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Engine 55-1 Newtown Emergency Services Department was established in 1996 to respond to emergencies during daytime hours. The department is comprised of eight full time firefighters, a full time Fire Marshal and administrative secretary.
Working a 12-hour day, 5 days a week, the department’s focus is prevention. On a daily basis, the department provides fire inspections, code enforcement, fire suppression, medical emergencies and emergency prevention training in the community. The department services 19,000 residents and nearly 1,700 businesses and is located approximately 20 miles North East of Philadelphia, in Historic Bucks County.
Engine 55-1 was placed in service in 2001. This Pierce Enforcer carries 500 gallons of water with a pumping capacity of 1500 gpm. This apparatus responds to fire calls and assists with medical emergencies when needed. Routinely, E55-1 is out in the community conducting fire inspections and responds immediately to emergency calls.
Chief 252 Chevrolet Blazer 4x4 has been modified to carry a first in bag, 2 Oxygen canisters, burn bag, A.E.D., collar bag, backboard, rope, a set of irons, 2 S.C.B.A.’s and assorted hand tools. This unit is staffed by the Chief and can also be assigned to fulfill the many different tasks the department handles.
Special Service 55 - Newtown Emergency Services recently placed into service a new 2006 Ford Expedition Special Service. This new apparatus will be used for daily activities and medical responses in the township. This unit has a custom storage unit that holds 2 mounted SCBAs, gear storage, small tools and medicals supplies.
FM252 - NESD designed a new Fire Marshal vehicle in 2003. This vehicle is equipped with a slide out tray in the pickup part of the truck. This slide out tray stores all the equipment that the Fire Marshal needs for investigating fires. Equipment includes sifting trays, various hand tools, toolboxes, generator and lights and a collapsible ladder.
The extra doors in the cab allow the fire marshal to communicate with witnesses if the situation arises. This type of vehicle is unique and multi-functional, and many Fire Marshals are turning to this idea. This vehicle was placed into service in early 2004.
CP252 - Retired 2008
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