October 5th at 5:15pm, Firefighters from all three Eastern Berks stations, Seisholtsville, and Topton, along with Topton Ambulance were dispatched to Kemp Road in rural District Township for the report of a structure fire. Initial reports indicated a porch on fire. Chief 97 (Mutter) arrived on location and reported a well involved house fire, and Hereford Fire was added to set up a tanker fill site. Crews from Engine 97-2 arrived and pulled two pre-connects to attack the fire which had spread up the front of the house and into the upper floors and crawl space. Heavy fire and smoke was visible. Water was supplied by Tanker 97-2. Crews did a rapid knock on the bulk of the fire, so that when Topton’s ladder put its main to the roof, it was decided that the roof did not have to be opened up, Hereford’s engine and personnel were brought to the scene, rather than establishing a fill site. There was extensive overhaul in very narrow confines to make sure all hot spots and embers were extinguished. Crews were on the scene for approximately three hours.
A Huge Thank You goes to everyone at Bally Ribbon Mills for choosing Eastern Berks Fire as the recipient of funds from their annual flea market and yard sale on Saturday September 26th. What a wonderful day of fun displaying our apparatus, talking with shoppers, friends, neighbors and employees and distributing fire prevention material. We even had a chance to sell some old equipment we no longer use.
We want to thank everyone at the Ribbon Mills for their generosity and especially Gail Uhl, Sherry Stauffer, and Cathy Quigney for their efforts with the day, ribbon sale, and auction. The check for over $2,000 was a wonderful gift. Since we are in the process of having a new $400,000 fire engine built for the Bally station, this will certainly help.
We even got to see a side of our President (Stymie) that we never knew he had – auctioneer.
September 21 at 1830 hours – Eastern Berks Fire, Bally Ambulance, along with an engine from Boyertown and a tanker from Hereford, and PSP were dispatched to the report of a plane crash in a remote farm field in Washington Twp. The crash site was to the rear of the Ehst Farm off Route 100 in Washington Twp, but accessible from the Moser Farm off S. 7th St in Bally. Crews had to drive across almost a half mile of farm field to gain access to the site where they found a single engine Cessna upside down. Fire crews assisted with patient care and controlled hazards. The pilot was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Crews from Hereford and Boyertown were released, while Eastern Berks personnel remained to provide lighting from Rescue 97 and portable generators. Pending further investigation by PSP and FAA, all units returned to station approximately two hours later.
Congratulations to the crew from Eastern Berks Fire that prepared three of our trucks for the 2015 Zone parade at Monarch Fire Company in Monacacy on Saturday August 22.
The they took home first place tanker for Tanker 97-2; second place brush for Brush 97-3; and the James O. Roberts award for the tanker.
Great job for all who helped!
Congratulations to our neighbors, Earl Township Fire Company, for 1st place brush and The Patsy DeMarte trophy.
From the “Mercury” – Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue Fire Police Officer C. James Scott, 65, was injured Monday morning (August 17th) when he was struck by a vehicle on Swamp Pike in New Hanover, police said. Scott was there directing traffic at the site of an elevator rescue in the 1800 block of Swamp Pike. He was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Article and photo here
The members of Eastern Berks Fire ask you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Area firefighters, including personnel from Company 97, were among those attending a conference at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township in July to learn response techniques for propane emergencies. It was reported to be the largest such class ever held in PA. Classroom lectures as well as hands-on learning highlighted the two day event.
Video Recap at: https://vimeo.com/134113472
Chief 97 arrived to find a 2 vehicle MVA, white utility van on it’s side into a electric pole and into a blk minivan parked on side of roadway on old rte 100 @ #2323, pole was sheered off and electric wires down on van with a male driver still inside, talking with a head injury.
EMS arrived with Co.97 units and roadway was shut down, Met Ed was notified by Berks radio and gave the standard 1-2hr ETA. PSP arrived on scene, Chief 97 requested MetEd to expedite and or have a local representative respond to assist. The request was denied and a 1 hr. ETA was given for MetEd. EMS & Co.97 units waited for electric co. to arrive and monitored drive’s condition from a safe distance, approx.. 1 hr later MetEd arrived with a man & truck to secure power lines and gave the ok to emergency crews to extricate driver from van. Van was stabilized and powered down, crews removed windshield of van and EMS cleared driver walk out on his power to the ambulance for further evaluation and transport to hospital. tow co. arrived and removed white van from roadway, blk van was left in homeowners yard, Co.97 units went available, returned to stations & roadway was reopened with MetEd rep. still on scene
Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 1122 hours, apparatus from Company 97, as well as EMS 505, was dispatched to Dale Road in Washington Twp for the report of an accident with unknown injuries, reported to be a car into a stone wall with three occupants. Crews responded and found a car into a tree and a stone wall.
Many thanks to the Brooke Family for allowing us to locate our new sign on their property on Route 100. The sign was designed by Ron Asplen of Asplen Sign in Niantic, and installed Monday June 22, 2015.
No, this is not the location of a new station, but it is a place where we can let the public know events and activities happening at the three stations in Bally, Barto, and Bechtelsville.
Thanks to all who made it possible! Check for frequent updates!