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 and other emergencies in the Borough of Downingtown, PA and vicinity.

~ Serving Downingtown and East Caln Since 1887 ~

 

Jun
13
2015

GLEN MOORE FIRE 100th. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Today, the Alert volunteers and the Downingtown Fire Dept. were honored to help the Glen Moore Fire Co. celebrate their 100th Anniversary and Apparatus Housing.  The Alerts participated with two full crews for the retired 1969 Mack Pumper, Engine 45-1 and the current Tower 45.

The members and officers of Alert would like to congratulate the Glen Moore Fire Co. on this milestone.  In reading some of our past Meeting Minute Books, we found that the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 donated “some 2-1/2″ hose and a nozzle to the new fire company starting out in the village of Glenmoore”.  So, we were there to support you in 1915 and we are here to support you today!  Congratulations Glen Moore Fire Co. for the first 100 years of service and we wish you many more years of success.

Some of the photos shown here are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography.

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Jun
2
2015

CONGRESSMAN COSTELLO ANNOUNCES A DHS/FEMA GRANT FOR THE DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT.

Thanks to the help of Congressman Ryan Costello, the Downingtown Fire Dept. (Alert Fire Co. No. 1 and Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) was awarded this much needed grant. The grant will be used to replace some aging firefighting equipment that has reached its end-of-life cycle.

Below, is an article from the online news page  www.chescotimes.com

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) announced last week that borough firefighters will receive $33,429 for operations and safety thanks to a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) work cooperatively with U.S. Fire Administration to provide funding critical to helping firefighters protect themselves and the communities they serve.

“I am pleased that Downingtown firefighters will receive funds vital to modernize lifesaving devices and enhance response capabilities,” Costello said. “These grants will help volunteer first responders continue to provide excellent service to more effectively protect the health and safety of our communities.”

Since coming into Congress, Congressman Costello has made it a point to identify ways to be an advocate for our local first responders. As a member of the House EMS caucus, he has called for continued support of the AFG program.

In Fiscal Year 2014, FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award approximately *$340 million directly to fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

The AFG will award approximately $304.5 million in competitive grants to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies during FY 2014. The application period opened on November 4, 2014, and closed on December 5. Funding for vehicles is limited to 25 percent of the total 2014 AFG appropriation. No less than 3.5 percent of appropriated funds ($11.9 million) must be awarded for EMS equipment and training grants for both fire-department-based and non-affiliated EMS organizations.

Costello represents portions of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery Counties.  VisitCostello.house.gov for more information.

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May
25
2015

DFD HONORS THE FALLEN AT THE ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

The Downingtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 845 and the Downingtown American Legion Post 475 hosted the Annual Memorial Parade today with the entire Downingtown Fire Dept. participating.

At the completion of the parade, a ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle during all of our past and current wars and conflicts was held at the Downingtown Area Veterans Memorial in Kerr Park.  As part of the ceremony, DFD Assistant Chief Glenn Heininger and Battalion Chief Joel Swisher each placed an antique speaking trumpet of flowers at the base of the World War II Memorial to honor the deceased DFD members who served our country.

We would like to pay a tribute to the following four members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.  They are Chester F. Harple, Herbert A. Kennedy, Dominick Marinelli and James Marinelli.  These four heros have their names permanently posted on a plaque inside of the Alert fire house.

Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography and the Downingtown Area Veterans Memorial.

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May
20
2015

DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. HONORED BY WILLIAMSON MASONIC LODGE

The Downingtown Fire Dept. was invited to attend a ceremony to honor first responders from Downingtown at the Williamson Masonic Lodge No. 309 F. A & M.

The event was coordinated by Coatesville Fire Dept. EMS Chief Scott Thornton, who is a member of the Williamson Lodge.  The Worshipful Master Daniel Hughes presided at the event and spoke about the similarities of Free Masons and emergency responders.  He then read the origins of where the first responder community began.  First, was the background of the fire service which then led into the EMS history and followed by the history of the modern police departments. The Worshipful Master then commented about what it takes, the dedication, the personal self-calling and the courage to be a first responder in the world today.  The Williamson Lodge emphasized and reminded us, that they fully support all of the members of the Downingtown Fire and Police Dept’s.  He encouraged the members of the lodge to stop-by or pick-up the phone and to just say thank you to the first responders for putting their lives on the line, so others may continue to be safe.

The service then concluded with a check presentation to each, the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, Minquas EMS and the Downingtown Police Dept.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the Williamson Masonic Lodge No. 309 for inviting us to this ceremony, the donation and honoring those who serve the Good Neighbor Community.

