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Newtown Places 1st At Rescue Competition
Firefighter Rick Gerhard, Firefighter Rob Sutton, Firefighter Will Fabian and Battalion Chief Brian Gerhard scored first place at an annual rescue competition in Bristol Township on Saturday October 18.
Congratulations Al Jones - 65 Year Member
On August 23rd, 2014, life member Albert Jones was presented with an award for 65 years of service to the Newtown Fire Association. Al joined the Newtown Fire Association in 1949, and provided two more generations of Newtown firefighters, and is still in the station every morning for coffee and caring for the station. Congratulations, Al! We look forward to many more years of stories and good company!!
Fire Academy Graduates
Congratulations to Firefighters Erin Riley and Bethany Allison, who both graduated from the basic fire academy tonight at Bucks County Community College! Both members spent the last 2 months - 5 days a week attending the 200 hour class. Good job ladies!
Cloverlee Lane Dwelling Fire
At 11:45 PM on July 27, 2014, crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to a dwelling fire on Cloverlee Lane in Newtown Township, in the middle of a severe thunderstorm. Battalion Chief 45 arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing from the rear of a garage connected to the dwelling, and established Newtown Command. Firefighters forced entry into the front of the garage to make an interior attack, and ventilated the roof to further access the fire and prevent it from spreading into the home. All occupants were able to exit the house safely. Neighbors and residents on scene were of the belief that the home was struck by lightning, and police and the fire marshal’s office will be investigating. Newtown Firefighters were assisted by the Upper Makefield Fire Company and Yardley Makefield Fire Company. Newtown Township Police and the Newtown Ambulance Squad were also on scene.
Thank-You Rita's of Village Shires!
The members of the NFA would like to thank Rita's of Village Shires, and Kevin and Cathy Dippolito for assisting us during Rita's Spirit Day! 15 percent of all sales were donated to the fire company during Sunday, June 22.
Congrats, NFA Grads!
The members of the NFA congratulate Junior Firefighters Maria DeLuca and Shjon Orr, along with the rest of the class of 2014 pn their graduation from Council Rock High School!
Rt. 532 Auto Extrication
At 2:03 PM, Engine 55-1, Rescue 45, Rescue 80, and Medic 145 were dispatched on Box 80-55 to Rt 532 and Stoopville Rd for a landscaping truck that rolled over, with the occupants trapped inside. Engine 55-1 was first to arrive and assisted the occupants out of the vehicle.
Uppper Silver Lake Rd House Fire
On Monday, March 31st the NFA was dispatched to a report of a house on fire in the 100 block of Upper Silver Lake Road. Arriving in less than 4 minutes from dispatch, Rescue 45 (Capt Weaver) arrived with smoke showing and dropped a supply line. With Ladder 45 and Utility 45 pulling up immediately following, lines were stretched and ladders thrown. Chief 45 (Forsyth) established command, and the fire was placed under control in 15 minutes. The FMO is investigating the cause of the fire, and their were no injuries reported.
Penndel House Fire
At 11:48 on Monday February 24th, Rescue 45 (RIT) and Engine 55-1 were dispatched on Box 8-2 for a dwelling fire on Holly Avenue in Penndel. Upon arrival, Engine 55-1 dropped a supply line from Engine 9 to a hydrant near Spring Avenue as problems were encountered with the water supply where the fire was located. Rescue 45 set up as the Rapid Intervention Team and later went to work with overhaul.
Newtown Boro Business Fire
Shortly after 2:00 pm on Monday, January 27, 2014, crews from the Newtown Fire Association and Newtown Emergency Services Department were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at 246 South State Street in Newtown Borough. Engine 55-1 and Chief 252 (Glenn Forsyth) arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a historic dwelling converted into a law office, and the assignment was upgraded to a working fire. Interior firefighters reported fire in the basement spreading up through the roof. Due to deteriorating conditions, firefighters were briefly evacuated. Newtown firefighters were assisted by crews from the Northampton Volunteer Fire Company, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Langhorne Middletown Fire Company, and the Penndel Fire Company. The Parkland Fire Company and Falls Township Fire Company were later added to the assignment while covering Newtown Station 45, and Engine 81 from the Upper Makefield Fire Company was subsequently called to cover Newtown. There were no injuries reported. The fire is currently under investigation.
