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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - The fire company sincerely regrets to announce the death of past Chief Robert Burnett, Sr. Robert passed away on June 29th. He was a life member of the Rose Tree Fire Company and was a past Chief. He also previously owned a daycare center at his home. Robert’s second home was on the Chesapeake where he loved to boat, fish and crab. He was pre-deceased by his wife Christine and step son John Forte. Survivors: Sons Robert W. Burnett Jr. of Oxford (Past Assistant Chief at RTFC) and James T. Burnett of Marmora, NJ. (Past Firefighter at RTFC). Sisters Jean Limburg and Judy Hause. Step son Jamie Forte of Fort Worth, TX. Also survived by 10 Grandchildren.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - At about 19:30 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the area of State Rd. and US 1 for a vehicle fire.
Chief 73-9 (Brown) arrived and reported a car well involved.
Engine 73 arrived and led off with a 1 3/4″ attack line and attacked the fire from a safe distance. They later pulled a 1 3/4″ line with a one inch piercing nozzle to extinguish the fire under the hood.

Rescue 73 arrived and assisted with overhaul.





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Thursday, April 10, 2014 – At 03:01 Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to the 600 block of Summer Street for a building fire. Also due were Co. 23 (Media), Tower 44 (Springfield) and RIT 53 (Broomall), along with Medic 237 (Riddle Hospital and Media Fire Co.).

Chief 73-9A (Trevelino) was first on location and reported a 1 1/2 story single family dwelling well involved, with a 3 story wood frame exposure becoming involved. Chief 73-9 (Brown) requested a Second alarm which brought Truck 41 (Newtown Square), Engine 51 (South Media) and Rescue 52 (Brookhaven) along with Medic 104-7D (Riddle Hospital). Chief 73-9 established Summer Street Command.

Quint 73 arrived and placed a 2 1/2″ line in service on the primary fire building while Squrt 23 laid a 5″ supply line to feed Quint 73. The Squrt crew pulled a 1 3/4″ line off Quint 73 for exposure protection.

Engine 73 laid a second 5″ supply line and their crew was assigned to the exposure building while Squrt 23′s crew was redirected to the original fire building.

Tower 44 was assigned the roof and outside ventilation along with Truck 41. Chief 44-9B was assigned the Sector C division (rear of the building).

Crews from Rescue 52 and Engine 51 assisted with interior operations.

RIT 53 set up in front of the building.

Another challange that the crews were faced with was a downed electric line in the front yard of the original fire building. PECO (local electric company) was called to secure the power line.

The scene was under control in about 1 1/2 hours.

(Photo’s taken by Frank Wesnoski)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Rose Tree Fire Company will hold its annual Easter Flower Sale on Easter weekend in front of Campbell’s Boat House, 1250 North Providence Road, Media PA (next to Wawa).

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

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Monday, March 3, 2014 – Yes, it’s true! Spring is almost here! At 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 9, 2014 Daylight Savings Time begins.

Rose Tree Fire Company encourages all residents to change their smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you reset your clocks this weekend. Once you change the batteries, TEST the detectors to be sure they are working. If your detector is 10 years old or older, it should be replaced.

A fire can double in size every 30 seconds. The sound of the alarm will give you and your family those few extra seconds to get out and stay out of your home. Checking your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm and changing the battery are one of the simplest things you can do to protect your family.

To learn about how smoke alarms work and why they are so important, follow this link to the United States Fire Administration:

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 Firefighter of the Year Charlie Jordan

Firefighter of the Year Charlie Jordan

L - Chief R. Brown C - FF C. Jordan R - President M. Poissant

L – Chief R. Brown C – FF C. Jordan R – President M. Poissant

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Congratulations to Firefighter Charles Jordan for being voted by the members as the 2013 Rose Tree Fire Company Firefighter of the Year.

Charlie has been a member of the fire company for 34 years. He served as a Trustee, Lieutenant, and also as the Fire Company President.

Charlie is retired from the United States Postal Service and currently works a couple part time jobs and has his own pet sitting business.

Congratulations Charlie!!!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued several hazardous weather announcements affecting our area tonight through Thursday.

