TODAYS FIRE DANGER LEVEL
High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.
Fred W. Guenst of Quakertown died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Easton. He was 68.
He was the husband of Melanie (Keller) Guenst. They were married for ten years last December.
Born in Quakertown, he was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Sames) Guenst.
He graduated from Quakertown High School, Class of 1962, and served with the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1964.
Fred was a man of many talents, worked many vocations, served in leadership roles, loved the outdoors, and served others and his community in many ways.
He was a former police officer in Quakertown and Lansdale, worked in law enforcement in southern states, was a Deputy Game Warden, and recently worked with security at the Quakertown Farmers Market. He formerly was head of Quakertown Borough Public Works, Quakertown Fire Marshal, and recently was the Fire Marshal for Richland Township. Fred was involved in fire service for years, a former member of Richlandtown Fire Co., West End Fire Co., where he served as Battalion Chief, and currently was an active member of Quakertown Fire Co. #1. He was a past Chief of the Quakertown Fire Dept., Battalion of Chief for the Upper Bucks County Haz-Mat team, a Bucks County Fire School instructor, EMT, and currently was a PA Forest Fire Warden and former Patrolman. Fred was a member of numerous affiliated organizations and the American Legion in Quakertown.
Most recently, he spent time farming and raising animals on his Haycock Township residence and loved to spend leisure time in his tree stand hunting.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Brian S. and his wife, Buffy, of Quakertown; a daughter, Carol Diehl and her husband, Greg, of Coopersburg, Pa.; a step-son, Christopher Simmer and his wife, Kaitlin, of Quakertown; a step-daughter, Kelly Graham and her husband, David, of Concord, N.C.; grandchildren, Brian Jr., Ashley, Jarrett; and step-grandchildren, Shanyn, Aurora, Taran.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, 135 W. Pumping Station Rd., Quakertown. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Quakertown Fire Dept., P.O. Box 398, Quakertown, PA 18951 or to a fire company of the donor's choice. Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, Quakertown
William R. Reighn, 89, of Williams Township, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Phoebe Home, Allentown. Born: July 24, 1922 in Rockaway, NJ, he was a son of the late Charles Chew Reighn and Beatrice Beck Reighn. Personal: He and his wife, the former Mildred H. Walp, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on March 16, 2011. William retired in 1983 from UGI where he was employed for 32 years. He was a 1940 graduate of Easton High School. He served in the Army 19th Infantry during World War II where he received the Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars. Memberships: William was a lifetime member of the former First United Methodist Church, where he was sexton for 15 years. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church; he was a lifetime volunteer fireman for Williams Township Fire Company #1; he was a Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden for 46 years; he was a former member of the Williams Township Emergency Squad; and he had been a cub master of Williams Township Pack 31 for 10 years. Survivors: in addition to his wife Mildred; two sons: Joseph R. and his wife Cathleen, and Alan W. and his wife Margaret all of Topton; a daughter Patricia A. Altenbach and her husband Paul of Glendon; a brother Charles A. and his wife Isabel of Nazareth; eight grandchildren: Brian and Sean Altenbach, Lori Matta, Michael Reighn, Katie, Matthew and Betsy Kephart, and Tyler Reighn; and two great-grandchildren, Bryton and Tristan Altenbach. He was predeceased by a brother Raymond, and three sisters: Evelyn VanSyckle, Florence Brown and Arlene Kelso. Services: Will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Call Tuesday 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Memorials: may be made to Williams Township Fire Company, 2500 Morgan Hill Rd., Easton, PA 18042
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S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around
PLACE: Camp Ware
239 Jubilee Road
Peach Bottom, PA
DATES: Sunday, October 9th
TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Look Up, Look Down, Look Around, S-133 is designed to meet the training needs of a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) as outlined in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, & the Position Task Book (PTB) developed for these positions.
A work detail has been set for November 6 at 8am we will work till about 11:30 than break for our Quartley Meeting. There is still alot of work to be done at the cabin and fire tower site, so the more people we get the more we can get accomplished inside and out
ONLINE SIGN UP FOR WORK DETAIL PLEASE RSVP - link corected 9/19
We have recieved news form the Bureau of Forestry that we have been officialy reconized as a Support Crew within the Commonwealth. With this annoucement this closes a 3 year long project that many members have worked hard to achieve. The William Penn Wildfire Support Crew is comprised of 56 members from all across District 17. Again Thank you to all that made this happen. Below is a list of all the crew members.
This is a reminder that nominations for RX-341 Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation are due two weeks from today by September 30th. I currently have 12 seats remaining.
The hazy, hot, and humid days of summer with excessive heat warnings are now occurring in 34 states including Washington, D.C. Under these circumstances, the Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) understands there is increased risk of heat stress, heat exhaustion, or the more serious heat stroke for Emergency Services Sector (ESS) personnel.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), working in extreme temperatures is not only uncomfortable, it can be life threatening. An OSHA official stated: “It is important for workers and their employers to minimize the chances of heat-induced illnesses, and imperative that they recognize the signs of heat stress and take proper precautions to reduce the chance of illness or death.”
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