Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
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Just before 8:30pm both stations were dispatched to New Falls Road & Bristol Oxford Valley Road for a reported bicyclists struck and pinned under a vehicle. Chief-7 arrived and reported the victim...
Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
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At noon crews were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at 69 Red Berry Road in the Red Rose Gate section. E-77-1 arrived first and reported fire on Side-B of the dwelling. Crews pulled a line and m...
Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Crew from E-77-1 control hazards at the scene of a head-on crash on Cobalt Ridge Drive South Monday night.
Friday, August 26th, 2022
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Just before 6pm Friday crews responded to Woodbourne Road & Cobalt Cross Road for a reported MVA. Crews arrived to find a pickup Vs a Tractor Trailer head-on with the driver of the pickup trapped....
Sunday, September 18th, 2022
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Jay Moser received on behalf of the Fire Company a plaque and recognition from Brian Fitzpatrick United States Congress and Hulmeville Borough at the 150th Gala for the Fire Companies service and supp...
Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
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Come out Saturday October 15th from 10am till 3pm at the Oxford Valley Mall for the Township wide Fire Expo. Scheduled events include Fire/EMS/Police demonstrations, Children's finger printing, fa...
Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
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E-7 at Foxwood Manor Apartments at their Community Night/Fire Prevention detail.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
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Vendors still needed for the Annual Hulmeville Old Towne Flea Market on Sept. 24th 2022. CALL 215-752-7740 X4 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
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Middletown Township FMO to staff Engine during daytime hours
Saturday, August 18th, 2018

From Levittown Now;

In addition to its contingent of dedicated volunteer firefighters, Middletown now has a paid crew who are certified to fight flames during the busy daytime hours.

Starting this week, the Middletown Fire Marshal’s Office began staffing daytime firefighters to aid volunteer fire companies with calls throughout the 45,000-resident, 19-square-mile municipality.

Fire Marshal Jim McGuire said Middletown has also offered the daytime response service to Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Penndel, and Hulmeville boroughs as a courtesy. As of Thursday, Penndel and Hulmeville had given the green light for Middletown to send its fire marshal’s office to calls within their borders.

The need to add fire suppression duties to the fire marshal’s office or create a pricey dedicated full-time, full-service paid fire department has been looming in Middletown for more than a decade and has only grown in recent years.

While the township can still sustain without a 24-7 paid fire department, the daytime hours were in need of some support for consistent responses during business hours, McGuire said.

Getting enough volunteer firefighters to muster quickly for calls and recent increases in call volume due to township growth has begun to become an issue. McGuire said before the Board of Supervisors in July that more volunteer firefighters are still badly needed by the township’s four all-volunteer departments – Parkland, Penndel, Langhorne-Middletown, and William Penn – and the added fire marshal’s office response is only to aid during daytime hours.

In 2017, the Parkland Fire Company responded to 212 calls, Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company had 560 dispatches, and William Penn Fire Company handled 897 calls. In the most recent year where a list was available, Penndel responded to 514 calls for service, according to statistics from the volunteer organizations.

Penndel Fire Company Chief Chuck Fox said newer building materials mean fires spread through homes quicker and a speedy response is essential.

“The fire marshal’s office is going to be staffing the truck.,” he said. “There will be no delay to respond.”

Fox added that volunteer firefighters often travel from home or work to the fire station to get on a truck that will respond to call. While their response is quick, it will be hard to beat the time of an already staffed truck that is on the road.

“The township’s engine will be dispatched and we’ll be dispatched. We’re still coming to calls,” William Penn Fire Company Chief Andy Conaway said.

William Penn Fire Company President John Diegel, a 52-year firefighter, said his department has seen a decrease in volunteers active for daytime hours as jobs with shift work have left the area.

“This is going to be a benefit for the fire departments and township,” he said of the new service.

Parkland Fire Company Chief Bob Barnes echoed that decreases in daytime volunteers have made getting to calls more difficult.

Sources said there was some disagreement earlier this summer between the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company and Middletown on the plan. This week, fire company President Kurt Geiselhart said those issues relating to being informed on the process have been resolved and firefighters are pleased to have extra help during the daytime hours.

Leasing two fire engines from the Penndel and William fire companies will cost the township $20 per year. The township, according to officials, will pick up the cost of insurance, fuel, maintenance, and equipment testing for those vehicles. However, McGuire noted that the township already pays for much of those costs for the volunteer fire companies and is just shifting the funds to his department’s budget.

As Supervisor Chairperson Amy Strouse noted at their July meeting, leasing the trucks will help the township avoid having to buy costly new trucks and equipment.

In Lower Bucks County, Bensalem, Bristol Township, Northampton, and Newtown townships all offer some form of paid daytime fire coverage to work in conjunction with area volunteer departments. Wrightstown parks a Lingohocken Fire Company response truck at their public works building so that department’s staff, who are also firefighters, can respond to calls in the community.

