2017 Archives

Child Passenger Safety Technicians
Date: 02.18.2017

Today, PWFC Captain Chris Millay and Firefighter Chrissy Neely successfully completed their training to become nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. As part of the class requirements, they took part in a #Safekids Community Child Passenger Restraint Check that was held at the Plymouth Fire Company in Conshohocken. LMPD Officer Tamaro also took part in today's event.


QRS Recertification
Date: 03.07.2017

Engine and Rescue 21 have been successfully re-certified as QRS (Quick Response Service) units through the PA Department of Health. This certification ensures that our members are trained and our apparatus appropriately equipped with Basic Life Support equipment so we meet the required standards to help ensure the health and safety of the members of our community.


Recognition Well Deserved
Date: 04.19.2017

Last night firefighters across Lower Merion gathered at the township building to honor the service of two volunteers: Penn Wynne Fire Company Retired President John Derham and Belmont Hills Fire Company Retired Chief Patrick Fusaro Sr. Although they are retired from their leadership positions, they remain active with their respective companies. We thank you John and Pat for your time, talent and commitment to your respective companies and the township.


Working Car Fire
Date: 04.22.2017

Just after 7AM the company was dispatched to the intersection of E. Wynnewood Road and Morris Road for a vehicle fire. The Engine arrived to find fire from the engine compartment. A hand line was deployed and the fire quickly extinguished.


Emergency Vehicle Operations Training
Date: 04.22.2017

Today two of our volunteers are finishing up a two day class on emergency vehicle operations (EVOC). Congratulations Victor Tello and Mark Ivar Kvalsvik and thank you for your dedication to training.


Fire & Rescue Demonstration
Date: 05.06.2017

Today all six township fire companies gathered at the fire training grounds in Belmont Hills to demonstrate our capabilities in various fire and rescue services to the board of commissioners. Three evolutions were conducted. The first was a technical rescue, second a house fire with entrapment and the last a vehicle rescue. It was a great morning of camaraderie across the companies. Photo credits to George Manos.

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Bon Fire Standby
Date: 05.15.2017

Tonight Engine 21 stood by at the annual JCC Kaiserman bon fire. #FireSafety


Firefighter 1 Certification Earned
Date: 05.17.2017

Tonight Asstant Chief Pat DeHoratius attended the graduation ceremony of Class 1605 from the Montgomery County Fire Academy marking an end to 188 hours of training.  Congratulations to Jon DeLeon on earning your certification.  We thank you for your hard work and commitment and dedication to training.


Back to Back Calls
Date: 05.26.2017

Last night we were dispatched for a building in our local around 11:35 pm. A resident on Rosedale Road reported fire showing from the window of the house behind her on Rolling Road. After an investigation, we determined the house was not on fire but tree and wires were burning. A call was placed to Peco. With no services necessary we went available. Thanks for the assist Narberth Fire Company.

We had just backed the trucks into the station and were dispatched to Lankenau Medical Center at 12:04 am for an elevator rescue in the C garage. Chief, Rescue and Ladder 21 arrived to find a power outage in the garage with one person trapped in an elevator at the second floor. Unfortunately the inner doors of the elevator car were open preventing us from opening the outer doors of the car. After maintenance locked out the power as a precaution, we went to the floor above, dropped down to the car and removed the individual using a ladder. Ropes were used for firefighter safety while operating on the top of the car. The rescue was complete in 50 minutes.


Memorial Day
Date: 05.29.2017

This weekend please take a moment and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the freedom we have today. #MemorialDay17


Alex's Original Lemonade Stand
Date: 06.10.2017

Today Engine and Utility 21 stood by at the annual Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand. It was another great and successful event for such a worthy cause.


Hometown Heroes
Date: 06.13.2017

The Man Line Chamber of Commerce Hometown Heroes Celebration took place last night at the Lower Merion Township administration building. Scholarships to emergency responders were awarded. Congratulations to all recipients, especially our own Drew Kopicki, Ethan Mazer and Mark Kvalsvik on your awards.


CO Call at the Greenhill
Date: 06.22.2017

Just after 7PM the company was dispatched to the Greenhill Condos for a carbon monoxide (CO) activation from a 4th floor unit which was called in by an alarm company. Engine 21 arrived just as the residents were returning home. As crews began to walk down the hallway our multi-gas meters began to alarm that there were elevated CO readings. The fire alarm was then pulled to evacuate the residents.

The balance of the company responded and took control of the elevator to help move a number of semi-ambulatory residents. Additional manpower was requested bringing Station 26 Narberth Fire Company, Air 24 from Gladwyne Volunteer Fire Company to fill our breathing apparatus, as well as Medic 313 Narberth Ambulance. Crews worked for almost two hours evacuating residents, investigating the source of the problem, and ventilating multiple floors, all of which had elevated CO readings. The source was pinpointed to the hot water heater, which was shut down by PECO, and residents were able to return to their units. Special thanks to Lower Merion Police for helping evacuate residents.

Photo credit to our own Brad Remick.


