Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Visits Goshen Fire Company
Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Visits Goshen Fire Company

On October 3, 2019, Goshen Fire Company had the privilege to have Bruce Trego, State Fire Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, visit our Park Avenue fire station. During the visit Fire Company President Bob Fleming and Fire Chief Grant Everhart discussed how the support of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) and Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) have enabled the fire company to enhance our operational effectiveness, efficiency, and safety and our ability to continue to serve our community through the provision of high-quality fire, emergency medical services, and fire police services.

An example of this support is the 16-hour Rapid Intervention Team Exercise course that a cadre of six instructors from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy delivered at Goshen several years ago. This course, which was scheduled at our request and hosted by the fire company, provided advanced classroom training and extensive hands-on training designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively, efficiently, and safely as members of a rapid intervention team assigned to rescue emergency responders trapped during a structural fire response. Sixteen of our members completed this training and met the qualifications to serve on our Rapid Intervention Team. This sophisticated and expensive training was provided at no cost to the fire company. The lessons learned during this course were also invaluable as we revised our related response policies and procedures.

For a number of years Goshen Fire Company has received two separate grants each year through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner Grant Program. The Fire Grant has been used to make a number of important purchases including firefighting and rescue equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). For several years this grant funded the purchase of specialized technical rescue equipment and related training in support of our technical rescue and rapid intervention capabilities. The most recent Fire Grant was used to purchase replacement fire hose and new nozzles. Over the years the EMS Grants have similarly been used to purchase necessary emergency medical services equipment and personal protective equipment. During Commissioner Trego’s visit we were able to discuss the equipment that we use that was purchased using the funding provided through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

This visit also provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges that all contemporary fire departments face in terms of recruiting and retaining personnel and securing necessary funding to support the essential services that we provide in a manner that not only meets but, ideally, exceeds the expectations of the community that we have the privilege to serve. We are genuinely grateful for the many ways that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and Pennsylvania State Fire Academy support and assist us.


WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Goshen Fire Company is looking for many new members to support our mission. We have many different types of membership that we are looking to fill for our community’s needs. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call us at 610-430-1554 ext 4 or you can email us at gfc@goshenfireco.org and speak to an officer or you can even stop by to get the information you are looking for. You do not to be certified to join nor do you need to live with-in our response area to be a member! We will provide the proper training and equipment that you need.


 The first step to joining the department is to submit a membership application and bring it to the fire company during any Monday of any month at 7pm. Our station is located at 1320 Park Avenue, West Chester, PA. When you turn in your application with a $5 fee, a background check will be performed which usually takes about thirty (30) days.

Applications can be found at: http://goshenfireco.org/about/volunteer-now/ (application on the right-hand side of the website)

After being accepted as a member, an officer will go over the orientation program with you and in the mean time you must complete a physical in which the fire company covers the expense for. You will be shown the equipment and the lay out of the apparatus and explained the general rules of our organization. 
From there, you work towards the training level you wish to obtain for the membership category that you choose to be under. The types of membership are:


 1) Active Member, this is when you become an active member of our daily operations. Within the active member are many roles:
a. Junior Firefight or Junior EMS attendant* (16-18 years or age)
b. Firefighter (18 years of age + with the proper training qualifications)
c. Special Fire Police Officers
d. EMS attendant (basic first aid and CPR)
e. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
f. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
g. Emergency Vehicle Operator/Engineer
h. As you progress through your time other officer ranks could be available.
To be active on the ambulance, you’ll need to have basic first aid and CPR that we will provide you. After you are comfortable with being an attendant we will send you to training to obtain your EMR or EMT certification.

2) If you are not comfortable taking part in the operations, there are plenty of support position available throughout the administrative and operational divisions.
a. Board of directors (elected position)
b. Treasurer
c. Assistant treasurer
d. Relief association members 

Anyone that is interested in becoming a member of our company, I encourage you to stop by and check us out. Our business is a life changing experience and is something that we are all proud of!


