April 24, 2014

Multi-vehicle accident and car fire on Northbound Route 309

At approximately 23:08 on 11/23, Flourtown, Station 6 responded along with Station 82 and 88 to the reports of a multiple car accident on Northbound Route 309 in the area of the Church Road (Route 73) overpass. In frigid temperatures Squad 6 pulled a 200 foot 1.75 line to extinguish a fully involved car fire on one of the vehicles involved in the accident. The crew also did a rapid, primary search of all the other vehicles involved and attempted to de-energize those still running. A snow squall had passed through the area just prior to the emergency call, but the cause of the accident is still under investigation, and is undetermined as of this posting.

Video by Firefighter Greg Fasold, helmet cam, who respond on Squad 6.

Flourtown Fire Celebrates 2013 with Awards Banquet

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Flourtown Fire Company once again gathered together with representatives of other area emergency responders, their guests and spouses to celebrate the year’s achievements, award years of service in its members and have some good food, and fun.

Banquet Video by Greg Fasold with Tribute to the late Jim Weir.

Car Fire Route 309 Southbound – VIDEO

20130621_carfire_309Squad 6 and Engine 6 make quick work of a car engine fire. Apparatus had to stage farther away than normal do to large oil slick from the disabled car. Dispatched approx. 17:45 PM on 06/21/13

2013 – A Half-Way Review of Flourtown Fire in Action – VIDEO

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2013 has been a busy year for Flourtown Fire Company so far, here’s a look back at the what we’ve been up to, some fires, some training, some rescues, always exciting, stop by Monday nights at 7PM to hear how you can join the team.

Video by Firefighter Greg Fasold.

Summer Grilling Fire Prevention Tips

Tips/Information Compiled by Jim Belcher via the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

Be sure to use safe grilling practices as the peak months for grilling fires approach – June and July. Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 6,200 home fires in 2004-2008, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,300 home fires. Generally:

  • Keep children and pets away from grilling area
  • Grill should be placed away from home, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Check propane gas tank hose for leaks before using for the first time each year

Download NFPA Grilling Safety PDF

Video:

Check out this video from NFPA on Grilling Safety: In these videos, Ted Lemoff, former NFPA principal gas engineer, provides some key safety tips for both gas and charcoal grills.

General Grill Safety Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal Grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane Grills

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

2007 Fire Safety Night

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2005 Bucks County Flood

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