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The Greenfields Fire Company is totally volunteer and protects Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Bern Township is a 42 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 Fire Police Trailer, a Utility/Command Unit, and a Car. We have approximately 20 active firefighters, 2 Chief Officers, 2 Line Officers and 2 Fire Police Line Officers.
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We average between 350 and 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 Tanker Task Force where we perform tanker fill site duties. Occasionally, we are dispatched to assist the City of Reading Fire Department on multi-alarm fires.


Capt. Mahlon Auker Qualifies on E55-1
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Capt. Mahlon Auker has completed the training necessary to qualify as a Driver and Pump Operator on Engine 55-1, and is now qualified to respond to calls in that capacity.

 In order to qualify on the apparatus, Mahlon was required to complete a course in Emergency Vehicle Operation, after which a period of on-the-job training was required.  Mahlon then had to demonstrate his ability to drive and maneuver the Engine, operate its pump and ancillary equipment, and then satisfactorily demonstrate his Bern Township navigational acumen.

Congratulations, Mahlon, on a job well done!




 
Capt. Mahlon Auker stands next to E55-1 as its newly qualified driver.
   Capt. Mahlon Auker stands next to E55-1
      as its newly qualified driver.
Capt. Auker checks the gauges on E55-1 during a recent Monday Night Drill.
   Capt. Auker checks the gauges on E55-1
      during a recent Monday Night Drill.
GFCs 2nd Annual Car Wash is an Unqualified Success
Saturday, July 19, 2014 
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The Firefighters of the Greenfields Fire Company would like to thank everyone who stopped by our fire station on Saturday, July 19th to get their vehicles washed and who offered their generous support for our fire company.  Believe it or not, Greenfields Co. 55 washed exactly 55 vehicles during this event!  Your generosity helped us earn over $1,000, which will be used to help purchase ancillary equipment for our new fire engine.

The Firefighters would also like to thank those who helped sponsor the event with donations of food, drink, and supplies.  They were:

Clover Farms, who donated Icy Tea, Icy Lemonade, Orange Drink, and Fruit Punch.

Redner’s Market, who donated bottled water.

ATV Bakery, who donated hot dog rolls.

Utz, who donated potato chips.

MISCO Products, who donated car washing detergent, sponges, and buckets. 

Most of all though, special thanks go out to FF/EMT Amy Auker and Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett who, with the assistance of Support Unit Captain Leslie Fisher, organized the event and secured the sponsorships of those mentioned above.

And finally, the warmest of thanks go out to all the firefighters who did all the work washing the vehicles: Chief Brian Fisher on windows; Assistant Chief Scott Trate on fenders; Lt. Billy Pagan, Bumper and Bug Specialist; FF Jenny Reedy, Wheel, Rim, and Tire Specialist; FF Dave Steffey on wipe down; FF Joe Green on roofs, doors, and trunk lids; Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Car Wash Sign Specialist and General Helper; Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher on hot dogs and baked goods sales; Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett on baked goods and T-shirts sales; Eli Pagan, Floater; FF/EMT Amy Auker, Cashier; Kimberly Fisher, 6 Year Old Cuteness Specialist; and Photographer Steve Spies, you guessed it, on pictures.

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GFC Assists Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with MVA on Rt. 183
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:13
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Greenfields Co. 55 was dispatched shortly after noon Thursday to assist Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with an MVA on Rt. 183 just north of the Penn-Bern Township boundary.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that a Jeep Wrangler that was traveling southbound on Rt.183 had drifted onto the right shoulder where it struck a farm tractor that was stopped on Penn-Bern Rd. waiting to turn onto Rt. 183. Upon impact the Jeep flipped onto its driver’s side causing the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, to strike his head on the roadway.  GFC personnel immediately joined forces with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30 and Blandon Co. 520 Ambulance to assist with treatment and extrication of the patient from the vehicle.
 
The driver, who was the vehicle’s only occupant, was later transported to the Reading Hospital with a severe head injury. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time. The driver of the farm tractor was uninjured.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed the section of Rt. 183 between the Blue Marsh Canteen and Plum Creek Road for about an hour while Bern Township and Pennsylvania State Police officers conducted their investigation. Once their investigation was completed, and the vehicle and its debris were removed from the scene, the roadway was reopened.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Captain Mahlon Auker, FF Joe Green, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Donald Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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After striking the farm tractor, the Jeep came to rest on its driver's side.
   After striking the farm tractor, the
      Jeep came to rest on its driver's side.
The farm tractor sustained damage to its front wheel.
   The farm tractor sustained damage to its
      front wheel.
GFC to hold its 2nd Annual Car Wash
Saturday, July 12, 2014 
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The Firefighters of the Greenfields Fire Company will be holding their 2nd annual fund raising car wash and bake sale on Saturday, July 19th *, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come by and get a great car wash while supporting your local fire company. The cost for your car wash is by donation, and is totally up to you. Any amount will be welcomed.
 
