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.
Shortly after 10pm, Chalfont firefighters were dispatched on Local Box 34-25 for an alarm system at an industrial site on the 70 block of Bristol Road. Shortly after dispatch, the assignment was upgraded to a working fire. Deputy 19 (Wood) arrived on location and reported heavy fire from the roof. Chief 34 (McGuire) and Deputy 34 (Fluck) arrived on location and a second alarm was added. Engine 34-1 (B.C. Shea) hooked up to the hydrant at Bristol Road and laid into the scene. Ladder 79, Engine 34, and Ladder 74 arrived on location and their crews went to work with hand lines and setting up master streams from the ladder. Engine 78-1 laid a supply line from the scene down the drive towards the hydrant. Engine 19 picked up the supply line and after laying in from the hydrant at Bristol Rd and Janton Way. Rescue 34 was assigned to the hydrant at Janton Way. Tower 66 also setup master stream operations. After extensive work the fire was placed under control and crews left the scene at approximately 2:30am.
In addition to Warrington, Doylestown, and Warwick, assistance was provided by the Colmar, Dublin, Plumsteadville, and Hartsville Fire Companies. Chal-Brit EMS also responded to the scene with a medic unit and the MCI Truck. North Penn Goodwill provided canteen services to approximately 85 firefighters.
Around 5pm chalfont fire fighter were dispatched on Box 47-18 to assist Montco station 18 on a dwelling fire on Douglas Rd. Montgomery township. Engine 34(Lt.Bintner) Chief 34 and Deputy 34 responded. Deputy 34 (B. Fluck) arrived on located with fire through the roof of a single family dwelling. Engine 34 laid into the scene from the hydrant and supplied water to engine 60. The crew of engine 34 went into service with hand lines from the exterior. Fire was placed under control and chalfonts crews were released around 7pm.