2014 Line Officers and Administrative Officers
2014 Line Officers: Carl Forsyth - Chief 45, Brian Gerhard - Battalion 45, Matthew Gerhard - Battalion 55, Nick Weaver - Captain 45, Steven Gentile - Lieutenant 45, Robert Adams, Sr - Chief Engineer
2014 Administrative Officers: Will Fabian – President, Zach Dunkelberger – Vice President, Ethan Crivaro – Secretary, Warren Dallas – Treasurer, Rob Sutton – Trustee, Chris Jones – Trustee, Charles Keller – Trustee, Shawn Keen – Trustee, Ray Pugh – Trustee.
Crews Assist at Langhorne House Fire
Crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched with the Langhorne-Middletown and Yardley-Makefield Fire Companies for a reported dwelling fire on Stone Bridge Court in Langhorne just after 8:00 pm on Monday November 4. Newtown's Rescue 45 arrived first on scene and reported heavy fire through the roof of the home. Crews went in service with multiple hose lines to quickly extinguish the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Middletown Township Fire Marshal.
Kitchen Fire at Boro Restaurant
Just after 6:00 AM on Friday October 25, crews from the Newtown Fire Association, Newtown Emergency Services Department, Northampton Fire Company and Langhorne Fire Company were dispatched to a reported fire at an Italian restaurant on State Street. Responding crews were advised that Newtown Borough Police were on scene reporting a working fire. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and went in service extinguishing a kitchen fire, and were on scene for an extended time clearing smoke from the building. Authorities are currently investigating the fire.
Accident With Entrapment on the Newtown Bypass
Just before 2:00 AM on Saturday October 5, 2013, crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to an accident with entrapment on the Newtown Bypass near the intersection of Woodbourne Road. Chief 45 (Carl Forsyth) arrived on scene to discover an overturned Corvette with two occupants heavily entrapped. Rescue 45 and Engine 55 from the Newtown Fire Association responded, and due to the extent of the entrapment, Rescue 80 (Yardley Makefield Fire Company) and Rescue 8 (Penndel Fire Company) were dispatched to assist. Rescue crews went in service with a wide array of rescue tools, including cutters, spreaders, rams, and airbags to free the patients. One patient was transported by the Newtown Ambulance Squad to Saint Mary’s Medical Center, and sadly a second patient sustained fatal injuries. The Newtown Township Police Department are investigating the incident.
Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire, Rescue Dog
While crews were at a vehicle extrication drill at Station 55, a call was received for a house on fire on Atkinson Lane in the 55-32 box. Battalion 55 (Command) and Battalion 45 (Interior Operations) arrived and reported a working kitchen fire in a 2 1/2 story single family dwelling. Engine 55 and Ladder 45 arrived within 5 minutes of the call being dispatched and went in service with fire suppression, and Rescue 35 responded for manpower. Crews were able to rescue one dog from the residence, and the bulk of the fire was held to the kitchen area. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Fire Marshal's Office and Newtown Township Police.
Newtown Responds To 4 Alarm Fire
Chief-7 arrived on scene at the Racquet Club Apartments and reported heavy fire conditions side-C of a 2 story 100x100 garden style apartment complex with reported entrapment. First arriving companies attempted an interior attack and also conducted search and rescue operations. A total of 4 Alarms were struck bringing companies as far away as Burlington NJ to assist local companies. Newtown Fire Association's Rescue 45 and Ladder 45 responded to the call, with Rescue 45 pumping approximently 200,000 gallons of water. Building B was a total loss. EMS transported 2 victims with burns to local hospitals, and also treated 2 firefighters with heat related injuries. The fire is being investigated by Middletown Twp FMO
Newtown Bypass Accident
Engine 55 (Newtown Emergency Services Dept.) and Rescue 45 where dispatched to the intersection of Buck Rd and the Newtown Bypass for a report of an accident with entrapment during the evening rush hour on 7/23/2013. Battalion 45 (B. Gerhard) arrived on scene and reported no extrication was needed and held the assignment to Engine 55 and Special Service 55.
Welcome Home Major Morey
On June 25th, firefighters from the Newtown Fire Association, along with Warrior’s Watch Riders, assisted in welcoming home Newtown Township resident Major Donald Morey (US Army) from a tour in Afghanistan. Before this most recent deployment, he served three tours in Iraq. The members of the Newtown Fire Association thank Major Morey for his service to our country, and A Hero’s Welcome for coordinating the welcoming home event.