The Greenfields Fire Co. is located on Rt.183 (The Bernville Rd.) 1 mile north of Reading, next to the Reading Regional Airport.
 
So, if you’ve got bugs on your windshield or grunge on your hood; the Greenfields Firefighters will make your car look GOOD!
 
*Rain Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014.
 

 
   
   
HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE!!!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 
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As the clock struck midnight yesterday the month of June ended. The Men and Women of the Greenfields Fire Company handled 51 calls for the MONTH! A new high for the company beating the old number of 47 from two years ago.

With the dedicated help from all the Volunteers here at Co.55 and the generous help from all of our mutual aide companies this milestone truly shows the dedication, commitment, and team work between all.

After 6 months...the numbers shape up like this.
191 General Fire Calls
15 Officer Calls
23 Fire Police Calls
Total - 229 calls so far!

Click on the Camera Icon below to see some selected photos from this year's calls so far.

Keep up to date with our activities on our facebook page and on here for current stories and photos. 

Thank you all for your continued support!




 
Hail storm May 22, 2014.
   Hail storm May 22, 2014.
Garage fire on Peach Blossom Lane May 12 2014.
   Garage fire on Peach Blossom Lane May 12
      2014.
GFC Called to assist with a 3 Alarm Fire in West Reading
Monday, June 23, 2014 01:51
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Greenfields Co. 55 was dispatched early Monday morning to assist West Reading Co. 64, and other companies from around the area, with a 3 alarm fire at the Bistro 614 restaurant on Penn Avenue in West Reading.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC crew reported to the manpower pool located at the rear of Wyomissing’s Ladder 79. At that point, West Reading Co. 64 command assigned manpower coordination duties to GFC’s Assistant Chief, Scott Trate.
 
Although fire crews had the fire under control within an hour or so, firefighters were kept busy extinguishing several stubborn hot spots within the D side wall. The GFC crew assisted with this and other overhaul tasks, and the fire was declared out around 3:30 a.m. The GFC crew then assisted other companies with equipment packing tasks, and they were officially released around 4:00 a.m.
 
According to West Reading Fire Marshal Chad Marks, the fire was started by an electrical malfunction in the restaurant’s kitchen. The fire caused major damage to the kitchen and heavy damage to 3 apartments above the restaurant. Four residents in the above apartments were displaced and the Red Cross was assisting them with finding shelter. Marks estimated the damage to be in excess of $100,000.
 
No one was injured during the incident.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Dave Steffey, FF Terry Royce, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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GFC's Assistant Chief Scott Trate, left, assumes manpower command duties.
   GFC's Assistant Chief Scott Trate, left,
      assumes manpower command duties.
GFC sets-up Penn Star Landing Zone at Blue Marsh Lake
Saturday, June 21, 2014 13:00
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The Flight Medics at Penn Star requested the services of the Greenfields Fire Co. to set-up a landing zone for their helicopter during their picnic at Blue Marsh Lake Saturday afternoon.
 
The GFC crew arrived at the Blue Marsh Lake picnic site, located above the Dry Brooks recreation area, around 1:00 p.m. and a set up the landing zone for the helicopter’s 2:00 p.m. landing. The Penn Star helicopter arrived right on schedule and made a safe and uneventful landing.
 
In exchange for GFC’s services, the Penn Star Flight Medic staff invited the GFC crew to join them in their picnic festivities. After a great meal and a pick-up volleyball game, the GFC crew thanked everyone for their hospitality and returned to their station.
 
Those participating in the landing zone set-up were: Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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The GFC crew sets up the landig zone.
   The GFC crew sets up the landig zone.
Here comes the chopper.
   Here comes the chopper.
Vehicle Strikes Deer on Fairview Dr.
Friday, June 20, 2014 15:15
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The Greenfields Fire Co. 55 was dispatched Friday afternoon to assist Schuylkill Valley Emergency Medical Services at an MVA on Fairview Dr., just west of Possum Lane.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that a Volkswagen Jetta, traveling westbound on Fairview Dr., had struck a deer just west of Possum Lane. The windshield of the Volkswagen had been shattered, however none of the vehicle’s air bags had deployed, and the driver was complaining was complaining of neck pain. EMTs on scene stabilized the patient, and the GFC crew assisted with the patient’s extrication from the vehicle. The patient was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
 
Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene until the patient was transported and the vehicle was removed.
 
