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.