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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.
Greenfields Photo Of The Day for
FF Joe Green In E55.

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.


GFC participates in Reading Regional Airport Disaster Drill
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:00
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Firefighters from the Greenfields Fire Company, along with fire companies from nearby communities, participated with the Reading Regional Airports Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) team to conduct their bi-annual disaster drill. The drill was organized by Airport Manager Terry Sroka with the assistance of Greenfields Fire Company Chief Brian Fisher.  The exercise was designed to demonstrate to the FAA that the airport’s ARFF personnel, and surrounding emergency responders, were capable of handling an emergency situation of the type that might take place at the airport.

The scenario for this drill involved a 20 passenger jet aircraft, with faulty landing gear, which was attempting to land at the Reading Regional Airport. Upon touchdown, the jet’s right landing gear collapsed, and the aircraft veered off the runway, colliding with two light aircraft that were on the taxiway. The collision resulted in a fire in the 20 passenger jet, and injuries and entrapment of people in the two other aircraft involved.

The use of actual aircraft for this exercise was not financially feasible. In their place, a junked school bus and two junked cars were provided for the drill by Vince James of V&M Towing.

The tasks of the responders were to extinguish the fire, extract the patients from the wreckage, treat and transport patients where necessary, and evaluate any HazMat situations.

In order to make the drill a little more interesting, one of the simulated light aircraft was suspected of transporting contraband, for which the Berks County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was called on to investigate.

The drill was considered to be a resounding success.

Thanks to all those who gave up their Saturday morning to participate in this exercise. And special thanks to the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, who provided food and drink for all the participants.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Ryan Hermany, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.



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E55's job was to refill the airport's ARFF trucks.
   E55's job was to refill the airport's
      ARFF trucks.
The simulated 20 passenger jet aircraft has crash landed, is on fire and has collided with 2 light aircraft on the taxiway.
   The simulated 20 passenger jet aircraft
      has crash landed, is on fire and has
      collided with 2 light aircraft on the
      taxiway.
Vehicle hits embankment on Rt. 183
Friday, September 12, 2014 04:58
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Crew members from The Greenfields Fire Co, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched Motor Vehicle Accident, with injuries, on Rt. 183 north Prison Road in the pre-sunrise hours of Friday morning.

E55 arrived on scene to and find that a southbound Chevrolet Cobalt had struck the embankment on the northbound side of Rt. 183 while avoiding another vehicle. The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, reported that the vehicle had flipped over; however the Bern Township Police stated that there was no evidence that the vehicle had done so.

The vehicle’s driver had suffered minor, but unspecified injuries, and was transported to a local area hospital by Schuylkill Valley EMS.

 Bern Township Fire Police stopped traffic at the scene until the patient could be transported and the vehicle and collision debris could be removed. Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 5:30 a.m.

 Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies. 



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Motorcycle down on Rt. 183
Monday, September 8, 2014 11:18
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Firefighters from Greenfields Fire Company, along with West Reading Rescue 64, and Western Berks Ambulance, were dispatched to a motorcycle down at the entrance to St. Joseph Medical Center on Rt. 183 and McArthur Rd.

Upon arrival, GFC crew members found that a motorcycle traveling southbound on Rt. 183 had struck the rear end of a Mercury Sable. The rider of the motorcycle was being tended to by Bern Township Police and several bystanders while awaiting the arrival of Western Berks Ambulance.

The patient was later transported by Western Berks Ambulance to a local area hospital with unspecified, but non-life threatening injuries.

The motorcycle was removed from the scene by V&M Towing and the Mercury was able to drive away under its own power.

Traffic was directed around the scene by Bern Township Fire Police during the incident. Traffic flow was returned to normal shortly before noon.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Bern Township Police.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Lt. Billy Pagan, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
   
Report of a tree on fire on Ulrich Lane
Saturday, September 6, 2014 20:48
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It was a dark and stormy Saturday night when The Greenfields Fire Company crew was dispatched to the report of a tree fire in the 200 block of Ulrich Lane.

Upon arrival, the GFC found the neighborhood cloaked in darkness with no tree fire in sight. After further inspection the crew found that a tree branch, for reasons unknown, had fallen onto the neighborhood’s 4800 volt primary electrical feed, shorting it out and causing the neighborhood to be plunged into darkness. Met-Ed was notified of the outage and stated that they would be responding in about an hour to effect repairs.