The deer, a young doe, did not survive.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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The vehicle had struck a deer, smashing its windshield.
   The vehicle had struck a deer, smashing
      its windshield.
   
Two MVAs, minutes apart, in Bern Twp. Tuesday Morning
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 09:06
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Bernville Co. 29, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS was dispatched to an MVA with injuries at Fisher’s rental on Rt. 183. While in rout, GFC, along with West Reading Co. 64, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to a second MVA on Rt. 183 that involved a police vehicle at the Southbound Rt. 222 exit. Chief Fisher instructed Engine 55 to handle the accident at the Rt. 222 exit while he, in Car 55, proceeded to the first accident at Fisher’s rental.
 
Upon arrival at the Fisher’s Rental scene, Chief Fisher found that a mini-backhoe, while attempting to cross Rt. 183, had collided with a northbound Nissan Altima. The collision caused the backhoe to overturn, pinning the operator underneath. Bernville Co. 29 and Schuylkill Valley EMS were on scene, and, with the aid of the Fisher,s Rental employees, had managed to lift the backhoe off of the operator. The operator was transported to the Reading Hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the Nissan was uninjured. Meanwhile, Brush 55 had responded to the second MVA and was instructed to proceed to the Fisher’s Rental location to assist with clean-up.
 
The second accident had occurred at Rt. 183 and Rt. 222 when a northbound Bern Township Police vehicle, responding with lights and sirens to the Fisher’s Rental location, had struck a Kia Soul that had entered onto Rt. 183 from the Rt. 222 southbound exit. The driver of the Kia sustained minor injuries and was treated and transported by Western Berks Ambulance to the St. Joseph Medical Center. The police officer involved in the crash was uninjured. Engine 55 remained on scene to clean-up spilled fluids and assist with traffic control.
 
Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene, and had closed northbound Rt. 183 for a short time while V&M towing removed the vehicles. Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly before 10:00 a.m.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Gary Rarick, FF Dave Steffey, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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The collision flipped the mini-backhoe onto its side.
   The collision flipped the mini-backhoe
      onto its side.
The Nissan sustained right front end damage.
   The Nissan sustained right front end
      damage.
Two New GFC Firefighters Pass their Probationary Test
FF Gary Rarick, left, and Jr. FF Dylan Matz have passed their probationary period.
   FF Gary Rarick, left, and Jr. FF Dylan
      Matz have passed their probationary
      period.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Firefighter Gary Rarick and Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz have completed their probationary training with the GFC.  Firefighter Rarick is now on board as a fully privileged Interior Firefighter, and Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz has earned full Jr. Firefighter status. 

Congratulations to them both, and may they have a long and safe run with the GFC.


 
Head-On Colision on Grange Rd.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 16:38
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Leesport Rescue 37, Bernville Rescue 29, Temple Rescue 11, Schuylkill Valley Emergency Medical Services, and Muhlenberg Ambulance were dispatched to an MVA with entrapment and injuries late Thursday afternoon. The accident scene was located in the 500 block of Grange Road.
 
Upon arrival the GFC crew found that a Ford Expedition traveling eastbound on Grange Road had struck westbound Dodge Ram head on. There were a total of 6 occupants in the vehicles, 4 pediatric and 2 adults. All the occupants were out of the vehicles and were already being attended to by EMTs on scene when GFC arrived.
 
Two of the pediatric occupants were injured: One was transported to by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Medical Center with a head injury, while the other was transported by ambulance to Reading Hospital with minor injuries. The two adults suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to the Reading Hospital. The other two pediatric occupants were uninjured. All the occupants were wearing seatbelts and airbags in both vehicles had deployed.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed Grange Road between Possum Lane and Tobias Lane during the incident. That section of Grange Road was re-opened shortly after 6:00 p.m. after the roadway was cleaned of debris and V&M Towing had removed the damaged vehicles.
 
The Bern Township Police reported that the accident was caused by the driver of the Expedition being distracted by the children in the vehicle, thus failing to negotiate a curve. The Expedition then drifted into the opposite lane, and struck the oncoming Dodge pick-up head on.
 
