Alert Fire Co. No. 1
122 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: 610.269.0454

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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 ~

Robert and Ryan Miller
   Robert and Ryan Miller
Monday, July 21, 2014 
The members and officers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. offer our thoughts and prayers to the Robert Miller family and the West Bradford Fire Co. for the untimely passing of Ryan Miller on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Ryan was currently an active firefighter with the West Bradford Fire Co. and a member of the Good Will Fire Co. No. 2 of West Chester and the East Brandywine Fire Co.

Ryan’s father, Robert, is currently a Fire Police Officer with the Downingtown Fire Dept. Fire Police and a member of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 
Volunteers from Alert played softball, this past weekend in the 6th Annual Bats For Matt Softball Tournament, held at the Downingtown Little League fields. The A-Team participated with 16 other teams from around the Downingtown area in the two-day slow-pitch softball tournament and had a great time.

The charity softball event, in honor of Matt Ciarlone who played baseball in Downingtown Little League and Downingtown West High School passed away in 2009 at the age of 20 after a battle with Leukemia. Each year the event raises money for cancer research, local kids who are stricken with cancer, scholarships and back to the community.

Last year, the Alert Fire Co. received a donation from the event and the members decided, without hesitation that we needed to help with this event by fielding a team to participate. The tournament, this year, raised over $10,000. in two days!

Way to go Downingtown area!  This is why we are the Good Neighbor Community!

Link to Bats For Matt Website
Friday, July 4, 2014 
The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 volunteers were very active, once again in Kerr Park and at the firehouse during the Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Day ~ Fourth of July Celebration, today.

Starting at 6:00 AM several of the members got together and had breakfast at the diner then at 7:00 AM, volunteers split into crews that manned a water station in front of our firehouse for the annual Run-For-Life and an EMT Team in Brush 45 provided first-aid at Manor and Downing Ave's. while a crew for Tower 45 was available for emergencies. In addition, our volunteers provided emergency and fire crews throughout the day and night, during all of the events.

The day ended with the annual fireworks show in Kerr Park. The DFD would like to thank the Downingtown Area School District, Kimberton and East Brandywine Fire Co's. and Chester County Dept. of Emergency Services for loaning us the ATV's again this year. They proved to be a valuable asset. We hope that you enjoyed and had a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Saturday, June 28, 2014 
Volunteers from Alert, East Brandywine Fire Co. and Union Fire Co. of Oxford completed their all of the practical and written exams in Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician (BVRT) this week. The valuable hands-on training was being hosted by the Downingtown FD at Alert.

On the final day of certification training the students split into two groups, getting some great hands-on training, with our Hurst hydraulic rescue tools. At the end of the day, the instructors created a three-vehicle accident scene with a car on its side, into a pick-up truck on top of car that was hanging in the air over an embankment for their practical final exam. The students had to stage equipment, stabilize, extricate three victims and package the victims!

Congratulations to the following new Alert No. 1 - PA Dept. of Health Basic Rescue Technicians: Jason Cary, Brandon Ginter, Bob Siter, Josh Tatham and Mike Wolfinger. Job, well done!

Saturday, June 7, 2014 
For the second week in a row, all of the hard work and many long hours of preparation paid-off, as the Alert volunteers were awarded three prizes at the 100th Anniversary Parade and Celebration of the Brookline Fire Co. No. 3 in Havertown, PA. In the line of march for the Alerts were the retired 1969 Mack Pumper, Engine 45, Rescue 45 and Tower 45. And, were honored to receive the following awards.

  • First Place: Best Equipped and Appearing Heavy Rescue
  • First Place: Best Equipped and Appearing Snorkel/Elevating Platform
  • Second Place: Best Appearing "Out of County" Fire Company with Three or More Pieces
The Fame Fire Co. No. 3 of West Chester was the only other Chester County fire company attending the Delco parade. In addition to Tower 45 wining the Elevating Platform award, Ladder 53 was awarded First Place, Best Equipped and Appearing Ladder/Quint, with Collapse 53 winning Second Place Specialty Piece and Judges Award.

We would like to congratulate our friends of the Brookline Fire Co. No. 3 for their first 100 years of service and thanks for inviting us to your celebration.

The Alert and Fame Crews
   The Alert and Fame Crews
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 
Rescue 45 and Air-Light 46 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) were dispatched as Special Service Units on the Working Fire Dispatch just before 6:00 PM to assist the Coatesville Fire Dept. The two house was located in the 300 block of W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville City.

