September 24th Parade and Housing

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

IMG_6467Blood DriveEastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Community Ambulance invite YOU
to a parade and block party on September 24, 2016
honoring the housing of EBFD’s new Engine and new Utility Truck and Bally’s new Ambulance.

BLOOD DRIVE – we will also host a Miller Keystone Blood Drive that day in Bally from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
First 20 people to sign up – receive a Collectible Coin featuring the Fire Company and Ambulance ($10.00 value)

There will be
– A parade of local fire and EMS companies from Bechtelsville to Barto to Bally – starts at 4:00pm
– Block Party starts at 5:00pm in Bally — Food, Music, Games, and more!
– “Touch a Truck” for kids
– Registration for fire and EMS apparatus and judging by Tri State Judges Association
(Deadline for sponsorship and parade booklet advertising was August 8)

The event begins at 4:00pm with the parade leaving Bechtelsville and traveling along Old Rt 100 past the Barto Station and out onto Rt 100 (Main St) in Bally
The parade will follow Main Street from Second to Seventh, where it will turn and come back to the Chestnut Street Station.
Join us, our neighbors in the fire and EMS services to mark this special event.
ChallengeCoin-97 ChallengeCoin-505Challenge Coins – Available for $10 each
OR get one free by donating blood!

EBFD on one side/Bally EMS on other

Registration information:


Chicken Barbecue Thanks + Fire Calls

IMG_6619Saturday August 20 – Barbecue day is always long, hot and tiring. Starting by 8:00am to finish preparation, lighting the pit, placing 900 half chickens on racks, and then carefully watching and turning them until they are done, THEN bagging them, all while steaming potatoes, and  getting all the other ingredients ready makes for a longgggg day.
Add to that two alarms during the day, and you get roasted firefighters!
The first call was a dispatched at1211 hours for 97 and 39 to assist EMS in District with an ALS Medical. We sent a crew in Utility 97 while the rest of us stayed with the barbecue pit.
The second call was transmitted at 1534 hours for a structure fire in Washington.Luckily all the chicken was cooked and bagged by that time, because it emptied our stations, along with apparatus from Boyertown, Bally Ambulance and Pennsburg for RIT. Chief 97 arrived and found an oil burner on fire in the basement of the home. The assignment was held to 97 and 505, with 95 and 65 returning (thank you!) A BIG thank you, as well, to Cooper Morgan’s Public House at the Barto Hotel for supplying crews with icy cold bottles of water. You’re the best! After securing the scene, the crews repacked the pre-connected line which had been pulled, and returned to help clean up the barbecue pit and sell 900 dinners to a hungry public.


Tanker Assist to Gilbertsville

FullSizeRenderOn Thursday August 18, tankers from Eastern Berks were dispatched to assist Montgomery 67 for a working structure fire on Congo Road in Douglass Twp. Tankers 97 and 97-1 responded and dumped multiple loads of water as firefighters from 67, 37, 95, and 65 fought fires in a detached garage which spread before arrival to the nearby two and a half story dwelling. A Montgomery County Tanker Task Force was alerted to respond as well. On scene were units from Montgomery County: 67, 37, 65, 51, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 66, 78, 79, 86, 87; Berks County: 95, 97, 6, 49, 19; Chester County: 64, 61; EMS: 332, 525, 505; as well as Douglass Twp Police and Salvation Army Canteen. A Tanker fill site was established at Station 67, which periodically had Rt 73 closed to traffic.


Death of Newton “Newt” Longacre

NewtLongacreNewton “Newt” Treichler Longacre, 73, of Barto, husband of Julia A. (Buchak) Longacre, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at his residence.
Born in Bally, he was the son of the late Kathryn H. (Treichler) and Daniel E. Longacre. He was a 1960 graduate of Boyertown High School. Newton served as a military mechanic at ByBerry. He was a member of Bally Mennonite Church. Mr. Longacre is co-owner of Longacre’s Modern Dairy in Barto.
Newton was a volunteer firefighter for 50 years for the Goodwill Fire Company of Bally. He was the current President of the Bally Community Ambulance Board and the current Washington Township Auditor. He also served on the Washington Township Sewer Authority. He enjoyed attending Auctions and Flea markets, there is not a local auction house that does not have his number. He found great joy in his work in the dairy and always eager to lend a helping hand or help someone in need. He had a generous heart, but it was too weak to sustain him.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 48 years are two sons, Newton T. Longacre II of Reading and Jason E. Longacre, husband of Kerri of Barto; seven grandsons, Daulton R. Longacre, Dylan Newton Longacre, Devon S. Longacre, Max H. Longacre. Wyatt E. Longacre, Chase K. Longacre and Ely K. Longacre; two brothers, Daniel T. Longacre of Bally and Timothy T. Longacre of Bally and two sisters, Kathryn T. Longacre of Bally and Diane T. Longacre of Reading.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11AM at Bally Mennonite Church, 1481 Route 100, Bally, PA 19503. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8:30PM at Bally Mennonite Church. Burial will be in Bally Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bally Community Ambulance, PO Box 353, Bally, PA 19504.


