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.
Monday, September 10, 2012
If you were listening to Fire Dispatch at 7:00 am yesterday morning, you would have heard several engines, squads and a pipeline being dispatched for a combined LDH drill. LDH stands for Large Diameter Hose, and in the case of the Eastern Large Diameter Strike Force that met yesterday, the large diameter hose used was 5 inch hose.
The Eastern Large Diameter Strike Force is made up of 7 fire companies: Barren Hill Fire Company Station 29, Colmar Fire Company Station 12, Fort Washington Fire Company Station 88, Horsham Fire Company Station 15, North Penn Fire Company Station 62, Oreland Fire Company Station 700 and Wissahickon Fire Company Station 7.
The goal of the ELDSF is for each truck to lay 1,000 feet of 5 inch hose and to relay water flow from one truck to another, stretching from a water source to the destination up to 7,000 feet away and maintain a water flow of 1,000 gallons per minute. The purpose of this is to get a water source to a fire that may not be in an area of fire hydrants, or if a secondary water source is needed from another hydrant system.
The drill took place at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Lower Gwynedd Township of Station 7's local. Chief 7 assumed LDH Lead for the drill. LDH Lead is the person in charge of the ELDSF and over sees the operations, including intake and discharge water pressures of all trucks during operation, insuring the water source is adequate, maintaining water flow and fuel of the trucks.
The drill was organized by Chief 700 Dan Supplee and Asst. Chief 7 Skip Urban.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The weekend began for North Penn with a work day on Saturday. The work day was used for projects that included painting, cleaning and fixing throughout and around the Main Street station. Along with the 28 Active and Contributing Members that came out to lend a hand, there was also 16 adult/young adult community members and 8 kids helping out. Many of the scheduled projects were completed or nearly completed as well as some impromptu projects. To thank the 52 individuals who came out Saturday morning, North Penn had a cookout for everyone. The weekend continued from there with 2 fires on Sunday. One in 62's local and another in 33's. Early Sunday morning 62 responded to a fire alarm in Lower Gwynedd Township and ended up with a small trash fire that required a line to be stretched from Squad 62. Later that day Squad 62 responded into Whitpain as the FAST Team for a fire on Skippack Pike. The FAST Team stood by ready, but was never activated. Both fires were controlled and extinguished quickly.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
FALL CRAFT SHOWSeptember 15, 20129am to 2pmAt North Penn Vol. Fire Co.141 South Main StreetNorth Wales, PA 19454Food, crafts, bake sale and raffleHelp support the Ladies Auxiliary
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This past Saturday, about 1,100 people participated, 500 spectated and another 200 kids participated in the Hero Rush at Skirmish in the Poconos. The Hero Rush is a firefighter themed 19 obstacle 5k+. The obstacles tested the participants' strength both mentally and physically. Out of those 1700, there was a 7 person team from The NuT HoUSe. The NuT HoUSe 62 team was made up of 4 of North Penn's own, 2 people representing Station 7 and a member of 345. The 7 of them found themselves running through mud, scaling walls, climbing ropes and ladders, navigating entanglement tubes and mazes as well as diving into a "haz-mat" pool and much more. Other local teams included one from Upper Gwynedd Fire Company and another representing Retro Fitness North Wales. Hero Rush's The NuT HoUSe 62 team(62) Deputy Chief Frank Baxter(62) Captain Matthew J Traynor (Team Captain)(62) Firefighter Jason Connelly(62) Junior Firefighter Jess Smith (7) Firefighter Kristen Blodgett(7) Courtney Fullerton(345) EMT Kimberly WalshFor more information on the Hero Rush, go to HeroRush.com
The NuT HoUSe 62 Team (top left)
Capt Traynor and 345's Kim Walsh
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Last night, the volunteer firefighters of North Penn had the privilege of attending a drill at Abington Fire Company's training facility. In attendance with North Penn were members from stations 345, 82 and 100. The companies worked together to rescue a simulated patient from scaffolding. An aerial ladder was used to send crews to the simulation patient. Throughout the scenarios, the same aerial ladder was used to lower the simulation patient in a stokes basket safely to the ground using systems of ropes.
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