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
12
2016

ROLLING THUNDER MOTORCYCLE RIDE

The volunteers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. were honored to display our American Flag in front of the Downingtown VFW Post 845 for the annual Rolling Thunder Motocyle Ride.

Rolling Thunder is an organization that honors our POW/MIA heroes of the Vietnam War.  Each year the group holds motorcycle rallies throughout the United Sates.  The local 2016 Pennsylvania rally started in Oaks, Montgomery County and ended at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Hospital.

Every year the DFD volunteers look forward to displaying our nations colors for this important cause.

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Jun
10
2016

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE

Congratulations to our Firefighter, James Lutz who just graduated from Downingtown West High School and the Chester County Technical College High School-Brandywine Campus.

James has been an active Alert volunteer since 2014 and is involved in many community events. He will soon be starting the Police Academy at Delaware Community College. All of the members and officers at Alert wish James good luck in the next phase of your life, after graduation! Well done!

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May
24
2016

FIREFIGHTER I GRADUATION CEREMONY

Jeff Griffiths, our newest member of the company, graduated from the Chester County Fire Training Academy with the Chester County, Pennsylvania and National Certification of Firefighter I.

The officers and members of Alert would like to congratulate Jeff and his family for his hard work and dedication to this important training and certification accomplishment.

Jeff was voted into the Alert Active Force in January and started his Firefighter I classes one week later, while planning his upcoming wedding with his fiancee, Jessica!

Congratulations Jeff and we look forward to seeing you grow into a great firefighter.

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May
7
2016

LOWE’S KIDS DAY

The Downingtown Fire Dept. is invited each year to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Kids Day and Touch-A-Truck.  Tower and Rescue 45 plus Engine 46-2 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) and Air/Light 52 (Good Will Fire Co. No. 2 of West Chester) represented the the fire apparatus division.

In addition to the fire trucks, the Downingtown Police Dept. and the Chester County Sheriffs Dept. had their SUV’s to see and there were tow trucks, dump trucks, cement mixers and school buses.  It was a little rainy and cloudy, but the kids who attended had a great time checking-out our apparatus!

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May
2
2016

THIRD ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING

Thank you again to all of our Sponsors, Golfers and Volunteers who made our Third Annual Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing at the Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club another huge success.  The weather, first thing in the morning was cloudy and a slight mist, however by 10:00 AM the sun was starting to shine and we had another outstanding day!

Below, is a list of all of our 2016 Sponsors who helped make the Golf Outing a rewarding day. We would like to thank all of the golfers and sponsors again for the support of our 100% volunteer fire company.  Please be sure to patronize all of our sponsors in he future.

We had 24 golf teams participate this year, which was a record number.  The winning teams and the winners of the different challenges are as follows:

* First Place Team: “Team Flowers By Jena Paige” with a score of 59 – Ryan Kendra, Ron Kendra, Brett Kendra, Blake Kendra.

* Second Place Team: “Team CC” with a score of 61 – Herb Mays, Jon Gruss, Kevin Eill, Tom Laughlin.

* Third Place Team: “Team OKSAL” with a score of 62 – Gary Beideman, Tom Hebling, Ralph Zwakenberg, Joe Sparano.

- Closest to the Pin (3rd Hole): Glen Mariani – 6’11″.
- Closest to the Pin (15th Hole): Rick Counihan – 3’10″.
- Closest to the Pin (17th Hole): Jon Wetty – 10′
- Longest Drive, Female: Bev Brudnok.
- Longest Drive, Male: Mark Jenkins

We would also like to thank Mark Walsh of IrishEyez Photography for taking over 350 photos of our event!  All of the photos can be viewed on our Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing and IrishEyez Photography Facebook and websites.

We hope to see you all again next year – on May 8, 2017.

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Apr
28
2016

ROOF-TOP FIRE ON BOOT RD.

