Sunday January 21st turned out to be a busy one for Eastern Berks Firefighters.
It started at 0319 hours, when 97 and 505 were dispatched for an ALS Medical in Washington Twp. Medics needed additional help with the patient in the home and during transport. Two EBFD firefighters rode in the ambulance to provide assistance.
At 1300 hours, firefighters and their families sat down to enjoy their annual post-holiday dinner at the Bechtelsville station in the banquet hall of Keystone Fire Company.
At 1326 hours, 97 was dispatched to assist EMS at an ALS Medical in Bechtelsville. Attack 97 responded to assist.
At 1345 hours, while the remainder of the crew and their families continued to enjoy an excellent meal, Engine 97-1 (out of the Bally Station) was dispatched to assist Topton on a 2nd Alarm house fire in the Mertztown area of Longswamp. Since most crew members were already at Bechtelsville, Engine 97 (out of Bechtelsville) responded in place of Engine 97-1. Traffic 97 responded from the Barto station to assist with road closures. Other firefighters returned to the Bally station to stand-by in case of other calls, or more help was need in Longswamp.
At 1503 hours, while still at the Bally station, 97 , along with 95 and 19 to help cover, were sent for a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in the basement of a residence in Washington. Engine 97-1, Brush 97-1, Attack 97 and Tanker 97 covered that assignment, and 95 and 19 were recalled.
In the meantime, Engine 97 was released from the fire scene in Longswamp and asked to stand-by at Topton’s station while they overhauled their fire scene and secured their hose and equipment.