Barn fire in Hereford

imageSunday June 26 at 19:52 hours, companies 58, 39, 97, 21, and eventually many others were dispatched for a working barn fire in the 1000 block of Huffs Church Rd in Hereford Township. A second alarm was quickly added. Tankers fill site was established and fire police assisted in closing roads for fire scene access. Crews were on scene for hours as an excavator had to be brought in to remove hay.


Three Company Drill

IMG_0644  Monday June 13 was another in a series of drills among Eastern Berks Fire Department, Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, and Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue. The companies met behind EBFD Station 1 (Barto), to rotate through three learning stations.
One was the new Paratech’s Multiforce Air Lifting Bag, which combine two bags into one to allow rapid and stable lifting of (for instance) a car off of a victim trapped underneath.
The second was new technology for Scott air packs, gas meters and Thermal Imaging Cameras. After learning the basics, students entered EB’s maze trailer filled with (non-toxic) smoke to practice.
The third was instruction about and practice with Hurst’s new battery powered combination tool and RIT tool. These battery tools are being placed into service on Rescue 97, as well as Brush 97-1 (used for Grandview Race Track.) Battery powered tools actually have more cutting power than the tradition tools with hydraulic hoses. PLUS they eliminate the spaghetti of hoses which often litter a rescue scene.
Training together makes mutual aid scene run smoothly, with victims, property owners and firefighters all benefiting.


Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend was a busy one for the crews of Eastern Berks Fire Department. We responded to ten incidents, in addition to our normal presence at Grand View Speedway providing fire protection at the track.

IMG_6118Sat May 28 – 97 dispatched at 1352 hours for an AFA in a commercial structure in Bally.

Sat May 28 – Tankers 97-1, 2, & 3 were dispatched at 1715 hours to assist with water for a three alarm structure fire in Rockland. Multiple departments were on scene for a fully involved house fire in brutal heat.FullSizeRender

Sat May 28 – 97, 95 and EMS were dispatched at 1832 hours for a brush fire threatening a structure in Washington. Recalled. Controlled burn.

Sat May 28 – 97 dispatched to supply a driver for EMS 505, so both ambulance crew members could ride in back with patient in Bechtelsville.

Sat May 28 – 97 and 525 dispatched at 1918 hours for an ALS medical at Grand View Speedway in Washington.

Sat May 28 – 97 dispatched at 2335 hours to a commercial structure in Bally for a sparking air conditioner unit. Crews disconnected power to the faulty AC unit.

Mon May 30 – Memorial Day – 97 and EMS dispatched at 0239 hours for an ALS Medical in Washington

Mon May 30 – Memorial Day – 97 dispatched at 0725 hours to assist EMS on location with an ALS Medical in Bechtelsville

Mon May 30 – Memorial Day – 97 and 332 dispatched at 0752 hours for an ALS Medical in Washington

IMG_6123Mon May 30 – Memorial Day – 97 and 39 dispatched at 1238 hours for a large tree down blocking Conrad  Rd in District. Crews cut up and removed a very large tree and cleared the road with the assistance of a resident.


Accident with Injuries and Fire in Pike Twp

FullSizeRender_2At 0650 hrs Tuesday 5-24-16 Co’s 19, 97, 5 and 505 were dispatched to MVA with injuries Koch Road Pike Twp. Chief 19 received a call that one of the vehicles was on fire. Chief and Engine 19 arrived and confirmed working car fire and went into service with 1 3/4 CAFS line. Attack 97 arrived and assisted 19′s crew with the fire, Rescue 97 assisted with patient care, 2 MICU’S were added sending 525 and 332. 97 units on scene were Attack 97, Rescue 97 and Brush 97-3.


Overturned Trash Truck in Washington Twp

IMG_6085On Monday May 23, Eastern Berks Fire Department was dispatched to assist State Police from Reading with fluid downs at the scene of an overturned trash truck at the intersection of County Line and Hoffmansville Roads in Washington Township. Responding were Engine 97-3 and Brush 97-1, along with Fire Police. Crews assisted Berks Mont Towing, which had three wreckers on scene, in addition to providing traffic control while the truck was uprighted and pulled back onto the roadway.


Vehicle Down an Embankment in Washington Twp

IMG_6074On Sunday May 22, 2016, Eastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Ambulance were dispatched at 0614 hours for the report of a Motor Vehicle Accident on Forgedale Road in Washington Township. Berks County Communication indicated the vehicle had struck a tree, but caller was unsure of injuries. Chief 97 (Mike Mutter) arrived and confirmed a one vehicle accident with the vehicle over the embankment and one person injured. EMS arrived and packaged the patient at the wreck site and firefighters formed a chain to lift the victim up from the site onto the roadway. Patient was transported to a local hospital. Crews waited on scene until released by PSP Reading.