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The Greenfields Fire Company is 100% volunteer and protects Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Bern Township is a 20 square mile suburban/rural township bordering the northwest side of the City of Reading. Our population served is 6900. Our Fire Station is located on Route 183 at the southwest side of the Reading Regional Airport. The Station has 5 bays. 4 front and one rear for airport access. We house 2 Engines, a Brush Truck, A Utility Pick up truck, a Fire Police Trailer, and a Command Unit. We have approximately 20 active firefighters, 3 Chief Officers, 2 Line Officers and 2 Fire Police Line Officers.

We average 375 Emergency Calls a year. Our primary response area includes residential properties and businesses such as Teleflex Medical, Direct Link Technologies(Berks 911 is located in this Bldg), Classic Harley Davidson, The Reading Regional Airport, Berks County Prison, the County Nursing Home, the Bern Township portions of Blue Marsh Lake and The Saint Joseph Medical Center. Two major highways run through our area; Pa Route 183 and US Route 222. We receive and provide Mutual Aid assistance to Mount Pleasant (30), West Reading (64), Leesport (37), Western Berks (18), the Township of Spring (85), Wyomissing (79), Goodwill of Hyde Park (10), Temple (11) and the City of Reading Fire Department (RFD). We also respond as part of the Zone 2 and 4 Tanker Task Force where we perform tanker fill site duties.


Stonehenge Neighborhood Invites GFC to its Emergency Services Day
Saturday, July 25, 2015 13:00
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Greenfields Fire Company was invited by the Stonehenge Neighborhood Home Owners Association to participate in their Emergency Services Day this past Saturday. The Stonehenge Neighborhood is located off of West Main St. just west of Leesport. The community is located in Greenfields’ “First Due” and is also serviced by Leesport Co. 37 and Schuylkill Valley EMS.

During the event GFC displayed Engine 55, Brush 55, and Utility 55. Firefighters and Support Unit members conducted tours of Engine 55, handed out fire prevention literature to, and answered questions from the members of the Stonehenge Neighborhood.

Also participating in the event were Leesport Co. 37, Schuylkill Valley EMS, Township of Spring Co. 85, The Berks County Emergency Response Team, Lower Heidelberg Township Police Department’s K-9 Unit, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s MedEvac Helicopter, and “Mr. Softee”.

Along with the landing of the MedEvac helicopter, the big hit of the day was a demonstration by the Lower Heidelberg Police Department’s K-9 Unit. You may click on the link below to see a video clip of the demonstration.

Participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate, FF Matt Haggard, Jr. FF Ely Pagan, Jr. FF Dylan Heckmann, Support Unit Captain Leslie Fisher, Support Unit Members Tanya Allen and Lindsey DeCarlo, Chief’s Daughter Kimberly Fisher, Chief’s Son Grant Fisher, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Lower Heidelberg Police K-9 Demonstration
GFC Apparatus on display.
   GFC Apparatus on display.
Leesport Co. 37 Apparatus on display.
   Leesport Co. 37 Apparatus on display.
Monday Night Drill was a real Picnic at the GFC House
Monday, July 20, 2015 18:00
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Usually, GFC’s Monday night drills involve a combination of hard work, sweat and the occasional live burn - and are no picnic. But last Monday’s drill was a real picnic, complete with a pot-luck buffet and awards for last year’s outstanding service.

After gorging ourselves with a pot-luck feast, which included a delicious fare supplied by Mission BBQ, Chief Fisher presented individual awards to crewmembers for most drills attended, and most calls responded to. In addition, Chief Fisher presented the “Chief’s Award” for service above and beyond the call of duty, along with the coveted “Firefighter of the Year” award, which is decided by a secret ballot from all crewmembers.

Listed below are the award recipients:

 

FIREFIGHTER of the YEAR

Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz

 

CHIEF’S AWARD

2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate

 

MOST DRILLS ATTENDED

1st Place - Firefighter William Pagan with 46 out of 48 drills attended.