Supervisor William Oettinger, who works as the fire marshal in Lower Southampton, said during a July meeting that he is surprised Middletown went so long without having any type of paid firefighters.

The change in the fire marshal office’s responsibilities means staff can go right from an inspection at a business to fighting a fire or working the scene of a serious crash.

“We have a plan to make sure we can maximize efforts” for fire response and inspection duties, McGuire said.

In addition to fire calls, the new daytime firefighters will also respond to certain serious medical calls with the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad to offer assistance.


Middletown Township FMO to staff Engine during daytime hours
E-244 crew outside Station-8
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Saturday, May 4th, 2019
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Saturday we sponsored two drivers in the annual Bucks County Soap Box Derby. Another great race by our drivers; Cameron Wallace driving the Stock car #177 taking home 4th place and Jaelyn Jiles driving the Super Stock #277 taking home 2nd place! Awesome job drivers and thanks again to Firefighter Ri...
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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On Saturday firefighters teamed up with the American Red Cross to "Sound The Alarm" and installed free smoke detectors to our residents in our local. Firefighters started the day around 7AM and installed smoke detectors in the Hollybrooke and Sandybrooke sections and kept working into the...
Friday, April 5th, 2019
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Come out and support the William Penn Fire Company on April 11th between the hours of 4PM-8PM at the ChickFil-A located at 2424 East Lincoln Hwy. When you place your order between those hours mention "Spirit Night" to a team member and Chick-Fil-A will make a donation to the William Penn F...
Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Monday night members got to train on vehicle extrication, and cut up a car with the Penndel Fire Co. thanks for coming out and working with us.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
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William Penn Firefighters along with Red Cross Staff will be in the area of Hollybrooke & Sandybrooke on Saturday April 6th 2019 from 8:30am till 2:00pm installing smoke detectors free of charge. If you would like to schedule an appointment call 484-403-4734.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
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Last night members attended training provided by Septa staff on their fleet of Hybrid vehicles. Members of the Penndel and Parkland fire companies also attended this training along with the staff of Fire & Emergency Mgt.
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
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Santa made a stop at the 2018 Annual Wm. Penn Firehouse Christmas Party today, fun was had by all and gifts were handed out to all the boys and girls
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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Firefighters from E-7 spent the day with the crew of E-244 conducting some drafting operations. After some classroom time the crew spent the rest of the day drafting out of Core Creek.
Come on out to our annual Fire Prevention Day! Next Saturday 10/6/18 at Sta. 77, we will have lots to see and do. Meet your local firefighters and get pictures in the trucks!We will also be having the following visitors with us:Hazmat TeamBucks 1 command TruckSquad 168Penndel Fire Co.And to top it a...
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
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It was a beautiful day for the annual Hulmeville Day Flea Market. Thanks to all members that assisted throughout the day.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
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E-77's crew attended the annual Emmaus Road Lutheran Church Fair today, Firefighters handed out fire prevention material and even brought Marshal from Paw Patrol along to meet the kids.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
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E-7's crew attended the annual Public Safety Day at the Oxford Valley Mall. Crews showed off their apparatus and even Temple Med Flight made a stop to show off their helicopter.
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
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Firefighters along with staff from the Township Fire Marshal's Office attended a block party on Firebush Road this afternoon. Residents got to view the rig and the kids enjoyed spraying some water while learning some fire prevention tips.
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
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Crews attended a Fire Prevention event along with the Township Fire Marshal Staff at Chesterfield Apt's today. Firefighters showed off the apparatus and went over some fire prevention tips with the residents.
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From Levittown Now;In addition to its contingent of dedicated volunteer firefighters, Middletown now has a paid crew who are certified to fight flames during the busy daytime hours.Starting this week, the Middletown Fire Marshal’s Office began staffing daytime firefighters to aid volunteer fir...
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E-77 made a trip up to Core Creek Park to cool the kids off during a hot day while attending the Township Summer Camp Program.
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FROM LEVITTOWN NOW;A procession of fire trucks shut down northbound I-95 through Lower Bucks County and brought local firefighters to overpasses.The motorcade for 34-year Philadelphia Fire Department veteran Lt.
Monday, July 9th, 2018
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Members attended fit testing and training with our new Scott SCBA. Special thanks to Frank Watson and Rob Sexton from MES who spent their Monday night providing this training to our members.
Friday, June 8th, 2018
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This past Wednesday night the officers and members had a going away party for Bill Ruppert who will be moving with his family to Tennessee. We will miss you and we thank you for your 10 years of dedication to the William Penn Fire Company and the Community.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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Crews this past Monday night trained along the Neshaminy Creek conducting drafting operations, somthing we don't do much but still need to be proficient.

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