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THE CASCADE

WINTER 1998 VOL 1, NO 1

WE WELCOME YOU

We, the members of the BON AIR FIRE CO., welcome you to our world. Bon Air has been serving this fire district proudly since 1918. We are a family of about 50 dedicated men and women, who join together for one main purpose, helping our friends and neighbors in time of need. For you to better understand this, we are also 100% volunteer, relying upon you to help us in our need to help you. For this WE THANK YOU, and you can truly say that Bon Air is YOUR FIRE CO.

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In future issues, you will meet some of these Volunteer Fire Fighters of Bon Air. You probably would not recognize them such as on the street, but don’t hesitate to ask them about what they do, they’ll be happy to tell you. You will also pick up some seasonal fire prevention information, as well as finding out about upcoming events, also published in the local newspapers. Bits and pieces of out history will also amuse you. If you have any suggestions, or comments, regarding this, or any part of Bon Air, please write or call us. 446-6008, or 541 Royal Ave, Havertown, Pa. 19083.

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Did you know that Bon Air’s first alarm signal was a locomotive wheel struck by a mallet? At this time, the responding apparatus was 2 soda-acid carts that were hand drawn.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

When the snow flies, and lays, in any fair amount, you can be of great help by clearing off, and digging out the fire hydrant closest to YOU. This will aid us, in an emergency, to quickly find the water supply we need to assist you. This is part of our ADOPT A HYDRANT program.

Firefighters Pat McCollum and Rob Spano work to clear the snow from the hydrant.

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If you are wondering about the title " THE CASCADE", it is named after an air bottle re-filling station, mounted on both of Bon Air’s Rescue trucks. Commonly referred to as an "Air Bank" it refill the air tanks that the firefighters wear in order to breathe in hostile environments.

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Are you looking for a hall for a special occasion? Bon Air has a hall for rent for birthdays, parties, meetings, weddings, or whatever. Give Sam a call at 789-1492 for more information.

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During 1997, Bon Air Fire Co. had 249 responses, for a total of 130 hours and 41 minutes in service time. We expended 2,710 hour and 46 minutes of VOLUNTEER MAN-HOURS. This does not include the volunteer man-hours that it takes, on the day to day, to run the business of a non-profit public service company. We also filled a total of 572 air tanks on the fire scene. This does not include those filled for maintenance or drills.

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Are you interested in helping us help you? We are always looking for new people for our family…Male or Female, at least 16 years of age, and in reasonably good health. Positions immediately available in the areas of firefighters, business members, and fire police. We will equip you and train you. No previous experience needed. Stop by the firehouse on any Monday night about 7 PM or call us at 446-6008 or click here
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SNOW ALERT

When the snow piles deep enough to plow, help everyone out by parking on one side of the street, or in the driveway, to allow for plows and emergency vehicles passage. This will give a cleaner plowed street to all. Why not line cars up in the driveway. Clean off the cars, and there will be less driveway to clear.

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GIVE WAY, GIVE LIFE, YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES!

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FIRE PREVENTION TIP: Check all fuel appliances for proper venting. Furnaces, gas water heaters, stoves, and portable heaters, unvented or dirty, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.