With further assistance from the GFC unnecessary, the scene was turned over to the Bern Township Fire Police to direct traffic around the scene, and the GFC was placed available for service.

Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.




 
It was a dark and stormy night when E55 arrived on Ulrich Lane.
   It was a dark and stormy night when E55
      arrived on Ulrich Lane.
A tree branch had fallen into the 4800 volt overhead feeder.
   A tree branch had fallen into the 4800
      volt overhead feeder.
GFC called to a possible structure fire in Greenfields
Thursday, September 4, 2014 17:54
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Firefighters from Greenfields Fire Company, along with West Reading Co. 64, Mt Pleasant Co. 30, Muhlenberg Co. 10, Temple Co. 11 Western Berks Co. 18, Reading Co. 3, Western Berks Ambulance, and Bern Township Fire Police, were dispatched to a possible structure fire in the 2000 block of Cullum Dr. in Greenfields late Thursday afternoon.

Chief Brian Fisher was first on scene and reported that the fire, which had started on the structure’s living room carpet, had been extinguished by a resident of the property. He then instructed Berks Dispatch to recall all responding companies except Co. 55.

Co. 55 personnel used a pressurized water fire extinguisher to further ensure that the fire was out, and inspected the rest of the residence for any other fires. Meanwhile, a fan was used to ventilate the smoke from the structure.

No-one was injured in the incident.

No details on the cause of the fire are available at this time, and its cause is being investigated by the Bern Township Police.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Terry Royce, FF Ryan Hermany, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
Chief Brian Fisher, right, gives instructions to FF Joe Green, left, and Capt. Mahlon Auker.
   Chief Brian Fisher, right, gives
      instructions to FF Joe Green, left, and
      Capt. Mahlon Auker.
Fire at Broadcasting Sq. McDonalds
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 23:32
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Greenfields Fire Company was dispatched to assist Township of Spring Co 85 at a reported kitchen fire at the Broadcasting Square McDonalds in Spring Township just before midnight Wednesday evening.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found Co. 85 and others on scene. A deep fat fryer in the kitchen area of the restaurant had caught fire, but was quickly extinguished by the restaurants automatic fire suppression system with the aid of an employee using a hand held fire extinguisher. The main area of the restaurant was closed at the time, but the Drive Thru was open.

Damage to the fryer was minimal, and the restaurant’s management hoped to be open Wednesday afternoon after an inspection by the Department of Agriculture.

One employee suffered from minor smoke inhalation, but refused transport to the hospital for examination.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, and Photographer Steve Spies

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GFC's E55 arrives on scene.
   GFC's E55 arrives on scene.
Firefighters from various companies await instructions.
   Firefighters from various companies
      await instructions.
HAZMAT call at CVS
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 02:13
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, along with Bernville Co. 29, Western Berks Co. 18, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bern Township Police, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy on Bernville Rd. and West Leesport Rd. A foul odor was detected in a refrigeration unit inside the store.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that the store had already been evacuated.  Several people reported feeling nauseous, but recovered quickly once they were outside in the fresh air.  No one required medical treatment.

All the doors to the building had been opened and GFC placed a ventilation fan in the main entrance to clear the air.

Bern Township Fire police blocked off the entrances to the CVS Pharmacy until the situation was resolved.

Upon inspection by Chief Brian Fisher, it was determine that the evaporator unit in the rear refrigeration display cabinet had sprung a refrigerant leak. CVS management was informed and proceeded to call an HVAC company to effect repairs.  Once the HVAC repair Co. arrived on scene, the situation was turned over to them and CVS management. The GFC was then placed back into available service status.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officers Danny Sando and Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.



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GFC E55 arrives on scene.
   GFC E55 arrives on scene.
   
New Faces, and Old Faces with new Jobs at the GFC
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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GFC has added new members to its roster, and some current members have taken on additional functions.

Our new members are: Ryan Hermany, Interior Firefighter; Jeff Allen, Fire Police Officer; Tanya Allen, Support Member; Leigh-Ann Matz, Support Member; and Eli Pagan, Jr. Firefighter.

