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Spring Mill Fire Company No. 1 Awarded Lifesaving Equipment Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Whitemarsh, PA, February 7, 2023Spring Mill Fire Company No. 1, a leading volunteer public safety organization serving Pennsylvania’s Whitemarsh Township, was recently awarded a $25,200 grant by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®, a 501(c)(3), non-profit charity that provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for military veterans.

 

The grant is part of the Foundation’s efforts to support public safety organizations across the nation. With this grant, Spring Mill Fire Company is able to purchase new water rescue equipment for its public safety rescue dive unit. The awarded grant will protect the team from natural and potentially hazardous elements and allow them to streamline communications during underwater emergencies in the Schuylkill River as well as in bodies of water in surrounding communities. 

 

“On behalf of the Spring Mill Fire Company and its members, I want to thank Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the work they do to support organizations like ours,” said Wayne Masters Jr., fire chief, Spring Mill Fire Company. “As we’re entering our 100th year in operation, we are so grateful to be awarded the necessary resources to continue to keep the community of Whitemarsh Township safe and protected.”

 

In the coming months, Spring Mill Fire Company will upgrade its gear with the following:  

 

  • New Public Safety TLS Dry Suits by Diving Unlimited International (DUI): Created specifically for public safety diving, DUI’s TLS suits are some of the most popular drysuits for contaminated water diving. The trilaminate fabric makes it lightweight, fast-drying and easy to decontaminate. As the name suggests, drysuits are designed to keep public safety divers dry, and therefore warm, resulting in potentially longer dive durations during emergency responses. The suits protect the divers from exposure to the surrounding water and potential contaminants. Only the divers’ faces are exposed.

 

  • New Guardian Full Face Masks (FFMs) by Ocean Technology Systems (OTS): FFMs differ from standard SCUBA masks in that they cover the entire face, not just the eyes and nose. The major benefit for public safety divers is that they protect the face while allowing the diver to breathe. They also enable a larger field of view, and provide comfort in cold water. The Guardian FFMs will be outfitted with intercoms for divers and tenders to communicate with one another. 

 

With the company’s close proximity to the Schuylkill River, this upgraded gear will prove extremely valuable as the Spring Mill Public Safety Dive Unit prepares for any number of water-based rescue scenarios ranging from disasters to the scale of Hurricane Ida to recreational mishaps on the water and more. 

 

“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is committed to doing our part in honoring the critical service provided by first responders,” said Robin Peters, executive director. “We’re proud to support Spring Mill Fire Company and help ensure they are equipped with the best gear possible to safely and effectively perform their job.”

 

Donations have been the driving force behind Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supporting first responders and public safety organizations nationwide, as well as the Spring Mill Fire Company’s ability to service the Whitemarsh community for nearly 100 years. 

 

To learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation or donate directly, click here

To learn more about Spring Mill Fire Company or to donate directly, click here

 

ABOUT SPRING MILL FIRE COMPANY NO. 1

Spring Mill Fire Company No. 1 is a volunteer public safety organization that has been serving Whitemarsh Township and surrounding Pennsylvania communities since 1923. The company draws members from the surrounding area skilled in Firefighting, Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Dive Rescue Operations, Fire Policing and other emergency services. 

 

ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for military veterans. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $73 million to hometown heroes in 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

 

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization, the highest designation, by Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand. Please consider supporting a Firehouse Subs restaurant near you!

CONTACT:

Danielle Brown

570-730-1571

Ice Rescue Training 2/4/2023

On this frigid day, our dedicated volunteer members of the Spring Mill Fire Company No.1, along with members from Plymouth Fire Company and Harmonville Fire Company figured it was the prime time to enhance and sharpen their skills focused on ice rescue.  The teams left at 05:00 hours to travel over 2.5 hours to a pond that would allow them to enhance their skills, with guidance from Elder Techincal Rescue Services LLC instructors.  The temperatures were in the single digits when they started their training.   The teams endured low temperatures and high winds while they trained to prepare themselves for ice rescues when faced with these conditions.

Annual Turkey Shoot

Unfortunately, we have to cancel our Annual Turkey Shoot due to circumstances out of our control. The raffles will go off at a time and date to be determined. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Hope to see you next year.

 

 

 

 

Comedy Night – Friday, March 18th

Come out for a night of laughs at the Spring Mill Ballroom on Friday, March 18th starting at 7:00 PM. Spring Mill Fire Company will be hosting a fundraiser, all proceeds go directly to the fire company. Chris Morris and Friends will be providing the comedy. Featuring a night of hilarious comedy starring headliner Sudsy and featuring Dennis Horan and hosted by Chris Morris.

Tickets are $50/person, which includes an open bar and light refreshments.

For tickets please contact Paul Davis (610-972-1842) or Terri Esposito (484-368-1236) or Venmo: @SpringMill-Fire

Whitemarsh Veterans Monument Foundation – Commemoration of Heroes’ Ground

Whitemarsh Township is having a ceremony to honor our veterans this Saturday, at Miles Park, Veterans Monument.  Spring Mill will be providing Fire Police and we are sending up a truck to honor our veterans.  The electronic sign-up sheet is attached and there is a hardcopy sign-up sheet in the Engine Room.  The event starts at 10:00 AM, we will be leaving the firehouse at 9:30 AM.


I would also like to ask that any of our members who are veterans respond back and let me know that you will be participating.  We have an idea as to who our veterans are, but we do not want to miss anyone.


If you will be attending please sign up.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hLnbMwuLo-IoN5spB04Dr3RIwmeRLqOVKF7PFo5YVqk/edit?usp=sharing

Designer Handbag Bingo – Sunday, September 17

GET READY TO HAVE FUN, WIN BIG AND GIVE BACK!

Doors Open 6:30 PM
Rounds start at 7:30 PM
$30 per person
Must be 16 or older
Cash Bar Available
Lite Food for Sale
18 to 20 Games

Tickets on Sale till 3/22
TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR
Contact Ann at 610-828-6737 or Fran at 267-240-2536(after 4pm)