siennna Dougherty and Lauren Miller during the parade.  The Dougherty family won the opportunity to ride on any firetruck in the parade at a recent Habitat for Humanity of Chester County Auction, that was sponsored by Mayor Josh Maxwell, of the Borough of Downingtown.  After a tour of the old and new fire apparatus at the parade, they chose to ride in Rescue 45.

The heavy Silsby Steam Fire Engine was originally pulled by two horses when it was in service.  The Silsby was actually the second piece of fire apparatus for the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, purchased back in 1892 (the first was a Rumsey Ladder Wagon in 1887).  It served the Alerts from 1892 until 1908, when it was then given to the Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, when they formed, in 1908.  It was in service at Minquas until the early 1930′s.  In the early 1970′s, due to limitations in space, at the fire Minquas firehouse on E. Lancaster Ave, the steamer was sold to a collector of antique carriages.  Minquas was able to purchase the Silsby from the collector in the late 1990′s where it was placed into storage until the new Minquas firehouse was built in 2013.  The old steamer was taken out of storage in 2010 and taken to the Alert firehouse, where volunteers spent every night for three weeks scrubbing and cleaning many decades of dirt from the antique.  It made its first grand appearance, since the 1970, to the public in the 2010 West Chester and Downingtown Christmas Parades.  And, it has now been a new tradition that the DFD volunteers pull the heavy steam fire engine in the Downingtown Christmas Parade.  This is a piece of early Downingtown firefighting history and the volunteers of the DFD are very proud to show-it-off.  If you would like to get a close-up look at the Silsby, it can be seen, by appointment.

The photos are courtesy of Mike Dunn, Cory Butler, Linda Stevens and Betsy Zapotoczny Barron.

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Dec
8
2014

2015 ACTIVE FORCE OFFICERS ANNOUNCED

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to announce and congratulate the following Active Force Officers for 2015:

  • Assistant Chief:  Dave Ashbee
  • Captain:  Brett Wesson
  • First Lieutenant:  Karl Stevens
  • Second Lieutenant:  Kevin Johnson
  • Third Lieutenant:  Shaun Hamilton
Dec
6
2014

CHESTNUT VILLAGE APARTMENT FIRE

At 12:20 PM, the DFD was dispatched to an Automatic Fire Alarm at the Chestnut Village Apartments on Chestnut St, in the East Ward of the Borough of Downingtown.  As Engine 46-1 (Capt. Boyd) and Deputy 45 (Moore) arrived on location, they found smoke showing from the second floor rear (Side C) windows or Building A.

Deputy 45 quickly upgraded the assignment to an Building Fire and the Working Fire Dispatch, which added the remainder of the DFD (45 and 46), Engine-51-1 and E-51-2 (First West Chester FC) as RIT, E-47-5 and Tower 47 (Lionville FC) and E-6-1 (West Whiteland FC), with Rescue 35 relocating to Station 45 and E-38 relocating to Station 46.

As E-46-1 established a 5″ water supply from a nearby hydrant and deployed an 1.75″ hand line, Tower 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) arrived and set-up on the street side (Side B), between Buildings A and B.  The crew of T-45 split into two teams with Lt. Stevens and two firefighters entering the second floor apartment for search and rescue.  With the Outside Vent Man laddering the building and the driver placing the Ladder Tower to the roof. The E-46-1 and T-45 crews found a fire in the kitchen and living room area the apartment.

The crew from E-45 (FF. Quinn) assisted the OVM with placing additional ground ladders all around the building.  All 240′ of ground ladders from T-45 were used, plus ground ladders from E-45, E-47-5 and E-51-2!  The crew from Rescue 45 (FF C. Keen) and E-46-2 assisted with salvage and overhaul operations and Ambulance 46-1 set-up a rehab area.  The Chester County Fire Marshall’s investigated the cause of the fire and the Chester County Red Cross assisted the fire victims, as needed.

Just after the fire was placed under control, R-35, E-51-1 and E-6-1 responded to an auto accident on E. Lancaster Ave and Bell Tavern Rd., in East Caln Twp.  The rescue crews removed the doors from the car and the patient was transported to an area hospital by Ambulance 46-2.

