Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tickets are being sold, registrations are being filled out and now flyers are being made! Check out the flyers, print them out if you'd like and tell your friends. The North Penn Vol. Fire Co.'s 125th celebrating events are getting under way. Don't miss out. To get tickets for the beef and beer on April 13th you can go to the North Penn Vol. Fire Co.'s Social Club or talk to any of the members of North Penn. To register for the May 18th 5K run, go to fastcatsports.com.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This past Friday a call came in for flames from the side of a residence in North Wales. The initial dispatched called for Station 62, Squad 80, Ladder 18 and Squad 14 as well as QRS 62 and an ambulance from 345. Deputy Chief 62 arrived on scene with a working fire and went into 62 Command. Crews went into service with inch and three quarter lines and began an interior attack on the fire. 62 Command monitored the progression of the fire and pulled the crews out to switch to a defensive attack. The fire was knocked down and operations went back into interior operations to hit hot spots and to perform salvage and overhaul. There was no reported injuries. Additional companies on the call were Rescue 18, Engine 76, Ladder 83 (FAST Team), Rescue 345Special thanks to companies 33 and 7 for being our stand by companies, covering our calls during the fire.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
2013 marks the 125th anniversary of organized firefighting in North
Wales and the surrounding communities with the official formation of the
North Wales Hose Co. #1 after two devastating fires that occurred back
to back in early December of 1888.25th Anniversary events for 2013
We will start off the Anniversary with a kick off at our annual banquet on February 9, 2013The 125th Committee will hold a Beef and Beer on April 13, 2013 at the North Penn Vol. Fire Co.'s Social Club.The fire company, in cooperation with North Wales Running,
is having a 5K run in North Wales on Saturday May 18, 2013. Cost is $25.00
per runner and is open to anyone. Cost includes a shirt for the runner
and light food and refreshments. Look for the link shortly.The fire company is having a block party/picnic in the park on Saturday, June 1, 2013. More details will follow.Lastly, the North Penn is sponsoring an old fashioned antique fire apparatus muster on September 9, 2013 (Rain Date Sept. 15). More details to follow.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The year is coming to an end. The Holiday Gear Rack Competition is over, the first place prize went to FF/EMT Heidi Roellinghoff and the Judge's Award to Capt Matthew J Traynor. The Santa Runs have come and gone. North Penn Volunteer Fire Company had the honor to have Santa come to visit, and all he wanted to do was to go around with the crew to see all the children in the community. Santa spent and entire Saturday with North Penn and did his best to see all the kids of Lower Gwynedd and North Wales. With tomorrow night being the end to 2012, the new officers of the company will take over and lead the new year. The new line up for 2013 will be as follows:Chief Christopher ParkDeputy Chief Michael JanssensAssistant Chief Donnie Holt JrAssistant Chief 1 Michael TaylorBattalion Chief Matthew J TraynorCaptain Frank BaxterLieutenant Mark Donohue JrSafety Officer Frank BaxterQRS Officer Heidi RoellinghoffChief Engineer Tom GerhartEngineer 1 Michael RoellinghoffEngineer 2 Dave RennerFire Police Captain Thomas GillespieFire Police Lieutenant David QuinnFire Police Sargeant Barry SchollPhotos taken by NPVFC Photographer Phil Janssens
North Penn Firefighters with Santa Claus
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Monday, December 17, 2012
What's going on with the gear racks at North Penn Volunteer Fire Company? Several of the racks have holiday lights, ornaments and other holiday season decorations. The reasoning for all this is a little competition that ends tonight. The members of North Penn have until tonight to decorate their lockers to enter the competition thought up by Chief Chris Park to put the members into the holiday spirit. Wednesday night the three judges selected by Chief Chris Park will be deciding the winner of best decorated and a special judges award. So check back later in the week to find out who the winners are.Don't forget that this Saturday, Santa will be going around with North Penn's fire trucks visiting the children of the community. Keep an eye out for Santa Claus.Happy Holidays
Chief Chris Park
Asst. Chief Don Holt Jr.