2nd Place - Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz with 45 out of 48 drills attended.

3rd Place - Firefighter Jenny Reedy with 44 out of 48 drills attended.

4th Place - 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate with 43 out of 48 drills attended.

5th Place - Capt. Joseph Green with 42 out of 48 drills attended.

 

MOST CALLS RESPONDED TO

 

1st Place - Chief Brian Fisher with 284 out of 394 calls.

2nd Place - 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate with 276 out of 394 calls.

3rd Place - Photographer Steve Spies with 202 out of 394 calls.

4th Place - Firefighter William Pagan with 174 out of 394 calls.

 

Thanks to Leslie Fisher, Sarah Barnett, Leigh-Ann Matz, Lindsey DeCarlo, and Tanya Allen of the Support Unit for putting the picnic together.  And thanks to everyone who supplied the “Pot Luck” food and drink. Finally, special thanks to the Management and Staff of Mission BBQ for supplying pork, chicken, sausage, mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans and corn bread for the picnic.

 

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Jr. FF Dylan Matz, with his mother, Leigh-Ann by his side, displays his
   Jr. FF Dylan Matz, with his mother,
      Leigh-Ann by his side, displays his
      "Firefighter of the Year" award.
Chief Brian Fisher, right, presents the
   Chief Brian Fisher, right, presents the
      "Chief's Award" to 2nd Asst. Chief Scott
      Trate.
GFC Assists Co. 18 with a Structure Fire in Lower Heidelberg Twp.
Friday, July 17, 2015 01:40
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At 1:40 a.m. Greenfields Co. 55 received a dispatch to assist Western Berks Co. 18 with a structure fire in the 3000 block of State Hill Road in Lower Heidelberg Township. Company 18 reported to Berks Dispatch that a single family structure was fully involved in fire.

While in rout to the scene, Engine 55 was instructed by Co. 18 Command to proceed to Co. 18’s Station 4 on Brownsville Road, and set-up a tanker fill site. Engine 55 complied. About 30 minutes after setting up the fill site, Engine 55 was instructed by Command to break down the fill site and report to the incident’s manpower pool to assist with fighting the fire. Engine 55 and later Brush 55 reported to the scene and remained on scene assisting responding Companies. The GFC Crew remained on scene until approximately 5:00  a.m. when they were released by Incident Command.

Eventually, it was determined that the structure was lost, and a decision was made by Command to allow it to burn itself out. Western Berks Co. 18 remained on scene until about 7:00 a.m.

Bern Township Fire Police assisted Lower Heidelberg and Spring Township Fire Police with traffic control. State Hill Road was closed between Evans Hill Road and Brownsville Road.

The structure was not occupied at the time of the fire, and no one was injured during the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Lower Heidelberg Township Fire Marshal. Its cause at this time remains under investigation.

The structure was totally destroyed and no estimate of loss is available at this time.

Those responding for the GFC were:  1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker; 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Lt. Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Structure Fire on State Hill Rd.
Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, left, and Capt. Joe Green set-up a tanker fill site at Western Berks Station 4.
   Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, left, and
      Capt. Joe Green set-up a tanker fill
      site at Western Berks Station 4.
FF Jenny Reedy, left, Asst Chief Mahlon Auker, and Asst Chief Scott Trate gear up to join the incident's manpower pool.
   FF Jenny Reedy, left, Asst Chief Mahlon
      Auker, and Asst Chief Scott Trate gear
      up to join the incident's manpower pool.
Brush Fire Reported at Blue Marsh Lake
Thursday, July 16, 2015 19:14
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, assisted by those from Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 and Bernville Co. 29, responded to a brush fire in the vicinity of the Blue Marsh Dam.

Upon arrival, Brush 55 and Engine 55 scoured the area, but were unable to locate the fire, which had been reported to be several burning hay bales.

Capt. Joe Green contacted the park rangers and asked for their assistance in locating the fire. The rangers advised that the fire was in a restricted area on the west side of the dam, and escorted our apparatus to the location.

