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!
Friday June 12 – 95, 19, Montg 67, 525 and 97 (RIT) were dispatched for the report of smoke and flames from a home in Colebrookdale Twp off Rt 73. Engine 97-3 responded for the RIT assignment. Chief 97 was first fire officer on scene and confirmed a working fire. Additional engines and tankers were requested, including apparatus from 97, 49, Montg 37 and Montg 79. Engine 97-3 responded as RIT, Tanker 97-3 responded for water and Utility 97 responded with additional personnel. Additional medic units were requested from Bally and Gilbertsville to treat firefighters in the 90 degree temperatures. The Salvation Army Canteen was also on scene.