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.
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.
Monday, 18 January 2016 15:32
335 NORTH NEWTOWN STREET ROAD
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA 19073
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:06
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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.”
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