When Brush 55 arrived at the fire’s location, Capt. Joe Green and FF Jenny Reedy found a pile of burning hay. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire with a good soaking from Brush 55, aided by brush trucks and firefighters from Mt. pleasant and Bernville.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Those responding for the GFC were:  Chief Brian Fisher; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; FF Dave Steffey; Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Brush 55 arrives on scene followed by firefighters from Bernville and Mt. Pleasant.
   Brush 55 arrives on scene followed by
      firefighters from Bernville and Mt.
      Pleasant.
GFC Rescues Trapped Water Fowl from a Storm Drain
Friday, July 3, 2015 11:04
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Around noon Friday, Brush 55 was dispatched to a report that a mama duck, and her 8 ducklings, had become trapped in a storm drain in the north parking lot of the Teleflex Medical World Headquarters building.

Not wanting to duck their duty, Chief Brian Fisher and Capt. Joe Green answered the call to aid our web-footed friends.

Brush 55 arrived to find several people gathered around a storm drain in the Teleflex parking lot. Bern Township police had already removed the grating over a storm drain in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the water fowl.

Upon inspection of the storm drain, it was found to empty into a containment pond about100 feet to the north. Chief Fisher and Capt. Green inspected the discharge end of the drain and discovered the little quackers about 20 feet from the opening.

Once the ducks were located, the plan of attack was to have Brush 55 discharge a stream of water into the storm drain in order to coax the critters out. After a few minutes, and about 100 gallons of water, mama duck, and her eight ducklings waddled out and disappeared into the tall grass.

With the rescue completed, the grating was replaced over the storm drain, and Brush 55 and crew returned to the GFC Station.

When asked by WFMZ news if this was a difficult rescue, Chief Fisher simply replied: “I can truthfully say that this rescue was as easy as duck soup.”

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WFMZ 69News - Flushed to Freedom
Brush 55 answers the duck call.
   Brush 55 answers the duck call.
The grate over the storm drain was removed in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the ducks.
   The grate over the storm drain was
      removed in an unsuccessful attempt to
      rescue the ducks.
GFC Firefighters Partake in Schuylkill Valley Libraryís Heroís Week
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Firefighters from the GFC were invited by Librarian Kelly Jacoby to the Schuylkill Valley Library to participate in their "Firefighters - Friends from the Fire Company" program last week.

On Wednesday and Friday the children were given tours of Engine 55 and a demonstration of its pumping ability. They played the “Knock the Traffic Cones over with a Fire Hose Game”, and learned how to “Stop, Drop, and Roll". They were also read firefighter stories from selected library books, and were given a demonstration of how a firefighter gets dressed for action.

On Saturday, the GFC teamed up with firefighters from Leesport Co. 37 to give a vehicle rescue demonstration.  The children were able to witness how firefighters, using rescue tools such as “The Jaws of Life”, could turn a sedan into a doorless convertible in order to rescue the occupants inside.

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Those participating during the week for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker; Capt. Joe Green; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz; and Photographer Steve Spies.

Special thanks are in order to Vince James of V&M Towing for donating the vehicle used in the rescue demonstration.

 


 
   
E55 in the Schuylkill Valley Library parking lot.
   E55 in the Schuylkill Valley Library
      parking lot.
GFC Dispatched to a Vehicle Fire on Rt. 222
Thursday, June 18, 2015 20:19
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, assisted by those from West Reading Co. 64 and Temple Co. 11, were dispatched to a vehicle fire on northbound Rt. 222 between Spring Ridge and Rt. 183 ramps Tuesday evening.

Upon arrival responding crews found a tanker truck parked on the right hand shoulder of northbound Rt. 222. According to the truck’s placard it was hauling fuel oil. The odor of hot rubber was detected at the rear of the vehicle, but no fire or smoke was visible.

The driver of the tanker stated that one of his rear brakes had engaged and was causing its wheel to heat up. Firefighters checked the wheel with a thermal imaging camera and found it to indeed be overheated.