One firefighter suffered an asthma episode during the incident and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Neighbors jump into action after bad crash in Bern Twp (Courtesy of WFMZ 69 News)
Two vehicles collide head on on Grange Road late Thursday afternoon.
   Two vehicles collide head on on Grange
      Road late Thursday afternoon.
Engine 55 on scene.
   Engine 55 on scene.
GFC Provides Fire Protection for WWII Weekend
Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Greenfields Fire Chief Brian Fisher assembled a crew of firefighters from eight companies in Berks County to augment the Reading Regional Airport’s firefighting team during last weekend’s World War II Weekend festivities. In addition to providing fire services for the airport, the crews were also on standby to run calls within Bern Township, and to assist EMTs from Western Berks Ambulance and Schuylkill Valley Emergency Services.
 
In order to accomplish these tasks, Chief Fisher established a command center at the Greenfields Fire Station where supporting companies were assembled.  During the show, brush trucks, Gator ATVs, tankers, and a rescue engine, were positioned at the Reading Air Service hanger near the Airport’s Gate 5. Fortunately, their services were only required to extinguish fires that were started intentionally during re-enactments, and for the clean-up of some spilled engine coolant from an overheated antique automobile.
 
With all of the details that needed to be addressed during the weekend air show, probably the most important of these was the crew hunger factor. Responsibility for this task was assigned to the GFC Support Unit, headed by Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher and her assistants, Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, along with the help of Leigh Ann Matz. Leslie and Sarah did all the planning, and shopping for the buffet feast.   Then, assisted by Leigh Ann on show days, they prepared the food, set-up the buffet table, mixed lemonade and iced tea, filled ice chests with water and Gator Aid, and then did the clean-up afterward. The reward for such a fine job was the knowledge that no one went home hungry. (This is like saying to your wife: "Hey Honey, I've got about 50 hungry firefighters dropping by this weekend, do ya think you can whip something up for them?") Good job!
 
Although things were reasonably uneventful with the Air Show, there were several calls for GFC’s services within the Township. They were as follows:
 
On Saturday, 6-7, @ 1:23 p.m., a dispatched was received to assist with a cardiac arrest at Berks County Prison. Upon GFC’s arrival they were informed that prison personnel had handled the situation, and GFC’s assistance was not needed.
 
On Saturday, 6-7, @ 3:04 p.m., a dispatch was received for a mulch fire at St. Joseph Hospital. That call was handled by Mohnton Engine 57, Bernville Rescue 29, and Western Berks Tanker 18. 
 
On Saturday 6-7, @ 11:22 p.m. a dispatch was received by GFC to assist Township and State police with a search for a missing person on, or near the airport property. The individual involved had left his family group to use the rest facilities around 5:30 p.m., and had not returned.  GFC crewmembers consisting of Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Terry Royce, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, and Photographer Steve Spies joined approximately 60 other volunteers to search the area for the lost individual. The search was called off around 2:30 a.m. without success. The individual eventually called airport authorities on Sunday and informed them that he was at home and OK.
 
On Sunday 6-8, @ 1:07 a.m. GFC, while searching for a missing person at the airport, received a dispatch to assist a boater who was stranded in the middle of Blue Marsh Lake. Chief Fisher instructed E55 to break away from the search to answer the call. E55 arrived on scene, and was assisted by Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Bernville Engine 29, and Western Berks Marine 18, who towed the boater to safety. E55 then returned to the airport to assist with the missing person search.
 
On Sunday, 6-8, @ 4:51 p.m. GFC received a dispatch for an AFA at the Berkshire Country Club. Mohnton Engine 57, Bernville Co. 29, Temple Co. 11, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Wyomissing Tower 79, and Goodwill Co. 10 responded to the call. Upon arrival, the call was found to be a false alarm.
 
Special thanks are in order for John Sileski of MES Fire Equipment for the loan of Hurst “Jaws of Life” rescue equipment for use during the show.
 
Finally, a note to the Iwo Jima Re-enactors: Next year, don’t forget the flag for Mount Suribachi!
 
Participating Companies during the weekend were:
 
Leesport Co. 37
Western Berks Co. 18
Mt. Pleasant Co. 30
Bernville Co. 29
Mohnton Co. 57
New Berlinville Co. 17
Alsace Manor Co. 8
Birdsboro Co. 7
Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit
 
 
Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan FF Terry Royce, FF Dave Steffey, FF Jenny Reedy, FF/EMT Amy Auker, FF Matt Haggard, FF Gary Rarick, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher, Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, Support Unit member Allysha Whitmoyer, Support Unit Assistant Leigh Ann Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
Representing the Reading Reagional Airport ARFF Unit: Steve Haines.
 
