Tuesday February 10 – Rescue 97 dispatched with Montg 67 for an MVA with Entrapment in Douglass Twp, Montgomery County. Chief 97 came across this incident and immediately radioed for 67, 97, and 505 to respond for a pick up truck on its side with driver trapped inside. Crews used high lift jacks to stabilize the vehicle and the windshield tool to remove glass. Patient was extricated and turned over to EMS for care.
Alan D. Grim, 53, of Perry Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Nikki E. (Potter) Grim; to whom he was married for nineteen years.
Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Paul and Gladys (Hilbert) Grim. He was a 1980 graduate of Boyertown High School. Alan worked for East Penn Manufacturing, last working May 15, 2014. He was a member and former firefighter for Goodwill Fire Company in Bally; and a member of the Lyons Fire Company and Kutztown Fire Company. Alan enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing, driving his tractor and taking his grandkids for a ride; and “mudding” at the pig roast.
Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Joshua A. Grim, and his companion, Kelly Miller, East Greenville; two daughters: April L. Grim, and her companion, Joseph Lopez, Barto; and Melissa L. (Grim), wife of James Ott, Oley; and nine grandchildren: Lily, Logan, Skylar, Jamison, Kali, Bailey, Madison, Trevor and Hunter. Alan is also survived by two brothers: Donald Grim, and his wife Donna; and Mark Grim, and his wife Diane, both of Bechtelsville; one sister: Gerri (Grim), wife of Kevin Scott, Boyertown; and sister-in-law: Tammy Grim, Barto. He was predeceased by a granddaughter: Aubrey; and a brother: Timothy Grim.
A Memorial Service will be held next Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street, Leesport, PA 19533. A visitation with the family will be held Monday, February 16, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., at the above address, to assist the family with final expenses. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.
Monday January 26th – 97 and 505 were dispatched to an MVA in Washington Township during snow (car vs pole with fluids down.) While waiting for vehicle to be cleared, Berks Dispatch Center alerted the department for a possible structure fire in a dwelling in Bally Borough. Sent were 97, 95, 58, Montg 65 and 332. Apparatus on scene of the MVA cleared that call, and responded to the scene in Bally while other personnel picked up the other required engines and tankers. Chief 97 arrived to report heavy smoke condition throughout dwelling, but fire appeared to be out thanks to quick work of Bally PD. Crews checked for extension, removed still-smoldering debris, and ventilated the home. Thanks to all who came out on a snowy day.
Wednesday January 21 at 2357 hours, 97 was dispatched to assist Montgomery 67 (Gilbertsville) with manpower for a barn fire in Douglas Township, Montgomery County. Engine 97-2 and Utility 97 responded with personnel to assist. In addition to 67, on scene were Montg 37,and 65, as well as Berks 97 and 505. On the original dispatch, units from 67 and 37 did a quick knock on a fire in a milk house attached to a barn. Additional personnel were brought to the scene to assist with overhaul and check for possible extension into the main barn.
January 9, 2015 – Company 97 and Medics 332 & 525 (covering for 505 which was out on another call) were dispatched for an MVA with injuries on Niantic Road in Washington Twp. Crews shut down the road for almost an hour while packaging patient, controlling hazards, cleaning debris and waiting for wrecker.
Friday January 2, 2015 – Apparatus from all three 97 stations was dispatched to assist 58 on a working structure fire on Rt 29 in Hereford Township. Chief 58 responded on original dispatch, and reported smoke showing from a mile out. Additional resources put on the road, and then a second alarm struck for manpower. Equipment and personnel from Berks, Montgomery, Bucks and Lehigh Counties were called to respond.
December 8, 2014 – Eastern Berks Fire hosts training for propane emergencies at station 2′s social hall. A trainer of propane workers for the insurance industry, instructor Dan uses photos, videos, valves, tanks, news stories and live demonstrations to inform and educate firefighters from three counties about responding to propane emergencies.