A heavy duty tow truck from V&M Towing was called to remove the tanker. Upon its arrival the tow truck operator disabled the tanker's rear brakes and removed the vehicle from the scene.

A portion of the number two lane of northbound Rt. 222 was closed during the incident while Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene. Crews were released and normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 9:00 p.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker; 3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy, Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Sergeant Jeff Allen; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Upon arrival the GFC Crew finds a fuel oil tanker parked on the right hand shoulder of northbound Rt. 222
   Upon arrival the GFC Crew finds a fuel
      oil tanker parked on the right hand
      shoulder of northbound Rt. 222
The odor of hot rubber could be sensed coming form the rear wheels of the tanker.
   The odor of hot rubber could be sensed
      coming form the rear wheels of the
      tanker.
3 Vehicle Accident at T&Cís Market
Thursday, June 18, 2015 08:50
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At mid-morning Thursday, The Greenfields Fire Co. along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to the report of a 3 vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Leesport Rd. and Rt. 183.

Upon arrival the GFC Crew found a Ford Crown Victoria in the middle of the intersection. Additionally, a Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile Bravada were nose to nose on W. Leesport Rd. next to T&C’s Market. Remarkably, there were no injuries.

Bern Township Fire Police assisted the Bern Township police with traffic control while Police investigated the cause of the accident. Once the police investigation was completed, the vehicles were removed and fire crews cleaned up the debris and spilled fluids from the intersection.

Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Capt. Joe Green; FF Gary Rarick; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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A Ford Crown Vic sits in the middle of the intersection of Rt. 183 and W. Leesport Rd...
   A Ford Crown Vic sits in the middle of
      the intersection of Rt. 183 and W.
      Leesport Rd...
...A Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile Bravada sit nose to nose on W. Leesport Rd.
   ...A Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile
      Bravada sit nose to nose on W. Leesport
      Rd.
New Pumper Arrives At GFC
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Finally, after over 2 years of planning and negotiating, GFC’s new KME Predator pumper has been delivered to the Greenfields Fire Company! This piece of apparatus will replace GFC’s 24 year old Grumman pumper.

Chief Brian Fisher, accompanied by Chief Engineer Phil Haupt, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, and 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate traveled to Nesquehoning, PA to take delivery of GFC’s new pumper.

After a final inspection and necessary paperwork, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate drove our new KME Predator pumper from KME’s manufacturing facility to the Greenfields Station. They arrived at the GFC Station an hour and a half later to a throng of eager and wide-eyed firefighters.

Once the new pumper is outfitted with the necessary firefighting equipment, and crew members have been properly trained, our new pumper is scheduled to enter service at the end of July. An official housing ceremony is tentatively planned for some time in October.

Special thanks are in order for The Engine Replacement Committee, comprised of Chief Brian Fisher, Chief Engineer Phil Haupt, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate, 3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce, and FF Billy Pagan. The Committee’s hard work over the past 2 years planning and writing the specifications for our new pumper has made this project a reality.

And a big shout-out is due Chief Engineer Phil Haupt for his efforts negotiating the labyrinth of grant and loan applications, and the bureaucratic barriers and hurdles necessary to secure the financing for this project.

Thanks are also in order for The Bern Township Board of Supervisors for securing the Township’s financial support for this project.

Finally, a big thank you goes out to Greenfields Fire Company President Jeff Killian and all the members of the Greenfields Fire Company for their support.

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GFC's new KME Predator Pumper arrives at the 55 Station!
   GFC's new KME Predator Pumper arrives at
      the 55 Station!
Car Hits Guide Rail on Palisades Dr.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 17:28
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The GFC was dispatched late Monday to the report of an MVA with fire on Palisades Dr. near Rebers Bridge late Tuesday afternoon. Dispatched to assist were Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Western Berks Ambulance.

Upon arrival the GFC crew found single vehicle MVA involving a vintage street rod coupe with sever front end damage. There was an odor of burnt electrical insulation and gasoline, but no fire was visible. Fire crews disconnected the vehicle’s battery and stood by with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The vehicle was then inspected with a thermal imaging camera and no unusual hot spots were found.

