It’s almost time for the Middletown Grange Fair! Volunteer firefighters from all over the county will staff our booth, ready and waiting to answer any questions you have about fire prevention and safety or about becoming a volunteer yourself! We’ll also have free coloring books and fire hats for the kids, and an antique fire engine on display. So come say hi! Just look for the flag with the firefighter on it.
Enjoy live firefighting and rescue demonstrations and learn skills to keep your family safe
See the firetrucks and demonstrations, enjoy great food and fun games, and learn some safety tips to protect yourself and your family at a Bucks County volunteer fire department 2015 Fire Safety Open House in October.
“Every fire station’s event offers something unique, but all provide fun and interesting events for all ages,” said Bucks County Fire Chiefs & Firefighters Association Recruitment Co-Chair Rob Kay. “The events also provides families with opportunities to learn important fire safety information that can save their homes, or perhaps their lives.”
This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme, Hear the Beep Where You Sleep, reminds everyone that every bedroom needs a life-saving smoke alarm. Remember: According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when people are most likely to be sleeping. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Be sure you have the right number and proper placement of these inexpensive, life saving devices! Any questions? Ask us at the event, or call your local fire department any time.
The local fire departments’ open house events also are a terrific opportunity for anyone who has thought about volunteering with their local fire station to check out the stations and equipment and meet current volunteers who will be glad to answer any questions. “Our 67 departments all need volunteers in many different capacities,” said Kay’s Bucks Fire co-chair Jerry Barton. “Some volunteers literally fight fires or respond to medical emergencies. Others direct traffic, teach fire safety at programs such as these open houses, or perform administrative duties. All of it is absolutely necessary.”
You can also find volunteer information at www.bucksfire.org.
Here is a sampling of Fire Prevention Week events around Bucks County. Don’t see your local station here? Visit them online or call to inquirer about events.
Harleysville Fire Company
Date: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 274 Kulp Road, Harleysville
Summary: Harleysville Fire Company, as well as other neighboring fire companies, will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House. Alongside the firefighters will be EMS, Police, and other community organizations. They will be having vehicle extraction demonstrations, helicopter landings, and meet and greets!
Parkland Fire Company
Date: Saturday Oct. 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Parkland Fire Company, 831 Avenue D, Parkland, Pa. 19047
Summary: Meet local firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Come see our fire trucks and fire equipment. Watch a vehicle rescue demonstration, free fire safety information for kids and adults.
Tullytown Fire Company/Station 33
Date: Sat., Oct. 3. Rain date, Sun. Oct. 4.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Home Depot parking lot, Levittown Town Center, 145 Levittown Parkway, Levittown
Summary: Free food and giveaways; fire demonstrations; various fire and rescue apparatus including medical helicopter; K-9 demonstrations; free children’s craft workshop courtesy of Home Depot; free information from local businesses and organizations.
Third District Fire Company
Date: Sun. Oct. 4
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Bristol Township Building, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol
Summary: Live firefighter training exercises; vehicle rescue competition; fire truck displays; food; music and raffles.
Midway Fire Company
Date: Tues., Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: 5570 Route 202, next to Peddlers Village
Summary: Midway Fire Company will be hosting Fire Prevention Night. Children will be able to climb aboard the firetrucks, practice dialing 911, try on firemen gear, and meet real firefighters!
New Hope Eagle Fire Company
Date: Thurs., Oct. 8
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: New Hope Eagle Fire Company, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA
Summary: Meet local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police officers during a night packed with fire and personal safety activities. Come see our fire trucks and fire equipment and take a ride on our antique fire engine with its lights and sirens. Watch a vehicle rescue demonstration, a fire being put out, and weather permitting, the arrival of a medivac helicopter. Free fire safety gifts for kids and kids at heart!
