The Alert Fire Co. No. 1 participated as a team of Shavees to benefit the St. Baldricks Foundation a non-profit charity which raises money for childhood cancer research. The first ever event in Downingtown took place on Sunday September 23 2007 at Dazios Barber Shop 133 W. Lancaster Ave. Downingtown and it was coordinated by Ed and Cathy Dazio.The Alert Shavee Team consisted of Tom Lee Bruce Nixdorf Andrew Britton eight years old Mark Britton Karl Stevens and Jeff Stevens. The team load-up in Engine 45 and went on location at the Barber Shop with lights sirens air horns and the bell ringing. We were greeted by a large turn-out supporters shavees and soon-to-be shavees all cheering our arrival Everybody had a great time at the barber shop and there was a tremendous amount of energy in that tiny shop during the event If you were there you were most likely moved by it…The Alert team would like to thank each and every person that donated supported andor sponsored a team member for this event. Our team was able to raise 475. in donations as of Sunday and will be over 500. after all of the checks and cash are sent-in. The total amount raised for the entire event is currently at 10799. This was truly amazing and everybody should be proud of their efforts.We would also like to thank the barbers for the day – Cathy and Ed Dazio Lori March and Tom Ippolito. And a special thank you to Cathy and Ed for all of their efforts in putting this event together. We hope to see you next yearThe St. Baldricks Foundation was founded after three New York City reinsurance executives Tim Kenny John Bender and Enda McDonnell all of Irish descent decided to give their companys 2000 St. Patricks Day party a twist by raising funds for childhood cancer. John suggested shaving Endas head since kids typically lose their hair during cancer treatments. People will gladly pay to see you bald Enda Never one to miss an opportunity Enda replied I will if will and St. Baldricks was born.Their initial goal was to raise 17000 on the 17th by recruiting 17 colleagues to raise 1000 each in pledges in exchange for their heads to be shorn in public according to the foundations website. The first event brought in 104000 and to date the foundation has raised more than 20 million dollars becoming the fastest-growing volunteer-driven charity event for childhood cancer research. St Baldricks events have taken place in 10 countries and in 42 U.S. states with more than 26000 heads having been shaved Many fire and police departments throughout the U.S. have participated in these events. And the Alerts are now recruiting members to be on our shavee team. Our goal is to get at least 10 members on our team and raise 1000 for the foundation. If you do not want to be a shavee then you can donate to the foundation online in person or contact a shavee directly.Childhood cancer kills more children in the United States than any other disease and over 160000 kids worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year. For more information about the St. Baldricks Foundation and childhood cancer to make a donation or to view additional photos visit www.stbaldricks.org in our Links Section.Donations are still being acceptedWhen entering the St. Baldricks website click on Events type Downingtown in the Event City box click on Dazios Barber Shop Event Participants and you can still sponsor or donate to one of the shavees listed.
At approximately 855 PM Ambulance 46-1 Minquas No. 2 and Medic 93 Brandywine Hospital responded to a call at the Wawa on Boot Rd. and Rt. 322 for a motorcycle accident. As the Amb. 46-1 and Chief 45 arrived on location it was effident that the injured person sustained serious injuries. Chief 45 requested a helicopter Rescue 45 Engines 46-1 and 46-2 Minquas No. 2 to the scene to assist EMS and crowd control. Engine 46-1 handled the landing zone for the helicopter.The following is a copy of the newspaper article by Jennifer Miller of the Daily Local News.A man was severely injured after crashing his motorcycle into a guide rail Monday night but was still able to drive more than a mile to get help before collapsing police and witnesses said. The West Chester man was driving west on Route 322 just east of East Bradford Avenue at 850 PM when he left the road and hit the guide rail on the north side of the road police said. After the initial impact he continued to drag along the rail for roughly 264 feet police said. The accident caused major injury to his foot according to police. After dragging along the rail the man was still able to drive more than a mile for help at a Wawa store at the intersection of Route 322 and Boot Road police said. He continued to travel westbound to summon medical attention according to state police. When he got to the Wawa the bike collapsed and he collapsed as well state police said. A Wawa employee said Monday night that the man was pretty conscious when he got into the parking lot. The employee described the mans foot as mangled. The man was flown to a Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Tuesday afternoon the hospital said the man was in the shock-trauma unit in critical but stable condition. Police said the man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.Units on scene wereRescue 45Brush 45Engines 46-1 and 46-2Ambulance 46-1Medic 93Downingtown at PA State Police
Some of our new recruits had an opportunity to get familiar and practice donning air paks during the weekly Training Night.