The driver of the vehicle had suffered a black eye from striking the steering wheel, but refused transport by Western Berks Ambulance.

The driver of the vehicle reported to police that the vehicle had suddenly lost traction and spun out, hitting the guide rail. There appeared to be an oil slick on the roadway resulting from a previous rain shower.  A witness, who had gotten out of his vehicle to help, stated that the roadway was very slippery and walking upon it was difficult.

The vehicle was later removed from the scene by V&M Towing. Fire crewmembers cleaned up the crash debris and spilled fluids from the roadway and returned to their stations.

Those responding for the GFC were: 2nd Asst. Scott Trate; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC arrives on scene to find a vintage coupe had struck the guide rail.
   GFC arrives on scene to find a vintage
      coupe had struck the guide rail.
FF Jenny Reedy stands by with a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
   FF Jenny Reedy stands by with a dry
      chemical fire extinguisher.
Vehicle Fire at The Riveredge/Econo Lodge
Monday, June 15, 2015 18:19
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The GFC was dispatched early Monday evening to the report of a vehicle fire in the 2000 block of Bernville Rd. at the Econo Lodge.

Crews from West Reading Co. 64 and Temple Co. 11 arrived first and found an Audi with its front end fully involved in fire.  The vehicle’s owner, and a bystander were attempting to extinguish the fire using a garden hose and a pressure washer. The fire had advanced to the point where their efforts were futile.

Firefighters from West Reading quickly pulled an attack line from Engine 64. With assistance from Temple Co. 11, they were able to extinguishe the fire in a few minutes.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the vehicle was a total loss.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Capt. Joe Green; FF Gary Rarick; FF Jenny Reedy; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Crews arrive on scene to find an Audi with its front end fully involved in fire.
   Crews arrive on scene to find an Audi
      with its front end fully involved in
      fire.
A garden hose is no match for the fire.
   A garden hose is no match for the fire.
GFC Dispatched to Possible Structure Fire at Direct Link
Saturday, June 13, 2015 05:30
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The GFC was dispatched early Saturday morning to a report of smoke at the Direct Link Building on Bernville Road.

Upon arrival, Chief Brian Fisher took command and directed firefighters to accompany building security personnel to the area in question.

Once inside, the acrid odor of burnt electrical insulation was detected. The source of the odor was narrowed down to a computer equipment room, but no fire or damaged equipment could be located. After a thorough examination of the computer equipment room, using a thermal imaging camera, no unusual heat sources could be found. The situation was declared non-threatening and was turned over to computer maintenance personnel for resolution..

Assisting the GFC were: West Reading Co. 64; Mt. Pleasant Co. 30; Temple Co. 11; Reading Engine 7; Wyomissing Co. 79; Township of Spring Co. 18; and Goodwill Co. 10

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Officer Donny Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
Chief Fisher takes command.
   Chief Fisher takes command.
GFC Augments Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit During WWII Weekend
 

Once again the Greenfields Fire Company has been tasked to augment the Reading Regional Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Unit during the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend festivities.  This year’s event is had special significance since it was the 25th anniversary of first WWII weekend held by the Air Museum.

Under the direction of Greenfields Fire Chief Brian Fisher, apparatus from over 15 Berks County Fire Departments were marshalled together to augment the Airport’s ARFF fleet.  Apparatus were split into three groups. One group was stationed at the Airport’s ARFF Station, while another was sent to the tarmac at Gate 5A. The third group was located at the GFC Station House to cover fire and emergency calls in Bern Township.

Along with being on the ready for any aircraft emergency, the Gate 5A apparatus were also put into service during the two Iwo Jima reenactments. During these reenactments, fully functional World War II flame throwers were used in the battlefield area resulting in small, but potentially dangerous grass fires. After the reenactments were over, the Gate 5A crew was enlisted to extinguish those flames.

