November 24, 2015 – On Tuesday evening, Rose Tree Fire Company (73) headed down to the drill tower at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center in Sharon Hill, Pa. The night included stretching handlines to the first floor and second floors for fire attack; hitting the fire from the outside to knock it down, then heading inside; coordination of the outside vent person (OV) with the interior crew; use of the accountability tag-in procedure when making entry; and other support functions including the use of ground ladders, etc. Great job by all! Thank you to Andy Kirk for taking pictures and thank you to Instructor John Poole and Bill Norris for stoking the fires for us. Check out our facebook page for more pictures. Link: www.facebook.com/RoseTreeFireCompany
Saturday, October 31, 2015 – Happy Halloween!
During this time of year, Rose Tree Fire Company encourages all residents to change their smoke detector batteries (and carbon monoxide detector batteries). 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 National Fire Protection Association:
Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Engine 73 and the Command Vehicle were on hand in Springfield, Pa. for the 15th Annual Delaware County Run for Hero’s. This 5K event benefits the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund, a fund set in place to provide scholarship funding for children of Police, Fire and EMS personnel in Delaware County killed in the line of duty. Three members of Rose Tree Fire Company participated in the 5K race. http://www.delcorunforheroes.com/
October 3, 2015 – Thank you to everyone who attended our fire prevention open house last night. It was great to see you! The kids got to try on firefighting gear, crawl low in the smoke house, and practice stop, drop and roll. Residents were able to tour the station and see the recent building upgrades and expansion. There was face painting and fire extinguisher demonstrations, along with a special visit from Folcroft Police Officer Gene Mackey and his K9 partner Sarge.
October 01, 2015 – October serves as National Fire Prevention Month to remind everyone about the importance of fire safety and prevention. Fires in the homes can start in an instant and spread in SECONDS! Knowing how to prevent fires can save your property, and knowing what to do if a fire occurs, can save your life!
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. Test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working. Most detectors have a “test” button for this purpose. The batteries should be replaced once a year, lithium batteries will last longer. It is a good practice to replace the entire detector unit every 10 years.
Fact: Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of surviving a house fire by 50%!
For more information on fire statistics and fire safety, check out the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website at www.nfpa.org. Another valuable resource is the United States Fire Administration (USFA). The USFA is the lead federal agency for collecting fire data and providing public fire education.
To learn more about smoke alarms, click this link:
Upper Providence residents are also reminded to create and practice a home escape plan. Escape plans are especially vital for young children and older adults because they are at higher risk of dying in a house fire and often need assistance. Be prepared – Have a plan and practice your plan.
Please join us Friday, October 2nd from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Each year, Rose Tree Fire Company holds an Open House to educate children and adults about the importance fire safety. It is also an excellent opportunity for Upper Providence residents to tour their local firehouse and meet the firefighters who volunteer for the community. Check out all of our recent renovations. We are located at 1275 N. Providence Road (across from Campbell’s Boathouse Restaurant). We look forward to seeing you!
September 24, 2015 – Around noon on 9/24/15, Rose Tree Fire Company was dispatched to Providence Rd and Fawn Hill Rd. for a vehicle fire. The Upper Providence Township Police Department went on location with a fully involved car at Fawn Hill and Deerfield Rds. Engine 73 (Rose Tree) responded with a crew of 5. Shortly after Rescue 73 (Rose Tree) responded with a crew of 4. The Engine went on location with a car and several exposing trees on fire. A single 1-3/4 inch hoseline was placed in service to extinguish the fire. Our new Edraulic (battery powered) Jaws of Life were used to open the hood to fully extinguish the fire in the engine compartment. There were no injuries reported. Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byUx114ASuo&sns=em
September 11, 2015 – This day is a significant date in our nation’s history, as it marks the 14th anniversary of the devastating terrorists attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In remembrance of this day, Rose Tree Fire Company will be displaying our Nation’s flag to be seen by all who pass the station. God bless to all those who lost their lives and the brave heroes that responded to the emergency. We will never forget.
The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on Monday, August 3rd from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Appointments are preferred. For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. Enter Sponsor Code: Rose Tree Fire.
This drive is being held in memory of Robert (Rocky) Rock, a founding member of Rose Tree Fire Company, who coordinated many of the previous blood drives at our station.
The Blood Drive will be held at our station – 1275 N. Providence Road, Media PA 19063 (Across from Campbell’s Boathouse and Wawa)