Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Fire Department of Montgomery Township had a stellar night Monday at the supervisors meeting: swearing-in fire police ceremonies, pet oxygen mask donations and money, money, money.
Fire Department of Montgomery Township had a pretty good night at the supervisors meeting Monday. First, the combination department received a $5,000 donation from Teva Pharmaceuticals. Then, it grew its fire police force by two with the swearing-ins of volunteers Jane Weinhardt and Mike Goldberg. The final acclaim for FDMT involved 10 unique, but necessary, pieces of fire livesaving equipment—for our four-legged friends. Stray Cat Blues, the nonprofit non-kill feline shelter, which has a main display at PetSmart in Montgomery Township, donated 10 pet oxygen masks to FDMT. This means FDMT is also WAG’N O2 FUR LIFE. That is, the department, on behalf of Stray Cat Blues, has enrolled in the Wag’N O2 Fur Life program. The nationwide program…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fire Department of Montgomery Township and several other companies responded to the Wednesday morning fire at 1505 Taylor Road.
The Montgomery Township Fire Marshal is investigating what role a wood pellet stove may have played in the cause of a fire Wednesday morning on Taylor Road. Township Director of Fire Services Rick Lesniak said damage to the home at 1505 Taylor Road was limited to the wall and the area around the stove. Lesniak said fire crews from Fire Department of Montgomery Township, Hilltown Fire Co., Hatfield Vol. Fire Co., Colmar Fire Co. and Fairmount Fire Co. of Lansdale arrived to the dwelling fire shortly after 9:28 a.m. Upon arrival, the fire was inside a wall at the rear of the home, he said. Crews opened up the wall and extinguished the fire, Lesniak said. The fire was under control by 9:42 a.m. Lesniak said crews remained to retain fire …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Montgomery Mall and Montgomery Township Environmental Advisory Committee host the annual Earth Day celebration Saturday. There is also residential paper shredding and electronics recycling.
The Montgomery Township Environmental Advisory Committee is partnering with Montgomery Mall to celebrate the worth of Earth. On Saturday, the Montgomery Mall hosts an annual Earth Day event, complete with information on how to contribute toward helping the environment. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the lower Macy’s, visitors can obtain information and view demos on composting, raised bed gardens, rain barrels, and stormwater management. This area will have children’s crafts, as well as local bike safety and trail guides. At 11:30 a.m., Briar Bush Nature Center will have demonstrations with their animals. Laura Duff, of Montgomery Township, said participating organizations abound this year: Penn State Cooperative Extension, PowerSave …
Friday, April 5, 2013
A look into the structure, camaraderie and daily learning of the career and volunteer members of Fire Department of Montgomery Township.
When it comes to firefighting, you’re almost born into it. That’s not meant literally—there are some really great heroes whose kin never picked up a fire hose. What it’s supposed to mean is there is some desire burning inside your heart, and you don’t want to put it out. Take the men and women of Fire Department of Montgomery Township, for instance. Captains Frank Colelli and John Scheiter each had passions for firefighting in their early teens. “We all started as volunteers,” Colelli said. “A lot of it is, young kids get interested, and whether or not it develops into a career, they stay interested in it.” Scheiter said most departments have a junior explorer program where youth can join at 14. Scheiter said he started at 15 years old. “…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Reader Kat Courts posted the photo of the car fire in New Britain Township on Monday evening to the Lansdale Patch Facebook page.
This photo comes to us from Patch reader and Lansdale Patch Facebook follower Kat Courts. The car fire broke out shortly before dusk at Route 202 and County Line Road, near the Wawa, in New Britain Township. Black smoke filled the intersection as flames scorched the red SUV at the intersection. There were no injuries in the fire. Stay tuned for further developments.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Souderton Charter School Collaborative sixth-grader Alexander Armstead, 11, has been shadowing Fire Department of Montgomery Township career and volunteer firefighters as part of a school project. Armstead's grandfather was a former firefighter.
He has a long way to go to fill in the boots, but Alexander Armstead is already one of the team. The soft-spoken 11-year-old sixth-grader at Souderton Charter School Collaborative has been shadowing firefighters at Fire Department of Montgomery Township for the past couple days as part of his school project. "I wanted to go here," he said of his firehouse choice. "My grandpop was a firefighter, but he's retired now." No doubt Alexander would warm the heart of former Philadelphia firefighter Louis Dent if he saw his grandson on Friday. By the end of his experience, Alexander had everything but his own helmet—he had the knowledge of the parts of the fire engine truck, he had notes on how firefighters rescue people, he got an idea of the …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Two accidents Saturday afternoon in Towamencin Township and Montgomery Township resulted in Medevac for injured individuals.
Two major accidents with entrapment occurred Saturday at opposite ends of the North Penn School District. At around 2:15 p.m., Fire Department of Montgomery Township responded to a vehicle accident at Route 309 and Hartman Road. The accident closed northbound 309 for more than two hours. The vehicle was found on its side, with one person trapped, according to MontcoAlerts. JeffStat was called in to transport the injured individual. Around the same time, a major accident closed Old Forty Foot Road on the 2000 block in Towamencin Township. A vehicle hit a tree and overturned, trapping two individuals and leaving one of them unconscious, according to Towamencin Township Fire reports. Stay tuned for more details.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Volunteers and paid firefighters from Fire Department of Montgomery Township and Colmar Fire Co. responded to aid in the firefight. No one was injured when a fire broke out at a home in Chalfont, but the house was destroyed
No one was injured but a home was destroyed by a fire in Chalfont on Tuesday. The fire broke out at 209 Hampshire Dr., Chalfont, around 2 p.m. The original call was dispatched at 2:02 p.m. Volunteer and paid career firefighters from Doylestown, Chalfont, Warrington Township, Montgomery Township, and Colmar responded to the scene, McGuire said. Chalfont Fire Department Chief Dennis McGuire said firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. Firefighters had the blaze out by about 2:30 p.m., but the fire had moved fast, wreaking widespread damage. "It was under control pretty fast, but it was a lot of fire," McGuire told Patch. "Structurally, the house looks ok, but the interior is a loss. It's uninhabitable." The …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Montgomery Township supervisors on Monday recognized 16 members of the volunteer Fire Department of Montgomery Township who were founding or charter members of the organization.
On July 22, 2012, the volunteer Fire Department of Montgomery Township celebrated its 10th anniversary. According to Director of Fire Services Rick Lesniak, on that date in 2002, the supervisors created the township fire department via resolution. In a decade, members have come and gone — but 16 founding members have remained dedicated to serving and protecting the public. On Monday night, Montgomery Township Supervisors recognized those founding members whom have maintained active memberships in the department: "It takes a lot of courage to do what you did 10 years ago," said supervisors Chairman Joseph Walsh. "We appreciate your volunteer work and keeping the town safe. We can't say enough. We appreciate everything you do. You've done …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Jennifer Connor of The Reporter reports no injuries in the Saturday afternoon fire on Mallard Drive West
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Sunday, February 3
Four adults and one child are displaced from their Mallard Drive West home Saturday after an afternoon garage fire, according to Jennifer Connor of The Reporter. Fire Department of Montgomery Township responded to the incident at 139 Mall Drive West within four minutes of receiving the call, Connor wrote. Firefighters saved five cats and one dog, according to the article. Read more and see photos at this link on The Reporter Online.