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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.
Mulch Fire Extends to Siding at Chinese Restaurant
On July 4, 2012, firefighters from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to a reported building fire at Duck Sauce on S. State Street in Newtown Borough. Bucks County 911 reported to responding firefighters that employees were on scene reporting a smoke condition inside and outside the restaurant. Deputy 45 (Carl Forsyth) arrived on scene and reported a mulch fire on the side of the building contained to the outside, and held the assignment to Rescue 45 and Ladder 45. Crews went in service with a booster line to extinguish the mulch fire, and utilized a chainsaw to remove portions of the siding and insulation to eliminate hotspots and prevent any potential flare-ups. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Employees of the restaurant noted they are typically closed on the Fourth of July, but by chance they were open then and were fortunate enough to detect the fire before it spread. Firefighters from the Northampton Volunteer Fire Company, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, and Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company were also initially dispatched on an automatic mutual-aid assignment, but were later recalled. Newtown Borough Police were on scene to direct traffic away from the area.
Rescue 45 Responds To Falls Township Fire
On Tuesday, June 19th 2012, Rescue 45 was dispatched to cover Station 30 (Falls Township) while they were operating on a two alarm scrap yard fire. While on the cover assignment, Rescue 45 (Newtown) was dispatched along with Ladder 8 (Penndel) and Engine 12 (Newportville) to an unrelated fire at Abington Steel. Crews arrived on scene with fire showing from a smoke stack. Rescue 45 dropped into the hydrant to establish a water supply, then went on to assist crews with fire suppression and overhaul.
Village at Newtown Shopping Center Fire
At 1:32 AM on Wednesday April 4, 2012, firefighters from the Newtown Fire Association, Northampton Volunteer Fire Company and Upper Makefield Fire Company were dispatched to a reported fire at Sarcones Deli at the Newtown Villages Shopping Center on South Eagle Road. Newtown Township Police and Newtown Fire Association Chief Andy Errico arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing through the roof of a large strip mall. Chief Errico quickly requested an additional ladder, and a Rapid Intervention Team. Crews working on the ground and roof went in service with numerous hose lines to prevent the fire from extending further, and were able to bring the blaze under control in just under an hour. Apparatus on scene were Rescue 45, Ladder 45, Utility 45, Engine 55 (Newtown), Engine 3, Quint 73, Rescue 3 (Northampton), Tower 80 (Yardley-Makefield), and Engine 81 (Upper-Makefield). Newtown Township Fire Marshal Don Harris is investigating the fire, along with the Newtown Township Police Department.
Annual Fire Association Banquet
Firefighters and their guests gathered at the Fairless Hills Fire Company Station 31 Westaby Hall on March 24, 2012 to celebrate their annual awards banquet. Frank Fabian, Jr. was awarded his 50 year service award by State Representative Steve Santarsiero and Chief Andrew Errico, Sr. In addition, Firefighter Cody Stoner was awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award, Deputy Chief Carl Forsyth received the Chief’s Award, and Firefighters Eric Anton, Joe Camp, Lane Jaffe and Andy Errico received the President’s Award for serving on the Brewfest Committee, which helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the fire company and local non-profit organizations. In addition, Firefighters Cody Stoner, Brian Gerhard, Brian Wozniak, Matt Gerhard, Joe Camp, Bob Adams, Jr., Ray Pugh, Steven Hibbs, Will Fabian, Nick Weaver, and Bob Adams, Sr. were honored for being among the top call responders. The Newtown Fire Association would like to thank Jeff Goldberg from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company for photographing the event.
Firefighters Assist Educating Foreign Exchange Students
Members of the Newtown Fire Association along with other local organizations recently gathered at the Newtown Borough fire station to help foreign exchange students from Au Pair Care achieve their safety certifications. Au Pair Care is an organization in which families throughout the Philadelphia area host foreign students in exchange for childcare. NFA members taught the students various fire prevention lessons that they could then pass on to their host families. For more info on Au Pair Care you can visit their website at www.aupaircare.com
Ladder 45 Goes To Work At Morrisville 4-Alarm Fire
At 10:24 pm, firefighters from the Morrisville Fire Company and Falls Township Fire Company were dispatched to a report of wires burning within a middle of the row home at 43 W Philadelphia Avenue. Morrisville Deputy 98 arrived on scene with smoke showing and reported a fire in the unit’s common area attic, which extended above approximately twenty adjoining homes. The fire was quickly upgraded to a second, third, then fourth alarm as the fire extended through over a dozen homes. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Edgely Fire Company, Levittown Fire Company #1, Newtown Fire Association, Fairless Hills Fire Company, Tullytown Fire Company, Levittown Fire Company Fire Company No. 2, Langhorne Fire Company, Penndel Fire Company, Third District Fire Company (Bristol), Newport Fire Company (Bensalem),Parkland Fire Company, Newportville Fire Company, America Hose Hook and Ladder Company (Bristol). Upper Makefield Fire Company, and several apparatus from Mercer County and Burlington County, New Jersey responded. Firefighters from the Newtown Fire Association searched the units for any potential victims and performed overhaul and fire suppression operations.