PA American Donation to Jefferson Fire Co

Today, members of the Jefferson Fire Company and representatives from Montgomery County Dept. of Public Safety received donations from the Pennsylvania American Water Company.



Fom left to right:

Jim Sheridan, Vice President, Pennsylvania American Water Company
Ed O’Hanlon, Fire Academy Coordinator for Fire/Industrial Training, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
Chris Feder, Fire Academy Coordinator for Fire/Rescue Training, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
Wayne Kinsey, Sr., Deputy Fire Chief, Norristown Fire Dept (Hancock Fire Company)
Michelle Jackson, Deputy Director of Administration, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
Ed Baetzel, Field Operations Supervisor – Norristown, Pennsylvania American Water Company
John Kennedy, Firefighter, Jefferson Fire Company
Mike Santillo, Jr., Assistant Fire Chief, Jefferson Fire Company
Brian Hassinger, Manager of Field Operations – Southeast PA, Pennsylvania American Water Company

Please Clear Around Fire Hydrants Near Your Home

Hello, West Norriton residents!  It sounds like we have the possibility of significant snow accumulation over the next few days (through Tuesday the 27th).  Please take a moment to dig out the fire hydrants near your house.  You doing it now will save us time if we show up on your street for a fire.  If we have to dig out a hydrant when we get there, we lose valuable time.




fire hydrant

Jovie’s Journey – Fundraiser for a Little Girl in Need


Click Here for the Full Jovies Journey Poster

Join us for this fundraising event on Saturday, October 18th from 6pm to 10pm.

The event will be held in our back hall.  Tickets are available in advance for $25 each.

You can call the fire company (610-539-3990) for information on tickets.

You can also send an email to

Can’t attend the event, but you still want to help?  Visit the “Go Fund Me” page for Jovie.

What is Jovie’s Journey?  Here is information from the Facebook page:


Jovie is a little girl who was born hearing impaired. She will be receiving cochlear implants in August 2014.

1. Our First and Foremost Goal will Always be to Provide Jovie with the Education and Tools she Needs to Succeed!! 2. To Provide Grants and Scholarships for other Hearing Impaired Children and Programs 3. Education and Advocacy for other Families of Hearing Impaired Children throughout the state, with our main focus on Montgomery County

When your child is born you check that they have 10 fingers and 10 toes, you check their eye and hair color, you try to figure out who they look like more…it never crosses your mind that your child may not be able to hear you Jovie was born in June 2011. Shortly after she was born she was given the newborn screening that is required by PA. She did not pass the hearing portion. Many many emotions… run through your head when you hear this. But we were assured that it was perfectly normal and in the 12 years the pediatrician has been doing the screening that not one baby who failed in the hospital actually had a hearing loss. Awesome. We went about our life as first time parents. Until we went to see the local ENT. She failed the screening again. And again. And again. by the time she was 10 weeks old we realized we had a problem and sought out Dupont’s audiology department to help us get answers. At 3 months Jovie was sedated and had an ABR. She was diagnosed with a mild to moderate hearing loss and we were told she would have to wear hearing aides. All at once our hopes and dreams came crashing down around us. What would her future be like? Luckily we came upon the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr, Pa. And they have been a Godsend. Jovie was aided bilaterally the day before she turned 6mos. We have been provided services through Clarke during our entire journey, and Jovie has done nothing but thrive. Unfortunately about a year or so after her original diagnosis we started to get more info on the cause of her hearing loss. First we had an MRI and it determined that Jovie had some inner ear deformities including Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (EVAs) and Large Endolymphatic Sac Anomalies (LESA) which is usually genetic. We did genetic testing and found that  Jovie has Pendred Syndrome, which affects hearing, balance and the thyroid. Luckily, so far, the only affect from her syndrome is the hearing loss, which, unfortunately is progressive. She has been monitored extremely closely ever since. In September of 2013 we began noticing some changes in Jovie and contacted our audiologist. 2 tests and an ABR later we found that Jovie had had a fairly significant drop in her hearing. We were now holding at Moderately severe to severe hearing loss. 5 months later another major loss occurred placing her in the severe to profound range. Essentially she is deaf. She doesn’t hear much though her aides are helping as much as they can. In April 2014 we began the process of getting Jovie approved for cochlear implants. A device surgically implanted into the ear and head that will help her hear. In the midst of all of this Montgomery County wants to take Clarke School away from her at the time she most needs their help and guidance. We are fighting to keep her where WE know she NEEDS to be.

Nov 3 at 2 AM – Time to Fall Back!

In the wee hours of Sunday, November 3, it’ll be time to change those clocks!  Do it before you go to bed so you can change your smoke detector batteries, too!



Fire Prevention Week Is Here



Home Fires

  • In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment. Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.


  • U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853  million in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
  • Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.


  • The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (32%) of home heating fires and four out of five (80%) home heating deaths.
  • Half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
  • In most years, heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries. Fixed or portable space heaters are involved in about 4 out of 5 heating fire deaths.

Smoking Materials

  • During 2007-2011 smoking materials caused an estimated 17,900 home structure fires, resulting in 580 deaths, 1,280 injuries and $509 million in direct property damage, per year.
  • Sleep was a factor in one-third of the home smoking material fire deaths.
  • Possible alcohol impairment was a factor in one in five of home smoking fire deaths.
  • In recent years, Canada and the United States have required that all cigarettes sold must be “fire safe,” that is have reduced ignition strength and less likely to start fires.


  • About half (49%) of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Other leading types of equipment were washer or dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment water heater and range.
  • Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of almost 50,000 home fires per year, resulting in roughly 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.


  • During 2007-2011 candles caused 3% of home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries and 6% of direct property damage from home fires.
  • On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day.
  • Roughly one-third of these fires started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

Escape Planning

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it .
  • One-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Smoke Alarms

  • Almost two-thirds (62%) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77% of the time.



“Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, ©2013 NFPA.”

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