Now Is The Time

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:19

The Newtown Square Fire Company reminds residents that while the October weather continues to produce roller coaster weather patterns, there will nevertheless be a seasonal-based change in the time standards on November 1.  As s hint, spring ahead and fall back the time ion clocks and watches is the simplest reminder.

The local firefighters suggest this is also the time to make safety changes.  With several weeks before this seasonal safety reminder occurs, Chief Everlof has suggested investing a short amount of time to inspect each of the home’s Smoke Detectors. Begin by inspecting the manufacture date

Any Smoke Detector older than 10 years is not sufficiently effective.  These safety devices should be replaced.  The new, current Smoke Detectors employ a very effective 10-year battery.

In addition to a renewed scale of safety provided by the Smoke Detectors having the 10-year battery, there will be a dollar saving during the new, 10-year life of this newly designed Smoke Detector.

If the existing Smoke Detector is less than 10 years old and there is \reluctance to upgrade to the newer style device, invest a small amount of time to do some simple Smoke Detector maintenance. Begin by removing any lint or dust from the interior of the Smoke Detector. This helps assures the device will sense and warn of any smoke should there be fire.

Fire Chief Doug Everlof urges residents to perform this simple life- and property protecting activity now—do not wait until November 1.  This early effort helps in preventing forgetfulness and aids in continuing to live and sleep in safety.


2015 Hurricane Season Is Not Done

Monday, 05 October 2015 10:59

As both local and network television and radio programs have shared the warnings about the potential of the most recent tropical storm a damage visiting this area, the Newtown Square Fire Company once more encourages their community to listen, prepare, and become safety-focused.  The local volunteers have reminded the 2015 hurricane season is not done

Adapting one of the many Yogi Berry’s sayings, “The game isn’t over till it’s over,” Chief Doug Everlof reminds Newtown Square residents the Hurricane season officially began on June 1 and it will end on November 30, 2015.  Being prepared should not be neglected.

These preparations should include foods that do not require cooking, large quantities of water, a list of prescription medicines, flashlights and extra batteries, a storm-ready radio and reading items for children and their parents or grandparents. The health and safety needs for isolation must be available.

Be prepared and being able to stay safe in times of stress and inconvenience is a part of the activities of the Newtown Square Fire Company daily efforts.  This same theme applies to county residents as well.  Chief Everlof volunteered, “While we are no longer threatened by Joaquin, there is a potential of more storms. Included in this year’s names of storms are the threats of Kate and Larry.”

Every family must establish and put in place ways of reducing the wrath of a hurricane, these plans must find ways of lessening both damages and the inconveniences of being stranded and isolated at home.

Continuing this advisory, Chief Everlof added, “One step in reducing possible storm damages includes anchoring yard times that could become dangerous weapons with the arrival of strong winds.  Review the home and the surroundings to correct any storm threats. Steps of prevention go a long way to help assure safety.”



Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

With high winds expected October 4th, the Flea Market is being moved to the rain date of the 11th.

DATE: Sunday – October 11, 2015
TIME: 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Start your fall cleanout and make some money for the upcoming holidays. A few spaces left.
Click here to obtain the Registration Form. Print, fill it out, send it in and you will be on your way to making some extra cash.

Newtown Square Shopping Center
West Chester Pike (East of Route 252)
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Pictured from left: Treasurer Cindy Hoekstra, Board Member Tara Welch, Board Member Mary Lou Gribbin, Auxiliary President Donna Mansi and Vice President Maureen Madden

Newtown Square Firefighters Hold Special Open House

Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:32

In a special outreach to the community, the Newtown Square Fire Company has established Saturday, October 10 as Recruitment Day.  The local volunteers continue to learn that far too many residents of their protected community have little knowledge about “what goes on behind their closed doors.”

Between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. members of this protective service—whose history is months away from a century of community life and property emergency response—will share “what they do.”  To the unknowing, it may be a surprise that the training and experiences received at no cost to its members provides them with special benefits.

This special benefit has been received by most of these unpaid professionals.  The skills acquired from membership have become a foundation for employment in an expanding number of fields.  In addition to earning career positions, members of the Newtown Square Fire Company have acquired employment based upon leadership, communications skills, and a growing need for individuals who have “tool sense.”

Additionally there is the intangible assets  of true team and leadership experiences, unique skills that “go home” to help make the home and family life safer, and generally, help provide leadership in both home and vocational activities.

The men and women members of the Newtown Square Fire Company acquire new ways of analyzing otherwise complex tasks and provide solutions through creating solutions—true benefits earned as Newtown Square Fire Company members.  This is demonstrated by members and officers serving in commercial fire protection, nurses, paramedics, operating their own businesses, and other professional activates.