Firefighters have to eat, and the task of feeding them was given to our Support Unit Captain Leslie Fisher and her Minions: Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz, Support Unit Member Ginger Houck, and Support Unit Member Tanya Allen. Along with the food and drink they supplied, Captain Fisher enlisted the catering services of Mission BBQ to supplement the feast. They supplied Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Baked Beans and Mac and Cheese.  Needless to say, no one went away hungry.

Other than one minor incident involving a miscalculation of winds by a parachute demonstration team, the services of the ARFF crew were not required. The parachute team missed its landing zone by about a quarter of a mile and the Gate 5A team assisted with their retrieval.

Special thanks to all the companies listed below whom participated in the Airport’s ARFF coverage:

Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit, Commanded by Steven Haines

Lower Alsace Co. 4

Alsace Manor Co. 8

Central Fire Laureldale Co. 13

Earl Twp. Co.19

Walnuttown Co. 32

Virginville Co. 33

Ruscombmanor Co. 34

Lyons Co. 35

Leesport Co. 37

Shartlesville Co.41

Fleetwood Co. 45

Kutztown Co. 46

Frystown Co. 53

Brecknock Co. 72

 

Special thanks are in order for Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 and Mohnton Co. 57 for staffing the 55 Station in order to serve the needs of Bern Township during the Show.

 

Staffing for the GFC:

 Chief Brian Fisher

1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker

2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate

3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce

Capt. Joe Green

Lt. Amy Auker

FF Billy Pagan

FF Gary Rarick

FF Jenny Reedy

FF Dave Steffey

FF Austin Valko

FF Britni Cummings

Jr. FF Dylan Matz

Jr. FF Dylan Heckman

Jr. FF Eli Pagan

 Fire Police Sergeant Jeff Allen

Fire Police Officer Donnie Sando

 Photographer Steve Spies

 

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Apparatus staged at Gate 5A.
   Apparatus staged at Gate 5A.
Smoke Investigation at Blue Marsh Lake
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 18:12
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The GFC was dispatched early Wednesday evening to a report of smoke coming out of the honor box at Blue Marsh Lake’s Dry Brooks Day Use entrance.

Upon arrival, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate could smell smoke near the honor box, but nothing was visible. A park ranger arriving on scene was able to open the box for inspection. Inside the box was found the charred remains of a payment envelope, but no fire.

It seems that someone had lit a payment envelope on fire and put it in the money box in hopes of starting the cash inside on fire; however the envelope burned itself out. No fire was started and no cash was destroyed. Asst. Chief Trate declared the incident resolved and returned to the GFC Station.

Blue Marsh Lake Recreational Area is a National Park, thus making this arson attempt a Federal Offence.

Those responding for the GFC were: 2nd Ast. Chief Scott Trate, and Photographer Steve Spies

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2nd Asst. Chief arrives at Blue Marsh with E55-1.
   2nd Asst. Chief arrives at Blue Marsh
      with E55-1.
The Honor Box at Blue Marsh's Dry Brooks Day Use Entrance.
   The Honor Box at Blue Marsh's Dry Brooks
      Day Use Entrance.
Leinbachs Boy Scout Troop 190 Visits the GFC Station
Monday, June 8, 2015 18:45
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 hosted Leinbachs Boy Scout Troop 190 for a tour of the GFC Station Monday evening.

The scouts were first given a welcoming fire prevention presentation by Chief Brian Fisher, which in included our ever poplar DVD: Safety Smart About Fire staring the Disney Lion King characters Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat.

Following the video, Captain Joe Green and Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrated how firefighters get dressed, the equipment they ware, and how they search for people trapped in burning structures.

Afterward, the scouts adjourned to the Engine Bay for a tour of our apparatus.

The tour concluded with a video compilation of various calls and activities from the previous year

Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Captain Joe Green; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher; Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Chief Fisher welcomes the scouts.
   Chief Fisher welcomes the scouts.
Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates how a firefighter gets ready for action.
   Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates how a
      firefighter gets ready for action.
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