Please join us at the 2014 Ambler Christmas parade down Bulter Pike this Saturday 12/6/2014 starting at 1pm. Rain date will be Sunday 12/7/2014.......
Upcoming Daylight Saving Time Clock Changes
Every year, during National Fire Prevention Week the Wissahickon Fire Company hosts our Annual Fire Prevention Open House. Throughout the night you can see our trucks, try on gear, meet our firefighters, sparky and patches, and watch various demonstrations.
8:45- LG ELEM
1:15- GM HIGH
2:00- Springhouse Early learning
5:30pm OPEN HOUSE AT 7A
8:20- GM ELEM
10:00- ST. Anthony's
11-2pm walk ins welcome at 7a
9:30- HOBBIT HOUSE
12:30- HOBBIT HOUSE
1:30-3pm walk ins welcome
9:15am LG ELEM
On Aug 22nd at 1330hrs Squad 7 w/ 5 personal responded to Station 27B (Norristown) to stand by while they were operation on a dwelling fire. Units cleared up by 1445hrs.
Job well done by all campers. The members of the Wissahickon Fire Company congratulate you and hope to see you at camp next year. For those of you turning 16 years of age, stop by and get information on our Junior Firefighter Program!
Rescue 7 returning from a RIT assignment in Whitemarsh township while Ladder 7 is in route to a working barn fire in Upper Dublin Township
Shortly after 11PM Station 7 was dispatched to asst Station 88 for a building fire as numerous callers reported a gas leak with fire. Captain 88 arrived with a 2 story middle of the row townhouse with an active gas fed fire and also electrical arching. Engine 88 laid a supply line in and stretched a hose line. Additional personnel began evacuating adjacent homes. An additional hose line was stretched from E88 to the rear of the home and it was determined that there was fire in the home. 88′s crew along with Ladder 18 knocked down all visible fire inside the home and began to open up walls/ceilings to expose hidden fire. A secondary supply line was laid by Squad 7 as a precaution. PECO arrived on scene, secured the gas and electric and the situation was under control. The remaining fire was extinguished and all units cleared the scene at 1:25 AM
Fireworks at Wissahickon High school scheduled for Thursday evening have been rescheduled for Saturday evening due to incoming weather. Be safe!
It's that time of the year!!
The annual carnival will take place July 1st to 5th at Wissahickon High School, with the fireworks display — often touted as the “best fireworks display in the suburbs” — is scheduled for Thursday, July 3 at approximately 9:15 p.m.
The carnival will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. weeknights and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Dont forget to stop by the Station 7 Dunk Tank !!!!!!
The members from station 7 would like to congratulate Will Thornton,Nick Salemno & David Koller on graduating from Wissahickon High School class of 2014!!! Good luck !!!!
Members have been busy over the last couple of weeks not just running fire calls but doing some work downstairs in the old Club 750. Members have been doing a lot of work making that into the new "Crew Lounge" for guys to hang out while not running fire calls.
Pictures will follow at another time.
Wissahickon Fire Company
Pasta Night Provided by Fireside Bar and Grille
Saturday April 12, 2014 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Main Firehouse, 245 Race St., Ambler
All you can eat Pasta
Children 4-8 $6.00
Children under 4 free
Meal includes Salad, Pasta, Meatball, Bread and Dessert
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On January 15th Station 7 firefighters practiced using hydraulic rescue tools and removed the roof, doors and pedals from several vehicles. Special thanks to John Sileski and Jim Kneas of MES for a great drill last night with Hurst Rescue Tools. Training continues to make Wissahickon one of the best!!!
On Monday January 13th the Station 7 members were training on Septa hybrid buses. During drill Engine 7-3, Engine 7-4 and Rescue 7 was dispatched to Station 15′s local for a 2nd alarm building fire. Station 7 responded with a total of 22 members. Station 7 crews assisted with several tasks on the fire ground. Then went available around 10pm.
On 1-4-14 Station 6 was dispatched for smoke in the area. Chief-6 arrived on scene with heavy smoke showing from a one story strip mall. Which then Rescue 7 was dispatched as the RIT team. Rescue 7 responded with 8 members. Command reported heavy fire through the roof. Ordered all firefighters out of the building and requested the second alarm struck. Which then Ladder 7 was dispatched & responded with 5. Ladder 7 arrived and placed their ladder pipe in service. CH7, FM45, Utility7, Traffic 7 & 7-1 also responded. All units cleared @0045hrs
On 1-4-14 @ 1536hrs Ladder 7 was dispatched & responded with 6 members to cover Norristown Station 27D while they were operating on a 2 alarm row home fire. While on stand-by they were dispatched to 1 run.
On 1-2-14 around 2130hrs, during the snow storm Station 88, 7 & 15 as the RIT were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in Upper Dublin Twp. Battalion 88 arrived on scene with smoke showing from an attached garage of a two story single family dwelling and established 88 command. The fire extended from the garage into the attic. Multiple supply and attack lines were layed and crews extinguished the fire saving a good portion of the home.
