The winter storm which struck the eastern seaboard on Thursday and Friday November 15 & 16 brought a rash of calls for Eastern Berks Fire and all emergency responders in the area.
Before the storm even began, fire and EMS were sent at 0557 hours to Oysterdale Road in District for a car into a tree after trying to avoid a deer.
Then at 1756 hours, fire police from 97 and 95 were requested for traffic control around a disabled vehicle in the snow at a blind curve on Barto Rd in Washington.
Next at 2042 hours, fire was sent for a pole sparking on Pine Street in Bally
We were awakened at 0500 hours on Friday with the report of a tree blocking Lutz Road in Pike
Twenty minutes later at 0520 hours fire (97 & 95) and EMS were sent to an MVA (car into a ditch) on Forgedale Road in Washington. As Chief 97 responded, he informed Berks that he had received a phone call about another MVA – this one one Rt 100 in Washington. That one ran into and destroyed our fire company sign board, as well as the firefighter bear sculpted from a log and attached to the sign. The wooden bear was “dead at the scene.”
At 0632, fire was sent for a tree blocking Hill Church Road in Pike
At 0712 hours, fire and EMS was dispatched for an overturned pickup truck on Hoffmansville Road in Washington. Fire Police from 97, 95, and 67 closed that road for a while.
And this is only November!!
UPDATE!!! – after closer examination when the snow stopped flying, it seems that the wooden firefighter was “bearly” injured.