Thursday, 06 March 2014 18:13
Registration is now open: Vendors wanted!
The Newtown Square Fire Company Auxiliary will have it's 67th Semi Annual Flea Market:
DATE: Sunday – April 27, 2014 (Rain date: May 4, 2014)
Selling Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
If you would like to reserve a table, please download, complete and mail in the Registration Form found under the Flea Market section of the Downloads section to the left of the page.
Sunday, 02 March 2014 20:36
A mid-day dispatch on Thursday, February 27 initially had the ingredients of challenging events on an already busy segment of West Chester Pike area near Crum Creek Road. This dispatch, one telling of a possible extrication in the 4800 block of the Pike, sent the Newtown Square Fire Company Rescue and Fire Police along with hospital paramedics to the incident.
As the Fire Company’s rescue crews approached the accident scene they saw a car and truck located in the grassy, dividing area of West Chester Pike. They also saw utility crews working on overhead wires above the eastbound lanes.
Upon arrival, while there were serious impact damages, an inspection quickly saw there was no need for extrication. It was learned the passenger vehicle occupant was experiencing medical problems and upon leaving the driving area, drove up onto the medium strip. This passenger vehicle abruptly stopped when it made contact with a stationary vehicle that was a part of the utility activities.
Following on-scene, paramedic evaluation, the injuries were provided follow up, hospital treatment.
With assistance provided by the Newtown Square Fire Company Fire Police, the traffic flow was maintained with only minimal reduced travel paces.
This accident is under routine investigation.
Photo: A cooperative effort by Fire Police, Rescue Personnel, and police was instrumental in eliminating the possible prolonged traffic congestion at a Thursday, February 27 West Chester Pike accident. (Newtown Square FireFoto©)
Sunday, 02 March 2014 19:48
The Newtown Square Fire Company endorses the concept in today’s emergency responses that the initial steps in saving lives begins with the use of 911. Through the immediate initiation of the response of Fire, Police, Rescue, or EMS, valuable time can save lives and property can be saved.
Children are an often ignored source of possible help in emergencies. Yet, as frequently documented in news stories, children can do well in times of stress.
When should a child be taught how to call for help? Some experts say when a child knows their home address and has shown an interest in the home’s phone, it is time to begin 911 training.
Calls made from a traditional telephone automatically provide address information. Calls from phones using the Internet may not have this data available. This is why knowing the address is important.
With help, children can be easily taught to be calm and be cooperative with the 911 Call Taker. Children should be instructed to not hang up until they are told to do so. A common practice has the 911 Call Taker maintaining the phone conversation until the arrival of the emergency responders. Children want to know someone is coming to help them.
Children should be taught to speak clearly. When nervous, young callers have a tendency to mumble. By stressing the importance of being heard and understood, there will be a better dialogue. Listening by a child is very important. If the young caller has question, they should have no hesitation to as the Call Taker to repeat.
Fire Chief Everlof reminds parents to stress the importance of not making things up. If the child doesn’t know the answer to a question, this should be shared with the Call Taker.
Practice make perfect. Having children practice on an unplugged phone with the parent playing the role of the Call Taker is good training. Children like “make believe” and the satisfaction of doing well through repetition produces good results.
Knowing when to call is also important. Teaching the basic concepts of an adult not waking up, any fire or an intruder in the home are good examples of “when to call 911.” As a child grows, the family dialogue about reporting emergencies can also grow.
The Newtown Square Fire Company members join with Chief Everlof in recognizing the benefits of a well-schooled child in reporting emergencies. Start today. Tomorrow may be the day this new skill is needed.
Friday, 14 February 2014 15:38
The importance of keeping your heater exhaust free and clear cannot be overstated. Blocked heater exhaust can cause deadly carbon monoxide buildup in your home! Be sure to clear snow around the external vent area.
Friday, 14 February 2014 13:24
As this unusual and dramatic winter began to make headlines, little thought was given to a topic that was earlier associated with the Antarctic. That southern hemisphere story told of repeated attempts to use naval ice breakers to rescue a companion vessel well wedged in an ice pack. It must also be understood that during our winter the southern pole is experiencing its version of summer.
Earlier in the snow season, the Newtown Square Fire Company asked for the cooperation of the community in an ongoing winter project. That project, the removing of snow from hydrants, has become a special importance in winter 2014. This year the snows have in some instances totally buried these important source of water used in firefighting. Removing this snow is now become an extremely important neighborhood project.
As requested earlier, Chief Doug Everlof has asked for help in digging out the hydrants that are strategically located in residential and business areas throughout the Township of Newtown.
Additionally, this year’s prolonged and record-setting collection of plowed snow is creating another potential problem. When this snow-pack melts, the second of this winter’s dangers will occur. The damming effect of the compressed snow will prevent the normal flow water from the melting snow from entering the curb-side drains.
