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About Us

The Beginning

July 4, 1929, fireworks caught a barn on fire in the Western end of Plumstead Township. Because there was no fire company in Plumstead Township and because of the time it took for fire companies from neighboring townships to arrive, the barn was a total loss.

On July 22, a meeting was held in the Zeek bakery to discuss the organization of a fire company and temporary officers were chosen. On August 13 a meeting was held in the Grange Hall and a permanent organization was formed and a charter was applied for on December 1, 1930.

The ladies Auxiliary put the first siren on Keller Glove Factory, and a back-up alarm, a large metal ring donated by Reading Railroad was located at the Plumsteadville General store. This ring now stands outside of Station 24 on Stump Rd.

The lot where Station 24 is now located was purchased in 1933 and a firehouse was built in 1939. The equipment, which consisted of a Hahn truck, delivered on May 30, 1930, for $3,500 and housed on the property of Walter D. Rush, was moved to the firehouse on January 1, 1940.

The second truck was a 1933 Ford panel truck, donated to the Fire Company, and put in service for $175, was nicknamed “Suicide Wagon” because it was top-heavy and had mechanical breaks.

Water for the truck came from a 10,000-gallon cistern underneath the firehouse and is now beneath the floor of our meeting room. With the addition of new equipment, the firehouse was enlarged in 1950 and again in 1964 and in 1986.

Some interesting facts:

  • The lowest number of calls in 1 year: 1942 – 9 calls
  • First radio equipment installed in 1955
    • Was updated in 2015 with new Bucks County Digital System.
  • In 1967 the first home alert receivers were used
  • Roast Beef Dinner has been on the same date for 20+ years

Past and Current Trucks:

  • 1949 – 1934 Ford Panel Truck With A  500GPM Front Mounted Pump
  • 1950 – 1940 Chevrolet w/ 500GPM Pump
  • 1955 – 1930 Hahn 400/120 Engine (Ex-Engine 24)
  • 1959 – Ford Tanker w/ 300GPM Pump (Replaced 1940 pumper)
  • 1959 – Mack Tractor w/ 5200 Gal. trailer (Ex Tanker 24-1)
  • 1966 – 1958 Ford Harwick Pumper w/ 750GPM Pump (Ex Tanker 24)
  • 1974 – Mack CF-600 Pumper w/250 GPM Pump (Ex Engine 24-1)
  • 1979 – 1960 Dodge 300 (Ex Squad 124)
  • 1988 – 1988 Mack  3000 Gal. with a 1000 GPM pump (Ex Tanker 24)
  • 1989 – Tanker 24-2
  • 1992 – (Engine 24) – 1992 KME Renegade
  • 1993 –  1968 Bronco Ford C (Ex Rescue 24)
  • 1995 – (Engine 20-1) – 1995 E-One
  • 1998 – 1972 Mack 75′ Aerialscope (Ex Ladder 24)
  • 1999 – (Engine 20) – 1999 KME Renegade
  • 2005 – (Rescue 24) – 2005 Spartan Evolution/SVI
  • 2007 – (Special Service 24) 1999 Ford F-350
  • 2011 – (Special Service 24-1) 2011 Polaris Ranger with Trailer
  • 2018 – (Tanker 24) 2018 Freightliner M2/112 Rosenbauer

Over the Years:

A new fire station was constructed at Plumsteadville in 1950 and was enlarged in 1964 and 1986. This picture shows the original fire trucks.

The members of the PVFC and the women’s auxiliary pose for a picture in front of the company’s tank truck in 1960.

Fire Apparatus Archive:

PVFC’s First Truck
(1934 Ford Panel)

Engine 24
(1930 Hahn 400/120)

Tanker 24-1
(1985 Harwick Ford F)

Squad 124
(1960 Dodge 300)

Special Service 20 (1999 Ford Explorer)

Utility 20
(1999 Ford Crown Vic)

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