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Vehicle Fire

May 28, 2021

On May 28, 2021 at 8:42 pm Station 33 was dispatched for a vehicle fire on the 1000 block of Walton Road. Chief 33 arrived to report an SUV fully involved. Squad 33 arrived with crew extinguishing using 750 gallons of water and foam. Fire Police were on scene closing Walton Rd. There were no injuries.

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Elmwood Park Zoo Thanks First Responders

May 27, 2021

The Elmwood Park Zoo recently recognized first responders from the Whitpain Township Police Department, Centre Square Fire Company, and Second Alarmer's Rescue Squad with free First Responders memberships.

 

These memberships were created by the zoo as a way of thanking first responders from various Montgomery County police, fire and EMS departments.

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Congratulations

May 20, 2021

Congratulations to our newly certified firefighters on completing 188hrs of Firefighter 1 training: Gabbie Saylor, Mark Thompson, and Tess Giordano.

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Normandy Farms Carriage House

March 4, 2021

 

At 8:07pm on Thursday, March 4th, Centre Square Fire Company was dispatched to the Normandy Farms Carriage House for an automatic fire alarm. Approximately 5 minutes later, Whitpain Township Police Department and Centre Square Fire Units arrived to find heavy smoke and flames from the roof of the two story structure. The response was immediately upgraded to a commercial building fire, bringing apparatus and manpower from Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Department, North Penn Fire Company, and Norriton Fire Engine Company. Crews worked swiftly to ensure that all occupants were out of the building while engaging in an aggressive fire attack. The fire was placed under control at 9:25pm with no injuries to the public or responders.

The Normandy Farms Carriage House is a popular overnight venue for wedding parties, as it contains 9 suites. One of Thursday night's guests included a wedding party set to wed this evening (Friday March 5th). Fortunately, firefighters were able to quickly remove the bride's dress and all of the wedding party's luggage, allowing their wedding to continue without a hitch.

Also providing assistance were Wissahickon Fire Company, Worcester Fire Company, Second Alarmers Rescue Squad, Plymouth Ambulance. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Whitpain Township Fire Marshal's Office. Our sincere thanks to all the agencies involved and our warmest congratulations to the bride and groom!

Karamoor Estate Fire

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On Friday, November 20th at 5:49 am, Centre Square Fire Company along with mutual aid fire departments were dispatched for a commercial building fire in Whitpain Township. While enroute all responding units were advised the fire was on the 6000 block of Butler Pike in Whitemarsh Township with additional resources being dispatched. First arriving units reported a converted barn to a winery on the Karamoor Estate with fire showing from the roof, all units went in service with their heaviest water lines and aerial master streams. The fire was placed under control at 7:16 am with Centre Square Fire Company remaining on scene until 11:31 am. There were no injuries reported.  

Thank you Saint Helenas Knights of Columbus

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Thank you Saint Helenas Knights of Columbus for the generous donation of snacks and drinks for the members of Centre Square Fire Company.

Thank you Jao Brand

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Centre Square Fire Company would like to thank their friends at, Jao Brand, www.jaobrand.com, for the generous donation of hand sanitizer, keeping our first responders safe and healthy. Very much appreciated. 

Thank you Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages

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Thank you to Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages and Amy Fruncillo for the generous donation to the Whitpain Police and our first responders at Centre Square Fire Company and Second Alarmer's Rescue Squad. This offers yet another example of the generosity and selflessness of businesses in our community. The donation was part of Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages pledge to thank frontline medical staff, first responders, and essential employees in our region.

Thank you Five Saints Distilling and International Spirits, LLC

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Centre Square Fire Company would like to thank their friends at Five Saints Distilling and International Spirits, LLC , for the generous donation of hand sanitizer, keeping our first responders safe and healthy. Very much appreciated!

Residential Building Fire

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At 7:30 am on March 23 Centre Square Fire Company along with several neighboring fire departments were dispatched to a residential building fire on the 200 block of Maple Avenue in Whitpain Township. On arrival a working fire was discovered in a vacant 3 story twin home, heavy fire on the second and third floors of both residences. Following a second alarm assignment and an additional call for manpower it took approximately 75 firefighters from 11 company's 1 hour and 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries reported. A special thanks to all our area Fire Company's, Police and EMS units for their assistance.