The warnings indicate that we need to be prepared for a major winter storm that has the potential for heavy snow, sleet, rain and coastal flooding. Much depends on the track of the system as it approaches, so stay tuned to news alerts and weather updates for the latest forecast. For up the minute information, go to: If the power is out, tune battery operated radios into station KYW 1060 AM.

During extremely cold weather, the risk for home fires can increase. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep it at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  • If using a fireplace, keep the screen or doors closed to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure burning embers are out before going to bed.
  • Maintain and operate portable generators in accordance with the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
  • Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. The smoke from a running generator contains carbon monoxide and needs to be properly ventilated.

See attached safety sheets on carbon monoxide and portable generator safety. For anyone that is unable to stay in their home, the Red Cross can help. Click here for an updated list of Red Cross shelter locations: or you can call the Philadelphia Red Cross chapter at (215) 299-4000.


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Monday, February 10, 2014 – The Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a St. Patty’s Day party at the firehouse on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit the fire company. There will be appetizers, dinner and desserts. BYOB. There will also be a DJ and door prizes. Tickets are $20 per person. Flyer attached. Call Bea 484-352-5006 or Belle 610-891-7217.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – This winter has been a challange for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Over 40″ of snowfall to date has fallen in the Philadelphia area, including Upper Providence Township. On Wednesday February 05, 2014 the Philadelphia area experienced an ice storm that came only days after a wet snow blanketed the area. Snow was still on trees and wires when freezing rain and sleet came.

Rose Tree Fire Company responded to 21 emergency calls in a 24 hour period including trees and wires calls, a natural gas leak inside a building, and a mutual aid response to assist Company 51 (South Media) for a second alarm building fire response. At one point our company was dispatched to three emergency calls within minutes of each other.

Upper Providence Township experienced wide spread power outages which lasted beyond 48 hours for some areas. With temperatures in the teens and low twenties at night, it meant for adding a second blanket or two at night.

We were able to staff multiple apparatus throughout the storm. While some members lost electric at their own homes, they were still available to respond to emergency calls from neighbors within the township.

Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) reported over 700,000 customers without electric during this multiple day event. They had crews from other states assisting them to restore power to their operatng area.

On Saturday we found a crew from NY and Ct. at a local convenience store taking a break for lunch after working extended hours.

We invited them to our station to eat in the comfort of our hall.

Thanks to the crews from utility companies across the area to assist PECO in restoring power to Upper Providence Township and other municipalities in Southeast Pa.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – The fire company sadly reports the death of Life Member and Firefighter Robert “Bob” Atz.

Bob was an active member of Rose Tree Fire Company, currently serving as a member of our Trustee’s and Fund Drive Committee (he previously served as Chairman of both of these committee’s). Bob also served as the company radio operator for emergency calls.

Bob started his fire service career with the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association. In 1961 Bob joined Rose Tree Fire Company. He also was a member of the Media Fire Hook & Ladder Company where in the 1970′s and 80′s he actively drove the ambulance and also the Lima Fire Company (currently the Rocky Run Fire Company) where he also drove the ambulance in the 1980′s.

Memorial service will be at the First United Methodist Church of Media, 350 West State Street, Media, Pa. 19063 (SE corner of State And Lemon Streets) Monday February 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Luncheon will be at the Rose Tree Fire Company at 12:30 p.m.

There will be no viewing. The burial will be private.

The obituary will be published on Friday.

The on-line obituary is here:

Click on one of the photo’s below, or click on the camera icon and additional photo’s will come up.

Radio Operator Bob Atz

Radio Operator Bob Atz

Bob Next to Engine 73

Bob Next to Engine 73

Santa for Our Annual Crew Christmas Party

Santa for Our Annual Crew Christmas Party

L - Bob Atz C - Bob's Wife Betty R - FF Ken Medrow

L – Bob Atz C – Bob’s Wife Betty R – FF Ken Medrow

Annual Easter Flower Sale Coordinators L - Craig Smith R - Bob Atz

Annual Easter Flower Sale Coordinators L – Craig Smith R – Bob Atz

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