This year, the print media and television news have shared the unusual news of icebreakers travelling up the Delaware River to prevent ice from producing spring-time floods in the winter. Water must flow in the river to prevent the river overflowing its banks.
Addressing this danger, Chief Everlof stressed, “Unless this run-off water can go into the underground drain system, the water will turn to dangerous ice when the temperatures drop at dusk. An additional danger is the flooding of yards, sidewalks, and driveways from melting snow with no place to go.
Newtown Square’s fire chief added, “This is a preventable danger if everyone locates their nearest street drain and begins the elimination of this un-damming effect of super-packed snow.”
The local firefighters are not alone in the message this has been a unique winter. These dedicated men and women ask the public to share in the reality that this winter’s seasonal picture post card images soon become a part of the dangers of the season. This year, these dangers have been far greater-than-the traditional problems The Newtown Square Fire Company is asking everyone to help in reducing the possible damages that can be produced by this particular winter.
Sunday, 09 February 2014 15:07
The Newtown Square Fire Company No. 1 is actively hiring for the position of Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician. All interested individuals are requested to submit their resume and certificates for employment.
Applicants must possess the following certifications to be considered for employment with the Newtown Square Fire Company No.1:
Pennsylvania Firefighter I, Pro Board
Pennsylvania Firefighter II, Pro Board
Emergency Medical Technician (PA State)
Basic Life Support (CPR for the Healthcare provider)
Emergency Vehicle Operators (EVOC) Course
Pump Operations I
Pump Operations II (recommended)
Hazard-Material Operations Level
NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800
25 Years of Age
Child Abuse Act Clearance Certificate
Valid Pennsylvania Driver License
All Applicants are requested to send all resume and certificates to Chief @nsfc.org, or US mail to PO Box 453, Newtown Square, PA. 19073 Attention: Chief P. Douglas Everlof.
All resumes and certificates must be submitted by: 03/01/2014.
The Newtown Square Fire Company is currently accepting resumés for the position of: Staff Supervisor of Paid Part-Time Employees and Live In Members.
Friday, 07 February 2014 14:25
The Newtown Square Fire Company is currently accepting resumés for the position of: Staff Supervisor of Paid Part-Time Employees and Live In Members. It should be noted that this position is only offered to non-members of the Newtown Square Fire Company.
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Neighbors in the 3500 block of Goshen Road unexpectedly saw a parade of fire apparatus arriving several days prior to the scheduled, annual Santa ride through their community. This collection of crews and apparatus was a response to chimney fire.
In all chimney fires with a path of the chimney’s flue reaching from the normal first floor fireplace up to the roof area, there exists a large potential area for fires. Any possible fractures in the inner fire flue create the potential for extended fires in all areas along this upward area from the fireplace up to the roof.
This potential of possible burning in the many areas adjacent to the path of chimney prompted a dispatch for additional, neighboring fire companies. Upon arrival, the Newtown firefighter found heavy smoke inside the dwelling. Using the Thermal Imaging Camera the interior firefighters found several potential regions with higher than normal radiant heat signatures. By making two small inspection holes in each of these areas on the first floor, they were pleased to find no fire.
Once the interior crew had finished their sealing of the fireplace opening, a standard aide in preventing any soon-to-be dislodged debris from entering the living area, the crew on the roof began their effort to remove any additional materials that could burn. Using a collection of extending rods and the attached chimney brush, they were removing the combustible accumulation of creosote that occurs from the use of fireplace.
Before leaving the home, the Newtown Square firefighters performed a one last act. Using an extendable mirror, they did an upward inspection looking up from the fireplace to the roof. As these crews let the home, they took with them the runner they had placed on the floor when they entered the residence.
|Beneficial Tradition Continues|
The Newtown Square Fire Company is continuing a mutually beneficial tradition. Located at 8 North Newtown Street Road (PA 252), the firefighters are selling Christmas as special fund raiser.
These Christmas Trees were harvested on Thanksgiving week from a nearby Berks County tree farm. This supply of carefully selected trees was chosen to match the style of homes within the community.
An important criterion was the height of the trees. With market pricing beginning at $45, trees were chosen to fit comfortably in normal ceiling heights as well as taller trees that will complement the many high Newtown Square area ceilings.
In selecting the tree supplier, firefighter Zack Conan volunteered they are all trees that were chosen were selected to become a quality additionto the community’s homes
The core hours of this sale are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hours later than the evening time; available crew members will also be at the Fire Station when they are performing a work detail, meetings, and training.
An additional benefit that-accompanies this Fund Raising event is the continuation of the free local delivery provided by the firefighters.