The crew from Rescue 45 (Lt. Wesson) assisted the other units at the scene with checking for extension,salvage and overhaul. Air-Light 46 set-up to fill air cylinders and the crew assisted with overhaul.

Vinny Tennis Photo
   Vinny Tennis Photo
Vinny Tennis Photo
   Vinny Tennis Photo
Sunday, June 1, 2014 
Well, the stabilization tools only stayed clean for one day after the Fleetwood parade! Volunteers from Alert, Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, East Brandywine Fire Co. and Union Fire Co. of Oxford had their first practical day of the Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician (BVRT) training class, that is being hosted by the DFD at Alert. The students split into three groups, getting some great hands-on training, in basic vehicle stabilization. Using equipment carried on Rescue 45, they used all created box cribbing, used step-chocks, Auto-Cribs, high-lift jacks, come-a-longs and Paratech Struts. At the end of the day, for the stabilization practical exam, the students had two different accident scenes, at the same time, as the photos show.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 
The Alert volunteers were invited to help celebrate the 100th. Anniversary of Berks County, Station 45, the Fleetwood Fire Co. today. The Alerts spent the last two weeks getting the retired 1969 Mack Pumper and the current Rescue 45 ready to participate in the event. Again, the hard work paid off, as Rescue 45 was honored to win First Place - Best Appearing and Equipped Rescue. Thanks to the volunteers who spent many long hours getting the trucks ready.

Kevin M. Burruss, Jr. Photo
   Kevin M. Burruss, Jr. Photo
Kevin M. Burruss, Jr. Photo
   Kevin M. Burruss, Jr. Photo
Monday, May 26, 2014 
The Downingtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 845 and the Downingtown American Legion Post 475 hosted the Annual Memorial Parade today with the entire DFD participating.

At the completion of the parade, a ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle and to those veterans who passed away was held at the Veterans Memorial in Kerr Park. As part of the ceremony, DFD Deputy Chief Phil Moore, 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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 
The Downingtown Fire Dept. was invited to attend a ceremony to honor first responders from Downingtown at the Williamson Masonic Lodge No. 309.

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 which were read by two of the Williamson Wardens.

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.

Monday, May 5, 2014 
The Alerts hosted the First Annual Golf Outing today at the 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.
The results are as follows:
  • First Place (Score - 58):  Butch Sweigart, Norm Jester, Bob Silsbe, Tom Pisano - Golf Foursome at French Creek Country Club.
  • Second Place (Score - 62):  Mike Caccavo, P Mac, Wetty, Dan - Golf Foursome at Downingtown Country Club
  • Third Place (Score - 64):  Curt Woerth, Randy Brotzman, Rick Kane, Kurt Gehman - Cocktail Party for 10 at Downingtown Country Club.
  • Most Honest Score (Score - 78):  Blake Quinn, Rich Quinn, John Huber, Pete Duca
  • Longest Drive:  P Mac - $100 Gift Card at Downingtown Country Club.
  • Closest to Pin No. 3:  Rick Anderson, 9' 6" - $100 Gift Card at Downingtown Country Club.
  • Closest to Pin No. 15:  Sandy Lammey, 10' 3" - $100 Gift Card at Downingtown Country Club.
  • Closest to Pin No. 17:  Tom Pisano, 9' 9" - $100 Gift Card at Downingtown Country Club.
  • “Cinco da Putt” Competition:  Nobody won, so the five putters were awarded as Door Prizes.
  • Hole in One Competition:  Nobody won, so the 2014 Jeep Wrangler went back to the Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group.


·         Metropolitan Communications – Awards Dinner
·         Belfor Property Restoration – Registration
·         Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group – Hole In One
·         Glick Fire Equipment – Beverage Carts
·         Swisher Plumbing
·         Eagle Investment Advisors
·         Lione’s Pizza Restaurant
·         DNB First Bank
·         P. J. Whelihan’s Pub
·         Milanese Remodeling
·         Keystone Volunteer Insurance Group
·         Roberts Automall
·         James J. Terry Funeral Home
·         Tim Larkin Memorial
·         First Responder Websites
·         The FireStore
·         Glick Fire Equipment
·         Metropolitan Communications
·         Jeff D’Ambrosio Auto Group
·         Fire Line Equipment
·         First Choice Fire Apparatus
·         Belfor Property Restoration
·         Alert Fire Co. No. 1