The Downingtown Fire Dept. and the first-alarm mutual aide companies Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.), Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Engine 51-2 – RIT (First West Chester Fire Co.), Tanker 52 (Goodwill Fire Co. No. 2) and Tanker 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.) were dispatched to a building fire in the 400 block of Boot Rd., in Downingtown Borough.

Battalion 46 (J. Swisher) arrived on location and reported that there was a fire on the roof of a large industrial building with smoke showing from the roof.  After the crews laddered the roof, they found roofing materials on fire around the rooftop HVAC that renovation company was working on.  The fire was quickly brought under control and all units returned to service after about hour of work.

Thanks to IrishEyez Photography for the photos.

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Apr
26
2016

DOWNINGTOWN WEST HIGH SCHOOL PRE-PROM 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.  The mock two vehicle 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 involved in the auto accident could be extricated from the two car, side impact accident.  One of the victims that was ejected through the windshield of the car was deceased and the Chester County Coroner placed that person in a body-bag and was removed to the Coroner van.

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.

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Mar
21
2016

THIRD ANNUAL ALERT GOLF OUTING ANNOUNCED

The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 will be hosting the Third Annual Alert Fire Co. No. 1 Golf Outing, on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown Country Club. There are several different opportunities for you or your business to join with us for this special event.  We are asking you to help us this year, by partnering with us and either being a sponsor or registering to play in the golf outing.

In the Information Packet, you will find several different Sponsor Levels to choose from. As one of our sponsors, you will have your name or business prominently displayed on our golf outing website ( www.alertgolfouting.org ), our Facebook page and signage during the golf outing. In addition to the Sponsor Levels, we will gladly accept items that can be given away to our golfers as door prizes and raffles at the awards dinner and at registration. You can also register to golf in the outing on our golf outing website ( www.alertgolfouting.org ).

Thank you for considering to golf in the outing, become a sponsors or a prize donation. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.  We hope to see you on May 2, 2016.  Registration deadline is April 25, 2016.

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Mar
19
2016

E. LANCASTER AVE. SMOKE INVESTIGATION

Just before 7:30 AM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched for an outside smoke investigation in the 100 block of E. Lancaster Ave.  Assistant 45 (J. Stevens) arrived on location and found a light smoke condition inside of the first floor of a commercial business.

The crew from Tower 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) went inside of the building to determine the source of the smoke and the crew from Engine 46-1 (FF Wolfinger) established a water supply and stretched a hand-line into the building.  Assistant 45 added Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.) to the assignment and their crew checked the rear of the building and second floor apartment.  It was determined that the source of the smoke condition was a window frame fire, that was covered-over on the inside of the building and was in a small crawl-space between two of the buildings.  Battalion 45 (Trego) had the operations sector and the crews from Rescue 45 and Engine 46-2 assisted with the overall.

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Mar
12
2016

59th. ANNUAL DOWNINGTOWN FIRE DEPT. BANQUET

The Downingtown Fire Dept. celebrated the accomplishments of 2015 at the 59th Annual DFD Banquet.  The guests enjoyed a buffet dinner at the St. Anthony’s Lodge Banquet Hall with the awards presentation and followed by dancing and socializing.

The following Alert No. 1 members received recognition for their volunteer service during 2015:

  • Shaun Hamilton – Firefighter of the Year
  • Debbi Follett – Fire Police of the Year
  • Bob Siter – Meritorious Service
  • John Follett – Meritorious Service
  • Bryan Rambo – 40 Years of Active Service
  • Vince Panetti – 45 Years of Active Service
  • Jason Cary – Outgoing Vice President
  • Chris Lam – Outgoing Secretary
  • Josh Tatham – Outgoing Trustee
  • Jeff Stevens – Outgoing President
  • Dave Ashbee – Outgoing Assistant Chief
  • Kevin Johnson – Outgoing Lieutenant

We would like to thank the Lafayette Fire Co. (Lancaster County) and the Christiana Fire Co. (New Castle County, DE) for standing-by at our station during the banquet.

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