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Chief Fisher briefs the crews.
   Chief Fisher briefs the crews.
GFC Dispatched to a Reading Row Home Fire
Thursday, June 5, 2014 17:02
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At 5:02 p.m. Tuesday afternoon The Greenfields Fire Co. 55 received a dispatch to stand by at the Station for a kitchen fire at 1032 Weiser St. in the North West section of Reading. Minutes later, at 5:16 p.m., a dispatch came in to respond.
 
Upon arrival at the scene, the GFC crew was immediately assigned to relieve firefighters performing overhaul duties that had become exhausted from working in the near 90 degree heat. The fire was declared to be under control at 6:10 p.m. and crews remained on scene for several hours thereafter, checking for hot spots and structural damage.
 
The amount of damage and the cause of the fire are yet to be determined. No firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Asst. Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Bill Pagan, FF Joe Green, and Jr. FF Dylan Matz.
 
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Firefighters battle fire at a row home on Weiser St. in Readng.
   Firefighters battle fire at a row home
      on Weiser St. in Readng.
   
Golf Cart Collision at Willow Hollow Golf Course
Friday, May 30, 2014 09:13
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bernville Co. 29, Temple Co11 and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident, with entrapment, at hole 4 on the Willow Hollow Golf Course Thursday morning.

 
Upon arrival, GFC’s Chief Brian Fisher found the motor vehicles that were involved were 2 golf carts, and a patient was pinned between them. Personnel from the Bern Township Police, GFC, and Western Berks Ambulance were able to separate the carts and free the patient. The patient, who suffered a lacerated leg and possible broken ribs, was transported by Western Berks Ambulance the Reading Hospital for treatment. A second patient, a passenger in one of the carts, was also transported with minor injuries incurred from leaping from the cart prior to impact.
 
The cause of the accident was undetermined at the time, but was attributed to either break failure or loss of traction on slippery wet grass.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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GFC and Bern Township Police on scene.
   GFC and Bern Township Police on scene.
   
Wind, Rain and Hail Pummel Bern Twp. GFC Responds
Friday, May 23, 2014 15:07
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A powerful thunder storm raced through Bern Township Thursday afternoon, bringing over an inch and a half of rain, golf ball sized hail, areas of dense fog, and high winds that downed several trees. Within an hour and a half, Greenfields Co. 55 responded to 4 incidences in the Township.
 
First response was at 3:07 p.m. when an automatic fire alarm was received by Berks Dispatch for the Berks Heim. Upon arrival it was determined that the alarm was caused by a storm related power surge in the alarm system, and the incident was turned over to Berks Heim maintenance personnel.
 
While in rout back to the station, Engine 55 received a dispatch to a report of a downed tree, with wires down, in the 1100 block of Upper Van Reed Road. While in rout to that call, Engine 55 was requested by Bern Township Police to assist with a tree down in the1500 block of Blessing Lane. Since Blessing Lane was on the way to the Upper Van Reed Road call, it was handled first.  The tree was removed, and the roadway reopened.
 
Upon arrival at the Upper Van Reed Road location, the E55 crew was informed by Fire Police that the utility company had been notified of the downed wires, and MetEd line crews would remove the tree and restore service. E55 then returned to the station.
 
Once back at the station, a dispatch was received at 4:27 p.m. to respond to the 1200 block of County Welfare Road for the report of leaking propane tanks.
 
Upon arrival at the County Welfare Road Location, Chief Fisher was directed by maintenance personnel to an area where about 20, 200 pound propane tanks were stored. The tanks belonged to a contractor who was performing work at the location. Two of the tanks appeared to be leaking from their relief valves. Capt. Mahlon Auker proceeded to inspect the tanks, and it was determined that the gas was, indeed, coming from the tanks' relief valves. A sudden drop in atmospheric pressure, resulting from the storm, may have caused the relief valves to open. Chief Fisher informed maintenance personnel that the gas should stop leaking once the excessive pressure in the tanks was released.
 
Greenfields Co. 55 was assisted by Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 on the propane tank call. All other dispatched companies were recalled.
 
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Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Probationary FF Gary Rarick (his first call with the GFC), Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Golf ball sized hail hammered Bern Township Thursday afternoon.
   Golf ball sized hail hammered Bern
      Township Thursday afternoon.
E55 arrives at Berks Heim in what looks like a winter scene.
   E55 arrives at Berks Heim in what looks
      like a winter scene.
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