Knox Box Program

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:05

To our Property / Business Owners,

The Newtown Square Fire Company No. 1 has a program in place that we believe will be beneficial to you and your property.  The Knox-Box Rapid Entry System is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and first responders.  First Responders use the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System to prevent costly entry damage, while protecting property and lives. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox products allow immediate entry into buildings and properties without forced entry damage or delay, especially when no key holder is present.

Property owner/emergency contact information, entrance keys, utility room keys, alarm system reset tools/ keys, access cards and floor plans can be stored in a high-security Knox-Box mounted near your building’s entrance.  Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key, coded for and controlled by the Newtown Square Fire Company.  The Fire Company master key is carried securely inside the fire apparatus in a lock-down device opened only by a Fire Officer.

Property owners are encouraged to participate in the Knox-Box program.  There are presently 70+ Knox-Boxes installed in various businesses, apartment complexes, nursing facilities and schools throughout Newtown Township.  To purchase a Knox Box visit: https://www.knoxbox.com/ or contacting the Knox Company at 1601 W. Deer Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85027 /US Phone: 800-552-5669 / Fax: 623-687-2290.

To have your box keyed specifically to the Newtown Square Fire Company No. 1, you must enter the Town (Newtown Square) and the State (PA) or the Agency Name (Newtown Square Fire Co #1).

Once you have received and installed your Knox-Box Rapid Entry Box, you must provide the necessary keys/contents that will be stored in the box and contact the Newtown Square Fire Company to have a representative come out and secure the keys/contents inside your new Knox-Box.

Questions regarding the Knox-Box Rapid Key Entry System can be directed to the Fire Chief by emailing: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Knox Box Program Letter

 

 

NEWTOWN SQUARE FIRE COMPANY AUXILIARY 73rd SEMI ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Monday, 20 March 2017 10:24

The Newtown Square Fire Company Auxiliary is excited to ready our 73rd semi-annual outdoor flea market, Sunday April 30, 2017. (Rain date May 7, 2017.) the event is held in the Newtown Square Shopping Center on Rt.3, 3590 West Chester Pike. One block east of Rt. 252; 9AM to 3PM.

Would you be interested in EXTRA CASH for your family or self? Rent a space, 2 car widths wide for $30 and gather your no longer needed, but still in good condition, clothing, toys, tools and household items.

Be a vendor and turn these items into CASH for your vacation, redecorating or just extra living space. Your profit is yours and the space rental helps provide fire personnel with replacement protective gear, fire and rescue equipment, clothing, radio equipment and special lighting for nighttime emergencies.

The Auxiliary sells a light lunch, complete with fresh hot popcorn.

For information please see our webpage at www.nsfc.org or, call 610-356-9590 Extension 6 and ask for Maureen. Or, call 610-356-4679 and ask for Mary Lou.

 

Come out and visit with your neighbors and town for a fun day of browsing or selling.

 

Prepare For Spring Work

Monday, 20 March 2017 08:55

As the calendars show, Monday, March 20 ushers in an official beginning of spring.  With potential hopes for warmer temperatures and a return to outdoor activities, the Newtown Square Fire Company reminds yard mechanics that returning to outdoor work demands both proper tools and plans.

Some of these seasonal plans include some simple, yet effective ways of returning to ways of “being in shape.”  A part of this” reconditioning” is finding a gradual way of returning to outdoor activities. These pre-seasonal procedures are begun as a slow, but energetic return to “outdoor work.”

Anyone wondering why this conditioning is important only must look at a companion statistic—heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women. Growing statistics are demonstrating that when many women suffer from a heart attack, they tend to be 10 years older than men.

Women are also experiencing increases in other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. These new health conditions for women translate to the need for increased pre-event diagnostic evaluations for them. If there are any suspected health emergencies, never hesitate—activate promptly 9 1 1-assisted medical help.

 

Gas Leak

Friday, 17 March 2017 17:33

While many residents were either planning for the end-of-the-day, pre-bedtime plans for school age young children or possibly preparing to view the televised Villanova college basketball game on Thursday, March 16, one Newtown Square family was required to make an emergency telephone call for help.  Both the interior and the exterior of their northwestern Newtown Township home was filled with the added, telltale smell included in non-combustive natural gas.

Safety is a combined theme shared by the Delaware County 9 1 1 Center and the Newtown Square Fire Company.  A part of the responding radio exchanges between the Delaware County Fire Dispatch and responding local firefighters shared this potential danger had been reported to PECO Energy.  This high-energy type of call in near 20 degree temperatures also used predetermined responses from nearby Chester County fire and EMS apparatus.

