Monday, April 30, 2012
Earlier tonight, members of the North Penn Vol. Fire Co. spent their time at Montgomery County Fire Academy's burn building. The burn building is a specially designed training facility that firefighters use to practice their skills. North Penn's firefighters practiced their hose advancement, fire extinguishment, search, ventilation and radio communication skills. Fire companies travel to the fire academy for the burn building because of the privilege to have controlled live fire training. Tonight North Penn practiced fighting residential fires, and in a few weeks will be returning to practice commerical building fires.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
There are new changes. The first new change is that the vacant QRS Captain spot has been filled. Fire Services Lieutenant Mark Donohue Jr. is now also QRS Captain. He will be assisted by a QRS Steering Committee to be named at a later date.
The next change is to the North Penn Fire website. There are two new pages added to the website. The first is "QRS" and the second "Fire Services." On the QRS page you will find a brief explanation of North Penn's Quick Response Services and the crew lists. On the Fire Services page you will find a brief explanation of the fire side of the company and examples of the types of calls they respond to.
We hope you enjoy the changes to the website.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Squad 62 went into Upper Gwynedd Township twice today. The first call was for a large field fire. Squad 62 arrived on location with a high volume of fire. A 2 1/2 inch hose was stretched and then 1 3/4 inch hose was gated off of that. 350 feet of hose was quickly placed in service to attack the flames. Units from Upper Gwynedd Fire Department arrived and placed an 1 1/2 inch hose of the gate and the two lines were in service. Extensive overhaul was performed by hand and by the aid of township vehicles. Squrt 14 went in service to soak down the area with their master stream.
Special thanks to North Wales Borough Public Works, Upper Gwynedd Township Public Works, North Wales Police Department, and Upper Gwynedd Police Department for their members assistance.
Later in the day, Squad 62 was called back into Upper Gwynedd Township for a rescue at a playground. 80, 62 and 345 were dispatched for this call. A successful rescue was performed and all units went available.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Today Squad 62 made three calls before backing into Station 62-A once. First the Squad was dispatched to DeKalb Pike and Hancock Road in Lower Gwynedd for a field fire around 1:30 pm. Chief 62 and Squad 62 responded to the scene.
Chief 62 released the Squad as it was added to a second alarm dwelling fire in Bucks County. Squad 62, with it's crew of 6, responded into the scene and assisted with checking and metering the exposures. Engine 62 stood by with a crew in station in North Wales during the call. After assisting with wrapping up hose, Squad 62 was released.
On their way back to the 62 local, Squad 62 was dispatched to the Upper Gwynedd side of 202. Squad 62 arrived on location with an active field fire. A line was stretched and several pressurized water cans. Engine 80 arrived and supplied the Squad with their water. The field fire was quickly contained. Squad 18 also assisted on the call.
Squad 62 finally backed into Station 62-A around 5:00 pm. Crews cleaned up and got everything back in service for the next dispatch.
Friday, March 16, 2012
It's 4:00 am on Friday, do you know where your firefighters are? A few of the North Penn firefighters and contributing members have woken up early today, as they do once a month, to make hoagies. At 4:00 am they get to work preparing pre orders for pick up by 6:00 am. Not on the pre order list and yet still want a North Penn hoagie? Don't worry, they do it all over again tomorrow, just not so early. If you would like a hoagie, or 2.... or dozen, come out to North Penn Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street, North Wales after 7:30 am. Saturday is a no pre order day, so walk ins are welcome. There are Italian hoagies, Tuna, and every month there is a special (could be turkey, ham or roast beef). Hoagies are $4.00. We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Around 4:00 am this morning, Air 62 was dispatched into Worcester Township for a working fire. Air 62 and Assistant 62-1 went responding with 6 personnel and Chief 62 was also enroute to the call. The fireground went into exterior operations and operated off of Event Channel 3. The FAST Team was not activated, no injuries on the fire scene.
Additional stations assisting with 83's call and with stand bys were 76, 61, 78, 80, 336 and 345.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Air 62 responded into Horsham Township this evening for a non-commercial building fire. Arrivig on location, Air 62 was instructed to stage at the top of the driveway. The FAST Team stood by until cleared by command. The FAST Team was not activated, no injuries on the fire scene.
Monday, February 20, 2012
If you are sitting at home in front of the TV on a Monday night, trying to think of something to do, we have done the thinking for you. Head down to North Penn Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street in North Wales around 7pm. The members of North Penn have drill every Monday night at 7. Come down to meet the members, find out what they do for the community, and if you are interested, find out how you can become a member.
If you came out this past Drill, you would have seen two trainings going on. You could have seen Lt. Mark Donohue teaching how to use low pressure air bags as well as ropes. Two very important groups of rescue equipment that we carry on Squad 62 and Ladder 62. At the same time you could have seen Capt. Matthew Traynor teaching how to use hydraulic rescue tools. Another group of rescue equipment that we carry on Squad 62 and Air 62.
So if you are trying to find something to do on a Monday night, head down to Station 62 to see more drills and find out how you can be a part of the membership if you are interested.
Friday, February 17, 2012
North Penn Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank their Ladies Auxiliary for donating $8,500 to the fire company. A check was presented from the Ladies to company President, John Strobel and Chief Chris Park Saturday night at the annual banquet. The Ladies Auxiliary raised this money over the year from special events, such as their annual Fall Craft Show and their bake sales. Thank you Ladies, your donation to the fire company is a wonderful gift, and we thank you for everything you do throughout the year.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday night was North Penn's Annual Firefighter Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The awards were presented by Chief Chris Park, President John Strobel and former President Tom Rebbie. The awards were given out as follows.
Michael Roellinghoff Sr.
Matthew J Traynor
Firefighter of the Year
Mark Donohue Jr.
Horace Madtes Jr. Spirit of a Firefighter Award
Life Membership was given to Steven Reber for his 25 years of Active Membership.
On behalf of the North Penn Volunteer Fire Company, it's Board of Trustees and it's entire membership, we would like to both congratulate and thank Robert "Skip" Schiele for being presented with his 50 Years Membership. Skip became a member of the company at the age of 21 in 1961, and since then has not only been a dedicated firefighter, but also held positions of Assistant Engineer and Chief Engineer, has been a member of the Board of Trustees and continues to serve as Treasurer of the Relief Association. Thank you Skip for your 50 years of dedicated service
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