On December 1, 2021 long time member Keith Thomas will take over as Chief 44. Keith brings over 50 years of experience as a line officer and instructor. Mark Sherwood, who has served as Chief since 2019 is stepping down due to family and work obligations. Mark stepped in when long time Chief Bunk Woolson became ill and had to step down. Mark guided the department through the pandemic doing an outstanding job. He was always there and supportive to the firefighters The officers and members of the company wish to thank Mark and Bunk for their leadership and look forward to the future with Keith.
National Fire Protective Association – Thanksgiving is the number one day for U.S. home kitchen fires. It is estimated that fire departments will respond to 1,630 kitchen fires, 3½ times more than the average day.
1. If you have a fire, Contact 911.
2. Never leave the kitchen when cooking on stovetop
3. When cooking a turkey or other items in oven, stay in your home and check it regularly.
4. Set a timer on your stove or phone to keep track of cooking times. Some items require longer times.
5. Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area. I.e. oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers
6. Avoid long sleeves and hanging fabric that could come in contact with a heat source. Always cook with a lid beside you. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and shut off the
burner and let cool for a long time. Do not use water or a fire extinguisher on a grease fire.
7. For an oven fire, turn off heat and keep the door closed. Open the door when you are confident the fire is completely out.
8. Keep children at least three feet away from the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are being served. Steam or spills can cause severe burns.
9. If deep frying, place the fryer on concrete at least 20 feet from any structure. Have a fire extinguisher handy, not a hose. Keep a lid near by also to contain any fire.
The officers and members of the Springfield Fire Company regret to announce the passing of Life Member Kevin Carney. Kevin joined the fire company in June 1977. Kevin was very active and was a great asset. He passed away after a brief illness. He is probably best known as the Firehouse Donut guy. Kevin will be missed by the fire company. His arrangements are below. Rest easy Kevin, we have it from here.
Visitation – Tuesday October 26, 2021 10 am to 1045 am
Funeral Mass – Tuesday October 26, 2021 11 am
All services are at St. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, Pa. 19382
On October 21, 2021 we learned that Springfield Ambulance was voted the best BLS ambulance service in the state of Pennsylvania and one of their members Kelly Sweeney was voted BLS Practitioner of the state. The fire company would like to congratulate them on their achievement.
Ambulance Service Award
Kelly Sweeney Award
The fire company assisted the Young Business Woman of Springfield in hosting the 2021 Halloween Parade on Wednesday October 20, 2021. There was a large turn out and all the ghost and goblins had a great time. Here are some safety tips:
1. Trick or Treat outdoors, do not go into homes
2. Gather in small groups if necessary
3. Attend outdoor events such as pumpkin picking or a corn maze
4. Wear a proper face mask
5. Offer prepackaged goodies
6. Costumes should be loose fitting and reflective. Children should have a glow stick or flashlight while walking. Be cautious when walking near candles or fire pits.
7. When operating a vehicle drive below the speed limit and take an extra few seconds at the stop signals. Please keep your phone in your pocket so you are not distracted.
The officers and members of Springfield Fire Company want to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween.
Springfield High School band playing for Trick or Treaters