Monday November 30 at 0056 hours, Companies 19 and 97 were dispatched for a vehicle fire reported to be a camper in Earl. Deputy 19 arrived to find a fully involved camper fire and ordered crews to access the scene via a long dirt lane and a corn field. Company 97 personal assisted 19 personal and was available in an hour. Units on scene Engine 97-3 & 19-1, Attack 97, Brush 97-3 & 19.
On Saturday November 14, Eastern Berks scheduled KLR Fire Services to come to the Bally station and test the 1000′s and 1000′s of feet of fire hose owned and used by the department. Each engine carries more than 1000 feet of five inch supply hose, in addition to hand lines, attack lines, and numerous other lays. Although the hose gets used during fires and drills, it is recommended that all hose be pressure tested on a regular basis so that bad sections can be eliminated prior to an emergency where property and lives are at risk. Most of our hose passed, some sections were flagged, and able to be repaired, others are out of service and replaced by spare hose owned by the department. It was a cold and windy day, but KLR worked hard and efficiently all day long and tested all sections. By the end of the day they had tested 17,420 feet of hose! In the midst of testing, at 1053 hours Companies 39 & 97 were dispatched to the 200 blk of Conrad Rd in District Twp for a lawn tractor on fire in the front yard of a dwelling. Crews arrived to find the tractor totally engulfed in flames. The units on scene Engine 39, Tanker 97-2, Brush 97-2, and Utility 97.
November 9 – At 1252 hours, 97 and 505 were dispatched for the report of a brush fire (flames visible) on Kulps Road in Washington Twp. Chief 97 arrived and reported brush with extension into woods involving trees and undergrowth. Two additional brush trucks were special requested, and tankers from 95 and 58 also were sent. A special request for ATV 19 was also added due to the difficulty in reaching the scene. Crews were on location for almost two hours extinguishing the fire, wetting down perimeters and taking down a number of trees. Thank you to all who assisted Eastern Berks, including Hereford, Boyertown and Earl.
Sunday November 8 at 1222 hours Companies 39, 97, & 575 were dispatched to a brush fire in District Twp in the 200 blk of Conrad Rd. Another controlled burn which turned into an uncontrolled brush and woods fire. Crews knocked down the fire and overhauled the area. Units on scene were 505, Brush & Tanker 39, Brush 97-1,2,3 Tankers 97-2 & 3; Engine 97-3; Attack 97; and Utility 97.
Saturday November 7 at 1633 hours companies 39, 97 and 505 were dispatched for a brush fire on Huff’s Church Road in District Township. Chief 97 arrived and reported a working brush fire involving a cut corn field. Brush 39, along with Brush 97-2 and Brush 97-3 moved into the field to cut off the head of the fire. Crews did a quick knock and then spent time overhauling the area with brush rakes and water. This fire was one mile down the road from another working brush fire the same companies responded to just three days before this one. 39 and 97 units operated for about a half hour. Units on scene were: Brush and Engine 39; Brush 97-1, 2 & 3; Attack 97; Tankers 97-1, 2 & 3; Utility 97; and Medic 505.
4 Guys Fire Trucks in Meyersdale PA has received delivery of the Freightliner cab and chassis for our new engine. Now that it is on site, they will add it into the production schedule. We anticipate delivery in June 2016. This new truck will replace two 20+ year old engines from the legacy departments. One of those engines has already found a home in Western Pennsylvania, while the other one is being investigated for purchase by a department from Upstate New York.
Wednesday November 4 at 1217 hrs, 97, 39 and 505 were dispatched for a field fire threatening a structure in the 500 block of Huffs Church Road, District Twp, Chief 97 arrived with a working fire. Fire was quickly knocked, and time spent overhauling area. Units on scene: Brush 39, Engine 97-2, Brush 97-2, Brush 97-3, Attack 97, Tanker 97-2, Tanker 97-3, Utility 97 and Medic 505-1 (which treated one civilian.) Some personnel had just finished a training session in Boyertown on the “Lucas Device” – an amazing battery powered device which mechanically delivers chest compressions.
On October 9 at 1035 hours , while making a fire prevention presentation at St. Francis Academy in Bally, Company 97 was dispatched to assist Boyertown with an accident with entrapment involving a car and tractor trailer on Rt 73 in Colebrookdale Twp. The assignment was to land MedEvac in a field adjacent to the accident scene. Engine 97-3 left the presentation, while Attack 97 responded directly from Bechtelsville. Deputy 97 was command at the Landing Zone. At 1048 hours 97 and 58 were dispatched for a tree down blocking the roadway in Washington Twp. Engine 97-2 took in that call, but before arrival the situation was handled by Chief 58. At 1058, the department was dispatched again, this time to assist Montg 369 on an ALS Medical in Bechtelsville. Engine 97-2 responded from the tree call, while Utility 97 left SFA, and Attack 97 was released from the MedEvac assignment after liftoff. Engine 97-3 and its crew remained on scene at the MVA to assist 95 with the extrication of a second patient.
Before the month is out we will have visited: Washington Elementary, St. Francis Academy, Brookside Montessori School, and Bally Mennonite Preschool; hosted groups like the Sunday School of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bechtelsville; and handed out information and materials at Jake’s Flea Market.
In addition, this year we also participated, along with other area departments, in a community fire prevention display at the Weis Market in Gilbertsville. We thank Tom Davis, the manger of the Weis for hosting us and for their generous support.
Pictured here and in the photo gallery are photos from the Weis event, the morning at St. Francis, a visit to Station 3 by students from Trinity Church, and the visit to Bally Preschool.