Wednesday January 21 at 2357 hours, 97 was dispatched to assist Montgomery 67 (Gilbertsville) with manpower for a barn fire in Douglas Township, Montgomery County. Engine 97-2 and Utility 97 responded with personnel to assist. In addition to 67, on scene were Montg 37,and 65, as well as Berks 97 and 505. On the original dispatch, units from 67 and 37 did a quick knock on a fire in a milk house attached to a barn. Additional personnel were brought to the scene to assist with overhaul and check for possible extension into the main barn.
January 9, 2015 – Company 97 and Medics 332 & 525 (covering for 505 which was out on another call) were dispatched for an MVA with injuries on Niantic Road in Washington Twp. Crews shut down the road for almost an hour while packaging patient, controlling hazards, cleaning debris and waiting for wrecker.
Friday January 2, 2015 – Apparatus from all three 97 stations was dispatched to assist 58 on a working structure fire on Rt 29 in Hereford Township. Chief 58 responded on original dispatch, and reported smoke showing from a mile out. Additional resources put on the road, and then a second alarm struck for manpower. Equipment and personnel from Berks, Montgomery, Bucks and Lehigh Counties were called to respond.
December 8, 2014 – Eastern Berks Fire hosts training for propane emergencies at station 2′s social hall. A trainer of propane workers for the insurance industry, instructor Dan uses photos, videos, valves, tanks, news stories and live demonstrations to inform and educate firefighters from three counties about responding to propane emergencies.
Tuesday November 4 – 505, 39, and 97 dispatched at 0320 for a vehicle into a house in District Twp. Crews arrived to find a pickup truck with major damage that went through barriers and a fence and came to rest on the front porch of a home on Huffs Church Road. Crews checked for hazards and structural stability, and went available as the vehicle was being removed.
November 3, 2014 at 0132 hours 97 and 505 (along with an Engine from 95) were dispatched for an MVA with injuries at Main and 7th Sts in Bally Borough. Dispatch notes indicated car vs pole at that location. Fire personnel control hazards, which included fluids about the enter a storm drain, while EMS packaged and transported driver. Fire Police from 97 and 95 controlled traffic until Berks Mont Towing could remove vehicle. In service for one hour.
Reminder to all firefighters…
On Wednesday November 5th , all fire departments in Berks County will be switching to the new 700mhz radio system
Fire pages will stay on 151.220 , but fireground communications will move to 700mhz
Listed below are three pdf files which may help you as you use the new equipment.