Bob Gannon Retirement

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Congratulations to Career Firefighter Robert Gannon on his recent retirement after serving Centre Square Fire Company and Whitpain Township for 20 years. All of the members and staff wish Robert and his wife, Kelly, the very best in their new chapter of life.

Coronavirus: make infection control a priority

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Details about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are changing rapidly and it's easy to get information overload, but first responders need to be prepared to encounter possible cases. The immediate risk to the United States is still considered low; however, the potential public health threat globally and to this country is high.

COVID-19 presents as a respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and spread via respiratory droplets with close contact, like the flu.

Please click the link below for more information on COVID-19. 

A Successful Santa Run!

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Another Santa Run in the books! Thank you to all the volunteers from Centre Square Fire Co. for another successful year! And also a big thank you to Santa Claus himself for visiting Whitpain Township!

Burn Boot Camp

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We wanted to immerse ourselves in our new community and what a better way than by connecting with the people who protect that same community on a daily basis.  The men and women of the Centre Square Fire Company welcomed us with open arms and allowed us to invite the community into their space to see what Burn Boot Camp is all about. We will forever be grateful to them and for their sacrifice and service. Burn Boot Camp - Blue Bell will host an annual Hero Fundraiser workout, around 9/11 each year, to continue to raise money for their needs. Thank you so much for the honor of recognizing us for the Mission Moment - we are incredibly blessed and grateful. Thank you Devan Kline for making this all possible!

A Near Miss: The Importance of Blocking Traffic on Highways

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On Wednesday, October 2nd at 14:44 hours, Stations 33 and 44 were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at mile marker 21.7 southbound on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Upon arrival at 14:50 hours, Chief 33 staged his vehicle on the shoulder, approximately 30 feet to the north of the incident, while Squad 33 was positioned to block the right-hand lane of travel for scene protection. Chief 33 found a passenger vehicle being towed by a tow truck, parked on the shoulder with no apparent fire. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike safety vehicles had yet to arrive on scene. As Chief 33 and Captain 33-1 exited their vehicles to investigate and speak with the tow truck operator, an out-of-control minivan veered from the center lane into the right lane, striking the driver’s side rear bumper and side compartment of Squad 33. The vehicle then came to a stop on the shoulder approximately 200 feet south of the original incident. At the time of impact, there were two firefighters on board Squad 33, the driver and one firefighter in a rear jump seat. The former was uninjured in the collision, while the latter suffered a minor back sprain. The driver of the striking vehicle was also hurt, sustaining cuts from flying glass. Chief 33, Captain 33-1, and the tow truck operator were also struck with flying glass but were uninjured. All were treated at the scene and released. The driver of the striking vehicle stated to fire personnel that he fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle was traveling at an estimated speed of 70 to 80 miles an hour at the time of impact. “I am convinced that if there wasn’t a blocking vehicle in place at this incident there would have been serious injuries or fatalities,” said Lee Miller, Chief of the Centre Square Fire Company. Unfortunately, Squad 33 did sustain significant body damage and will be out of service for several weeks.

Misson BBQ

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Thank you to Mission BBQ for your recent serving of dinner to the CSFC membership during our monthly business meeting. Very much appreciated! 

Recall

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Universal security instruments recalls two inspect smoke alarms due to risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. Click the button below for more details. 

Congratulation Ted Moore

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Congratulations to Ted Moore on his recent graduation from the Montgomery County Fire Academy achieving his Firefighter 1 Entry Level Certification, completing 188 hours of training. Job well done!

Outstanding Service in 2018

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At the Board of Supervisiors Meeting, the members of CSFC were recognized for their outstanding service in 2018. The following award recipients were recognized:

Firefighter of the Year: Sam Clemmer
Rookie of the Year: Kareem Lee
Training Award: Mike DeDomenico Sr. 
Fire Police Award: Robert MacKay Sr.
Chief's Award: Zayne Brunner
President's Award: Fred Saylor
Chief Engineer's Award: Robert Tyler Brunner
Fellowship Award: Ted Fonash
Attendance Award: Sharon Brunner, Matthew Kozeniewski, Ted Fonash, Zayne Brunner, and Robert MacKay Sr. 

Flag Day

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CSFC attended a dedication at American Legion Post, West Ambler. 

