Accident in Rain on Rt 100

2016_12_06a12-6-16 @ 17:38 hrs company’s 97, 505 and 95 fire police were dispatched to the 1100 blk of Route 100 in Washington Township for an MVA with Entrapment. Chief 97 arrived and advised that there was no entrapment, but at least 2 patients for EMS care. Company 97 personnel assisted EMS with patient care, took care of fluids and debris down, and maintained traffic control.


Shed Fire in Bally

IMG_7489On Saturday November 26th at 2138 hours, the structure fire response was transmitted for a shed fire on South Church Street in Bally. Sent on the assignment were Engines and Tankers from Eastern Berks, a Ladder from Boyertown, a Tanker from Hereford, Pennsburg Fire for RIT and Bally EMS. Chief 97 arrived and reported a working shed fire with extension into the brush and woods surrounding the shed, and recalled the Ladder and the RIT companies.Engine 97-1 was quickly on scene, backed up by Tanker 97-1. Two preconnects (1 3/4″) were pulled and the fire was quickly knocked down. Foam was applied to penetrate the shed contents and nearby debris. Units were on scene about one hour before returning to their stations. Thank you to all who assisted us. The homeowner emailed the chief with thanks for our professionalism and a note of appreciation for all our efforts. On scene were Engines 97-1 & 97, Tankers 97-1 & 97, Brush 97-1, Traffic 97, Tanker 58 and Medic 505.


Brush Fire in Washington Twp


Tuesday November 15th at 1414 hours Co’s 97, 95 and 505 were dispatched to a Brush Fire on Heydt School House Road, Washington Twp. Deputy 97 arrived and reported a working brush fire. Crews went into service with multiple handlines and knocked the fire down quickly. Thank you’s to Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue for the assist.


Fire in Washington Twp

KirstenSettleNov 14 – Apparatus from 97, along with Engine 95 and 525 were dispatched for report of brush fire in the area of Rt 100 and Limekiln Roads in Washington. Upon dispatch, a large header was visible from all stations. Chief 97 arrived and reported a pile pallets fully involved with feet of a large mulch pile. Units arrived quickly and personnel attacked the fire and had it extinguished within minutes. After overhaul, all units went available after approximately 30 minutes. Lead photo from Facebook post by Kirsten Settle


Kidde Recalls Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure

Kidde Recall1PrintName of product: Kidde NightHawk combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
Description:This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarm with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010. The alarms are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The unit has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery. The alarm is white, round and measures about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. “Kidde” is engraved on the front of the alarm. “Kidde,” the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back on the alarm.
Hazard: The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home.
Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.
Incidents/Injuries: Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with the recalled alarms. No injuries have been reported.
Consumer Contact: Kidde toll-free at 855-239-0490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.
Units: About 3.6 million


Structure Fire Assist to Boyertown

Friday November 4 at 1514 hours Boyertown, Gilbertsville and Eastern Berks Fire Departments were dispatched for the report of fireFullSizeRender (2) in the roof at one of the buildings of Royer’s Plaza on County Line Rd near Rt 100 in Colebrookdale. Police on location confirmed a working fire, and Boyertown officers, seeing the header and hearing the police report, requested a second alarm adding another station from Eastern Berks, Earl, Amity and New Hanover. Eventually additional companies were brought to the scene for man power and the high number of exposures threatened by the heavy flames. Engine 97-1 laid in from the hydrant on County Line and supplied Ladder 95 as well as multiple hand lines and heavy attack lines. Tanker 97 supplied water from a postion on the shoulder of north bound Rt 100. The initial fire build was destroyed but crews made a great stop and protected all exposures, two of which were just feet away from the fire building. Responding from Eastern Berks were Engines 97 and 97-1, Tanker 97, Attack 97, and Traffic 97.


Dwelling Assist to Boyertown Fire & Rescue

2016_01_01bOn Tuesday November 1, at 0302 hours, company 97 was dispatched to assist at a working structure fire in the 500 blk of North Sunrise Lane, Douglass Twp Berks County. Engine 97, Engine 97-1 and Tanker 97 responded. Crews from Engine 97 and Tanker 97 helped with overhaul and were available in about an hour, while the crew from Engine 97-1 returned into Boyertown along with New Hanover’s Rescue 37 and Tanker 37 and provided coverage for another 90 minutes until released by command. On scene were: Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, Eastern Berks Fire, Amity Fire, West End Fire, Upper Pottsgrove Fire, Gilbertsville Fire and New Hanover Fire.


Saying Goodbye to An Old Workhorse

IMG_7166On Wednesday October 19, 2016, Eastern Berks Fire said goodbye to an old workhorse as our 1991 GMC/4Guys Tanker was loaded on a flatbed for it cross country trip to its new owners: Owensville Volunteer Fire Department Owensville MO.   Assistant Chief Matt Bakes was there to drive the tanker onto the flat bed for its farewell from Berks County. The tanker had been in service for the past 25 years at the Barto fire station.

It arrived in Missouri on the morning of Friday October 21. According to the Owensville department’s Facebook page: “Today we took delivery of the newest addition to our department. The tanker will be replacing an aging truck and will be housed in Mt. Sterling at station 2.”

The truck was no longer needed among Eastern Berks apparatus, as we continue to consolidate and attempt to update equipment. In fact, with the proceeds of the sale of the tanker, we purchased a used Ford F-150 which had been detailed to a fire department in Canada.We will outfit this new/used vehicle to replace our outdated traffic unit.

We wish the firefighters of Owensville well and hopes the tanker provides many more years of service.


Fire Prevention Week


October 9 – 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week!

IMG_7143aWeis2015As always the department visited area schools for presentations.

On Thursday October 13th we joined other are departments for a display at the Weis Shopping Center on Rt 73 in Gilbertsville. We set up displays of apparatus and information to help you “learn not to burn.”

Check out the NFPA website

or take this quiz about smoke detectors


Barn Fire in Washington Township

IMG_7096Friday evening October 7 at 2028 hours, the structure response was dispatched for a barn fire on Weisstown Road in Washington Township, one half mile west of Bechtelsville. Chief 97 arrived and confirmed a working barn fire with no immediate exposures. The chief requested Berks County Communications Center transmit the second alarm. Engine 97 from Eastern Berks’ Bechtelsville station arrived quickly and began to attack the fire. Crews from additional stations and companies soon arrived to provide support and had the bulk of the fire knocked down, although the small barn and the classic car inside of it were destroyed. Many of the second alarm companies were able to quickly return, but the final apparatus didn’t leave until almost 2300 hours. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Dispatched to  the two alarms were fire departments from Eastern Berks, Boyertown, Earl, Hereford, Pennsburg, Gilbertsville, and New Hanover; EMS units from Bally and Boyertown also responded.