Fatal Marple Residential Emergency

Friday, 05 February 2016 16:25

For many area residents, the late, Thursday evening weather forecast predicted snow for the Marple and Newtown township communities. As many residents were preparing for bed, the combination of rain and sleet began the possible weather threat.   Not long after midnight, the precipitation change to snow.

The amount of overnight snow in the Marple and Newtown area was not seriously threatening, unlike the amount that fell in Pennsylvania’s Delaware River communities and neighboring New Jersey.  Instead of the weather, an approximate 8:20 a.m., a residential rescue on James Road, Marple Township became the morning focus of the region’s emergency services.

In a quick succession, police radio reports and another telephone caller confirmed entrapment in an upper level bedroom of the home. A tree had fallen onto the roof of the dwelling.  Faced with the challenges of combining crew safety, evacuation, and medical evaluation-on scene initial treatment, an Upper-Darby Township-based Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was dispatched for crew safety.  The emergency crews were summoned from the Broomall Fire Company, Marple Ambulance Corps, and the Newtown Square Fire Company’s Rescue.

Joining in the combined rescue and restoration services were the efforts of a regional Arborist who aided in the removal of the large diameter, damaging tree.  During the rescue and restoration of the emergency apparatus there were also reports of concerns about the safety of the structure.  The large tree fell onto a corner of the home housing an upper-floor bedroom. In addition to trapping the couple in their bed, there were also impact damages to the building.

During the apparatus-restoration activities, a Broomall fire officer reported the wife had died and her husband was transported and hospitalized.


Seasonal Community Volunteering

Friday, 29 January 2016 19:54

Many times a year, residents of Newtown Township and surrounding communities are invited to become involved in energetic activities suggesting participation in highway cleanup, adoption and care of orphaned and homes pets.   The Newtown Square has suggested another adoption program.

What could this Century-old community service offer as a volunteer activity? Chief Doug Everlof has offered three suggestions.  The first of his observation: with the recent history of record or near-record snowfall, there is seasonal, life-saving adoption that benefits the “doer” or ”doers,” their families, and neighbors—adopting the nearby fire hydrant.

The aluminum painted sources of the water used to extinguish fires can be hidden because of the camouflage effect when a hydrant covered with snow. The recent amount of snow was worse; being totally covered, there was no way to quickly locate the hydrant. Responding fire crews not the approximate hydrant locations, but with visible reference landmarks, the search is time consuming.

Please invest in safety and help an entire neighborhood.   As one volunteer firefighter commented, “Shovel for safety.”

A second seasonal volunteer effort has a focus on adopting any neighbor who cannot do their own snow removal. This lack of this capability may foster a visit by police, fire or EMS.  A great gift to the person doing the snow removal is the result from possibly saving a life.

The third volunteering effort has provided many members with provides a produced long and continuing histories of employment. Over the 100-year history of the Newtown Square Fire Company unexpected “doors for employment “ have opened through training and experiences acquired through volunteer service with their Fire Company.

Newtown Square FireFoto: In looking within Newtown Square, this Larchmont hydrant was chosen as desirable.   All three water outlets can be accessed.

Newtown Square Fire Company - Info Release

Monday, 18 January 2016 15:32






To our residents,

Our current station, located at the intersection of West Chester Pike and Rt. 252, is over 50 years old and needs to be upgraded. In addition, as a result of the modernization of the surrounding properties it is necessary for our fire station to re-locate due to logistical complications which impact operations. In response to these requirements the fire company recently purchased a 1.5 acre lot on the southeast corner of North Newtown Street Rd & Saw Mill Rd. When developed this new parcel of land will enable the volunteers to continue to provide first rate emergency services to our community, as we enter our 100th anniversary year.

We are currently in the planning process for this new station as we comply with Township regulations. This new station will:

- not have a roof top siren

- not include a public meeting/banquet facility

Further, we are engaged in discussions with the Township on how to help alleviate flooding in at the intersection of N. Newtown Street Road and Saw Mill Road. Also, homes in the vicinity of the new station should receive the benefit of favorable insurance coverage.

Our goal of the fire company is always to be good neighbors. We are listening to our citizens and will do our best to address your concerns.

Residents of Newtown Township are welcome to contact the fire company at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to ask questions, or make inquiries regarding the construction of the new fire station.


Safety Needs As Gifts Are Unwrapped

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:03

Christmas fire safety does not end when the last gift is unwrapped.  As a step to prevent unhappy holiday emotions, the Newtown Square Fire Company suggests a careful inspection of all, about-to-be-discarded wrappings. Fire Chief Doug Everlof explained, “It is not uncommon to have operating instruction mixed with the wrapping papers. Also, small parts can also be mixed with the season’s wrapping papers.”

There are fire safety suggestions that are associated with the way these wrinkled wrappings are discarded.  Far too often, in homes having a fireplace or a wood-burning stove this auxiliary heating source may become the tempting disposal method.  Chief Everlof promptly warned, “This disposal method has some unwanted and unrecognized fire dangers.”

There are recorded instances of almost explosive flare up igniting of crumpled wrapping materials.  “Always use a fireplace with protective, closed glass fireplace safety devices,” stressed Newtown Square’s fire chief.

In the burning of discarded wrapping materials, it has been discovered partially ignited pieces of this wrapping material can float upward and become lodged in the chimney or flue.  When ignited in these areas, the resulting fire can produced temperatures in excess of the intended temperatures in this portion of the exhausting area.