North Penn Firefighters with Santa Claus
Monday, December 3, 2012
Santa may live at the North Pole, but yesterday evening he spent some time wishes a Happy Holidays here at North Penn. Santa wasn't lost on his way to check on his elves, he was here for the annual Tree Lighting. North Penn had a packed house full of community members waiting to meet the jolly guy. Inside the bays were holiday crafts and refreshments. When it was time for Santa to arrive, everyone gathered around the tree by the firehouse's brand new flag pole and freshly placed memorial stones. A holiday story was read, the tree was lit, and then came Santa down the street riding on Bertha. Santa stayed until he met everyone, parents and children alike told the big guy from the North Pole what they would like this holiday. The time came for Santa to head back North, but don't worry, Saturday, December 22nd, he'll be back. On the 22nd you will see Santa up on Ladder 62, driving through North Wales and Lower Gwynedd handing out candy canes, greeting the neighborhood and waiting to hear from those who made the Good List this year.So if you didn't get to see Santa last night at North Penn, keep your eyes open December 22nd because he's coming to town.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has passed and North Penn Volunteer Fire Company handled more than 70 calls from Monday and Tuesday. Crews were in station during the storm to staff Squad, Engine and Ladder 62 as well as the Chief and Deputy's vehicle and at times when needed, one of the Traffic vehicles. Calls ranged from smells of something burning, trees into houses and/or wires, CO detectors going off, fire alarms, medical calls and much more. In station, 345 had an ambulance to assist with their call volume. Also, in station, North Penn had the pleasure of having Chaplain Tom Byron cooking for them. Tom Byron is a life member of North Penn. He made sure that the first responders had plenty of warm meals and fresh coffee to keep their spirits up while they handled the calls. Many areas are still without power, including several of the men and women of North Penn. They will continue to handle the calls as they come in. There is still much clean up to do. Thank you to everyone for their time and dedication during the storm and during the preparation leading up to Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, October 29, 2012
It's just before 2 am on Monday, and the crews of North Penn are sleeping in the bunk room, in the Engine Bay and anywhere else they can find a place to put their feet up. The crews are awaiting the first call that Hurricane Sandy will bring them. Much preperation and planning has gone into the next few days, and the men and women of The NuT HoUSe are ready for what's to come. While the roads and weather are bad, please be safe. We can't be sure what will happen the next few days, but with the predicted heavy rains and wind, down wires and trees along with dangerous flooding can be expected. Though we will be feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy shortly, she will not be over our region until around 8 am Tuesday morning.
Sandy 6:30 am
Sandy 5:30 am
Friday, October 12, 2012
For the past week, members of North Penn Volunteer Fire Company during the day and at night have been meeting with students of schools, day cares and bear scouts to inform them about fire safety. Students have been taught about smoke detectors, the 9-1-1 system, escape plans and what to do in case of a fire. Thursday evening, all of the fire prevention talks paid off.
First, North Penn responded to a kitchen fire. Upon arrival the family was found safely outside the residence. Also the family remembered that they were not suppose to go back inside for any reason. This included the family pet. The search crew quickly retrieved the home owner's dog for them and brought him safely out while the hose team made a knock on the fire.
A few hours later, North Penn responded into Upper Gwynedd Township to a building with a smoke condition. Again, thanks to Fire Prevention Week and a student who remembered what he learned earlier in the week, the family knew to get out of the house and go to their meeting place in their front yard to await the arrival of the fire units.
This is a reminder to everyone to take fire safety seriously, to check your smoke detectors every month, replace the batteries every 6 months, to practice a family escape plan and to have a meeting place in case of an emergency.
Monday, October 1, 2012
This past weekend a month's time of hard work paid off. For the last month hose has been repacked, paint touched up, nickle polished and Bertha, North Penn's antique, was cleaned head to toe. Many members, contributing members and even friends of the company put time in getting Bertha ready for the 133rd PA Fireman's Association State Parade which was Saturday in Norristown.
Saturday was a long day for the members of North Penn. 6:30 in the morning Bertha was fired up and heading to Norristown to be judged. After being judged, Bertha got into position for the parade and was met by Squad 62 at 11:00. 1:00 the parade began. Through Norristown went fire truck after fire truck, firefighters marching and bands playing. Following the parade, Bertha and Squad 62 headed back to be switched out with Engine and Traffic 62. Traffic 62 headed to the awards ceremony and Engine 62 stood by for Station 27. Members of North Penn waited in anticipation waiting to hear from Traffic 62 whether Bertha won a trophy or not.
At 7:25pm, the phones began to ring. Bertha received the first place trophy in the Best Appearing Equipped Antique category. A category open to any truck, 25 years or older, but first place was given to the 83 year old Bertha.
The 1929 American LaFrance has won several awards in the past, but this was her first award from a PA Fireman's Association State Parade.
Special thanks to all those who put the time and effort into getting Bertha ready. The hard work paid off.
Bertha and her crew
(back) G. Slater (front L-R) K. Burkart,
M. Traynor, B. Rhoads, S. Slater, J.
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