From the afternoon of Sunday May 19 through the afternoon of Monday May 20th, Eastern Berks Firefighters responded to thirteen incidents. It was certain an unusually busy time for the volunteers of the department.
- It began Sunday at 1337 hours, 97 was sent for an Automatic Alarm at a residence on Wilt Rd in Washington. Deputy 97 arrived and reported nothing showing. On his way to the alarm, Chief 97 came upon a Motor Vehicle Accident with injuries which had just occurred on Old Rt 100 near Main St in Bally.
- Chief 97 asked the Deputy if he could divert an engine from the alarm to respond to his incident. Engine 97-1 was a few blocks away and came into that scene. Deputy 97 recalled Engine 97 from the AFA, and instructed its crew to take Attack 97 to the accident scene. Traffic 97, which was assisting at a community day event in Boyertown came in and blocked traffic at Main and Old Rt 100. Medic 505 had just responded to another call a minute before the chief’s report, and so Medic 525 was sent from the Boyertown community event. As the second car was loaded onto a Berks Mont tow truck and debris was just finished being swept up, a third call came in for an MVA in Hereford.
- At 1325 hours, Companies 39, 58, Rescue 97, and 575 were dispatched for an accident with injuries on Hunter Forge Rd in Hereford, reported to be a pickup truck vs a delivery truck. Engine 97-1 returned to station 2, and the crew picked up Rescue 97 and responded toward the accident. Captain 58 arrived on location, as well as Attack 39, and determined no other fire services were needed, so 97 and 58 were recalled.
- At 1428 hours, the structure fire response was sent for a working trailer fire at Grand View Speedway in Washington. This brought unites from 97, 95, Montco 65(RIT) and 505. Auto races were being held and Brush 97-1 was at the track for its normal fire services. The brush truck’s quick arrival at the scene prevented major problem as the trailer on fire had multiple exposures close by. It got a quick knock on the bulk of the fire and was backed up by Tanker 95. Crews from Engines 97-1 and 97, as well as Tanker 97-1 then finished extinguishment and overhaul, so that Brush 97-1 could return to the track and allow the races to proceed.
- At 2013 hours, Traffic 97 was part of 95’s vehicle fire response for Rt 100 and County Line Rd in Colebrookdale
- At 2132, we were sent for a tree down on Forgedale Road, blocking the roadway in Washington
- At 2211, we were sent for a fire alarm off Deer Rub Rd in District
- After the fire alarm and before the next call, 97 officers were paged out to respond to a pump detail in Washington
- At 0024 hours, 97 was dispatched for a Carbon Monoxide Alarm off Lenape Rd in Washington. Crews arrived to find elevated levels of CO, and tracking down the source, and ventilated the residence.
- At 0644, Fire Police from 97, 58, and 39 were directed to block Kulps Rd in Washington for a tree down on wires causing a power outage in the area.
- At 1433, 97 and 505 were dispatched for an MVA on Rt 100 at Ehst Rd in Washington
- At 1544, we were sent again for pole and wires down blocking Rt 100 near Hoffmansville Rd. This resulted in a two hour closure of the busy highway. Thank you to all the area fire police who assisted, and Thank you to the patience of drivers in the backups.
- At 1708 hours, we were sent for an AFA at a residence in Bechtelsville