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Dec
6
2014

ALERT CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS EARLY IN COATESVILLE

Several volunteers helped the City of Coatesville celebrate Christmas by participating in the Annual Coatesville Christmas Parade, this morning with all of our apparatus in the line of march.

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Dec
1
2014

SANTA IS COMING TO DOWNINGTOWN & EAST CALN

Message to all kids, young and old,

My friends at the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 will be volunteering to drive me around the streets of Downingtown Borough and East Caln Twp. on Tower 45, to visit with you, on Saturday, December 20, 2014.  And if you are good boys and girls, my Alert Elves will give you a candy-cane.

We will start our travels in the West Ward of Downingtown at 9:00 AM and enter the East Ward of Downingtown in the early afternoon.  Then East Caln Twp. in mid to late afternoon.  I do not know exactly what time I will enter your neighborhood, but listen for the sirens and horns.

Merry Christmas,

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Nov
26
2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The Alert No. 1 officers and members like to wish you and your family safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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Nov
19
2014

ANNUAL ALERT THANKSGIVING SOCIAL GATHERING

The Alert No. 1 officers would like to invite all current and retired Active Force Members to the Annual Alert Thanksgiving Social Gathering on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, anytime after 7:00 PM.

This will be a great opportunity for our members to catch-up with some old friends and for current and and retired members to meet and make some new friends.  If any of our retired members have any old photos or newspaper clippings, you are encouraged to bring them with you to share with our newer members.  And, bring an appetite, because there will be plenty to eat.

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Nov
11
2014

HAPPY VETERANS DAY

The officers and members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 would like to say thank you to all of our veterans who have served our country so that we may enjoy our freedoms and security of the greatest nation on earth.  God bless all of you and God bless America.

We would like to honor the 84 members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, who served our great nation during World War II.  Below, is the list of those Alert Heroes.

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ALERT FIRE CO. No. 1 MEMBERS
WHO SERVED AMERICA DURING WORLD WAR II
Thomas J. Adams Jack C. Henry Julius Nagy
Herbert H. Berstler Paul D. Henry Martin H. Neff
George W. Bousum Charles E. Hilton George E. Nixdorf
Lewis A. Bowman James J. Hilton George W. Osborne
Charles W. Bruton C. Hoopes A. Penrose
Robert S. Bryce Howard T. Hopkins Alfred H. Peterman
Frank A. Casenta James H. Hurtt W. Mylin Plank
C. Clarkson William E. Ingram Fred M. Pollock
Norman H. Conner Donald L. Jameson George Quinn
Charles E. Crisman Fred J. Jameson Irwin L. Ralston
Joseph P. Darlington George C. Kacy Stanley Sarmento
Fred J. D’Attilio Herbert A. Kennedy * William J. Schneider
Theodore E. D’Attilio Wybert F. Knauer Benjamin F. Shay
James R. Davis Jacob C. Lammey F. Leslie Sheeler
James DelPaggio Vernon C. Lee Charles K. Sigle
R. Dennis George J. Loomis Albert C. Skiles
Donald M. Dixon Gerald J. Lyons, III Earl L. Smith
F. Robert Dougherty James R. MacDougal Earl L. Stern
C. Dowlin Dominick Marinelli * Francis B. Stringer
H. Fitzgerald James Marinelli * Charles T. Thomas
Donald I. Forbes Harry McAllister Walter F. Touchton
Leon E. Gable J. McGowan Vincent Travaglini
Emerson N. Glauner B. McQeen J. Trego
George C. Gregory Michael J. Mento Paul Tweed
Earl W. Hamilton Francis J. Merkt Laban A. Ward
Chester F. Harple  * Max Morris Thomas L. Williams
Bruce M. Hashinger William S. Murray William Wilmont
Raymond J. Hashinger Richard E. Myers Chester A. Woodward
 John W. Yocum
 

* Indicates those who did not return from the war.

Nov
3
2014

ELECTRICAL FIRE AT BLACK HAWK

The DFD was dispatched, just before 6:00 PM for an odor of smoke inside of the E-Building of the Black Hawk Apartments.  Deputy Chief 45 (Moore) arrived on location confirming the odor of smoke.  After further investigation, the crews found the cause to be an electrical wiring issue inside of one of the walls.

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