Upper Makefield Fire Company
Date: Fri., Oct. 9
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Upper Makefield Fire Company, 1221 Taylorsville Road, Washington Crossing, PA
Summary: Static displays of all UMFC Apparatus, Upper Makefield Police, St Mary’s Ambulance, fire prevention materials and games for Children, numerous firefighters on hand to answer questions and do some demonstrations with equipment.
Morrisville Fire CompanyFire Prevention and New Building Open House
Date: Sat., Oct. 10
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Morrisville Fire Company, 528 North Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville
Summary: Tour the new firehouse and see fire prevention demonstrations and fire trucks, plus enjoy refreshments.
Bristol Fire Company (Station 51)
Date: Sun., Oct. 11
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Walmart Parking lot, intersection of Route 13 and Route 413, Bristol
Summary: Bristol Fire Company (Station 51) and other Bristol Borough fire companies will together cap off 2015’s Fire Prevention Week with a day of important fire prevention and safety information and demonstrations – along with fun activities for children, a moon bounce, music and snacks.
Penndel Fire Company
Date: Tues., Oct. 13
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: 220 Centre Street, Penndel
Summary: Fire prevention open house, including a smoke house, firetruck displays, K9 Units, and live demonstrations.
Newportville Fire Company
Date: Sunday, Oct. 15
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Location: 2425 New Falls Road, Newportville
Summary: Fire prevention open house and craft fair includes fire truck rides, raffles, rescue competitions and craft vendors.
Sellersville Volunteer Fire Department
Date: Sat., Oct. 24
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Location: Sellersville Volunteer Fire Department, 2 N. Main St., Sellersville
Summary: Sellersville Fire Department, along with the neighboring Silverdale, Quakertown, Telford, Trumbauersville, Tylersport, Souderton, Hilltown and Perkasie fire departments, will provide information and demonstrations, many of which include a chance for visitors to participate. Rides will also be given on Engine 27-1! Demonstrations include vehicle fire suppression, vehicle rescue techniques, tower truck operations, fire extinguisher demonstrations, fire hose operations, home escape planning, traffic safety awareness and basic first aid.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
- People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
More fire safety tips, a safety quiz and fun activities for children are available here: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
The Mercer Museum will be hosting a “Bucks County Firefighting Memories” Program, scheduled on Wed., July 29 at 7 p.m. at the museum.
The details of the program are as follows:
Join “old-timer” firefighters, and others, for a round-table program, remembering some of Bucks County’s volunteer firefighting history. Anyone interested in local history, or with memories to share, is invited to attend. Bring a story, a photo, or an artifact related to our region’s firefighting history, or other emergency services, and join in the conversation. Panelists, with many years of service as local fire-fighters, include: Dave Cass (Warminster Fire Company), Don Anderson (Union Fire Company, Bensalem), Dick Stover (Midway Fire Company), and Carl and Roger Bahnck (Ottsville Fire Company). Moderated by Cory Amsler, Mercer Museum Vice President for Collections & Interpretation. Free program.
Mercer Museum donors recently learned more about volunteer firefighting from Richlandtown Fire Co. volunteers John Wells and Andrea Clark at a recent reception at the Doylestown museum.
Through Sept. 7, The Mercer is featuring an exhibit on volunteer firefighting, To Save Our Fellow Citizens: Volunteer Firefighting, 1800-1875.” The Bucks County Fire Chiefs & Firefighters Association is an exhibit partner.
John and Andrea spoke about volunteer firefighting, John’s restoration work on a 1962 Ford fire truck now known as Engine 911, and the story of how his work on that truck brought the two of them together – they’re getting married in October!
The couple brought firefighting gear, and some donors, including Frank Whalon and Eric Schaffhausen, took them up on an offer to try it on!
A modern equipment muster featuring Bucks County fire company apparatus will be held at The Mercer on August 16, 10:00 Am – 4:00 PM. There are many more events, from storytelling to a chance for kids to make firefighter finger puppets!
To learn more: https://www.mercermuseum.org/events/