The local volunteer firefighters have established this October 10 activity to help demonstrate there are many hidden personal life skills that join the satisfaction of protecting the lives and property of your neighbors and friends.  This is no longer “your grandfather’s form of firefighting and safety practices”.

Volunteers need to be at least 16 years of age.

Newtown Square FireFoto: Taking advantage of an interested “audience” at a social gathering, veteran firefighter Jim Biddle is seen encouraging a couple to attend the Saturday, October 10 Newtown Square Fire Company Recruitment Day.


Lt. Bill Rankin Honored

Friday, 25 September 2015 13:01

While Newtown Square Fire Company Lieutenant Bill Rankin is a very active and familiar community contributor in Newtown Square, he is also known for his willingness to help others with no reservation. His colleagues at the Newtown Square Fire Company have also learned Bill Rankin can be surprised

This response occurred during the routine activities of Fire Company’s September 14 monthly meeting. Inserted into the business activities were done well- beyond western Delaware County.

During this meeting Rankin was rendered speechless by an unexpected presentation. This commendation was extended by the Mayor Anthony Campuzano of the Borough of Lansdowne. The award lauded Newtown Square’s Fire Company’s Rankin for his activities associated with a June 11, multiple alarm apartment fire in the southeastern Delaware County community.  This fire resulted in the evacuation of 80 living units within this four- floor, “U” shaped apartment complex.

This deserved honor was fostered by Lieutenant Rankin’s 8-mile response to fire radio message asking for Fire Police assistance during this multiple alarm fire. This fire forced the evacuation and relocation of the occupants of apartment complex.  The American Red Cross aided in the relocation of the displaced residents.

Following the extinguishing of this blaze and the steps required to determine the origin of this fire, the American Red Cross-relocated occupants were permitted, when safe, to temporarily return to their units. Newtown Square’s Rankin unselfishly escorted the occupants as they returned to their damaged living areas.

Included in Mayor Campuzano’s praise of Bill Rankin’s action were specific statements praising his assistance to the Borough and the residents of the Stratford Court Apartment through his dedication and service.

This Fire Police activity by Rankin, known by generations of area school students as Firefighter Bill through his Fire Prevention leadership, is another example of his unselfish dedication.

During the monthly business meeting of the Newtown Square Fire Company member Bill Rankin was surprised by a presentation of an award of commendation.   This award, one provided by the Borough of Lansdowne, was presented by Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof (left)  Rankin (center) was joined in this ceremony by Newtown’s Fire Police Captain Carl Ewing (right). Newtown Square FireFoto


Volunteer Recruitment Day

Monday, 21 September 2015 19:09

Newtown Square Fire Company is opening our doors to new volunteers. Ages 16 and up. There will be volunteer staff available to answer questions and give a tour of the fire house.

Date: October 10, 2015

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

See our Facebook page

Hope to see you there!


Stroke - Grab The Phone

Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:04

The health and quality of life was maintained for an Aston Township area Realtor because of his memory of a newspaper story written by a current Newtown Square firefighter when both lived in southeastern Delaware County. This recalled story provided an advisory minimizing the body’s potential responses to a stroke.  The strongest memory of this story was the phrase, “If there is a suspected stroke, always grab the phone and forget grabbing the keys.”

Feeling his speech had become slurred, the stroke-stricken Realtor summoned his wife.   What she heard and saw prompted her to reach for her pocket book that held her car keys.  She was preparing to take husband, whom she suspected was having a stroke, to the hospital.   His memory of his youthful fire company’s Stroke Instructions were quickly shared with his wife. Instead of driving him to a hospital, he asked her to use the phone and call the Delaware County’s 9 1 1 Center.

In minutes, the Advanced Life Support crew arrived and, following a brief examination, meds were administered and the patient was transported to the hospital.  The early observations and the correct emergency choices were effective ingredients in a prompt return to normal activities.

The Newtown Square Fire Company asks its community to remember the simple instruction suggested by the word F.A.S.T. This verbiage becomes an important, key tool of recovery.  The lessons of F.A.S.T. become a way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke or a TIA—a form of a mini stroke.

Face Drooping

Arm Weakness

Speech Difficulty

Time to call 9 1 1

Newtown Square Fire Company EMS-trained personnel have added there may be additional signs of a stroke. They include the following-- sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, unexplained trouble walking, dizziness, lack of balance or coordination, and a sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof urges remembering the simple instruction. “Grab the phone, not the keys.”  The trained medical attention and appropriate medicines during the home visit and the hospital travel are the key steps in minimizing any residual effects of a stroke.


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Latest Biddle's Corner

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.