Jul
3
2015

MVA with Power Lines Down

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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

Jun
24
2015

Motor Vehicle Accident – Washington Twp

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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.

Jun
22
2015

New Sign on Route 100

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L-R: VP John Mutter, Chief Mike Mutter, Sign Maker Ron Asplen, Pres. Scott Reitnauer

   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!

Jun
12
2015

Structure Fire – Colebrookdale Twp

Courtesy of Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue

Courtesy of Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue

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.

Jun
9
2015

Structure Fire – Longswamp Twp

June 8, 2015 – At 2340 hours, 97 was alerted to assist 21, 39, 58 and Lehigh 1 on a working structure fire in Longswamp Twp. Tanker 97-2, Engine 97-2 and Utility 97 responded to the fire scene on Benfield Road. Crews on the initial alarm had the fire knocked down, and 97 personnel assisted with overhaul. In service two hours.

Jun
8
2015

Fatal Accident – Washington Twp

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At 0934 hours, Emergency personnel from Eastern Berks Fire, Bally Ambulance, and PSP were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Lenape Road in Washington Twp. The rural location is in the hills north of Bechtelsville and Barto. Apparatus from all three Eastern Berks stations quickly responded, as did Bally EMS. The first arriving fire officer found a small car on its side and one male victim. An air medical helicopter was put on stand-by but it was soon apparent it would not be needed, and it was cancelled. Personnel remained on scene for two and a half hours while PSP investigated the accident and the Berks County Coroner’s office removed the victim. Our sympathies are extended to the victim’s family and friends.

Jun
3
2015

Truck vs Pole in Bally

Emergency personnel were alerted at 0248 hours in the early morning on Tuesday June 2 for a motor vehicle accident on Route 100 in Bally.
A pick-up truck hit and shattered a utility pole, before the truck overturned on the sidewalk and front steps of a business at Main and Church Streets in the borough. Power throughout the borough was lost briefly after the crash.
Amazingly the driver was not injured. Fire crews applied oil dry to absorb spilled fluids, and assisted in clean up of debris.
Personnel from Eastern Berks Fire, Bally Ambulance, PSP-Reading, and Berks Mont Towing were on the scene for an hour, before the vehicle was removed and the scene turned over to crews from Met-Ed.

May
25
2015

Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend turned out to be a busy one for the firefighters and personnel of Eastern Berks.
Friday May 22 – 97 dispatched to assist EMS in Washington Twp with an ALS Trauma – back injury after a mower rollover accident. Fire Police sent to shut down the road while crew worked.
Sunday May 24 – 97 dispatched as RIT for a possible structure fire in Boyertown
Sunday May 24 at 2321 hours – Tankers 97-1 & 2, along with Engine 97-2 (renamed from E97-1) were added to the working fire assignment for a garage fire in Hereford Twp. Tankers and crew from engine worked the fire and water supply locations, while the engine and a crew in the Utility took the hydrant behind Hereford Elementary School to supply tankers. On scene for 90 minutes. As those pieces of equipment went on location, 97 was dispatched for another structure fire in District Twp
Sunday May 24 at 2335 hours 97, 95, 19 and 21 were dispatched for what was first reported to be a fire alarm and then upgraded to smoke in a dwelling in District Twp. Apparatus from stations 1 & 2 were already committed to a garage fire in Hereford Twp, but equipment from station 3, along with mutual aid made the response to fire an exhaust fan on fire in the ceiling of a room in the residence.
Monday May 25 at 0650 hours 97, 95, Montg 65 for RIT were dispatched for a possible structure fire in Washington Twp. Chief 97 arrived to find fire on the exterior of the dwelling which was centered in mulch but had melted an aluminum downspout. Crews laddered the building to check for any extension on the roof, opened up the face board on the front of the porch, and entered the crawl space under the home to check for fire there.
Monday May 25 – 97 dispatched for a Medical Assist in District Twp

May
25
2015

Engine 97-2 Finds a New Home

On Saturday May 23, Eastern Berks Fire said goodbye to an old workhorse – Engine 97-2. This 20 year old pumper served Eastern Berks and the Bally legacy company since 1995, responding to hundreds of alarms night and day and in all kinds of weather. With a new pumper being ordered, it was time to sell this truck and pass it on to another department for their use. The Community Volunteer Fire Department of Mahaffy, from western Pennsylvania, chose the unit to supplement its fleet. We wish them well and hope it serves them as well as it served us. Watch as the truck leaves Eastern Berks Territory for the final time.

Apr
29
2015

Overturned Truck on Route 100

Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 0847 hours Eastern Berks Fire and Bally Ambulance were dispatched to Rt 100 in Bally Borough for the report of a two vehicle accident with an overturned truck. Crews arrived almost immediately to find a pick up truck with heavy front end damage and a 35 foot box truck on its side completely blocking all lanes on Route 100. Additional fire police were requested from Boyertown and Hereford to handle the traffic, which was being detoured at Second and Seventh Streets. Berks-Mont Towing brought in two wreckers to perform the arduous job of trying to upright the large truck which was carrying a load of plants. The roadway was closed for almost three hours until the vehicles and debris were removed.