Sunday, November 11, 2012
A convoy of goods left this morning for Long Island.
The Royersford Fire Department, the Washington Fire Company No. 1, the Plymouth Fire Department and the Terry Farrell Fund collected three trucks' worth of goods and gear during a twelve-hour donation drive on Saturday. Volunteers were taking donations as people pulled up in cars, sorting them into boxes, and packing boxes in trucks. The fire departments also loaded Royersford's Rescue 98 and one of the box trucks with gear to re-supply several devastated fire companies on Long Island. Washies Captain Mike Maxwell was very pleased with the donations coming in. When Patch was at the donation drive around noon on Saturday, Ridge Rentals had agreed to provide a third truck because the first truck of clothes, toiletries and cleaning supplies…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The truck is being donated to a hurricane-affected fire department in New York.
Royersford Fire Company's 1981 Ford C8000 rescue truck has seen three decades of borough history go by. Now, Rescue 98 is moving from its Green Street parking lot to a fire department garage in Island Park, New York. David Hummel of the Royersford Fire Department told Patch that Rescue 98 is being donated to the Island Park Fire Department, along with hoses and other badly-needed firefighting gear. Island Park is a town wiped out by Hurricane Sandy and their firefighters, along with several other fire departments on Long Island, are desperately in need of equipment so they can continue serving their town. Rescue 98 was put up for sale after the 2011 Humane and Friendship Fire Companies merger. After the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A three-vehicle accident occurred Tuesday night on 422 east.
At about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday night, a three-vehicle accident was reported on 422 East between the Mingo Road and Lewis Road underpasses. Initial reports indicated the accident was five vehicles and the road was closed, but Royersford Fire Chief Gary Wezel explained the accident only involved three vehicles. Emergency responders arrived on scene to ensure there were no injuries. They found none and no one was taken to the hospital, according to Wezel. The accident caused a little less than a mile of one-lane traffic on the highway, but that was cleared within a half hour of the fire department arriving on scene.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The recently purchased fire engine strolled around town.
About a year ago, the Royersford Fire Department received a federal grant through the Fire Assistance Act for $300,000. With it, they decided to purchase a new fire engine. Chief Gary Wezel explained that the department had been trying for the previous three years to replace a 1979 Ford Rescue fire truck and 1980 Mac engine. So, once the department was allowed to get the process of acquisition started about 11 months ago, they immediately shopped for a bid. Wezel said they eventually chose KME Kovatch, which is located in Jim Thorpe, and also provided the departments other Mac engine. "Basically, we had the idea of making two trucks into one," Wezel said. The whole truck, he continued, was $564,000. The remaining $264,000 was required to …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
We continue our year in review by looking back the men and women who serve our communities
Bloggers and students and businesses, oh my! We've certainly had a whirlwind of fond memories over the past few days as we have looked back at 2011 - LRSC Patch's first year in existence. We've seen the ways that the aforementioned people/places can make an impact on our local community, and of course the voting is still open, and the nominations still continue. Today, we look at one of the most integral portions of community - the men and women who serve us: police officers and firefighters. There have been plenty of brow-wiping moments in 2011 in the Limerick-Royersford-Spring City area, and, if it weren't for these brave officers, those brow-wipers could have become tear-jerkers. So, we honor those who fight for the safety of the Spring…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Borough budget issues affecting Royersford Fire Department
About 20 members of the Royersford Fire Department attended Tuesday's Royersford borough council meeting in support of their company. Fire Chief Gary Wezel presented a letter to the council detailing changes to the fire department's policies on non-essential and non-emergency services. "Support for the fire department is drastically decreasing," Wezel said. "Only 13-percent of the residents and 10-percent of the business financially support the fire department." Wezel also pointed out that fundraisers such as chicken barbecue dinners and Basket Bingo are barely breaking even. Equipment costs and other operating expenses continue to rise, while donations and grants used to fund the department are either decreasing or disappearing altogether…
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Upper Providence Elementary School students welcome visit from Humane Fire Company Oct. 14 as a part of Fire Prevention Week.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The following release was sent in to Patch by Jessica Lester, representing the Spring-Ford Area School District: ROYERSFORD - Humane Fire Company firefighters made a visit to Upper Providence Elementary School on Oct. 14 to teach students fire safety tips as part of Fire Prevention Week. The fire company, which serves Royersford and parts of Upper Providence, brought its fire truck to the school and spoke to different groups of students throughout the day about what they can do to prevent fires, and what they should do if they ever experience a fire in their own homes. "It is important for our students to learn about some of the simple ways in which they can protect themselves from fires and what they should do if they find themselves in …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
A look back at what a prominent member of the community has done to honor the lives lost and those who fought on 9/11/01.
In light of the 10-year anniversary of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, fire chief Gary Wezel has been putting out flag displays in Royersford. Royersford Borough Fire Chief Gary Wezel has worked with his firefighters for the past 10 years to create flag displays on the lawn to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Since the origin of the tradition, Wezel and his firefighters have created different displays every year. What started as a simple display of a rectangle of flags became lucrative designs of the twin towers, the historic date and the crest of the New York Fire Department, all wrapped into one large display. In 2010, the display had to be nixed because the ground was too hard to put flags …