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Ford F-150 which had been detailed to a fire department in Canada.We will outfit this new/used vehicle to replace our outdated traffic unit.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.


Five EMS Units Needed at Four Vehilce Accident

IMG_7075Wednesday October 5 – 58, 39, 97 and 505 dispatched for an MVA at the intersection of Rt 100 and Kutztown Rd at the border of Hereford and Washington Townships. Crews found a multiple car accident with multiple injuries. Most cars came to rest in Washington Township, with one car against a nearby residence. Route 100 was shut down for more than an hour as traffic was diverted onto side roads. Crews assisted with patient care, hazard control and traffic control. Total vehicle involved were four, while units on locations were: Rescue 97 and Engine 97-1, and EMS 505, 525, 575, 332, and 369.


Parade Thank You’s

FullSizeRenderOn behalf of Eastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Community Ambulance, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to today’s Parade and Housing, from the public, the speakers, our Fellow Brothers and Sisters from the areas Departments, to make this day a very special and a great day.

Also a huge thanks to our covering companies, Earl Township Fire and Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue for standing by for our coverage area.

Thanks also to Berks Mont towing for providing the stage, Medevac for coming out, all the food vendors, Amity Fire Co for the Safety House, Keystone Blood Mobile.


THIS SATURDAY – Sept 24: Parade, Housing & Block Party

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

MemberPhoto-1Eastern BeParadeGraphic1rks 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 at Martin Stone Quarry and travels Old Rt 100 to BallyBlood Drive
– Block Party in Bally — Food, Music, Games, Kids Touch-a-Truck, Fire Prevention House, MedEvac Landing and more!
Parade2016Poster– Housing Ceremony for Trucks and Ambulance at 5:30pm
– Registration for fire and EMS apparatus and judging by Tri State Judges Association

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.