Link to the Williamson Lodge 309 Website:  http://www.williamsonlodge309.org/

In the photo below are:  Front Row – Scott Thornton, Glenn Heininger, Bob Stevens, Vince Panetti.  Back Row – Ken Boyd, Tom Lee, Dan Hughes, Jeff Stevens.

 

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May
12
2015

THREE ALARM FIRE AT NORTH PARK PLAZA STRIP MALL

Just as Tower 45 and Engine 46-1 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) were finishing with a ventilation operation at a third floor apartment building fire on W. Lancaster Ave., at 5:00 PM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched for a working building fire with smoke showing in the 100 block of Wallace Ave. in the Borough.  Also, on the First Alarm were Ladder 41 (Coatesville FD), Station 47 (Lionville FC), Eng 6-1 (West Whiteland FC), Eng 5-5 (East Whiteland FC) and Eng 51-2 (First West Chester FC) as RIT.

Since Ambulance 46-3 was already returning to station from the apartment fire, they arrived on location and reported heavy smoke showing from the store on the end of the two story strip-mall shopping plaza.  Battalion Chief 46 quickly arrived on location and assumed Command, then requested a Second Alarm.  Eng 46-2 arrived within minutes of the dispatch since they were returning from the W. Lancaster Ave. fire, and they established a water supply from a hydrant across the street and deployed hand lines for the fire attack.  Rescue 45 arrived shortly after Eng 46-2 and the crew assisted with the fire attack.

Tower 45 arrived on location and set-up three stores past the store that was on fire.  The crew went to the roof, to work on a trench cut for a fire stop.  Eng 46-1 followed Tower 45 and deployed hand lines to assist Eng 46-2 with fire attack.  Ladder 41 promptly placed its aerial ladder to the roof at the rear north-west corner of the building.  Eng 5-5 laid a 5” supply line from the north side of the fire on Wallace Ave.  With the fire already moving fast through the common attic space in the plaza, the crew on the roof was removed before the trench cut could be completed.  Tower 47 was placed on the front north-east corner of the building, while the Eng 47-2 crew assisted the Eng 5-5 crew with fire attack.  Eng 6-1 laid a 5” supply line on Wallace Ave., from the south, to Eng 46-1.

The Second Alarm consisted of Station 38 (Thorndale FC), Eng 6-2 and Rescue 6, Air 52 (Goodwill Fire Co. No. 2), Ladder 53 (Fame Fire Co. No.3) and Eng 56 (Goshen FC) as the second RIT plus Amb/Medic 187 (Uwchlan Ambulance Assoc.).  Ladder 53 placed its ladder pipe in operation at the southeast corner of the building.  And, all of the crews of the Second Alarm were assigned defensive fire attack functions.

Due to most of the fire hydrants in the area of the fire building already being used, a Tanker Task Force was requested to help supplement the fire hydrant system.  The Tanker Task Force consisted of Tanker 39, Eng’s 39-1 (West Bradford FC), Tanker 52 (Goodwill Fire Co. No. 2), Eng 49-5 (East Brandywine FC) and Eng 3-5 (Paoli FC).  A second Tanker Task Force was added, consisting of Eng 39-2 (West Bradford FC), Tankers 61-1 and 61-2 (Kimberton FC), Eng 63-5 (Liberty of Spring City), Eng 33-5 (Honey Brook FC) and Tanker 25 (Longwood FC).  Then, the Third Alarm was struck for relief man power to assist with the extensive overhaul operations.  They were Eng 8-1 (Keystone Valley FD), Eng 61 (Kimberton FC) and Eng 73-1 (Ludwigs Corner FC).

The last DFD units returned to station at 3:00 AM on May 13, 2015 after ten hours of operation, at the scene.  The DFD would like to thank the area Fire Police units and volunteers for the support at the fire scene, at the multiple fire hydrant locations and the multiple tanker fill sites that were used.

We would like to thank the countless citizens, who were not affiliated any fire company that pitched-in to help move fire hoses to the side of Wallace Ave. so that additional fire trucks could get to scene.  And, those citizens who donated bottles of water and gave them to the firefighters, as well.  In addition we would like to thank Margo’s Ice Cream Parlor, Lione’s Pizza, Cocco’s Pizza, Station Taproom, Victory Brewing Co., PJ Whelihan’s, Wawa and Wegman’s Food Market for their donations of food and water for all of the Firefighters, EMS, Fire Police and Police that were at the scene.  This truly shows that we do live in the “Good Neighbor Community”.   Thanks again, to everybody who volunteered their time and service during this time of need.

Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography, Dave Smiley Jr and Ed Dugan.

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May
4
2015

SECOND ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING

The Alerts hosted the Second Annual Golf Outing today at the Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club in Downingtown, PA. Golfers registered and gathered for lunch at 11:30 AM, then they hit the links at 1:00 PM for the Shotgun Start. After a great afternoon on the course, everybody gathered in the club for an Awards Dinner.  We would like to thank all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for supporting our event and we look forward to seeing you again, next May.

Below are the results of the First, Second and Third Place finishing teams:

  • First Place (Score – 56): “Team Downingtown” – Herb Mays, Joe Avellino, Chris Scott and Jon Gruss.
  • Second Place (Score – 63): “Team Keller Williams Real Estate” – Dan Brudnok, Steve McFalls, Richard Orr and David Orr.
  • Third Place (Score – 64): “Team Chiropractic Arts & Rehab Therapeutics” – Mitch Merriam, Chris Chensee, Pat Miller and Don Kienz.

Other Prize Winners:

  • Closest To The Pin: Hole 3 – Bob Belwoar, Hole 15 – Jim Mayrides, Hole 17 – Kathy Richards.
  • Longest Drive: Gary Beideman.

All proceeds from the annual golf outing will benefit the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, directly.  Alert is 100% volunteer and a non-profit organization.  Also, please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alertfireco .

2015 ALERT FIRE CO. No. 1 GOLF OUTING SPONSORS 

  • Belfor Property Restoration – Registration
  • Metropolitan Communications, Inc. – Beverage Carts
  • Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group – Hole In One
  • Glick Fire Equipment Co., Inc. – Closest to the Pin
  • Tim Larkin Memorial – Closet to the Pin
  • Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club – First, Second and Third Place Team Awards

HOLE SPONORS

  • Swisher Plumbing
  • Eagle Investment Advisors
  • Lione’s Pizza Restaurant
  • Milanese Remodeling
  • Keystone Volunteer Insurance Group
  • Dan Brudnock – Keller Williams Realty
  • LanMark Electric
  • Roberts Automall
  • James J. Terry Funeral Home
  • EntireTech Group Websites
  • Daily Equipment Repair
  • Metropolitan Communications
  • Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group
  • Glick Fire Equipment Co., Inc.
  • 10-8 Emergency Vehicle Service
  • Fire Line Equipment
  • Belfor Property Restoration
  • Sherwin-Williams Paints
  • Tim Larkin Memorial

CART SPONSORS AND DOOR PRIZES

  • St. Anthony’s Restaurant
  • Downingtown Country Gifts
  • Studio 3 Frames and Gifts
  • Coffee Cup Restaurant
  • Amani’s BYOB Restaurant
  • Bakers of Buffington
  • Barra Rossa Restorante
  • Italian Village
  • Station Taproom
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Bud-N-Bloom Boutique
  • Virginia Donnolo’s Florals & Gifts
  • LoweRiders Bikes & Boards
  • Will Anderson – State Farm Insurance
  • United Tire & Service – East Caln
  • Lou Beverage
  • Thorndale Beverage
  • Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club
  • James J. Terry Funeral Home
  • Lasko Products, Inc.
  • Golf Digest Magazine
  • Wawa Food Markets
  • Primo Hoagies
  • Wegmans Food Market
  • Green Street Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Downingtown Running Co.
  • Crossroads Hotel & Bar
  • P. J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant
  • Chili’s Restaurant
  • DNB First
  • Citadel Federal Credit Union
  • Warrior Custom Golf
  • The FireStore
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Golfsmith
  • Play-A-Round Golf

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Apr
28
2015

DOWNINGTOWN WEST HIGH SCHOOL MOCK AUTO ACCIDENT

This morning, volunteers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. took a vacation day from their regular jobs to participate in the Annual Pre-Prom Mock Auto Accident at the Downingtown West High School. The target audience for the event was the Junior Class of DWHS and the mock crash simulated the consequences of either texting and/or drinking and driving.

The DFD volunteers from Rescue 45 (Alert No. 1) and Engine 46-2 and EMS (Minquas Fire Company No. 2) with Uwchlan EMS  (Station 87) removed the doors from both cars and the roof of one of the cars, so that the students in the auto accident could be extricated from the two car, head-on accident.

After the patients were removed, Office Coyle of the Downingtown Police Dept. took “Crime Scene” photos and conducted an accident scene investigation. At the end of the demonstration, Brad Cosgrove (Minquas EMS) and Officer Coyle described the process of the accident extrication and answered questions of the students.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the Downingtown West High School for inviting us to participate in this important “live” public safety message for our young people.