Additional duties as Bern Township Fire Police Officers have been taken on by Assistant Fire Chief Scott Trate, and Firefighter Terry Royce.

Congratulations and welcome to all.

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Interior Firefighter Ryan Hermany.
   Interior Firefighter Ryan Hermany.
Fire Police Officer and Assistant Chief Scott Trate.
   Fire Police Officer and Assistant Chief
      Scott Trate.
Congratulations to Capt. Mahlon Auker and FF/EMT Amy Auker


On August 21st, 2014, a son and future firefighter was born to Capt. Mahlon Auker and FF/EMT Amy Auker. At 1929 hours on that day, Grayson Gavin Auker took his first breath in the St. Joseph Medical Center.

Mother and son are doing well; the father is experiencing shock and awe.

Cigars anyone?




 
Proud parents Amy and Mahlon Auker with their newborn son, Grayson Gavin Auker.
   Proud parents Amy and Mahlon Auker with
      their newborn son, Grayson Gavin Auker.
Future firefighter Grayson Gavin Auker during nap time.
   Future firefighter Grayson Gavin Auker
      during nap time.
GFC Participates in St. Joseph Medical Center DECON Drill
Monday, August 25, 2014 18:30
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In order to keep their skills current, the Emergency Response staff at the St. Joseph Medical Center conducts HazMat Decontamination Drills periodically.  The Greenfields Fire Company is tasked during these drills to supply the initial 360 decontamination shower that the patients are guided through before proceeding to the next stages of decontamination. This year, the GFC was assisted by Wyomissing Fire Company’s Tower 79.

The GFC used Engine 55 to feed two fog nozzles, one mounted on the front bumper and the other on the passenger side I/O panel. A supply line was connected from E55 to Wyomissing’s Tower 79 which provided an overhead fog nozzle located below the Tower’s boom bucket. Water was supplied from a hydrant located on Red Bridge Rd. next to the Medical Center’s north parking lot.

This is one drill in which everyone gets wet!

Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Gary Rarick, FF Joe Green, FF Jenny Reedy, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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Deputy Chief Phil Haupt hooks-up E55's supply line while FF Gary Rarick, left, and Assistant Chief Scott Trate observe.
   Deputy Chief Phil Haupt hooks-up E55's
      supply line while FF Gary Rarick, left,
      and Assistant Chief Scott Trate observe.
MVA on Rt. 183 between Upper Van Reed Rd. & W. Leesport Rd.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 15:50
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The Greenfields Fire Co, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS was dispatched to a two vehicle MVA on northbound Rt. 183 near the Hitching Post Restaurant late Thursday afternoon.

E55 was first on scene and found that a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck and a Subaru Forester SUV had collided on the northbound side of Rt. 183.

Upon hearing that the driver and lone occupant of the Subaru had suffered a broken arm, Capt. Mahlon Auker shifted into EMT mode and began administering to the patient until Schuylkill Valley EMS arrived on scene. The patient was then transported to the Reading Hospital for treatment. The driver and lone occupant of the Dodge pick-up was uninjured.

Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene until the Subaru was removed by V&M Towing. The Dodge pick-up, after some minor field body work by V&M Towing, was able to leave the scene under its own power.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, Fire Police Officer Donny Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   
MVA on Rt. 183 at W. Leesport Rd.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:36
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Shortly after noon Tuesday the Greenfields Fire Co., along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Muhlenberg Ambulance and Schuylkill Valley EMS responded to an MVA involving a tractor trailer vs. a car vs. a pole at the intersection of Rt. 183 and W. Leesport Rd.

E55 was first on scene and found that a northbound Nissan Sentra had struck a traffic signal pole on the northeast side of the intersection after avoiding a collision with a tractor trailer.  The two occupants of the Nissan were injured and out of the vehicle. The tractor trailer and the Nissan had not collided and the driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

GFC’s Capt. Mahlon Aucker, who is also an EMT, grabbed the EMS bag from E55 and began administering first aid to the vehicle’s occupants.  Muhlenberg Ambulance and Schuylkill Valley EMS arrived shortly thereafter and continued the patients’ treatment.  Both patients were then transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Road closure was not necessary. Traffic control was conducted by Bern Township Fire Police Lt. Phil Haupt and Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, who were assisted by Bern Township Police.

