Danger To Be Avoided

Saturday, 01 July 2017 17:07

In addition to the dangers from fires and damages that have their origins from non-professional fireworks are injuries felt by children “playing” with the seemingly innocent handheld sparklers.  Why do the young eyes enjoy the enhancing, glowing vision?  The curious children, as well as their family, are not aware these dangerous, burning temperatures of these dangerous “sparks” of hot, burning metal particles of sparkler’s glowing material have serious dangers..

A burning sparkler produces injuring, hot materials that have temperatures in the same ranges of a burning candle or a ignited match.  These glowing “sparks” can cause painful, possible long-lasting skin burns. Equally dangerous is the igniting of clothing.

The simple safety slogan taught to school-age students has hopefully been either remembered by parents from their own school days or more recently shared by school-age children.  This safety message, “Stop!  Drop! And Roll!” Is a wise safety tool that works for people of any age..

A secondary safety tool that should wisely accompany any type of fireworks is a bucket of water.  The wet contents can provide cooling and extinguishing of small, nearby burns. Also, at the end of any use of sparklers, use this water bucket to cool and extinguish any remaining burning temperatures.

Using a nearby cell phone, immediately call 9 1 1.   This form of immediate help that is provided by on-location, medical providers is a wise, emergency step.  Never attempt to use any alternative, home-provided hospital transport for any burns or injuries.

When making any determinations about the use of sparklers, the Newtown Square Fire Company has a safe alternative.  Chief Doug Everlof offered an alternative too for holiday type fun when he suggested, “Avoid using sparklers and wisely use the long lasting ‘glow sticks.’  They don’t use fire and they last for hours.”


Looking Ahead

Monday, 01 May 2017 19:52

Both during their firefighting activities and in every possible community communications, the Newtown Square Fire Company members are attempting to find ways to share ways to help prevent fires. There are several damages in largely every fire.  One danger is the loss of lives and another is the loss of many differing forms of life habits and valuable possessions.

Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof volunteered one form of record keeping within a home or a business begins with an item-by-item inventory.  “How can this list be prepared?” This may be a question asked before a list of this type is begun.

One method of creating this type of list can become a family project. One person describes each item with many details as possible.   If this item is recent, there can be a copy of a sales receipt. The list dictated by the viewer can then be written by another family member.

Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everlof added another concept, “As more and more cellular phones can accept a spoken description, this information can be printed, stored, and shared. “

Regardless of whichever form of descriptive method is used, the local firefighters remind their neighbors, it must be constantly upgraded and maintained. Equally important is method chosen for safe storage of any methods used for information storage.

Some items may need special storage after they are listed.  Chief Everlof added fur coats or other expensive items that may require refrigeration or other items that may require secured storage.  Their listing must include where they are being kept.

Any future items that are ‘special’ or important should have sales receipts showing an appropriate description and prices.  These items must be included in the ongoing lists of items.

This inventory list must be stored in a special, safe location.  Only rarely does this valuable list need immediate sharing.  Share with family members where this list of valuable information is stored.

Chief Everlof explained, “This project is a special contribution in total family safety.”


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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Run Statistics

Run Statistics

2017 Calls
December 60
November 73
October 60
September 57
August 66
July 55
June 72
May 45
April 55
March 50
February 50
January 61
2017 Total 687
2016 Total 686
2015 Total 618
2014 Total 689
2013 Total 685
2012 Total 728
2011 Total 755
2010 Total 707
2009 Total 582
2008 Total 616
2007 Total 547



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Follow the Message

As many workers were driving to work or when travelling later Wednesday, July 5, they learned the news telling of a preventable fatality in a Bensalem, Bucks County fire.   In the broadcast of this morning news story and carry-over coverage in the midday television and daytime news, there was a special message often heard by Delaware County residents.

The message shared by the Bensalem fire official duplicated a life-safety suggestion offered many times by Newtown Square Fire Company Chief Doug Everlof.   The life of the 39-year-old, Bucks County resident was lost in the fire because she re-entered the burning home to rescue a pet.

Chief Everlof has many times volunteered, “Please remember the important saying in any kind of fire—Get Out, Call Out, and Stay Out.

Once out of a fire area, everyone must avoid the temptation to return to a burning area.  Many lives have been lost in attempts to rescue lives of family members, friends, or pets.  It is common to learn the feared-lost people or pets will have made their way out of the building.

A companion reminder has again been shared by Chief Everlof.  He volunteered, “Whenever the above safety message is shared, always go and stay at an established, reinforced safe, special, and four-season meeting location.”


Training Displays Firefighter Rescue Skills

The targets of the ongoing training of the Newtown Square Fire Company are traditionally focused on all members of the local 100-plus year community life- and property-saving organization.  This was demonstrated by a recent educational exercise. As both a challenge for upcoming training evaluations for current students attending a current Rescue Intervention Team (RIT) training program as well as the remainder of the Newtown Square Fire Company members

The background for details about this potential, life-saving RIT process and some specifics behind the RIT-member’s skills and activities are included in an earlier feature provided by the Newtown Square Fire Company

This recent RIT training was directed by Engine Captain Chris Young. This realistic education session was held within the local fire station located on North Newtown Street Road. Every part of the exercise duplicated similar events in a typical fire, with one exception.

That single exception was the sound of a telltale, warning sound from a Personal Alert Safety System (PASS Device).  This lifesaving, alert tool is assigned to the portable breathing apparatus used by local fire fighters.  This current safety device senses when the firefighter is not able or capable of moving.  A very identifiable sound from changes both the mood of the other firefighters as well as beginning a special rescue focus by a set of firefighters—crew members of the RIT.

Captain Young replicated the blinding of the RIT members would experience in a smoke-filled area.  By covering the by covering the face masks of the combined RIT members, this team was required to do a thorough search for the source of the alerting device.

This combination of the response to an immediate alerting sound “screaming” through blinding conditions that parrot what would be experienced in a realistic search for a “downed” firefighter.  Using their individual experiences in firefighting, several investigations were used as these RIT members found a louder path to the missing sound source

Controlling their adrenaline demands, these dedicated, specially-skilled firefighters continued to move in their quest for this “missing person’s warning sound source.  This goal found the stranded pseudo firefighter, a 180-pound stuffed training dummy.  He was located under a bunk in the upper floor sleeping area of the fire station.

The successful radio message alerting the training commander of this discovery and rescue was welcomed information shared by all the attendees at the evening training.   Chief Doug Everlof added, “This location, and ‘life saving effort’ is a reward for team training and RIT efforts”