·         St. Anthony’s Restaurant
·         Downingtown Country Gifts
·         Studio 3 Frames and Gifts
·         Four J’s Flooring
·         Daily Equipment Repair
·         Amani’s BYOB Restaurant
·         Bakers of Buffington
·         Stella Rossa Restorante
·         Foster Boys Pizza
·         Station Taproom
·         Victory Brewing Company
·         Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
·         Lou Beverage
·         Thorndale Beverage
·         Lasko Products
·         Wawa Food Markets
·         Primo Hoagies
·         Downingtown Country Club
·         Wegmans Food Market
·         Texas Roadhouse
·         Warrior Custom Golf
·         Philadelphia Phillies
·         Philadelphia Flyers
·         Philadelphia 76ers

To learn more, and see our sponsors, please visit our official Alert Golf Outing website at www.AlertGolfOuting.org 

Thursday, May 1, 2014 
The County of Chester has free Post-Flood Kits available

WHAT: Distribution of Flood Clean Up Kits

WHEN: May 1, 2014 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

WHERE: Downingtown Borough Hall 4 W. Lancaster Avenue Downingtown, PA Modena Borough Hall 5 Woodland Avenue Modena, PA Avondale Fire Company 23 Firehouse Way Avondale, PA

Chester County Department of Emergency Services will be distributing Flood Clean Up Kits today from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the above locations. The Clean Up Kits include; 5-gallon bucket, gloves, cleaning solutions, scrub brush, trash bags and dust masks which are needed to clean up from the effects of flood waters.

Each location will only have a limited number of these kits; Downingtown Boro Hall – 50 kits, Modena Boro Hall – 100 kits and Avondale Fire Co. – 100 kits. The kits will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

A Flood Recovery Guide is available here: http://goo.gl/tFfjPw The purpose of this guide is to provide information and answers to frequently asked questions about what to do now that there has been a flood.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 
Just after 2:00 PM, the DFD Water Rescue Team was dispatched to the first of several water rescues during a one and a half day rain storm that would dump over 5.50" of rain on Chester County and bring the flood stage at Downingtown to 13.5' (close to the record of 14.8').

There were only two water rescues within the Borough of Downingtown with the drivers of stranded cars needing assistance walking out of the flooded area. Most of our flood responses were in the area of Rt. 322 in West Bradford Twp., along the Brandywine Creek on Wednesday night.  At approximately 11:15 APM, the team also responded to assist Boats 25 (Longwood Fire Co.), 53 (Fame Fire Co. No. 3) and 24 (Kennett Fire Co.) as the back-up team for several people trapped on top of their cars in Pocopson Twp.

In addition to the water rescues, the DFD responded to other well-being checks during the flooding on Wednesday evening. The DFD volunteers spent 14 hours on Wednesday, and into Thursday assisting people during the rain storm.

The photos are courtesy of Joy Donnelly, Ed Harding, Jaime Benton-Hill, Val DiLuigi, Tony Babcock and Downingtown Does.

Flood Stage Chart
   Flood Stage Chart
Mary St.
   Mary St.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 
At 12:45 PM, Brush 45 was dispatched as the first due brush truck to assist Stations 49 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and 48 (Glen Moore Fire Co.) with a brush fire in the 400 block of Creek Rd. (Rt. 282) in East Brandywine Twp.

Chief 48 (Seese) arrived and reported a brush fire to the rear of a single family house.  The crew from Brush 45 (Capt. Ashbee) arrived at the scene first and took the position in the back yard at the edge of the woods for the fire attack.

Engine 49-1 deployed hand lines to assist with the fire attack, while Engines 49-5 and 48-5 supplied the attack units with water.

Photos are courtesy of East Brandywine Fire Co.

Friday, April 25, 2014 
At 3:21 PM the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched on the first due assignment to assist Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) with a barn fire at the old Lloyd Farm on Manor Ave. and Rock Raymond Rd., just over the Borough line in Caln Twp.

Also on the first due assignment was Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.) as RIT.  Chief 39 (Law) arrived on scene first and reported a 70' x 70' abandon barn fully involved with extension into the nearby corn field.  TAC-76 (Coatesville VA FD) was added as a second brush truck truck and Tanker 39 was added as the third due tanker.

Engine 38 was the first pumper to arrive and established the fire attack with hand-lines.  The crew from Brush 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) attacked the spot fires in the cornfield, while Engines 45 (Past Chief T. Lee) and 46-2 assisted Engine 38 with water supply and fire attack.  Engines 49-5, 47-5 and Tanker 39 supplied water for the event.

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