 Thanks for your support!
-The officers and members of the Goshen Fire Company


Goshen Fire Company Annual Awards Banquet 4/13/19
Goshen Fire Company Annual Awards Banquet 4/13/19

The Goshen Fire Company held its annual awards banquet on Saturday April 13th at Penn Oaks Country Club. The following awards were presented:

 

President’s Award Ted Harrison III

Fire Police Officer of the Year Jason Grothmann

EMS Person of the Year Gary Weigel (accepting is Jill Weigel, Gary’s daughter)

Firefighter of the Year Christian Juliano

Fire Chief’s Award Alexi Barnada (accepting is Sierra McKinney)

 

Those receiving years of service awards included:

Amanda Demarco

Thorsten Cassel

Steve Hiro

Bob Horton

Jake Shallack

Scott Sherborne

Jack Smith

Susan Smith


2020 Goshen Fire Company 15 Week Club 8/30/20 - 12/06/20

Dear Neighbor,

The 15-Week Club is a Goshen Fire Company tradition.  It is a weekly drawing where you can win cash prizes, all while benefiting your local fire company.

The Goshen Fire Company has been serving your community for 70 years.  We are volunteers who protect your homes and businesses.  As volunteers, we are responsible for raising around 80% of our operating costs and the 15-Week Club is one way we do that.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!!

2020 Winning Ticket Numbers

Week $500 $250 $100 $50 $50 Date
1 40048 31234 23784 70795 36320 08/30/2020
2 46468 53871 64154 53673 53836 09/06/2020
3 50620 05222 43916 11553 18468 09/13/2020
4 09291 46683 39186 21344 10879 09/20/2020
5 56565 47504 70421 53870 70668 09/27/2020
6 37225 24088 15547 53715 41936 10/04/2020
7 29327 44791 36545 65461 09677 10/11/2020
8 13211 55958 48485 56501 52497 10/18/2020
9 02201 54828 14385 61616 16745 10/25/2020
10 69543 28275 61307 65183 57866 11/01/2020
11 28285 39674 44792 49516 05218 11/08/2020
12 58747 65211 46627 52692 50322 11/15/2020
13 68584 18133 65442 25927 06946 11/22/2020
14 02561 17682 09115 65548 55479 11/29/2020
15           12/06/2020


Please note: Official Notification is US Mail to the address listed on the ticket.

For additional information, please check out our 15 Week Club web page by clicking here


9/26/2016 Commercial Appliance Fire

The morning of 9/26/2016 just after 2AM, stations 54/56 were dispatched for a fire alarm triggered by a smoke detector at a commercial facility. A couple minutes later PD confirmed smoke in the laundry room. Engine 54-1 arrived and immediately deployed an 1 3/4 crosslay handline and made a quick knock on a small appliance fire. Extensive operation followed to clear the smoke from the building. Job well done again by all. Thanks to mutual aid stations 2, 6, 52, and 53. Good reminder smoke detectors work!


Newtown Square Fire Company 100th Anniversary Parade
Newtown Square Fire Company 100th Anniversary Parade

Goshen Fire Company participated in the Newtown Square Fire Company 100th Anniversary Parade on Saturday June 4th, 2016.   Our dedicated was rewarded with first place with Tower 54, Rescue 54, and Ladder 56.  We also achieved 2nd Place Best Appearing Company!  Thanks to all our member's hard work in preparation for this event.  We are proud of our members and blessed with our amazing equipment.  Photo credit goes to IrishEyez Photography.


4/9/2016 Forcible Entry Class
4/9/2016 Forcible Entry Class

A few members from Goshen enhanced their skills at Forcible Entry Specialist class held in Harrisburg with some great guys and extremely knowledgable instructors!!


Congratulations to Deputy Chief Chris O'Neill for completing Fire Officer II
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Chris O'Neill for completing Fire Officer II

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Chris O'Neill for completing Fire Officer II Certification at the Montgomery County Fire Academy.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment
Wednesday March 23, 2016 Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment

On 23 March 2016 at approx 1447 hours stations 54 and 56 with medic 91 were dispatched to Route 926 in the area of Penns Grant Lane for an accident with entrapment. Upon arrival of AMB542 crews met with Delco 59 (Concordville) and Delco 64 (Edgemont) who were already on the scene. Rescue 54 assisted Delco 59 and Delco 64 with a significant entrapment call. The driver of the automobile was trapped for about 30 minutes. Crews also worked to contain a fuel spill of about 50 to 75 gallons of a combination of diesel fuel and hydraulic oil that leaked from a box truck. PennDot was contacted for sand and the Chester County Haz Mat team 15 also assisted. This was a large scene as the truck that was leaking fuel was about 100 feet away from the automobile where the driver was trapped. While crews worked to free the trapped victim as additional members contained the leak and stopped the leak from getting into a near by storm drain. The road was closed for closed for about 2 hours until clean up was completed. Great job to all units involved.