When removing ash from the fireplace, be careful of how and where this ash is disposed.  If used as a form of ground cover near plants, it is common for this innocent-looking ash to hide core hot spots that can re-ignite with the fresh fuel of plants and other types of ground cover materials.  These hidden hot spots can remain hot enough to start a fire for several days

The Newtown Square firefighters caution that forgotten or unrecognized fire dangers can mar the otherwise happy times of Christmas.  Safety never takes a holiday.


Santa Rides In Newtown Square

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:46

Despite his busy holiday schedule, Santa has once more set aside time for his annual visits to the streets of Newtown Square.  Beginning at dusk on Friday, December 18 Santa and his elves will begin this year holiday travels.  Continuing this series of two evenings of visitations with families within the township the remainder of the homes will be visited on Saturday, December 19.


Outdoor Safety

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:39

One of the key ingredients of all Christmas preparations is safety.  Injury- and accident-prevention begins with detailed preplanning.  The Newtown Square Fire Company asks residents to follow their standards of safety by establishing safety steps in all of activities.  Sharing a holiday example about safety Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof stressed, “Each step of making a home’s perfect “drive-by image” must follow a set of safety guidelines.”

Both common sense and a safety planning begins with the checking of individual holiday lights are in a safe working condition.; long before any trip up a ladder. This check also begins before any electricity is applied. Start by inspecting the entire wiring of each of the several connected light sets, looking for and discoloring or cracks in the wires. Special attention should be given to each of lamp sockets; rock them to see if they are firm. Give the same attention to the connectors on each end of all wiring sets.

When this initial evaluation is complete, the next step is the first ‘electric test.’ “Please do not skip this test at this collection of safety sets before climbing the ladder. Waiting until up the ladder may prove to be a big mistake,” urged Chief Everlof. Newtown Square’s fire chief added, “Before climbing the ladder, arrange for a helper--someone who can safety steady the foot of the ladder or add directions and suggestions.”

Remember to properly anchor the wiring and secure all parts the holiday decorations. Before leaving the project, bypass any timing devices to once more see if all is working well. “This test is one way of avoiding a return at some later date—probably at the most inconvenient time,” added Chief Everlof.

In each of the many projects of this holiday period, safety must be followed. This simple, reality guideline helps assure everyone will be able to enjoy the happiness of this early winter and family holiday season.


Holiday Candle Dangers

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:06

This is the time of the year that has both dependence and a theological identity on candles.  Two of the major theologies in the United States--Christianity and Judaism—have candles included in their services.   The candle concerns of the Newtown Square Fire Company’s danger list are for those candles found in homes.
There are theological uses of candles in the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, which is also known as the Festival of Lights.  Currently, this is the season that has similar holiday candle uses associated with Christmas. The Newtown Square Fire Company awareness of candle dangers knows no theology.
Always keep all burning candles within sight.  Remember to extinguish all candles when leaving a room as well as before going to sleep.   “Extinguishing” means making sure the ember on the wick is no longer glowing.
Fire Chief Doug Everlof and the local firefighters have collection several candle precautions:
While the prohibition to never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire is a part of common sense thinking, yet people continue to forget the rules to place candle near furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, and other combustibles.
Remember children have a fascination with candles and pets are not aware of the dangers of fire.  A roaming tail of a cat has roots in more than one fire.
Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Making sure the candle fits snugly in the candle holder.  Unless properly “seated,” candles can easily fall and start a fire.
In reviewing candle safety, Chief Doug Everlof added, “While candles have valid uses and they add to the mood of gatherings and events, use them wisely.  They unfortunately have the potential of becoming the source of little fires that rapidly grow and multiply.”

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Smoker Danger

Chief Doug Everlof has asked that smokers please practice their own fire prevention campaign by paying attention to where and how they discard cigarettes. A common landscaping mulch consists of colored wood chips.

Normal rainfall aid in preventing fires from discarded cigarettes, but this natural fire prevention help can be partially eliminated by long spells of rain-free weather. The thoughtful and proper discarding of individual “spent” cigarettes will help eliminate this documented danger.

Chief Everlof volunteered, "Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  Please change smoking habits.   Don’t just throw a cigarette butt out a window or drop it to the ground. The unseen burning of a cigarette can start a threatening fire. Fire prevention is easy if it is practiced.”

Safety Tips For Home

Unlike adults the curious minds of children rarely “see” dangers in and around a home. The Newtown Square Fire Company stresses there are at least four ways to help adults modify a home for the safety of children. The simplest method is crawling on the floor. From this vantage, an adult can view the same world as seen by a child—seeing the temptations created by the curiosity children.

A second method is to watch what children do both in play and general activities. As a father of older children, Chief Doug Everlof remembers, “They are too young to know about the dangers in life.” Often demonstrated by their climbing, children love to explore. Their mountains can be as simple as an open oven door, an easily opened chest of drawers, or a chair that gives access to climbing to see a wanted item.

Newer stoves include methods to anchor them to a wall, preventing them from tipping over. Homeowners can create ways to anchor tippable furniture. Another safety suggestion is remove heavy objects like a television set from the top of a chest of drawers. A similar suggestion is a reminder to place heavy storable items in the lowest drawer.

Chief Everlof volunteered, “According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every two weeks a child dies in our country from furniture, appliances or TVs tipping over. Each of us can help prevent these tragedies and make our homes a safer place.

A third method may be the most difficult. With maturity, adults see life in different ways than children. Try to ‘look back’ and begin to see life as a child and by returning to the adult world, remove the dangers we as adults have neglected to eliminate.

The final step suggests looking for lists and articles addressing items that need to be changed or eliminated to keep the home safe. One hint is to follow a trend being used in an increasing of stores and public gatherings—adding safety covers to all child-accessible electric outlets.