Junior Firefighters Graduate High School
Congratulations to Junior Firefighters Ryan Adams and Lief Nordfveit on their graduation from Council Rock High School North!
N.F.A. Wins Several Trophies At Recent Parades
Firefighters with the Newtown Fire Association earned several trophies at local parades this month:
Sellersville Fire Company Parade
Engine Company 55: 1st place best appearing and equipped in its age class
Ladder 45: 2nd place best appearing and equipped
1955 Ward LaFrance - 1st place for best appearing privately owned antique (Bob Adams, Sr.)
Bucks County Firemen's Parade
Ladder 45 - 2nd place Aerial
1923 Kerns - 1st place department owned antique
1955 Ward LaFrance - 1st place privately owned antique (Bob Adams, Sr.)
Northampton Construction Site Fire
At 8:27 AM, crews from the Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company, Newtown Fire Association, Southampton Fire Company and Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad were dispatched to a building fire at a construction site near the intersection of Second Street Pike & Almshouse Road, in the area of Guiseppes Pizza. Initial reports from dispatch indicated workers were on scene and may be trapped on the roof. Police and fire crews arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing from the roof, with all workers accounted for. Firefighters made access to the roof and made a quick stop of the fire.
Newtown Borough Accident
Battalion Chief 55 and Rescue 45 responded along with Medic 145 to Lincoln and Washington Avenue for a report of an accident with injuries. Rescue 45 was in service with hazard control and assisted Newtown Borough Police with traffic
Upper Makefield Dwelling Fire
On the morning of April 7, 2013, Rescue 45, Ladder 45 and Engine 55 from the Newtown Fire Association were called to assist the Upper Makefield Fire Company at a dwelling fire on Stonybrook Rd.
Bucks County Community College Cliff Rescue
On the afternoon of April 3, 2013, crews from the Newtown Emergency Services Department, Newtown Fire Association, Northampton Volunteer Fire Company, Newtown Ambulance Squad and Central Bucks Ambulance Squad were dispatched to a cliff rescue behind Tyler Hall at the Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus. Crews arrived on scene to discover a male in his 20’s had fallen over 75’ down the side of the Indian Council Rock formation, onto the base of the Neshaminy Creek below. While crews were treating and packaging the patient for transport, a Marine unit from Northampton took the patient up upstream to a waiting PennSTAR medical helicopter that landed on the soccer fields of the college. The patient was transported to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and reportedly sustained traumatic head injuries and several broken bones.
Northampton Apartment Fire
At approximately 1:30 AM on March 19, 2013, Ladder 45 and Rescue 45 from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to assist the Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company at a working apartment fire on Beacon Hill Drive within the Village Shires development in Holland, PA
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training Class
On Saturday, February 23rd, members from the Newtown Fire Association, Newtown Emergency Services, Newtown EMS and Newtown Township Police took part in a joint training class for Tactical Combat Casualty Care. The four hour class, instructed by experienced SWAT Paramedics, introduced responders on how to care for trauma cases caused by acts of violence. Responders were trained in how to render aid to injured casualties, including civilians, responders, and self care, along with how to operate safely in a possible unsecured or hostile setting (i.e. active shooter). Thank you to Bensalem EMS for putting on the class.
Newtown Borough Laundromat Fire
On Thursday, December 13th at 4:37pm crews from the Newtown Emergency Services Department, Newtown Fire Association, Northampton Volunteer Fire Company, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, and Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company were dispatched to a reported fire at the Three T’s Laundromat on North State Street in Newtown Borough. Crews arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke showing from the building. Engine 55-1 arrived on scene and laid a 5 inch diameter supply line to a State Street hydrant and went in service with an 1 ¾ inch attack line inside the building where crews encountered a dryer fire. Ladder 45 and additional crews ventilated smoke out of the businesses. Firefighters have responded to several similar calls at the business over the past year.
Newtown Firefighters Assist Neighboring Fire Companies at Large House Fire in Upper Makefield
On Saturday October 13, 2012, at approximately 11:30 PM, crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to assist the Lingohocken and Upper Makefield Fire Companies for a dwelling fire on Thompson Mill Road in Upper Makefield Township. Several neighboring fire companies and multiple tankers were called in to assist.