The GFC crew proceeded to clean up the accident debris, while V&M towing removed the Nissan from the scene, and Bern Township Police concluded their investigation.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Aucker, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Capt. Mahlon Auker, foreground, prepares to administer first aid to the occupants of the vehicle.
   Capt. Mahlon Auker, foreground, prepares
      to administer first aid to the occupants
      of the vehicle.
Assistant Chief Scott Trate checks to see that the vehicle in not running and is in park.
   Assistant Chief Scott Trate checks to
      see that the vehicle in not running and
      is in park.
GFC Dispatched to an MVA in Greenfields Tuesday Night
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 22:56
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The Greenfields Fire Company was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, with injuries, in the 2100 block of Cullum Dr. in Greenfields late Tuesday night.

Upon arrival, Chief Brian Fisher and the crew found that a Mazda 3, traveling north on Cullum Drive, had struck two vehicles that were parked on the east side of the street. The parked vehicles involved were a Subaru Impreza and a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. Damages to all vehicles were minor.

The only injury during the incident occurred when an occupant of the Mazda, after exiting the vehicle, fell and struck their head on the curb. It is unknown as to whether they were transported for treatment.

Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen arrived shortly thereafter and directed traffic around the scene while the Mazda was removed by V&M Towing.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Bern Township Police.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Aucker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC Conducts Preliminary Tests County’s New Radio Communication System
Monday, August 11, 2014 18:45
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The Berks County Office of Emergency Services has turned on its new County wide digital trunked radio communications system for its initial testing and training period. During this period, fire companies throughout Berks County are allowed to use the system to familiarize their personnel with the system’s operation and limitations.

During last Monday’s drill night, crewmembers from the GFC were assembled into 5 groups and were given the new mobile and portable radios for testing and training. The groups traveled throughout the Bern Township into areas of known communications problems in order to see how well the new system performed.

The results of the evening’s testing were better than expected. Coverage was seamless and audio quality was found to be excellent.

The GFC will conduct further testing and training over the next few months in order to become familiar with the operation and limitations, if any, of the new system.  The system is scheduled to go on line in November.




 
Motorola model 4000 Digital Trunked portable radio for use by GFC crew members.
   Motorola model 4000 Digital Trunked
      portable radio for use by GFC crew
      members.
Motorola model 7000 Digital Trunked portable Radio for use by GFC Officers.
   Motorola model 7000 Digital Trunked
      portable Radio for use by GFC Officers.
GFC Investigates Smokey Odor at the Bern Twp. Police Station
Sunday, August 10, 2014 06:59
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GFC was asked to investigate an odor of burning electrical insulation at the Bern Township Police Station Sunday morning.  Chief Brian Fisher was first to arrive and requested that the crew respond at normal flow.

Upon Chief Fisher’s arrival, he was able to smell scent of what was thought to be the remnants of an electrical fire.  Chief Fisher searched for the source and found that an unmarked breaker in the Municipal Building’s electrical panel had been tripped.

Meanwhile, E-55 arrived and a search was conducted using thermal detectors and a thermal imaging camera (TIC), but still with no success.  At this point, one of the police officers mentioned that a new air-conditioning unit had been installed on the roof the previous week. When the officer tried to activate the A/C unit from the thermostat, it would not run.

Upon hearing that the new A/C unit was not working, Chief Fisher ordered the crew to conduct a visual inspection of the A/C unit in question. Assistant Chief Scott Trate and FF Dave Steffey, using a ladder from E55, climbed onto the roof and conducted an external visual inspection of the A/C unit, but found nothing.  Assistant Trate then positioned the electrical service disconnect to the unit into the OFF position, and he removed the unit’s service access cover. Once the cover was removed, Assistant Chief Trate discovered a burned spot on the unit’s fan motor and determined that the motor had shorted out, thus exuding acrid smoke in the process.

The A/C unit’s service access cover was replaced, the electrical service disconnect was left in the OFF position and the police officers on scene were informed of the GFC’s findings.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Bern Township Municipal Building.
   Bern Township Municipal Building.
E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
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