2 N. Main Street | PO Box 315
Sellersville, Bucks County, PA 18960
Business: 215.257.4028 | Emergencies: 911
Sellersville Fire Department Volunteers had an extremely busy year in 2016. The Department responded to 331 emergency incidents that range from house fires, vehicle fires, and vehicle extrications, alarm systems, to assisting Police and EMS during the blizzard back in January. SFD’s average turnout per Incident was 9 firefighters. The average response time for 1st arriving Engine or Tower in either an Emergency/Non-Emergency speed was 9 minutes and 18 seconds. The Department members in total spent 9,155.22 man-hours of dedicated service ranging from fundraisers, hosting a Car Seat Clinic, Fire Prevention (schools/Open House), and other activities throughout 2016.
Of the 331 calls for 2016, 19.03% were fire related, 3.92% were Rescue/Medical related, 24.47% were hazardous condition calls with no fire, 8.45% were service related calls, 15.10% were of good intent, 16.61% were false alarms, and 12.38% were special incident related calls.
SFD’s busiest two days of the week were Mondays and Wednesdays totaling 54(16.31%) incidents. The busiest shift throughout the entire year was the 0700-1500 hours shift, totaling 149(45%) incidents.
Sellersville Fire Department Volunteers also had an exceptional year Training. In 2016, Sellersville Fire Department hosted the National Firefighter 1 Certification Class (ProBoard Cert), instructed by Bucks County Fire Academy. The class was a huge success in which over 50 students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties participated in. Sellersville had 10 members who participated in the Firefighter I National Class. SFD also hosted CPR/First Aid/AED Re-cert training through American Heart Association (Heartsaver). This past year for our yearly Hazmat Operations Refresher training we decided to sharpen our skills on Mass Decontamination through Bucks County Fire Academy.
For the year of 2016 there were 107 training classes conducted for a total of 2,738.25 training man-hours. A few of our members went out on their own to continue their education and took classes at the Bucks County Fire Academy to advance their levels in the following National Certification Courses: Firefighter 2, Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician (Dept. of Health), and Fire Service Instructor 1. Other members took the following classes also through Bucks County Fire Academy to advance their levels of training: Pump 1, EVOC, Fire Police 1, Advanced Fire Police, and Drive to Survive, and Emergency Response to Terrorism – Basic.
From the Sellersville Borough Website…
The 18th annual Sellersville Winterfest celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 beginning with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Sellersville Fire Hall, 2 N. Main Street, Sellersville. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the Fire Hall at 6:45 p.m. and trolley rides begin at 7:00 p.m. Participating businesses and churches will have activities at their locations throughout the borough! The Sellersville Museum will be open with the Christmas Tree Forest exhibit. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! Come out and participate in the fun!
There is no cost for this event, however, participants are encouraged to bring canned goods that will be collected at the Fire Hall to benefit the food pantry at F.I.S.H. At the Borough’s table, we will have calendars and postcards for sale the feature photographs from around the parks and borough. Proceeds benefit the park system.
Our Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their 31st annual Christmas Craft Fair this coming Saturday, November 12th. The doors will open at 9:00 AM, and the fair will continue until 3:00 PM.
There will be 60 vendors offering their crafts for sale, and light lunches will be available through the day, with Santa making his annual appearance from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
And the best part, FREE ADMISSION!
While the votes for the 45th President of the United States were still coming in early on Wednesday morning, Tower 27 was dispatched with Station 59 for a reported house fire on Lawndale Avenue in Silverdale Borough. Deputy was the first to arrive and reported to have heavy fire showing from the attached garage. Tower 27 arrived and split their crew to perform a primary search, opened up the interior for the Engine Company, while the chauffer and roofman vented the dwelling. Tower was back in service shortly before 0400 hours.
Last week, the Sellersville Fire Dept. hosted Mr. John Reininger, Corporate Vice President of the Clemens Family Corporation at our monthly business meeting. Mr. Reininger got to meet many of the members during his visit with us, and to see the equipment that we use in our many fire related activities.
While visiting with us, he presented the department with a ceremonial check in the amount of $40,000 from the Clemens Family Corporation to help defray the cost of the two command vehicles recently purchased by the department.
Needless to say, the department is both humbled by, and in awe of, the Clemens Family generosity. We send our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Mr. Reininger, and the Clemens Family Corporation for the faith and trust they have in us.
Below is a statement by Mr. Reining explaining corporation’s mission statement and core values.
Originally founded in 1895 by John C. Clemens, The Clemens Family Corporation continues to operate as a corporation deeply rooted in values. Since its beginnings, the corporation’s values have been its strength. These values can be seen in the quality products and services offered by each company within the corporation.
While not forgetting where it came from, The Clemens Family Corporation continues to look ahead by operating as a good steward of the community and the environment while offering innovative products and services to its valuable customers.
Mission Statement: We aspire to operate in a way that honors the Lord Jesus Christ as demonstrated through Ethics, Integrity, and Stewardship.
Core Values: Our past success can be credited to a foundation of good people who firmly believed in our Core Values.
Our future success depends on each team member and family member continuing to be led by our Core Values and continuing to carry our legacy forward.
It is our expectation that each team member, every manager, and each and every family member will firmly adhere to our Core Values, helping to carry forth our unique culture that builds
unity and loyalty both to the company and to each other.
Chairman John Reininger
The Clemens Family Corporation
October was a busy yet fun month for the Sellersville Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Committee. Fire Prevention week was held on the week of October 9th through 15th. SFD firefighters visited 8 different schools and daycare facilities which included; Kids Are First, Sellersville Elementary, Upper Bucks Christian Academy, Faith Christian Academy’s Liberty Campus, Grandview Daycare, Faith Christian Academy, Schoolhouse Learning, and West Rockhill Elementary. Firefighters from SFD had the privilege and honor to speak to over 100 teachers and 1,445 students at the aforementioned schools.
Topics that were taught to the students and teachers ranged from; Fire Safety tips, Stop Drop and Roll, Dressed up in our turnout gear, and talked to the 4th and 5th graders about peer pressures and different life situations they may encounter as they get older. We also discussed in great length about the NFPA’s fire prevention message which was “Don’t Wait Check the Date.” This message means and suggests you to replace smoke alarms (detectors) every 10 years.
SFD’s annual Open House was held on Saturday October 22nd which ends our busy yet exciting month. Even though Mother Nature was not on our side this year, we were still able to host our party and managed a crowd of over 500 people. This year guests included were, Grandview Medic 151, Perkasie Police, Pennridge Regional Police, Bucks County Fire Marshal’s Office, EDS, ServPro, Moyer’s, Pennridge FISH, and the Biker’s Against Child Abuse.
This year SFD and Moyer’s service put together a canned good raffle to benefit the Pennridge FISH organization. We are proud to say that we donated over 500 pounds of food collected at the Open House to help assist Pennridge FISH!
We would like to thank our Fire Prevention Committee for their hard work in planning, organizing, and running the different fire prevention events this year. We also would like to thank our supporters, that’s YOU our residents. We look forward to Fire Prevention in October of 2017.
At 2115 hours, Station 27 was dispatched with Medic 151 for this accident on Bethlehem Pike in the area of Weikel Road in West Rockhill Township. While responding, BCR reported to Deputy 27 of possible entrapment in the 1 vehicle accident. Negative entrapment was found and the Department was available a short time later.