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

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Happy Easter!!!

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

2011 Easter Egg Hunt

After a one day postponement, the NCFD Easter Egg Hunt was held April 17, 2011, at the North Catasauqua Park under partly sunny...and dry...skies.  The event was originally scheduled for April 16 but was delayed one day due to the uncooperative and rainy weather on April 16th.

Borough children were invited to attend the Egg Hunt and hundreds of them waited patiently for their turn.  Four age groups were set up for children up to 2 years old, children of 3 and 4 years old, children of 5 and 6 years old, and finally children of 7 and 8 years old.  The first age group started shortly after 1 pm.  Easter baskets were given as prizes to two children per age group.  Congratulations to all the winners.

The Easter Bunny greeted children and families and posed for some pictures too.  In addition, all of the fire apparatus of the NCFD were available for demonstration.


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Spring Fund Drive Kicks Off

Page 1 NewsletterThe Charotin Hose Co. No. 1 is excited to kick off the annual Spring Fund Drive.  The Spring Fund Drive is one of the major fundraisers held by the fire department each year. We greatly appreciate the financial support to help us provide the best possible service to the community.

The Spring Fund Drive accounts for nearly 60% of the donations we receive annually. Your donations assist with the general operations of the fire department including the purchase of equipment such as power equipment, hand tools, and fuel; training, education, and state certification of our members; personal protective equipment such as bunker gear, helmets, and air packs, and our free community events such as the Egg Hunt and Secret Santa.

We are asking for a $20 donation however any amount will be greatly appreciated. We understand the difficult economy and tight budgets. We are thankful for any financial support you can provide. Also, keep in mind that all donations to the Charotin Hose Co. No. 1 are tax deductible.

As part of the Spring Fund Drive, we are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of NCFD 18, a biannual newsletter from the Charotin Hose Co. concerning recent events and news at the North Catasauqua Fire Department.  Inside the inaugural issue, you can find information about the Egg Hunt, the upcoming Longaberger Bingo, fire prevention and safety information, the addition of an AED to Attack 1871, and much more.Charotin Hose Co. Donation Card

North Catasauqua residents will receive a copy of NCFD 18 - Issue 1 near their mailbox in the next two weeks.  Inside will be a donation card and return envelope to be used for the Spring Fund Drive.  The Newsletter can also be downloaded by  clicking the newsletter front page at the top left.

As noted earlier, the Spring Fund Drive accounts for roughly 60% of the annual donations we receive.  Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of households donate.  We can't provide the service without your support.

Longaberger Bingo

Longaberger Bingo 4-10-11The North Catasauqua Fire Dept held an annual Spring Longaberger Bingo on April 10, 2011 at 1 pm. The doors opened at noon and attendees began filing in.  Mouths watered as NCFD members served up delicious food and cold drinks to those in attendance.  The Bingo was held at the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second Street, Catasauqua.

Throughout the 20 games of bingo and multiple special games, 50/50 lightning rounds, and the Chinese auction, participants took home many prizes with a combined value of more than $2000.  Prizes included a variety of new and limited edition Longaberger baskets, pottery, and wrought iron as well as cash bingo.  Those in attendance had a great day and many went home with something. We would like to thank all who attended for their support and congratulate all of the winners from last Sunday.

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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.