Newtown Firefighters Respond To Large Barn Fire In Upper Makefield Township
On Saturday October 13, crews from the Upper Makefield Fire Company, Newtown Fire Association, Lingohocken Fire Company, and New Hope Fire Company were dispatched to a reported barn fire at 371 Stoneybrook Rd in Upper Makefield Township. Deputy Chief 71 (Upper Makefield) arrived on scene and reported to responding units that there was a large, fully involved barn. The barn in question appears to have housed numerous trucks and other large equipment. As Upper Makefield Township has no hydrants, a tanker task force was dispatched to supply water, and several neighboring fire companies includingYardley-Makefield, Northampton, Midway (Lahaska) Stockton, NJ, Lambertville, NJ responded to the scene. Several other fire companies such as Warwick and Langhorne were called in to cover fire departments. Firefighters staged an aggressive defensive attack of the fire and protected numerous exposures including several vehicles, a home, large bales of hay and an adjacent large barn housing farm animals.
Fully Involved House on Pansy Court
Crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at 5 Pansy Court in the Newtown Grant section of Newtown Township. Chief 252 (Glenn Forsyth) arrived on scene and reported a two and a half story dwelling was fully involved. Crews from the Newtown Fire Association were assisted by the Lingohocken Fire Company and Northampton Fire Company. The Newtown Township Fire Marshal has ruled the fire as accidental. Two neighboring homes were damaged by the radiant heat from the fire. Donations can be made to those affected through the following fund set up by neighbors:
Newtown Fire Victim Fund
C/O First National Bank
40 S. State Street
Newtown, PA 18940
Large House Fire In Wrightstown
At 12:22 pm on Saturday July 28, 2012, crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to assist the Lingohocken Fire Company on a reported house fire in the 100 block of Jane Chapman Drive West. Crews arrived on scene to discover heavy fire coming from the roof of a large single family dwelling that had been recently constructed. Firefighters from the Lingohocken Fire Company, Newtown Fire Association, Upper Makefield Fire Company, and Northampton Volunteer Fire Company were on scene, along with medics from the Central Bucks Ambulance and Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad. Canteen 4 was also dispatched from Trevose for rehab. Media reports noted the owners were on vacation at the time of the fire. The Wrightstown Township Fire Marshals Office is investigating the incident. Neighbors reported to the media that they saw/heard lightning strike the house just prior to the fire.
Bus vs. Truck With Heavy Entrapment on the Bypass
On Thursday July 19, 2012, crews from the Newtown Fire Association, Newtown Emergency Services Department, Newtown Police Department, Newtown Ambulance Squad, and Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad were dispatched to an accident with entrapment on the Newtown Bypass in front of the PennDOT maintenance yard. Engine 55-1 arrived on scene and reported a school bus into the rear of a box truck with the driver of the school bus heavily entrapped with serious injuries, and one adult occupant complaining of non-life threatening injuries. Battalion 55 Matt Gerhard arrived on scene and established Newtown Command, and immediately requested Rescue 3 from Northampton to also respond. Rescue 45 arrived on scene and all crews went in service with cutters, rams, chains and spreaders to remove the patient from the driver’s seat, which took approximately 30 minutes to accomplish. Medics requested a PennStar medical helicopter to respond, and Engine 35-1 from the Lingohocken Fire Company was dispatched to handle their landing zone on the Bypass. PennStar transported the patient to a hospital in Philadelphia upon being freed from the wreckage. The accident is under investigation by Newtown Township Police. Photos by Brian Wozniak.
Newtown Bypass / Penns Trail Accident
On July 10, 2012, at 5:11 pm, crews from the Newtown Fire Association (Rescue 45), Newtown Emergency Services Department (Engine 55-1 and Special Service 55), were dispatched along with the Newtown Ambulance Squad (Medic 145) and the Newtown Township Police Department for a reported accident with entrapment near the intersection of Penns Trail and the Newtown Bypass. Callers to 911 reported witnessing a vehicle drive off the Bypass and rollover several times through the parking lot of ReMax & Team Capital Bank, before striking a tree. Engine 55-1 arrived on scene and reported the driver removed themself from the vehicle, and was not complaining of any serious injuries. Firefighters assisted medics with patient care before the patient was transferred by ambulance to Saint Mary’s Medical Center. The accident is under investigation by Newtown Township Police.