House Fire in Bryn Mawr
Date: 06.24.2017

Just after 6pm tonight, Bryn Mawr Fire Company and the Gladwyne Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to Carisbrook Road in Bryn Mawr for a dwelling. Lower Merion Police arrived on location reporting heavy smoke showing. The township working fire dispatch went out bringing a truck from the remainder of the stations. Rescue 21 responded, stood by as the fast team and assisted with throwing ground ladders. Once the fire was under control, we were put into service assisting with overhaul of a second story roof area that was heavily charred by fire. Rescue 21 was in service for just under three hours. Thanks to Narberth Ambulance for standing by and providing rehab services.


Confined Space Certification Earned
Date: 07.15.2017

Congratulations to Assistant Chief David Watrous, Lieutenant Mark McCauley, Firefighter Ethan Mazer, Firefighter Kevin Swan and Firefighter John Fraunces!  These gentlemen and volunteers reached a milestone in training successfully completing and achieving 1006 Confined Space Rescuer I and II certifications. These members completed approximately 48 hours of training during May and June in preparation for this month's testing. This initiative was supported through the Southeastern Montgomery County Technical Rescue Task Force. Congratulations to the other members of the task force from Lower Merion, Upper Merion and Norristown who also achieved certification.


Donating Made Easy
Date: 08.23.2017

Check out our new "Donate" page on our website.  Members of the community now have the ability to donate to us electronically using PayPal.  Other means to donate are through United Way and Amazon Smile.  

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The Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company thanks you for your continued support.


Farewell to Summer BBQ
Date: 08.27.2017

Members gathered at the station this afternoon for a "Farewell to Summer" BBQ. Various specialties were brought by our volunteers and the company supplied the hamburgers and hot dogs. We enjoyed great food and camaraderie. It is hard to believe Labor Day is next weekend. #family


Vehicle Rescue Drill
Date: 08.30.2017

Tonight members gathered at the station for our weekly drill which was focused on vehicle rescue. Scene safety, stabilization and extrication skills were reviewed. Members practiced a stabilizing a vehicle on its side, a roof flap and various methods to remove doors. Ironically, not 20 minutes after drill was finished we were dispatched to assist with a vehicle rescue on the Schuylkill Expressway. The notes stated a vehicle was on its side with two occupants trapped.


In Memoriam
Date: 09.07.2017

We are sad to announce the passing of Director Charles Dorkey.  Charlie had a full and rewarding life from military service to his career in textile manufacturing and later real estate to his community service.  Charlie was a Lower Merion Township Commissioner for South Wynnewood, a director of the Ard-Wood Civic Association and a tenured Director for our fire company.  We are grateful for his years of service to us and the community.  Rest in peace Charlie.


Fire Instructor 1
Date: 09.23.2017

Today Assistant Chief Patrick DeHoratius and Lieutenant Mark McCauley successfully completed the Fire Instructor 1 program achieving national certification in the discipline.  Great job Pat and Mark!  


Fire Prevention Open House a Success
Date: 10.11.2017

A great night tonight at our fire prevention open house. Thanks to all the community members that came out to see our program. We hope you enjoyed the various demonstrations and education. We’ll see you next year. Until then, our doors are always open to stop in.


In Memoriam
Date: 10.13.2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Past President, Firefighter and friend Joseph W. Nagle.  Joe served as a firefighter at Penn Wynne for 15 years and was President of our fire company for four years.  We thank you for your friendship, dedication and service to the community.  Rest in peace Joe.


Busy 12 Hours
Date: 10.21.2017

It has been a busy 12 hours for us. At 8:25 PM last night we were dispatched to assist Belmont Hills Fire Company on an accident with entrapment at State & Hillcrest with two occupants and a door to go. Squad 22 arrived, determined there was no entrapment and we were recalled. At 10:28 PM we responded to the 100 block of Harrogate Road for a fire alarm. At 6:35 AM this morning tones dropped for another accident with entrapment at City Avenue and Rock Glen Road bringing Rescue 21, Engine 21 and Squad 22 from Belmont Hills. The notes stated there was an overturned vehicle with one occupant inside and ruptured gas tank. Rescue and Chief 21 arrived along with Philadelphia Fire Department E41/L24. Chief 21 determined no entrapment and Squad 22 was recalled. Rescue 21 returned as well and Engine 21 remained on scene due to the gasoline spill handling the leak until the tow arrived.  All injured parties were treated and/or transported by Narberth Ambulance.


Date: 12.05.2017

Congratulations to former assistant chief and current part time employee Anthony Molchany on his new employment! Anthony was sworn in as a career firefighter in the borough of Norristown last night.  We are very proud of you and wish you a safe and successful career.


End of an Era
Date: 12.07.2017

Last night marked the official beginning of a transition in leadership for our company. Chief John Fallon is retiring after 16 years. Deputy Chief Ted Schmid was elected to serve as Chief effective the first of the new year. Assistant Chief Dave Watrous was elected to the Deputy Chief position. We thank Chief Fallon for his leadership, service and dedication to the company and community.


Santa Sunday
Date: 12.17.2017

Today our volunteers staffed the engine and utility and headed out  through our community to spread holiday cheer.  Santa freed up some time and rode atop Engine 21.  Candy canes and gelt were distributed.  We even had dog biscuits for four legged friends who came to meet Santa.  We had a great day and thank everyone for coming out to see us.


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