Centre Square Puts Custom Pumper in Service

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Centre Square, PA, Volunteer Fire Company, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, has taken delivery of a 2018 Pierce Impel pumper. It has a four-door cab with seating for six-occupants with a raised roof and full-height rear doors. Click the button below to read more about CSFC new fire truck. 

Congratulations Daniel Fantini

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Congratulations to Daniel Fantini on his graduation, completing 188 hours of training and earning his Pa. Entry Level Firefighter l certification at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus. Great accomplishment!

CSFC Honored

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Centre Square Fire Police were honored by the Whitpain Township Board of Supervisors and Whitpain Police Chief Ken Lawson on October 16, 2018 for their outstanding service and assistance to the Police Department and Whitpain Township.

New Fire Truck

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After planning and preparation, CSFC is purchasing a new fire truck. 'Squad 33' is currently in it's final stages of production. Check back to find out when it will be put into service. 

Welcome!

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Welcome Katie Dobush, voted into membership in January as Fire Police. Katie has completed required training and is very active at CSFC. Keep up the great work!

Fireworks Frequently Asked Questions

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4th of July is right around the corner! There have been some big changes to the laws regarding fireworks in Pennsylvania. Click the link below to find out important information.

David E. Walter, "Fugi"

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David E. Walter, "Fugi" Age 63 of Blue Bell PA, died Saturday May 26, 2018 in the Einstein Medical Center after a brief stay.

Born in Tokyo, JAPAN, at the Tokyo Army Hospital, he was the son of the late Willard and Keiko (nee Sakuma) Walter.

Fugi was a graduate of Wissahickon High School Class of 1973. After graduation, Fugi was employed by Turner Trucking, and worked as a clerk for Genuardi's and Giant Supermarkets. He was a former active member of the Wissahickon Fire Company in Ambler. He was also a life member of the Centre Square Fire Company where he was a firefighting officer and served as Fire Chief in 1991. Fugi was a very active participant in the community, especially with his devotion to the Whitpain Police Association.

He is the beloved husband of Gail E. (nee Miller) Walter and father of David M. Walter of Towamencin, PA, Christopher J. Walter and his Fiancée Erica Rodriguez of Philadelphia, and Michelle L. Walter of Newark, DE

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday May 30, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00AM at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler

Interment will be private

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to RED PAW EMERGENCY RELIEF TEAM 1328 S. 24th Street Philadelphia PA 19146

Photos and tributes may be made at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com

Kidde Smoke Detector Recall

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Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm Due to Potential Safety Risk. To read more, click the button below. 

Supporting our Whitpain Township's Firefighters

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Blue Bell Rotary supports our local community! To read the full story, click the button below.

Old Station gets Razed

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Demolition of the old building has started today. It served CSFC well for many years, with several great memories to say the least. In result of knocking down the old firehouse, it will make way for a signalized roadway.

Centre Square Firefighter found better fit in Emergency Services

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Centre Square Firefighter, Joelle Lesniak, planned a career in the classroom, but found a better fit in emergency services. To read the full story, click the button below. 

Philly Pretzel Factory

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Philly Pretzel Factory donated pretzels to CSFC on behalf of one of their weekly contest winners, Brendan Gow, who asked that they be given in memory of his mother, Judy, who sadly passed away this past September. Thank you to Brendan Gow & Philly Pretzel Factory.

New Member

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CSFC welcomes, Amanda Kulick into membership, following in her fathers footsteps the late John Kulick, CSFC Firefighter, SPC, Infantry Unit, Army National Guard, KIA Beiji, Iraq August 9th, 2005.

Fire Extinguisher Recall

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Kidde recalls more than 40M fire extinguishers. Click the link below to read the whole story.

New Member

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Welcome, Kareem Lee! CSFC is pleased to have you as part of our team!

Two new Firefighters

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Jonathon Allen and Christian Dobush are our two new Firefighters. CSFC is glad to have you as members! Welcome to the team!

James T. Mitchell

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Our thoughts & prayers go out to Chief Mitchell's family. He was CSFC past Fire Chief in 1981 to 1984 and is also a Life Member. Services will be held on Thursday, October 26th starting at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home located at 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike in Ambler. Relatives and friends are invited.