Earlier this same day, Rescue 54 & Engine 56 handled another auto accident with entrapment in Westtown Township.  The Goshen Fire crews also handled a brush fire this same date late in the afternoon in Westtown Township.  Brush 56 and Engine 54-2 handled the 50 square foot area that was burning and spreading.

(pictures from Kerri Barrett).


3/22/16 Building Fire Assist to West Chester
3/22/16 Building Fire Assist to West Chester

Early this morning, Tower 54 was dispatched to cover West Chester stations while they operated at a HazMat incident in West Chester Borough.  A short time later, Tower 54, along with Engines 46-2, 25-2, and 6-1, and Rescue 39 were alerted covering for stations 51, 52, and 53, for a smoke in the building call in West Chester Borough.  Upon arrival, crews found a smoke condition and immediately completed searches evacuating all occupants while making an aggressive attack on active fire conditions on the first floor.  Great job to all involved!


House Fire 3/16/2016
House Fire 3/16/2016

On 16 March 2016 stations 54/56, 52 and Delco 41 were dispatched to Westtown Twp. for a report of smoke showing from a dwelling.  Capt 54 went on scene with fire through the roof.  Due to the initial fire volume and remote water supply, a 2nd alarm was requested.  E54-1 made an initial attack with a 1.75" hand line.  E52-2 picked-up the hydrant and established a water supply w/ assistance from DELCO E46.  Once the water supply was established, a knock-down was made by LAD56's master stream, followed by an interior attack using two 1.75" lines (crews from E54-1, & DELCO companies 41 & 46).  A third 1.75" line was stretched by E54-2's crew to extinguish fire in the garage area.  A fourth & fifth 1.75" line were stretched to the rear of the structure by crews from WCFD & DELCO companies 46 & 59 to protect fire from spreading from the front portion of the structure (former vet clinic) to the residence attached to the rear.  Personnel from E3-1 and DELCO company 71 assisted with overhaul operations.  PECO controlled utilities.  Fire was placed under control and County and PSP Fire Marshal's handled the investigation.  Once the investigation was complete, crews used CAFS to coat remaining hot spots before taking up.

Companies on-scene included  Chester Co. 54/56 (Goshen), 53, 52, 51 (West Chester), 3 (Paoli), and EMS from station 4 (Malvern) & Medic 91 (Chester Co. Hospital) and  Delco companies 41 (Newtown Square), 46 (Rocky Run), DELCO 71 (Chester Heights), & 59 (Concordville).  Thank you to all mutual aid assistance.

Also, thank you to the stand-bys at station 54 who were Tower 47 (Lionville), E61 (Kimberton), & 55 ambulance (Goodfellowship) and at 56 was E46 (Downingtown).

While battling the house fire, the Goshen Fire Company was also dispatched for a building fire in East Goshen Twp which turned out to be a dryer vent.  Later in the day, the Goshen Fire Company also handled an automatic fire alarm in West Goshen Twp. and a vehicle leaking fuel in Willistown Twp.


Saturday & Sunday January 23 & 24, 2016
Saturday & Sunday January 23 & 24, 2016

As the blizzard of 2016 dumped over 30" of snow throughout our district, the most routine calls became a challenge.  EMS and Fire crews staffed both stations around the clock to respond immediately to any emergencies which came in.  During this weekend blizzard, the Goshen Fire Company's EMS crews responded on 18 medical and accident calls, while the fire crews responded on nine calls on Saturday and another seven on Sunday.  The fire crews primarily utilized Brush 56 and Utility 54 for their 4-wheel drive capabilities to get around during the storm and to assist the EMS crews with navigating snow covered streets and transferring patients from residences to ambulances.  The calls handled by the fire crews over the blizzard weekend included:  

  Saturday:

  • Automatic Fire Alarm in East Goshen Twp. handled by Brush 56 & E54-2
  • Automatic Fire Alarm in West Goshen Twp. handled by E54-1 & E56
  • Medical Assist in East Goshen Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • Medical Assist in Westtown Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • Medical Assist in East Goshen Twp. handled by Brush 56
  • Automatic Fire Alarm in Willistown Twp. handled by Brush 56 & E54-2
  • Medical Assist in Westtown Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • A CO incident in East Goshen Twp. caused by a blocked vent resulting in high CO levels within the residence needing ventilation and handled by Brush 56, E56, & E54-2
  • Medical Assist in East Goshen Twp. handled by Brush 56

Sunday

  • Medical Assist in East Goshen Twp. handled by Brush 56
  • Medical Assist in West Goshen Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • Stand-by on station covering for West Chester Fire Department
  • Motor Vehicle Accident in West Goshen Twp. handled by Brush 56
  • Medical Assist in Westtown Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • Medical Assist in Westtown Twp. handled by Utility 54
  • Medical Assist in Willistown Twp. handled by Utility 54


Sunday January 17, 2016
Sunday January 17, 2016

A busy day for the Goshen Fire Company's fire crew.  The morning started out with a dispatch for both stations for an outside odor of gas in East Goshen Twp.  E54-2 checked the area with nothing found.  Later in the morning, the companies were dispatched for smoke in a dwelling in East Goshen Twp.  Upon arrival, crews found a home charged with smoke do to a heater malfunction.  Crews were able to gain entry and secure the heater and set to work on removing the smoke from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors.  Units responding were E54-2, Tower 54, and Ladder 56.  Malvern's Ladder 4 was also requested to assist with the ventilation.  Later in the afternoon, the companies were dispatched to Route 202 for the vehicle fire.  E56 arrived on-scene with a mini-van fully involved just over the border in West Whiteland Twp.  Crews immediately stretched the bumper line off the engine and began to extinguish the fire.  E54-2 arrived and provided additional manpower.  After clearing this vehicle fire, crews were restoring equipment back at the station when they were dispatched for a residential automatic fire alarm in Willistown Twp.  E54-2 and Ladder 56 made the response and determined it to be a false alarm.


2021 Annual Subscription Fund Drive

Please do not delay in becoming a subscriber. Help us to continue to serve our community. Subscriptions begin January 1st or upon receipt of subscription payment, whichever is later. ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS EXPIRE DECEMBER 31st of every year. Subscription letters are mailed on December 1st and reminders are mailed on February 15th. If you have not received a letter and would like to subscribe or donate, please send your name and address in an email to ambulancebilling@goshenfireco.org.


Congratulations Grant Everhart
Congratulations Grant Everhart

Congratulations to Grant Everhart for retiring as fire chief after 28 years of service. It was a great night celebrating with my fire house family.


2015 Pierce Tower 54
2015 Pierce Tower 54

After 12 years of reliable service the existing Tower 54 is being replaced by a new truck. The new Tower 54 will be a 2015 Pierce Tower Ladder on an Arrow XT chassis. The truck will having seating for six firefighters and will carry a large selection of ground ladders. The truck will have a 2000GPM pump and a small water tank along with two pre-connected hose lines in the event they are needed. The new tower will have a large compliment of firefighting tools such as fans, hooks, ladders, tarps and other equipment. We expect the truck to be delivered by the end of May.

The existing truck was sold to Milford Fire Company.

4/16/2015

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Added 3/30/2015

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Added 3/23/2015

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Added 3/9/2015

The following pictures show the torque box sub assembly process. Later pictures show the completed assembly installed in the truck. The body is going down its sub assembly line. The water tank has arrived.

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Added 2/28/2015

The following pictures show the chassis going down the chassis sub assembly line. During this process the components related to the chassis are installed. Near the end of this line the cab and pump house will be installed. The painted cab module is going down the cab sub assembly line where wiring harnesses, lighting, instrument and switch panels, seats and windows are installed. The cab will go thru electrical output testing before being installed on the chassis. Pictures of the cab and pump house installed on the chassis will be on the next report. The pump house module has arrived and is staged for installation. The torque box weldment has arrived and will be going thru its own sub assembly process before being installed on the chassis.

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