Members of both stations (Alert and Minquas Fire Co.) of the Downingtown Fire Dept staffed their respective station 24/7 for the duration of the blizzard. Crews responded to a number of calls including a house fire in East Brandywine, a RIT assignment in West Chester, a number a of inside gas leaks due to excess snowfall, a building fire in Caln Twp, and an EMS assist in East Caln Twp. Thank you to ... (Full Story & Photos)
On Friday night, the Downingtown Fire Dept. responded to the report of a vehicle accident on Bell Tavern Blvd. Assistant 46 (Heininger) arrived on scene to find a vehicle up on the guardrail. Crews checked the vehicle to make sure it was secured and stood by with tools and oil-dry as the tow service worked to remove the vehicle. All units cleared the scene after about an hour. ... (Full Story & Photos)
Members of the DFD Water Rescue team spent Sunday morning and early afternoon refreshing on emergency boat operations. WhiteCap Water Rescue Training conducted this training for our members. After going over information in the classroom, crews went out on the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville to practice tactics. Thank you to WhiteCap Water Rescue Training for coming out. ... (Full Story & Photos)
Saturday morning, Station 46 was dispatched for the Air/Light truck to respond to a working dwelling fire in Caln Township. Initial reports were for flames coming from an attached garage. Deputy 35 arrived on scene first and advised smoke coming from the garage. Lt 38-B, with that report, requested the working fire dispatch (bringing Air 46). While enroute, Lt 38-B requested the second alarm bringing ... (Full Story & Photos)
EMS personnel spent Saturday morning standing by for the Girls On The Run 5K. The race started at Downingtown West High School, proceeded down Manor Ave to Pennsylvania Ave, and went into the Lake Dr development and returned on the same route. Congratulations to all participants!... (Full Story & Photos)
Late Sunday morning, the Downingtown Fire Department was dispatched for a vehicle fire on Quarry Rd at the entrance to the Brandywine Square shopping center. Battalion 46 (Swisher) arrived on-scene to find a vehicle fully involved. Engine 46-2 responded and deployed the front bumper line to extinguish the fire. Engine 45 also responded and supplied Engine 46-2 with water. Upon extinguishing the fire, ... (Full Story & Photos)
At 12:25pm, Downingtown Fire and EMS were dispatched to an accident with entrapment on Boot Road in East Caln. Assistant 46 (Heininger) arrived onscene confirming a two vehicle accident blocking the roadway, with one of the driver's still in the vehicle. Responding apparatus were advised by Assistant 46 of a "door pop" needed to free the injured driver. Engine 46-2 and Rescue 45 arrived and split ... (Full Story & Photos)
Downingtown Fire Department was requested by the Chester County Fire Task Force to participate in a standby to support the Philadelphia Fire Dept. while Pope Francis visited the city. Engine 46-2 was assigned to the Philadelphia Int'l Airport training facility along with the Good Will and Fame Fire Companies of West Chester.