The photo is courtesy of the DASD.

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Apr
12
2015

DFD ADDS TWO NEW WATER RESCUE MEMBERS TO THE TEAM

Congratulations to our Downingtown Fire Dept. volunteers, Dylan Seese (Alert Fire Co. No. 1) and Shannon Adamson (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) who successfully completed the required WRER (Water Rescue & Emergency Response) training to allow them to now be a member of the Downingtown Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.

Although, there is still more DFD training required for them to be qualified for Emergency Boat Operations, Advanced Line Systems and Ice Rescue, the WRER certification is a big accomplishment for these two volunteers, and they should be congratulated.

A job, well done Dylan and Shannon; welcome to the team. This is only the beginning of more water rescue training!

 

 

The following is an article from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training, LLC:

Rescue Members Complete Water Rescue Training

This weekend April 11-12, 2015, the Kennett Fire Company hosted Water Rescue & Emergency Response training. Kennett Fire Company, Station 24 is located in the borough of Kennett Square, Chester County, PA. This training is the Operations Level of water rescue training. WhiteCap Water Rescue Training (WWRT) provided the training. The following instructors from WhiteCap Water Rescue Training lead this training session Alex Myers, Scott Davis, Kenny McCardell and Todd A. Stahl. WWRT was assisted by Technician Level members Jeff Stevens, Alert Fire Company-Downingtown; Bryan Franks, Avondale Fire Company and Steve Shelton, Kennett Fire Company

This 16-hour course includes many valuable swift water rescue techniques. The course provides the base on which all other PA Fish & Boat Commission courses are built. Using both classroom, indoor pool and practical hands-on training, Water Rescue & Emergency Response covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670 Operations Level Guidelines.

The lecture part of the training was held at Station 24, Kennett Fire Company training room, with the indoor pool session taking place at the Lionville YMCA. The moving water session of the training was held on the Schuylkill River, Montgomery County.

There were 22 students participated in this WRER Training. WRER students hailed from: Kennett Fire Company, Lincoln Fire Company-Montgomery County, Fame Fire Company-West Chester, Alert and Minquas Fire Companies-Downingtown, Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company, Avondale Fire Company and Friendship Fire Company Dive Team-Phoenixville. Chris Plumley, Chief of the Kennett Fire Company scheduled and coordinated this training.

The water flow on the Schuylkill River was measured at 2,410 cfs. Water temperature was 44 degrees. The weather on this day started out with a cool 37 degrees, eventually warming with sunny skies and 68 degrees.

Students attending, successfully completed the indoor pool session, passed their Written and Practical Exams for WRER. An excellent group of students to work with. All students were properly outfitted and inspected their gear prior to arriving at the site. Upon starting the training, the students performed a site assessment and identified all hazards, shoreline conditions and water dynamics. A fantastic job by all! We at WhiteCap Water Rescue Training are impressed by how the students performed.

WhiteCap Water Rescue Training would like to thank Kennett Fire Company for hosting this WRER Training. A huge thank you for the dedication and professionalism by this group of students.

For more information on water rescue training and or rescue equipment visit us at http://www.whitecaprescue.com/Todd@whitecaprescue.c…/contact Todd

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Apr
10
2015

RESCUE 45 ASSISTS STATION 39

Shortly before 2:00 PM, Rescue 45 was dispatched to assist Station 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.) as the second due rescue company at an auto accident with entrapment at Broad Run and Shadyside Rd’s., West Bradford Twp.

The crew from Rescue 45 (Lt. Stevens) assisted the Rescue 39 team with extrication and patient removal from the four door sedan.  Ambulance 37-2 (Modena Fire Co.) transported the male patient to the hospital.

Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography.

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Apr
6
2015

BUSY BRUSH 45

Just before 3:00 PM Brush 45 (Lt. Hamilton), Brush 5 (East Whiteland Fire Co.) and Brush 6 (West Whiteland Fire Co.) were dispatched to assist Station 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) with a large woods and brush to the rear of the homes on Stoughton Circle in Uwchlan Twp.

Later in the evening, as just about every brush truck in Chester County was either returning or still out fighting brush fires, Brush 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) was requested to assist Station 49 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and Station 48 (Glen Moore Fire Co.) with a woods fire on Crawford Rd. in East Brandywine Twp.  The crews were back at station and called-it-a-night at 10:15 PM.

Photo is courtesy of Lionville Fire Co.

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