The rescue crew got an early start on the day when they were dispatched for an auto accident on Creek Rd. at 227 AM. Assistant Chief 45 Nelms arrived on location with a Ford F-250 pick up truck overturned on its roof. The occupant self extricated himself and the rescue crew stabilized the truck and assisted Ambulance 46-1 Minquas No. 2. Engine 46-2 assisted with the helicopter landing zone at Kerr Park.At 826 AM Engine 45 was dispatched to assist Rescue 38 Thorndale for a helicopter landing zone as a result of an auto accident at Lloyd and Manor Avenues Caln Twp. Just after Engine 45 went available from the LZ call they were dispatched to assist Station 49 East Brandywine with a dwelling fire on Pancoast Lane in East Brandywine Twp. Chief 49 Zynn arrived on location with smoke showing from the attached garage. Engine 45s crew arrived and worked as the salvage and overhaul team as the Engine 49 crew knocked the fire down. The fire caused damage to a small portion of the garage with minimal extension. The contents of the garage including a car sustained heat and water damage. As heavy rain started to fall Rescue 45 was again dispatched at 719 PM for an auto accident on the Rt. 30 By-Pass at Rt. 113. Chief 45 Keen arrived on location to find a two vehicle accident with a Ford F-150 pick up truck and a Chevy sedan involved. There were minor injuries to the driver of the pick up and the crew along with Engine 46-2 assisted EMS.
On Saturday August 25th. from 400 PM – 700 PM we held our annual Chicken Bar-B-Q at the firehouse. The take-out or eat-in dinner featured A half of chicken with our own secret-sauce baked potato corn on the cob dinner roll apple sauce a dessert and beverage. All proceeds donated from the event go directly to the operation of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1. The Bar-B-Q Committee would like to thank all of the members spouses girlfriends kids parents and Minquas members who not only volunteered but braved the 98F 135F in the pit area air temperatures on Saturday Teamwork was the theme for the weekend. Prep-work started on Friday night and again at 700 AM on Saturday. It was essential for the Pit Crews and Sprayer Crews to be rotated throughout the day due to the extreme weather conditions. And our newer younger members gained valuable pit experience this yearAgain thanks to all of those who volunteered and thank you to all of you who purchased the dinners and bake sale items. A special thank you to Sharons Sweet Beginnings Bake Sale Items Wawa Drinks and Refrigerator Truck County Propane Propane and East Brandywine Fire Co. Chicken Warming Box for their donations. We have been hosting our Chicken Bar-B-Q for over 35 years and it has become a community tradition and a great way to visit with your neighbors or meet new friends. And an excellent way to help support your 100 volunteer fire company as well We even had visitors from Texas who heard the clucking firetruck and stopped-in for dinner. They commented on what a great flavor our chicken had and that they never tasted anything like it before We hope to see you again in August of 2008 And thanks for your support. During the Chicken Bar-B-Q Tower 45 also responded to two automatic fire alarms. One at Wegmans Food Market and the other at Villa St. John in East Caln Twp. The crews investigated and determined that both alarms were false due to malfunctions with the systems.
The Downingtown Fire Dept. Tug-Of-War Team won the first two rounds of the single elimination Goshen Fair Fire Company Tug-Of-War Competition to place the papertowners into the quarter final round. The team won the first two pulls by easily defeating the Newtown Square and Bromall Fire Cos. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. This set-up the same quarter final match-up as last year Edgemont Fire Co. vs. DFD with Edgemont finally winning the five minute stand-off in 2006. On a very hot and humid Thursday night the scene was set as the large crowd assembled at the dry and dusty Tug-Of-War pit. Both teams were hard at work digging-in and pulling the rope tight getting that proper grip you could feel the night air was thick with tension With both teams ready the horn sounded and the DFD warriors took the first advantage by approximately eight inches and then it was a 4.5 minute stand-still with no movement either way. Then with one our pullers slipping on some loose gravel the Delco ten started to slowly take the advantage away and they finally prevailed to send them into the semi-finals on Friday night against Ludwigs Corner Fire Co. The DFD team was made-up of Active Force members of both Alert No. 1 and Minquas No. 2. Congratulations to all of the pullers the members who helped clear the gravel and most of all the large crowd of fans who cheered the team on. It was truly a team effort that goes beyond the ten pullers