H.O.T. Fire Training Weekend

Fire Training Weekend October 18-19, 2014

Fire Training Weekend October 18-19, 2014

Once again firefighters from Eastern Berks Fire Department, Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, and other local emergency services attended the annual Berks County HOT Fire Training Weekend. This intense series of courses is taught by career firefighters with many years of experience in the field and teaching others. Saturday involves classroom training, while all day Sunday is hands on. Listed below are the course offering for the 2014 weekend.

Berks County Fire Weekend 2014
October. 18th &19th


Saturday 10/18/2014 0900- 1500 - Registration: 0800-0900
At the Crown Plaza Hotel- Wyomissing, PA

09:00 AM to 15:00 LECTURE Series:

0900-1200“Surviving the Fireground: It’s More Than a Few Buzzwords”
Captain Aaron Heller, Hamilton Twp. Fire Dist. #9
1300-1600 “The Routine Call- Is There Such a Thing?”
Captain Michael Clark- Hanover, NH FD
New Hampshire State Fire Academy


October 19th 2014 08:00 – 16:00 Berks County Fire Academy

Basement Fires- McCormack, Gilespie, Golden
*Personnel will stretch and operate on a basement fire in the residential section of the burn building.

Oriented Search off the Handline – Hankins & Kraemer
*Personnel will practice completing oriented searches off the initial handline.
Attacking the Garage Fire- Maloney & Faas

*This evolution require the engine company to work in conjunction with the truck company to force entry and attack a garage fire.

Entanglement Survival -Antozzeski
*Personnel will practice declaring the Mayday & maneuvering through an entanglement scenario without the aid of cutters or knives

Street Smart Ladders – Ciampo
*Personnel will be shown unique ways to carry, foot, raise, and work from portable ladders.

Forcible Entry – Evans & Mascaro
*Personnel will perform cutting operations on roll down gates, locks, and various other commercial building forcible entry obstacles both at ground level and from portable ladders.

Peaked Roof Operations – S. Kraemer & K. D.
*Personnel will be shown the safest and most efficient techniques to perform peaked roof operations including cutting ops under live fire conditions.

Entanglement Survival – Decker
*Personnel will practice declaring the Mayday & maneuvering through an entanglement scenario without the aid of cutters or knives


Personal Harness Usage Clark & Johnson
*Personnel will be shown and practice the newest techniques to utilize their Personal harness to its fullest. If not equipped with a harness they will be shown how to make one and utilize it.

Firefighter Disorientation Obstacle Course Hopson & J. Gallagher
*Personnel will become disoriented in a scenario that forces them to use their skills to re-orient themselves and escape from a potentially fatal situation.

Wall Breach & Personal Escape with the aid of Thermal Imager Usage D. Gallagher
*Personnel will practice wall breaching and reduced profile maneuvers in a self-survival evolution.

Ladder Rescues / Upper Floor Removal Simpson & Bloomer
*Personnel will be shown and will then practice the proper way to remove a firefighter from an upper floor utilizing portable ladders and a mechanical advantage system.
Ladders -
SCBA Tools
& Rope



Fire Prevention Visit to Schools

Each October, members of the Eastern Berks Fire Department take time from their busy schedules to visit local schools and teach children about Fire Prevention, fire apparatus and being a fire fighter. Members visit Washington Elementary School, Saint Francis Academy, and Bally Preschool.

They teach by video presentation, hands on learning, demonstrations and engaging the students. Many of the presenters are parents themselves, who have or have had children in these schools. Other members have grown up in the area and actually attended the schools themselves.

We distribute thousands of dollars of materials based on grade and are proud to be part of the learning experience for local students.


MVA with Injuries


MVA with Injuries  At 0345 hours on Thursday September 25, apparatus from 97, 58, 39 and 505 were dispatched for the report of an MVA with injuries on Dale Road near Dairy Lane. (Originally thought to be in Hereford Twp, but found to be in Washington Twp.)  Chief 97 arrived to confirm report by passer-by who discovered accident, that there two two victims, one on the ground, the other still in the vehicle. Arriving fire crews provided lighting and patient care assistance to EMS. A medic unit from 575 was dispatched to handle the second patient. Crews were on scene for over an hour until patients were transported and PSP investigated. Scene was turned over to fire police until arrival of tow company.


