On Tuesday May 23rd at approx. 15:22 Chalfont Fire Company was dispatched on Box 34-41 to the 1600 Block of Upper State Road for a reported Building Fire. Upon arrival Deputy 34 (Fluck) reported heavy smoke and flames visible through the roof of the dryer building and established Chalfont command. A tanker task force was immediately dispatched to assist in bringing water to the scene. Chief 19 (Cramer) reported a roof collapse and an external attack was then established. Rescue 78 arrived soon after and went into service with a hand line and a master stream. Engine 54 (Rhoades) arrived and laid into a dry hydrant on the property to supply the scene with water. Ladder 74 arrived after and started aerial operations on the side of the building. Crews were in service for approx. 40 minutes until the fire was place under control at 16:04. Crews remained on scene for several hours for overhaul operations. The last unit was released from the scene at 18:18. Engine 34 (F. Schea), Rescue 34 (Dacanay), and Tanker 34 also responded. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Bucks County and Doylestown Township Fire Marshalls. Assisting on this call were: Chal-Brit EMS, Doylestown Fire Company, Warrington Fire Company, Hilltown Fire Company, Plumsteadville Fire Company, Midway Fire Company, Dublin Fire Company, Point Pleasant Fire Company, and Montgomery Township Fire Company. Thanks to Silverdale and Colmar Fire Companies for covering our local during the fire.
At 2225hrs, Chalfont firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the 50 block of Curley Mill Road in New Britain Township. Immediately after dispatch, Bucks County 911 received a 911 call from the residence reporting smoke in the dwelling and requesting a response from the fire company. Tactical Box 34-2 was immediately dispatched. Battalion 34 (Schea) arrived on location an immediately reported a working attic fire. Engine 34-1 (Lt. Marino) responded and upon arriving on scene laid a supply line from the end of the driveway and went into service with multiple hand lines and a ground monitor. Chief 34 (McGuire) arrived and established Chalfont Command. Ladder 74 (Lt. Dando) arrived and went into service in the driveway with the ladder and ground monitors. Shortly after entry into the dwelling, a partial collapse of the ceiling caused crews to retreat and Command called for an evacuation of the building. Chalfont Command called for a Tanker Task Force to assist in bringing water to the scene. Engine 34 and Tac 74 also responded. Crews were in-service for several hours, and returned from the fire at 0500.
Crews experienced difficulty at this incident due to the extremely low temperatures and freezing water, including not being able to use a nearby dry hydrant. The New Britain Township and Bucks County Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.
Assisting on this call were: Chal-Brit EMS, Hilltown Fire Company, Doylesytown Fire Company, Dublin Fire Company, Plumsteadville Fire Company, Colmar Fire Company, Point Pleasant Fire Company, Midway Fire Company, Northampton Fire Company, Montgomery Township Fire, Silverdale Fire Company, Dublin Fire Company, and the North Penn Goodwill. New Britain Township Public Works also responded and assisted with spreading of salt due to the roadway freezing.
At 10:40 PM on Saturday, July 19, 2014, Chalfont firefighters were dispatched to a basement fire on the 70 block of Unami Trail in New Britain Borough. While enroute, Chief 34 was notified by Bucks County that the police were onscene reporting heavy smoke showing. Chief 34 upgraded the assignment to a working fire. Engine 34-1 arrived on location and laid in from a nearby hydrant, with the crew going interior with a handline. Upon entering the dwelling, crews immediately noticed that the floor was compromised and the building was evacuated. One firefighter partially fell through the floor while evacuating, but was uninjured. Ladder 74 arrived on location and their crew went interior with a hand line through the rear of the residence while the Ladder was raised to Side B of the dwelling. The fire was quickly brought under control and contained to the basement. There was smoke damage to the upper floors of the fire building and an adjoining home. Two firefighters were transported to Doylestown Hospital for observation and were released.
Engine 34 and Tac 74 also responded along with mutual aid from Doylestown, Hilltown and Plumsteadville. Warrington Fire Company covered Station 34. Chal-Brit EMS and VMSC-Lansdale provided rehab and medical services.
The Chalfont fire company was dispatched to 17 Marian circle for a fire alarm at 1:26 pm Saturday June 28. Shortly after dispatch the call was upgraded to a dwelling fire. Battalion 34 (Schea) was first on scene with a fully involved garage and fire in the second floor and roof of the home. Engine 34 (lt Bair) Ladder 74 (lt Dando) Rescue 34 (Miller) Chief 34 (McGuire) Responded. Upon arrival engine 34 layed in to the scene. Engine 34, ladder 74 quickly put two hand lines in to service one to the interior of the home and one to the garage side. Crews made quick work to extinguish the fire but due to the extreme heat of the day many mutual aid companies were called in to help.
This call shows how important fire alarms can be the family was home at the time of the fire. The fire company was first alerted by the alarm system but by the time the first arriving company was on scene the fire had quickly spread into the house. Always make sure to have working fire alarms in your homes as well as to regularly check the batteries.