Duracell Power Those Who Protect Us Donation

Duracell Power Those That Protect UsBatteries are an important tool that the North Catasauqua Fire Dept uses almost every time we respond to an emergency. Much of the equipment we carry is powered by batteries, from the air packs on our backs to the flashlights and gas meters that we carry.  Batteries power the many devices and life-saving equipment we carry.

 

Recently, Duracell, in conjunction with the National Volunteer Fire Council,  completed the Power Those Who Protect Us battery donation program. 

 

The North Catasauqua Fire Department received 714 AA batteries and 236 AAA batteries through your participation in the program. (Updated 1/4/12)

 

Starting on February 1, 2011, the Power Those Who Protect Us program will helped local volunteer fire departments by donating batteries based on your purchases.  Whenever you purchased a specially marked package of Duracell batteries, a unique code was included with the product packaging.  The code was entered on Duracell's website and your donation was directed to us.

 

Thank you to all who directed their battery donation to us.  We greatly appreciate the support.  A big thank you to Duracell and the NVFC for their organization and support of this great project.

Tornado Warning and Severe Storm

Storm Clouds 5-23-2011Shortly before 7:30 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the entire Lehigh Valley. Funnel clouds and swirling skies were reported by various emergency service agencies in the area.  The sky while standing at the NCFD Fire Station was dark and ugly (right). North Catasauqua was spared from the worst of the storm and no emergency calls were reported.  However, areas to the north, such as Slatington in Lehigh County, Lehigh Township in Northampton County, and Franklin Township in Carbon County were hit hard with flooding from the torrential downpour.  The National Weather Service reported tornadoes detected on radar in Walnutport, Northampton, and Palmer Township.  The NWS stressed this does not mean a tornado actually touched down.

It is not often we see tornado warnings or an actual tornado in our area.  However, recently the weather seems to be getting more extreme.  Many citizens may not be aware of the proper actions to take in response to a tornado.

Photo courtesy of Fire Police Lt. Matt Booth

Read more: Tornado Warning and Severe Storm

Happy Easter!!!

The Officers and Members of the North Catasauqua Fire Department would like to wish every a Safe and Happy Easter.

Duracell Power Those That Protect Us

Duracell Power Those That Protect UsBatteries are an important tool that the North Catasauqua Fire Dept uses almost every time we respond to an emergency. Much of the equipment we carry is powered by batteries, from the air packs on our backs to the flashlights and gas meters that we carry.  Batteries power the many devices and life-saving equipment we carry.

Recently, Duracell announced the Protect Those That Protect Us battery donation program in conjunction with the National Volunteer Fire Council.  Beginning February 1, 2011, the Protect Those That Protect Us program will help local volunteer fire departments by donating batteries based on your purchase.  Whenever you purchase the specially marked packages of Duracell batteries, you'll find a unique code in the package.  Enter the code on Duracell's website and select the North Catasauqua Fire Dept to direct your donation to us.

 

Duracell Power Those That Protect UsUPDATE 3/12/2011: The specially marked packages of Duracell batteries are starting to appear in local stores.  This 20 pack was found in the Whitehall Toys 'R' Us.  The Giant Supermarket in Whitehall is also reported to have the specially marked packages.

2010 Call Stats - A Record Breaking Year

The North Catasauqua Fire Department set a new department record in 2010, having been dispatched to 154 calls in 2010 compared to 75 in 2009, representing a 105% increase.  In fact, over a 7 year period from from 2003-2009, NCFD averaged 91 calls per year.  For the year 2010, this represents a significant increase in call volume.

2010
January 5
February 10
March 11
April 14
May 9
June 9
July 20
August 13
September 12
October 18
November 15
December 17
2010 Total 154

The increase is largely due to an increased automatic mutual aid response with the neighboring fire departments in Catasauqua and Northampton Boroughs.  In earlier years, automatic mutual aid was often only utilized on Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:oo pm.  Due to a continued decline in the number of volunteer firefighters available at all hours of the day and even on weekends, fire departments found themselves leaning on neighbors for help and back up more frequently.

 

The North Catasauqua Fire Department would like to thank all officers and members for the dedication and hard work in 2010 as we  look forward to 2011.

Catasauqua Community Partnership Grant Award

At the Charotin Hose Co. Christmas Banquet, held December 11, 2010 at the company social quarters, the Catasauqua Community Partnership provided a $1,500 grant to the Charotin Hose Co. for the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be placed on Attack 1871.  Attack 1871 carries medical and EMS supplies for our first responder program.

The Catasauqua Community Partnership runs the Catasauqua Thrift Shop at 113 Bridge St.  Catasauqua Community Partnership  has provided donations to the Charotin Hose Co. in the past and we wanted to thank them for their support with an invitation to our Christmas Banquet.  To our surprise, they came bearing gifts -- a grant for $1,500 to be used for the AED -- as shown in the picture with this article.

CCP Grant Award - 12-11-10

Catasauqua Community Partnership Board Members (L to R) Shirley Edwards, Joyce Scheirer, and Betty Rabenold present the grant  to Charotin Hose Co. President Shawn McGinley.