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.