Engine 88, Engine 88-1, Tower 88, Squad 88, Rescue 88, Utility 88, Traffic 88 Chief 88,
Engine7-3, Engine7-4, Ladder 7, Traffic 7, Traffic 7-1, Chief 7, Rescue 15, 351-1, 351-2,
FM 41,39 & 45 responded to the scene
Squad 6 & Squad 7 were covering Ambler Boro & LG Twp
Congratulations to Detective Ron Lynch on his retirement from the Lower Gwynedd Police Department. Both the Lower Gwynedd Police Department and the Wissahickon Fire Company as well as the citizens of Montgomery County are great full for your leadership and service
The Officers and Members of the Wissahickon Fire Company would like to send out a Congratulations’ to Firefighters Eddie Alldred, Mark Street,Matthew Strauss for completing their Firefighter 1 Certification. Also David Koller, William Thornton and Dillion Bender who will be finished soon after their Burn.
Chief-7 arrived on scene with fire showing from the front porch of a two story single family dwelling,. Engine 7-3 went in service with multiple 1-3/4″ hand lines. E7-4 established water supply. L7 put main inservice to the roof. Interior crews reported fire extension to the front walls on the second floor and attic space. Ladder companies opened up the roof. Fire under control in 45 minutes.
Assisted by E62 RIT, SD6, E88, E12, R45. Medic 351. E15 & E80 cover companies..
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Each lucky Calendar has a 3-digit number assigned to it. This number corresponds to the Daily Number pulled each night of the year by the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission. (Note: If two Daily Numbers are drawn per day, Wissahickon will honor only the EVENING number.) If your calendar number matches the number pulled that night, you win the amount of money listed on your Calendar for that day. The daily cash winnings range from a minimum of $20 to a maximum of $500. Your donation of $20.00 per calendar breaks down to less than 6 cents per day!
ONLY A $20.00 DONATION
This is a fundraiser for the Wissahickon Fire Company. Unlike some other Daily Number-related drawings that are good for only a specific month, your Calendar is good every day of the year. You will win as many times as your number is drawn. There is no limit to your winnings per year! The best part is you don't even have to keep track of the Numbers yourself. We keep the records and automatically send you your winnings check in the mail.
OUR LOTTERY CALENDARS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!
GET YOURS TODAY!
Calendars are for sale between September and December each year. To join the fun and get your own Calendar, see any Wissahickon Firefighter or stop by the Fire Station on Monday evenings after 7 pm. You can also purchase them at our booth at either the Ambler Oktoberfest or Lower Gwynedd Countrie Picnic. Calendars are also available for sale at Rich's Other Place restaurant in Spring House and Lynch's Service Station in Ambler.
THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!
Station 29 was dispatched for a reported dwelling fire in the area of Morris Road / Sheaff Lane. Police arrived on scene with smoke showing. Captain 88 arrived on scene and established command. Command had a 3 story single family dwelling with one person unaccounted for. Engine 6 was the first arriving engine and stretched (1) 1.75″ line to the interior. FM32-1 advised the fire was in the basement and the interior stairs had burned away. A 3rd line was stretched to the "C" side basement access and knocked down the bulk of the fire.
Engine 7-3, Ladder 7, Utility 7, Chief 7, Traffic 7 & Traffic 7-1 responded to assist.
Reminder to keep a watchful eye tonight for trick or treaters while driving. Please use extra caution tonight during trick or treat hours.
The Wissahickon Fire Company would like to remind all residents that November 3rd is Daylight Savings Time. Clocks go back 1 hour beginning at 2am. Also, it is the time of year to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!
Wissahickon Fire Company were winners at this years Firemen's Convention in West Chester. 2nd place Antique 1883 Silsby steamer,2nd place Dalmatian (miss halligan) and 4th place judges award for the 1883 Silsby steamer. Thanks to all the members who came out to help and attend the parade.
2013 Fire Prevention School Visits
Monday Oct 7th
9am- LG ELEM SCHOOL
10:20am- WHS (DAYCARE)
11am- AMBLER WEEKDAY
1:20pm- GWYENDD MERCY ELEM SCHOOL
5:30PM OPEN HOUSE AT 7A- COME TO OUR MAIN STATION IN AMBLER, COME MEET SPARKY, THE DALMATION 7 CREW AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!
TUESDAY OCT 8TH
7:45AM- WISSAHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL
8AM- WISSAHICKON HIGH SCHOOL
11AM- KENCREST ARTMEN (AM)
1PM- KENCREST ARTMEN (PM)
WEDNESDAY OCT 09TH
9:30AM- GWYENDD MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
10AM- HOBBIT HOUSE
11AM- ST. ANTHONYS PRESCHOOL
School’s Open – Drive Carefully
Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason.
Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.
Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 6pm
Eddie Alldred, Chris Oberholzer and Jake Caplen started their first of many water rescue classes, also Matt Silvestera (not shown in picture). Good Luck guys!!!
Firefighter Patrick Gilmore participated in the Ruck For The Fallen in Sea Isle, New Jersey on Saturday July 20, 2013. The Ruck For The Fallen walk was established to raise money for the Travis Manion Foundation to honor our fallen military soldiers, and raise money for the families of fallen heroes by walking 3.5 miles with a ruck or a heavy bag. This was Patrick’s second time participating in the Ruck For The Fallen in Sea Isle, New Jersey and decided to complete the 3.5 mile walk while wearing his structural firefighting gear with a self-contained breathing apparatus on his back. WAY TO GO PAT!!!!
