2 N. Main Street | PO Box 315
Sellersville, Bucks County, PA 18960
Business: 215.257.4028 | Emergencies: 911
Just prior to our monthly meeting, Tower 27 was dispatched to assist the West End Fire Company at a hospital fire in Quakertown. Initial crews on scene had located and extinguished the fire, but needed assistance with smoke ventilation. Tower 27 used three fans for about a half hour to clear smoke from the hallway.
At 5:30am, SFD crews were dispatched to investigate smoke in the area of Bethlehem Pike in West Rockhill Township. The chiefs found a dumpster fire at a business on Old Mill Rd and Engine 27-1 redirected to extinguish the fire. Tanker 58 was added to the assignment in case additional water was needed.
Just before 9:00, Station 27 was dispatched along with Medic 108 to standby at an accident in the area of Suelke’s Produce. While Engine 27-1 was enroute, PD confirmed heavy entrapment and requested the rescue assignment, adding Rescue 18 to the call. Our engine arrived on location and had 1 patient trapped with heavy intrusion into the passenger compartment. Rescue 26 was also added to the assignment. Crews worked together to remove the roof and to extricate the patient from the vehicle.
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!