North Penn Volunteer Fire Co
Emergencies: Dial 911
The North Penn Volunteer Fire Company is organized for the purpose of support and operation of fire apparatus and other equipment, for the control of fires in the Borough of North Wales, Upper Gwynedd and Lower Gwynedd Townships, the communities therein and territories adjacent thereto, in the County of Montgomery, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The fire company responds to fire, rescue, and medical emergencies. Fire emergencies included building fires, vehicle fires, brush/field fires , and more. Our members attend a Pennsylvania State Accredited Fire Academy to earn their “Firefighter 1” certification. This course is over 200 hours of classroom and hands-on training , teaching new fire service members the basics of firefighting. Once members successfully complete their basic fire academy, they go on to complete more advance classes including vehicle rescue, rope rescue, apparatus driver/operator courses, and more.
The most important part our job is teaching fire prevention and safety. The fire company actively visits schools and religious organizations to teach about fire prevention. While October is recognized as “Fire Prevention Month”, it is a year-round task for the fire company. The NPVFC is always excited and open to visiting and teaching the community about the fire service and the community.
Every Monday evening at 7 pm, the fire company holds weekly training also known as ‘Drill Night.’ During weekly drill, we train and refresh the various skills required during an emergency. Each week is a different skill to maintain proficiency and readiness to answer any emergency. The doors are open and the community is always welcomed to come see and learn!
Volunteer Medical Services Corps of Lansdale
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The VMSC provides emergency ambulance services to the North Penn area and surrounding communities. In addition, they conduct rescue operations and provide support services to other ambulance squads, police departments, fire companies, and industry. They also conduct emergency medical training for their membership and the general public. The Corps fleet is made up of 9 ALS Ambulances, 3 Rescue vehicles, 1 Marine unit, 3 Command vehicles, 1 Special Service, 6 ALS/BLS Mountain bikes, and 1 Montgomery County MCI Trailer. The Corps staffs 3 stations with ALS coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
In October of 1944, the corps revised its Articles of Incorporation and adopted the corporate name used to this day- The Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale. With the change in name, the corps moved from being a paramilitary organization to one devoted exclusively to emergency medical care and rescue services of the residents of the greater Lansdale region. Up to 1986, all staffing of ambulance and rescue calls came from Volunteers. However, as the region’s population grew the annual volume of calls began to overtax available volunteers. The need for supplemental staffing by career Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and office staff. The career staff works in tandem with our dedicated volunteers to staff the ambulances and various specialized rescue vehicles that form the Corps’ fleet.