Two new Firefighters join CSFC

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Our two newest Firefighters, Mike Chapman and Dan Fantini. Welcome to CSFC, we are glad to have you as members of our team!

Tompkins VISTA Bank

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The new Tompkins bank recently donated funds to CSFC. Tompkins Bank's contribution is an enormous help in making this new station become a reality. Thank you.

To view the whole article from Suburban Life Magazine, click the button below.

New Member

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Meet CSFC new member! John Allen, who is a junior firefighter. CSFC is glad to have you! Welcome.

New Member

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CSFC welcomed a new member, Junior Firefighter, Joe Gordon. Joe is a senior at Wissahickon High School, and will be training in our internship program. Welcome to the brotherhood Joe! We are excited to have you at CSFC. 

Firefighter Moving

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Firefighter, Resin Kerpi. Resin and his family are moving to Florida. We at CSFC would like to thank Resin for everything he has done for the company and wish him and his family the best. Resin first joined CSFC back in January of 2014 and quickly became a hard working, dedicated member culminating into the 2015 Firefighter of the Year Award. We will miss you!

Montgomery County Fire Academy

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Congratulations to Jessica Brunner & Jeffrey Gold, who graduates tonight from their class 1605 PA Entry Level Firefighter. 

Tax Credits

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With much appreciation, we can announce that our volunteer first responders are now granted tax credits, for their courageous work that they do. The Whitpain Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on May 2nd, 2017 meeting. 

For more on this, click the button below.

New Members

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CSFC welcomed the following new members last year: Brian Lead, Matthew Tobias, Paul VanFossen, Gabriella Saylor, James Thomas, Christina Maguire, Christopher Serianni, and Brianna Ryder Campbell.

Bucks County Fire Academy

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Congratulations to Brian Leard on successfully completing the Pa. State Fire Academy Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response Curriculum. Brian completed 188 hours of training at Bucks County Fire Academy and received his State Certification as Firefighter Level 1.

In Loving Memory

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In Loving Memory of

John Kulick

November 17, 1969 - August 9, 2005

When we think of John the first thought that comes to mind is his contagious smile. His love of life, and his laughter that made you feel that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always a silver lining to every cloud. John taught us all three very valuable lessons that after his death became inspirational in how we view our lives on a daily basis.

1. He taught us to embrace life and every moment that life has to offer. He would say- you never know when something might happen and the world around you could change in an instant.

2. Put your heart and soul into every assignment that God or life places in your path. Your heart and soul will shine through and that will enhance your spirt.

3. Family (all of your family- extended members included) is the most important virtue or gift that you will ever be given, so cherish all of your family, every hour, every minute, every moment, and every second. Amanda Mae is John's daughter and we want her to know now and always that he cherished her this way, every day of his life.

John according to his family was always a fireman. From the time he was a young boy he would chase the fire trucks down the road and back to the station in Hatboro. When he was old enough to joun as a junior member he did just that and signed on for what became his career. John's passions for his career showed in all that he did with the fire companies he worked for including, Johnsville Naval Air Station, Willow Grove Naval Air Station, Horsham Fire Comapny, and Centre Square Fire Company. John put his heart and soul into every project he took on, especially the construction of Squad 33 and so this apparatus is dedicated in his memory. When John would tell you a story he would transport you into that story as if you were reliving it moment by moment with him as the tale unfolded. John had many gifts, but he would always make everyone feel welcome and as if you have been friends with him your entire life just by saying hello!

We want to thank James Jr, and Tina, John's brother and sister for sharing with us all their brother and the love he shared not just with them, but all who he came in contanct with. We want to thank Amanda for sharing her father with us and his love for teaching other children how to be safe and strong. We want to thank Jill for sharing John with us, and his wisdon about out to be a true friend. Most of all we want to thank James Kulick and Tavi (Peal) Kulick for giving us the opportunity to share their beautiful gift to the world- John Kulick and all that his spirt embodied- Love for life and all of mankind.

John will always be with us, in spirit all of the days of our lives, watching over us as our guardian angel.

Rest In Peace Brother Kulick, terribly missed but never forgotten!

Montgomery County Fire Academy

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Congratulations to Sam Clemmer and Kevin Gross on successfully completing the PA State Fire Academy Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response Curriculum. These students completed 188 hours of training and received their State Certification as firefighter level 1.

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