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.

Secret Santa 2010

CSanta and Rodney the Reindeerhristmas came a little early for some children in North Catasuqua.  Santa Claus and Rodney the Reindeer visited North Catasauqua on the morning of December 19, 2010, with a pre-Christmas delivery of some gifts and an escort by the North Catasauqua Fire Dept.

NCFD members made about 20 stops while visiting roughly 30 children. As you can see from the pictures, all of the children were very excited to have Santa stop at their house.

NCFD would like to thank all the parents and relatives that make this day a success.  We understand schedules are busy and we try our best to accomodate them.  Thanks for being patient with us.

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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.

North Catasauqua Tree Lighting

Photo provided courtesy of Eric DeLabarThe 31st Annual North Catasauqua Tree Lighting was held November 28, 2010 at 6 pm at the North Catasauqua Park.   The event was organized by the North Catasauqua Recreation Committee.  The North Catasauqua Fire Dept transported Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph the Reindeer from their sleigh to the park in Engine 1811 and Attack 1871.

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Fire Prevention 2010

Captain Shawn McGinley showing Engine 1811 to students from St. Paul'sThe North Catasauqua Fire Department visited local schools and day care facilities this month as part of Fire Prevention Month 2010.

On Wednesday, October 20th, NCFD personnel visited the Catasauqua YMCA preschool program in the morning followed by St. Paul's preschool program in the afternoon.  The children learned fire safety tips including "Get Down, Get Out, Stay Out!!!" with Timon and Poomba from Disney's movie The Lion King.  Fire safety information was given to the children to take home as well as kid size fire helmets.  The children were shown the fire trucks and allowed to spray the booster line from the new truck, Attack 1871.

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Autumnfest 2010

The North Catasauqua Fire Department will be at Autumnfest on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the North Catasauqua Park.  Come out between 11 am and 6 pm for a great family friendly event.

All of the fire trucks will be on display including the new quick response vehicle, Attack 1871.  Apparatus from Catasauqua Fire Dept and Northampton Fire Dept will also be on display.  We will be educating the public about fire prevention as part of Fire Prevention Month.  In addition, we'll be serving up root beer floats and waffles & ice cream sandwiches at our concession stand.  We'll also be showing off out brand new fire knockdown house....where kids of all ages can extinguish the fire using a real fire hose.

We hope to see everyone on Sunday.