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October 2016 – Fire Prevention Open House

Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

The key message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 9-15, is on smoke alarms for the third year in a row! The reason for this is because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, The Upper Makefield Fire Company will hold their annual Fire Prevention Open House on Friday October 14, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Main Firehouse located at 1221 Taylorsville Road in Washington Crossing.  There will be a scavenger hunt and games for the children with winners getting prizes.  Meet your Volunteer Firefighters and talk to them about what it takes to be a Volunteer and how the Fire Company works.  Also, see what you can do to help out and make your community better.  Take a tour of the Firehouse and pick up information on Fire Prevention and other safety tips.  There will be static displays of all Upper Makefield Fire Apparatus along with an Upper Makefield Police Car and The St. Mary Ambulance.  Any questions either email info@umfc.org or call the firehouse at 215-493-5200.

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Past Apparatus – “TOWER 71” where is it now ?

As the Upper Makefield Fire Company approaches its 50th birthday next year, thanks to social media we were able to find the location of a past piece of apparatus that served Upper Makefield Township.  In 1966 members of the Upper Makefield Business Men’s Association gathered together and saw the need for a Fire Company in Upper Makefield Township.  At that time the area was covered by Newtown Fire Assoc. from the west, Yardley Fire Company from the South, Lingohocken Fire Company from the North West and New Hope Eagle from the North.  In 1967, the Upper Makefield Fire Company was officially Chartered and still stands as the youngest chartered Fire Company in Bucks County.  As a fledgling Fire Company money was very tight, the members did a lot of the work themselves to build the 1st firehouse.  They fabricated one of the tanker trucks themselves, working on it every night and weekends till it was finished.  The 1st 12 pieces of apparatus that the company purchased over the first 18 years were used pieces of apparatus, some were purchase with their own money. 

In 1985, UMFC purchased its first NEW piece of apparatus from scratch.  A Grumman Duplex Tele Squrt arrived and the company was so excited to have this wonderful Brand New Apparatus.  TOWER 71 was placed in-service and served the residents of Upper Makefield and the surrounding communities until 2005.  It was sold to a dealer and last we knew it was doing work for an Environmental Company in the South West part of the United States.  Then on 9/16/16 we received a direct message on our Facebook Page from a Fire Department in Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico stating they had TOWER 71 and it was their primary piece of Fire Apparatus.  They sent some pictures and said it was catching a lot of fire in Mexico, and that it was starting to have a couple of mechanical problems but for a 31 year old truck it was still running good.  As you will see, It is still Green and it still has our name on it.  Below are a couple of pictures from when the vehicle was brand new, when it was in-service in Upper Makefield, and now running in Mexico. 

 

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Firefighter 1 Graduation – August 10, 2016

UMFC is proud to announce that Firefighter Daniel Sheriff & Firefighter Kevin Brewer have both graduated from the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center with a National Certification in Firefighter 1.  Graduation was held on Wednesday August 10th, 2016 at the Bucks County Community College.  Firefighter Sheriff was part of “Battalion 6” which met Monday Thru Friday, 8 hours a day for 2 months this summer.  Firefighter Brewer was part of “Battalion 2”  which met 2 nights a week and some Saturdays for over five months.  Firefighter 1 Certification is comprised of a total of 194 hours of classroom and hands on training.  “Battalion 6” & “Battalion 2” were two of the three Battalions that graduated this night totaling approximately 60 new volunteer firefighters getting their Firefighter 1 certification.  The residents of Upper Makefield should feel proud to have two more Dedicated Trained Volunteers able to assist them during emergencies.  UMFC is very happy to have Firefighters Sheriff & Brewer as part of Our Team.  On a side note Firefighter Brewer is a 3rd generation Firefighter serving the residents of Upper Makefield Township.

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UMFC Firefighters Assist Newtown Firefighters 7/17/16

Upper Makefield Firefighters were dispatched to assist Newtown Firefighters at a reported Dwelling Fire on Sunday July 17th.   

Newtown Fire Association was dispatched to a reported Dwelling Fire in the 100 block of Stoopville Road Sunday Afternoon.  Newtown Township Police and Deputy Chief 45 arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a 3 story dwelling.  Upper Makefield Fire Company (Engine 81), Lingohocken Fire Company and Northampton Fire Company were added on the report of a working fire along with Newtown Ambulance and Tri-Hampton EMS (Rehab Unit).  Companies encountered heavy fire on all 3 floors of the dwelling.  Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company was added for relief.  All crews made good progress and worked quickly to contain the fire.  UMFC Engine 81 was in-service assisting Newtown Fire Assoc. for 2 hours.
(See Pictures below from E. Tate, Newtown Fire Assoc. & Tom Sofield@NewtownPaNow)

 

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