MVA with Injuries At 0345 hours on Thursday September 25, apparatus from 97, 58, 39 and 505 were dispatched for the report of an MVA with injuries on Dale Road near Dairy Lane. (Originally thought to be in Hereford Twp, but found to be in Washington Twp.) Chief 97 arrived to confirm report by passer-by who discovered accident, that there two two victims, one on the ground, the other still in the vehicle. Arriving fire crews provided lighting and patient care assistance to EMS. A medic unit from 575 was dispatched to handle the second patient. Crews were on scene for over an hour until patients were transported and PSP investigated. Scene was turned over to fire police until arrival of tow company.
Monday September 15 – Emergency Responders from Eastern Berks Fire, Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, and Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue, as well as EMS personnel from Boyertown, Bally and Gilbertsville, are given a guided tour of the Martin Stone Quarry operation in Colebrookdale Township. Organized by MSQ employee Bruce Hoffman, who has a long history of EMS and Fire service in Bally, the tour acquaints responders with the layout, potential hazards and safety features of the open mine operation. Before the tour begins, Safety Director Anne Kelhart, gives an overview of what will be seen, and the procedures that will be followed should there be an incident at the quarry. Rod Martin has treated the crews to pretzels, water and a MSQ camo hat. The large group of responders is divided into two group which are led by Hoffman and by manager Pic Reichart. Electrical stations, underground conveyor belts, screening operations, immense off-road quarry vehicle are all part of the highlights. Thanks go to the Martin Stone Quarry for this great tour.
Josh’s Angels Community Carnival held Saturday September 13 in Boyertown Park. Josh’s Angels is a Non-Profit to raise funds to further the awareness of all types of Childhood Cancers; to provide donations of funds to Cancer Research Organizations that specialize in Childhood Cancer research, and also to provide donations of funds to Organizations who provide support to families dealing with children diagnosed with Childhood Cancers. All activities are conducted in Memory of Joshua Gehman, son of Cynthia and Matthew Gehman, who passed away on January 11th, 2011 from medical complications resulting from Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive malignant brain tumor. Matt is an active firefighter and Josh spent much time in and around the fire house in Barto during his life. Additional information is available at the Josh’s Angels website or the Foundation Facebook page.
On September 11, 2001, 343 New York City firefighters died when the World Trade Towers collapsed. The deaths of these men left many families fatherless and left many survivors wondering why they were spared. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs across the country to remember and honor the firefighters who laid down their lives that day. In addition, funds raised by the Stair Climbs go directly to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Participants in Stair Climb events climb the equivalent of 110 stories. Each participant carries a picture of a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001. Completion of the Climb by the participant symbolizes the fallen FDNY firefighter has completed his mission of reaching the top of the World Trade Towers where civilians were waiting to be rescued.
Firefighters from Eastern Berks Fire Department participated in the Lancaster PA memorial
Monday August 25, 2014 - 97 was requested to respond at 0010 hours by Lt 97-1, who was on location of an MVA on Crow Hill Road in Washington Township. The vehicle had apparently traveled off the road, down an embankment, and into the corner of a detached two bay garage. There was a partial collapse at the corner of impact and 97 was requested to check for structural integrity, as well as lighting for the investigation and removal of the vehicle. 505 was requested to report to check the driver. On scene for over an hour until PSP finished their investigation and Berks-Mont Towing removed the vehicle.
August 14, 2014 – Garage Fire District Towsnhip
9:11pm on Thursday August 14: 39, 97, 21, Lehigh 1 and 505 were dispatched for the report of a fire on Treichler Road in District Township. Chief 39 arrived to find a fully involved detached garage, with the nearby home as an exposure.Chief 39 requested the second alarm be struck adding additional units from 97, 58, 95, Montg 65, Lehigh 66. Added later were 19 to cover and 575 after 505 transported a firefighter. Engine 39 laid five inch supply line up the long drive and crews from incoming apparatus attacked the fire, and protected the exposure, whose siding had already melted. Tankers supplied Engine 21, which fed the five inch. After a quick knock down on the initial fire volume, second alarm companies were either recalled or redirected as cover companies. On scene until after midnight.
Friday July 25 – 97 and 505 dispatched for an MVA with entrapment on Rt 100 in Washington Township. Personnel on scene confirmed multiple patients entrapped in multiple vehicles. Request made for 95 to respond with rescue apparatus and personnel to assist 97, an additional medic units from area EMS. Rescue personnel from both departments worked with hydraulic tools to remove doors and posts from both vehicles to allow EMS to gain access to patients and extricate them from the wreckage. Fire Police from 97, 58, 95 and 19 diverted traffic for almost two hours while patients were removed for transports, hazards controls, police investigated and wreckage was cleared. At least four patients from the vehicles were transported, include one in extremely critical condition, who later died. Following those patients, a 97 firefighter was transported to LVH-CC. While this was occuring, two additional EMS assists were dispatched for 97.
Friday July 4
Structure response was dispatched for a working house fire in Bally Borough. Dispatched on first alarms were all three 97 stations, 58, 95, 505 and Montg 65 for RIT. A second alarm for manpower was quickly added which brought 39, 21, 35, 19 and Montg 37. Fire appears to have begun on the exterior of an end-of-a row home, and spread up the exterior, and interior the second floor and attic of the fire building with minor extension into the adjacent exposure. Good work by all PLUS a fire wall prevented all three units from sustaining major damage.