With the occupants removed from their Bridal Lane home, instrument readings were made in all areas of the multiple-level, areas of the residence.  The upper level areas did not display serious readings on the Fire Company’s gas reading apparatus.

In the first-floor cooking area, the telltale aroma was noticed.  In the home-heating area in the home’s basement, there were reports of serious natural gas levels. This source became a serious source of an ongoing investigation.

While these interior searches were being done, fire crews working on ice-coated and packed snow could smell the warning odor. While unable to initially see the exterior gas meter, firefighters from Chester County’s Berwyn were making progress in their active digging search for the weather-buried gas meter and its shutoff valve.

When the snow removal was complete, the exterior firefighters and PECO Energy discovered the cause of source of the warning aroma.  A pipe near the gas meter had broken and this aided in the gas entering the home as well as providing the outdoor warning smell,

At approximately 8 p.m., the combined EMS crews from both Delaware and Chester counties and the Berwyn fire apparatus were released from their Newtown Square emergency location as the Newtown Square Fire Company began their final activities.  When one local firefighter was asked by a local resident about why this call was an emergency.

The supplied response from the firefighter provided the reason,” Haven’t you ever seen what happens when escaping gas becomes ignited?  The prevention of this type of an explosion and fire always need to be prevented.”

 

Check The Dates On Smoke Detectors

Saturday, 11 March 2017 12:17

The recent time change that ushered in the return of Eastern Daylight Time was a key to alterations to our habits.  For some, complaints about the earlier time of darkness may have been obvious   The Newtown Square Fire Company, along with the nation’s FEMA, stresses there is a companion to this change-of-time activity—the replacement of the Smoke Detector battery in each of the non-newer style “watch dogs.”

Continuing a long-standing, reminder practice shared by the Fire Company, this Century-plus-year old organization of professional service providers is once more issuing its second-in-a-year “Second Chance invitation." Through this reminder, those residents failing to follow the life- and property- saving practice of changing clocks and the powering batteries found in Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide warning devices are putting homes in a danger.

Using a small flashlight, if necessary, look for a very important date the is imprinted in the interior of Smoke Detectors.   This simple task will help determine the remaining life of each Smoke Detector. This imprinted date shares the date of manufacture of each of these warning devices. As a Smoke Detector ages, its effectiveness diminishes over its projected life span.

This interior, imprinted date is the manufacturing date of each date.   National research stresses the effective capabilities of a Smoke Detector lessens as they age.

FEMA’s US Fire Administration states, “Smoke Detectors should be replaced every eight to ten years.”  Chief Doug Everlof added, “If any of your Smoke Detectors are in this age bracket, please install a replacement warning device immediately, using the newer 10-year Smoke Detector.

 

 

Do It Now

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:02

On Sunday, March 12, the region will undergo a change of time that has an historical path.  At 2 a.m. on March 12, an hour of sleep will be lost.  While some people may complain about the sixty minutes of sleep. What these momentary complainers may forget is this loss of sleep has several forms of safety influence.  As shared by Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof, “The most important event associated with the time change is the simple suggestion to add a fresh battery to the home’s Smoke Detectors.”

The first decision this time of the year is a wonderful opportunity to make the safest choice—change the Smoke Detector to the more modern, 10-year battery powered safety watchdog.

If this is not the first choice of the time-change season, there is another safety hint.   If the existing, plastic case has “yellowed” with age, that sign of age has prompted Chief Everlof to comment, “That coloring sign of aging plastic case is another sign this detector is near the end of its protective age.”

If there is one additional sign that should help in the motivation of exchanging the older type of Smoke Detector for the newer style.  The combined cost of the older style safety watch dog type Smoke Detector and the cost of batteries over a ten-year period that is the projected life of the now ancient watch dog warning device.

“Now is the time to add safety to the home and family,” added the members of the Newtown Square Fire Company.

 

Three Important Numbers

Friday, 03 March 2017 11:04

One of the most rewarding stories shared by the local and national firefighters are the important messages of young children dialing the most import three emergency telephone number 9 1 1.   In describing the importance of having children know the how to summon help in an emergency prompted Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof to volunteer, “The use of calling 9 1 1 is a proven skill to save both life- and property in emergencies”

Many emergency service providers strongly suggest the initial first step in sharing the use of 9 1 1 is a simple way to dial the three number 9 1 1.  These three numbers are an immediate way to get help. This message should also suggest this is not a toy telephone call but a way to get help from the fire, police, and medical service helpers.