Martin Stone Quarry Tour

Monday September 15 – Emergency Responders from Eastern Berks Fire, Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, and Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue, as well as EMS personnel from Boyertown, Bally and Gilbertsville, are given a guided tour of the Martin Stone Quarry operation in Colebrookdale Township. Organized by MSQ employee Bruce Hoffman, who has a long history of EMS and Fire service in Bally, the tour acquaints responders with the layout, potential hazards and safety features of the open mine operation. Before the tour begins, Safety Director Anne Kelhart, gives an overview of what will be seen, and the procedures that will be followed should there be an incident at the quarry. Rod Martin has treated the crews to pretzels, water and a MSQ camo hat.  The large group of responders is divided into two group which are led by Hoffman and by manager Pic Reichart. Electrical stations, underground conveyor belts, screening operations, immense off-road quarry vehicle are all part of the highlights.  Thanks go to the Martin Stone Quarry for this great tour.


Josh’s Angels


Asst Chief Matt Bakes with Cyndi & Matt Gehman

Josh’s Angels Community Carnival held Saturday September 13 in Boyertown Park. Josh’s Angels is a Non-Profit to raise funds to further the awareness of all types of Childhood Cancers; to provide donations of funds to Cancer Research Organizations that specialize in Childhood Cancer research, and also to provide donations of funds to Organizations who provide support to families dealing with children diagnosed with Childhood Cancers. All activities are conducted in Memory of Joshua Gehman, son of Cynthia and Matthew Gehman, who passed away on January 11th, 2011 from medical complications resulting from Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive malignant brain tumor. Matt is an active firefighter and Josh spent much time in and around the fire house in Barto during his life. Additional information is available at the Josh’s Angels website or the Foundation Facebook page.


9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On September 11, 2001, 343 New York City firefighters died when the World Trade Towers collapsed. The deaths of these men left many families fatherless and left many survivors wondering why they were spared. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs across the country to remember and honor the firefighters who laid down their lives that day. In addition, funds raised by the Stair Climbs go directly to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Participants in Stair Climb events climb the equivalent of 110 stories. Each participant carries a picture of a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001. Completion of the Climb by the participant symbolizes the fallen FDNY firefighter has completed his mission of reaching the top of the World Trade Towers where civilians were waiting to be rescued.
Firefighters from Eastern Berks Fire Department participated in the Lancaster PA memorial


Vehicle Accident – Washington Twp

Monday August 25, 2014
 - 97 was requested to respond at 0010 hours by Lt 97-1, who was on location of an MVA on Crow Hill Road in Washington Township. The vehicle had apparently traveled off the road, down an embankment, and into the corner of a detached two bay garage. There was a partial collapse at the corner of impact and 97 was requested to check for structural integrity, as well as lighting for the investigation and removal of the vehicle. 505 was requested to report to check the driver. On scene for over an hour until PSP finished their investigation and Berks-Mont Towing removed the vehicle.


Garage Fire – District Township

August 14, 2014 – Garage Fire District Towsnhip

9:11pm on Thursday August 14: 39, 97, 21, Lehigh 1 and 505 were dispatched for the report of a fire on Treichler Road in District Township. Chief 39 arrived to find a fully involved detached garage, with the nearby home as an exposure.Chief 39 requested the second alarm be struck adding additional units from 97, 58, 95, Montg 65, Lehigh 66. Added later were 19 to cover and 575 after 505 transported a firefighter. Engine 39 laid five inch supply line up the long drive and crews from incoming apparatus attacked the fire, and protected the exposure, whose siding had already melted. Tankers supplied Engine 21, which fed the five inch. After a quick knock down on the initial fire volume, second alarm companies were either recalled or redirected as cover companies. On scene until after midnight.


Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment

Friday July 25 – 97 and 505 dispatched for an MVA with entrapment on Rt 100 in Washington Township. Personnel on scene confirmed multiple patients entrapped in multiple vehicles. Request made for 95 to respond with rescue apparatus and personnel to assist 97, an additional medic units from area EMS. Rescue personnel from both departments worked with hydraulic tools to remove doors and posts from both vehicles to allow EMS to gain access to patients and extricate them from the wreckage. Fire Police from 97, 58, 95 and 19 diverted traffic for almost two hours while patients were removed for transports, hazards controls, police investigated and wreckage was cleared. At least four patients from the vehicles were transported, include one in extremely critical condition, who later died. Following those patients, a 97 firefighter was transported to LVH-CC. While this was occuring, two additional EMS assists were dispatched for 97. 


July 4, 2014 Structure Fire Bally Borough

Friday July 4
Structure response was dispatched for a working house fire in Bally Borough. Dispatched on first alarms were all three 97 stations, 58, 95, 505 and Montg 65 for RIT. A second alarm for manpower was quickly added which brought 39, 21, 35, 19 and Montg 37. Fire appears to have begun on the exterior of an end-of-a row home, and spread up the exterior, and interior the second floor and attic of the fire building with minor extension into the adjacent exposure. Good work by all PLUS a fire wall prevented all three units from sustaining major damage.