Jul
13
2014

Station 10 Featured in Training video for Emergency Responders on Autism Awareness

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This is a proud day with the release of the training program Autism thru the smoke that features the Willow Grove Fire Company, Upper Moreland Police and Horsham Fire Company EMS. Several years ago when we embarked on a journey to have every firefighter and police officer trained in Upper Moreland I would have never envisioned that it would have led us down this road. We are making the difference one program at a time and this will help us and it will be helping firefighters across the country.

I am thankful to all the firefighters and police officers that made this possible and to my family who lives with this every day to help others.
Thanks for a job well done.

Brian Focht Fire Chief

Here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnua3jeek30.

Institute on Disabilities Releases New Video

Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in collaboration with Willow Grove Fire Company, Upper Moreland Police Department and Horsham Fire Company, has produced and just released the video, Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke to help increase awareness of the unique issues presented by people with autism, and to inform fire fighters, police officers and other first responders on how to recognize signs of children and young adults with autism. Parents, family members, educators and others who support people with autism will also find valuable information in the video.

The 20-minute video features a house fire scenario with suggestions on how to recognize and manage challenges that people with autism may present, along with interviews with Chief Brian Focht, fire fighters Tom Winterberg, Marc Medori, family members and children with autism.
Funded by PA Developmental Disabilities Council the video is available on the Institute’s You Tube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnua3jeek30.

Beverly Frantz, PhD, the video’s producer and project director of the Institute’s criminal justice initiative, says that the video is meant to enhance the already honed skills of the first responder community. “We present information and resources for first responders that might help define behaviors that they encounter and offer some methods to improve success when an event involves a person with autism.”
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence, one of 67 across the country. Through training, information dissemination and assistance, the Institute strives to achieve a society where all people are valued and respected and where all people have the knowledge, opportunity and power to improve their lives and the lives of others.

For more information about the video or the criminal justice initiative at the Institute, contact: Dr.Beverly Frantz; email: bfrantz@temple.edu or Chief Brian Focht; email: Chiefwgfc@aol.com

Jul
3
2014

Happy July 4th

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On behalf of the members of the Willow Grove Fire Company we wish you a happy and healthy 4th of July.  As we begin the summer activities and long holiday weekend please take a moment to keep you and your family safe so we don’t meet by accident.

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/summer.shtm

Leave fireworks to the pros

Though it’s tempting to set off fireworks and play with sparklers in your own backyard, don’t do it. Severe burns, blindness and even death can be caused by the misuse of fireworks at 4th of July celebrations.  When it comes to fireworks, you are literally playing with fire — and in many states, you may even be breaking the law.

4th of July grilling safety

Everybody loves a good barbecue on 4th of July, but grilling can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

◦   Never grill indoors, in the garage, or under awnings, carports or any other surface that might catch fire.

◦   Always keep your grill away from siding, railings, trees and anything else flammable. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends using the grill at least 10 feet away from your home or any building.

◦   Skip the lighter fluid and instead use an electric or chimney lighter to light newspaper to start the charcoal.

◦   Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from grease or insects, and use a pipe cleaner to clear it.

◦   Check gas grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

◦   Follow the manufacturers’ instructions to check for gas leaks. If you detect a leak or smell gas, don’t attempt to light the grill until a qualified professional fixes the leak.

◦   Keep children well away from the grill area. Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids who are busy playing can run into the grill without warning.

4th of July driving safety

The 4th of July holiday is full of barbecues, picnics, family fun and fireworks. Unfortunately, the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths rises significantly on Independence Day too. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, from 2012 through 2013, 4th of July was the deadliest day on roads across the U.S. with more than 700 people killed across the nation on those five holidays. Stay safe on 4th of July with these driving safety tips.

-Drink responsibly - If you are going to even have one drink on 4th of July, be sure to have a designated driver. Even if you think you are sober, your judgment and senses can be impaired after just one cocktail. If you can’t find a designated driver, call a taxi. When you are driving, stay alert and keep an eye out for impaired drivers. Don’t follow too closely and stay focused on the road and other vehicles, rather than chatting with friends and family in your car.

-Put down your cell phone – If you aren’t sure of the directions or don’t know where you are going on 4th of July, check your GPS before you leave the house. If you get lost, have a passenger in the vehicle make a call for directions or pull over to place the call, if you are alone. Distracted drivers fiddling with phone calls, text messages and navigation systems often are the cause of accidents.

Jun
29
2014

Station 10 Assists Bucks Station 90

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Squad 10 supported Warminster Fire Company with a commercial building fire.

http://www.warminsterfd.com/article.aspx?page=firefighters-respond-throughout-the-day-to-stubborn-business-fire-

Jun
26
2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST INTERIOR FIREFIGHTERS

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Congratulations to our two newest interior firefighters Timothy Focht and Constantine Ermolayev. You put in a lot of hard work and now you can reap the rewards. Keep on learning as it will never stop; be safe and go out and make a difference.

“It is a proud night to be a Chief”. Brian Focht, Chief

Black Helemt Cons and Timmy

Jun
20
2014

Auto Rescue Terwood and York

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Vehicle Rescue @ Terwood Rd. & York Rd. 23:45 hrs, 6/20/14. Squad-10, Engine-10-2 & Rescue 15, Second Alarmer’s and Fire Police from 10, 15 & 95 on the assignment. Our gratitiude goes out to our Friends at the Horsham Fire Company for their assistance tonight!!

Jun
11
2014

Assist to Horsham Fire Company

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Jun
8
2014

2190 E. Countyline Road Building Fire

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Jun
8
2014

Firefighter 1 Graduation

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Jun
1
2014

Firefighter 1 Structural Burn

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5 members from the fire company were completing their required burn for Firefighter 1 and 5 other members who are both firefighters and EMT’s or Paramedic provided medical monitoring for the students and the class during the evolution and were on site to render medical aid if needed.

May
12
2014

May 03, 2014 / Building Fire 153 Woodlawn Horsham PA

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Assist to Station 15 for a working fire with heavy fire showing on arrival. Chief 10 was in Command. Ladder 10 performing ladder company operations assisting Ladder 15′s crew.

May
12
2014

Working Fire Dallas Road Upper Moreland

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April 29, 2014 / Building Fire – 2 Car Garage fully involved with Multiple exposures As the weather was starting to turn we were dispatched to a confirmed garage fire on dispatch. A size up was conducted and initial attack begun. While the call was unfolding there was a concern that there may be Haz materials involved. Proactively contact was made with the Haz Mat officers. The fire was contained to the original building with no exposure damage. Crews from the Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company worked with Crews from the Abington Fire Company led by Chief Michael Jones and the Roslyn Fire Company led by Chief Dale Jonas. The support of teamwork and mutual aid support cannot be emphasized enough. EMS from 2nd Alarmers were on site to ensure the wellbeing of the firefighters working. Chief Brian Focht

May
12
2014

Car Fire

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Squad 10 responded to a reported vehicle fire. Turned out to be an overheated vehicle.

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