On Saturday, February 9, 2013 at roughly 10:40PM Flourtown Fire Company was dispatched to a confirmed building fire at Rittenhouse Lumber. The storage/cutting shed behind the main buildings of the lumber yard was fully involved as units arrive. Joined by Oreland Fire Company, Wyndmoor Hose Co, Barren Hill Fire Company, and Fort Washington Fire Company to stubborn blaze pushed on by a steady cold wind made guarding exposures a priority. The fire totally destroyed the shed, but did not spread to any adjacent buildings or the nearby gas station. No injuries were reported. Extinguishment and hot spot operations lasted most of the night, with the last units leaving the scene at 5AM the next morning. Salt for icy conditions and backhoes had to be called from Whitemarsh and Springfield Township public works.
Photo credits: FFCo, Scott Lynch and Karl Ross
Santa once again visited Erdenheim neighborhoods a few days before Christmas. For 10 years now, Flourtown Fire Company has escorted Santa through the neighborhoods of Erdenheim to the delight of children, young and old. The event is a volunteer partnership between the Erdenheim Civic Association and Flourtown Fire Company.
See you next year, St. Nick!
On July 12, 2012 at approximately 12:40 AM all three companies in Springfield Township responded to a garage fire in Erdenheim. Upon arriving on the scene Chief 6 confirmed a fully involved garage and took command. Flourtown’s Engine 6 lead off with 1 3/4 inch hose and made access to the garage via a side door, knocking down the bulk of fire while making progress from the driveway to the side door. Oreland and Wyndmoor supplied additional hose lines, manpower and a water supply while Ladder 6 and other crews removed the garage door. A vehicle and the contents of the garage were destroyed in the fire.
On the evening of Monday, January 23, 2012 forty generous residents of Flourtown and Erdenheim, Pennsylvania were surprised to find a fire truck in front of their house and two or three Flourtown firefighters at their front door. On most days firefighters only come to your house when things are going badly, but on this day they were there for a different reason.
That reason was to thank these residents for their generosity as donors in the 2011-2012 Flourtown Fire Company fund drive. According to fire company Vice President, Dean Seltzer, fund drive donations have fallen off dramatically over the past three years as the economy has tanked. To help reverse this trend, the Fire Company initiated a program this year to recognize its most generous residential and business donors.
As part of this program, residential donors giving $75 or more get an LED votive candle with the Fire Company logo, and those giving $150 or more get an even nicer LED candle. Chief George Wilmot stated that the Fire Company decided to go with LED candles as a thank you gift because unattended candles are a leading cause of house fires. The reason for the firefighters neighborhood visits on the 23rd was to deliver the first round of these LED candles.
Fire Company President Tim Ernst emphasized the fact that 100% of the fund drive donations go directly to the Fire Company, unlike certain other fund drive mailers where only a small fraction of the donations actually make it through to the sponsoring organization.