The Officers and Members of the Wissahickon Fire Company would like to send out a Congratulations’ to Lieutenant Fred Hering, Engineer John Oberholzer and Firefighter Chris Oberholzer. The three members completed their Firefighter 2 Certification.
Lt Hering received the Award for being the Outstanding Student.
Station 7 was dispatched to a vehicle rescue on Bethlehem Pike in the area of Lower State Road in Lower Gwynedd Twp on Saturday afternoon July 13 at 15:31HRs.
Squad 7 arrived to find a four vehicle crash with numerous injured patients and one entrapment. One patient was extricated from a Pontiac Sunbird after the doors and roof were removed and a front- end displacement was performed. A Medical Helicopter was requested to the scene and the Fire Department of Montgomery Twp secured a landing zone for the PennStar Helicopter out of the University of Pennsylvania. 1 patient was flown and 7 patients were transported via ground by Ambler Ambulance and Volunteer Medical Services Corp to Abington Hospital. Nice job by all the responders in the high heat conditions exceeding 95 degrees
The Officers and Members of the Wissahickon Fire Company would like to send out a Congratulations’ to Firefighters Jake Caplen and Shaughn Thornton for completing their Firefighter 1 Certification.
Box Score – Runs - Assistant’s squad 24, Chiefs Squad 18
Hits - Too many to count
Errors - Lots on both sides.
The annual softball game among firefighters was held on Monday evening June 24th. Chief John Leadbeater and his team took the field as the home team and quickly gave up a couple of runs in the first inning. Assistant Chief Jay Leadbeater was pitching for the other side and seemed to be cruising along without much of an offensive threat. At the bottom of the ninth inning, and the score 24 to 8 in favor of the Assistant’s team, the home team put 15 batters to the plate and 10 runners scored and the assistant’s squad held on to win 24 to 18.
Barbecue was good and everyone had a good laugh as the Bad News Bears joined the firehouse.
The Officers and Members of the Wissahickon Fire Company would like to send out a Congratulations’ to Fire Fighters Jake Caplen, Tyler Coleman and Dylan Bender. The three young men are part of the Wissahickon High School Class of 2013.
Monday, May 13, 2013 Station 7 units arrived on scene with heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor of SFD. No residents were home at the time of the fire. Crews entered with 2 handlines , encountered heavy fire conditions and rescued several pets, although some did not survive.
Crews evacuated and went into defensive operations with master streams. Several firefighter injuries that were treated and released.
Montco Stations 88,6,33,12,62,45,41 assisted at scene along with EMS station 351. 15 and 44 were in standby.
Picture Thanks to Philly Fire News.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Firefighter?
Now you can find out! Our popular Firefighter Camp is a supervised 4-evening camp designed to give participants a taste of firefighting.
2013 Firefighter Camp
July 9, 16, 23 and 30 - 7:00 to 9:30 pm
At camp, participants will learn:
- Protective gear
- Basic fire behavior/tactics
- Use of Extinguishers
- SCBAs, supply lines & attack lines
- Live fire (vehicle car prop) training
- Search and rescue
- How to use tools, ladders, ropes and knots
The camp is hosted by the Wissahickon Fire Company and sponsored by Schneider Plumbing, Ambler Savings & Loan, Feast & Fancy catering, and B&Z Cabinets.
The camp is hosted by the Wissahickon Fire Company, and assisted by the North Penn, Flourtown and Centre Square Fire Companies.
2013 Firefighter Camp Application
Past Firefighter Camp photos
Firefighter Camp Media Coverage
1) ensure you meet the requirements of the Camp;
2) Print out and complete an application;
3) Send the application and $20 check (payable to Wissahickon Fire Company) to: Wissahickon Fire Company, Attn: FF Camp, 245 E Race St., Ambler, PA 19002
For more information about Firefighter Camp, contact Lieutenant Sean Matthews at 215-646-1266, ext 8.
Remember, the 2013 Camp is scheduled for July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Applications will be due in May 2013. Firefighter Camp is limited to 20 participants
Saturday, May 11, 2013 Station 7 (Wissahickon) was dispatched on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 15:58 for a Vehicle Rescue involving a pickup truck and a dump truck at Bethlehem and Forest in Ambler Borough. Upon arrival, Chief 7 recognized the heavy entrapment of one victim of a dump truck and requested Station 88 (Fort Washington) to assist. Victim was safely removed from the dump truck in just under one hour and transported by Ambler Ambulance to Abington Hospital Trauma Center. Good work by all on scene.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Wissahickon Fire Co. was awarded four trophies Saturday September 29th. They received two 2nd place trophies, one for best appearing Dalmatian for Little Miss Halogen, and another for Best Appearing Horse or Hand Drawn Antique Apparatus for the 1896 Silsby Steamer. And two 1st place Trophies, one for Best appearing and functional Montgomery County Ladder for Ladder 7, and for Best Appearing Company with Not Less Than 30 in line of March.