One message that has an important endorsement is telling children the use of 9 1 1 is an important way to “get help” when people might become seriously helped, if there is a fire, crimes, injuries, or sickness.  Adults might also add if a child is unsure whether to call 9 1 1, these three numbers are the best thing to do.  The skilled local staff at the Emergency Call Center are schooled in how to communicate with young callers.

There are adult lessons that help children in being safe.  Children should be taught to never play with matches or lighters.  Adults wearing bike helmets helps teach an important safety lesson for young bikers.  Everyone must buckle up with a seat belt.  Have children “teach” family members the fire lessons learned at school. This can begin with Stop Drop and Roll if anyone has a fire in their clothes. Know the address and any medical problems that might occur.

These three numbers are a simple tool in saving lives. Chief Everlof added, “Teaching 9 1 1 is a simple way to obtain help if a child sees an emergency of any kind. Remember. this message also applies to adults as well.”

 

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While many residents were either planning for the end-of-the-day, pre-bedtime plans for school age young children or possibly preparing to view the televised Villanova college basketball game on Thursday, March 16, one Newtown Square family was required to make an emergency telephone call for help.  Both the interior and the exterior of their northwestern Newtown Township home was filled with the added, telltale smell included in non-combustive natural gas.

Safety is a combined theme shared by the Delaware County 9 1 1 Center and the Newtown Square Fire Company.  A part of the responding radio exchanges between the Delaware County Fire Dispatch and responding local firefighters shared this potential danger had been reported to PECO Energy.  This high-energy type of call in near 20 degree temperatures also used predetermined responses from nearby Chester County fire and EMS apparatus.

With the occupants removed from their Bridal Lane home, instrument readings were made in all areas of the multiple-level, areas of the residence.  The upper level areas did not display serious readings on the Fire Company’s gas reading apparatus.

In the first-floor cooking area, the telltale aroma was noticed.  In the home-heating area in the home’s basement, there were reports of serious natural gas levels. This source became a serious source of an ongoing investigation.

While these interior searches were being done, fire crews working on ice-coated and packed snow could smell the warning odor. While unable to initially see the exterior gas meter, firefighters from Chester County’s Berwyn were making progress in their active digging search for the weather-buried gas meter and its shutoff valve.

When the snow removal was complete, the exterior firefighters and PECO Energy discovered the cause of source of the warning aroma.  A pipe near the gas meter had broken and this aided in the gas entering the home as well as providing the outdoor warning smell,

At approximately 8 p.m., the combined EMS crews from both Delaware and Chester counties and the Berwyn fire apparatus were released from their Newtown Square emergency location as the Newtown Square Fire Company began their final activities.  When one local firefighter was asked by a local resident about why this call was an emergency.

The supplied response from the firefighter provided the reason,” Haven’t you ever seen what happens when escaping gas becomes ignited?  The prevention of this type of an explosion and fire always need to be prevented.”

 
Three Important Numbers

One of the most rewarding stories shared by the local and national firefighters are the important messages of young children dialing the most import three emergency telephone number 9 1 1.   In describing the importance of having children know the how to summon help in an emergency prompted Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof to volunteer, “The use of calling 9 1 1 is a proven skill to save both life- and property in emergencies”

Many emergency service providers strongly suggest the initial first step in sharing the use of 9 1 1 is a simple way to dial the three number 9 1 1.  These three numbers are an immediate way to get help. This message should also suggest this is not a toy telephone call but a way to get help from the fire, police, and medical service helpers.

One message that has an important endorsement is telling children the use of 9 1 1 is an important way to “get help” when people might become seriously helped, if there is a fire, crimes, injuries, or sickness.  Adults might also add if a child is unsure whether to call 9 1 1, these three numbers are the best thing to do.  The skilled local staff at the Emergency Call Center are schooled in how to communicate with young callers.

There are adult lessons that help children in being safe.  Children should be taught to never play with matches or lighters.  Adults wearing bike helmets helps teach an important safety lesson for young bikers.  Everyone must buckle up with a seat belt.  Have children “teach” family members the fire lessons learned at school. This can begin with Stop Drop and Roll if anyone has a fire in their clothes. Know the address and any medical problems that might occur.

These three numbers are a simple tool in saving lives. Chief Everlof added, “Teaching 9 1 1 is a simple way to obtain help if a child sees an emergency of any kind. Remember. this message also applies to adults as well.”