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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.


Santa Visits the GFC House
Monday, December 15, 2014 18:00
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The Greenfields Fire Company firefighters held their annual Christmas party on Monday.  A fine spread of “Pot Luck” was offered and not a sole went away hungry. 

A special treat was in order when Santa made a surprise visit to the party, bearing gifts for all the children. 

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A fine
   A fine "Pot Luck" feast was enjoyed by
      all.
Santa makes a surprise appearance.
   Santa makes a surprise appearance.
Vehicle VS Deer on Rt. 222 North
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 05:31
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 The Greenfields Fire Co., along with West Reading Co. 64, Temple Co. 11 and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to an MVA with injuries on northbound Rt. 222 just south of the Muhlenberg Twp. Line. 

Upon arrival the GFC crew found that a Subaru sedan had struck a deer.  The lone occupant of the vehicle was complaining of neck pain.  Engine 55 personnel assisted Schuylkill Valley EMS with patient extrication and hazardous liquid clean-up. 

The patient was transported to the Reading Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. 

Bern Twp. Fire Police direct traffic around the scene until the vehicle could be removed. 

Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt; FFs Terry Royce and Jenny Reedy; Fire Police officer Jeff Alan; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC crewmembers assist Schuylkill Valley EMS with patient extrication.
   GFC crewmembers assist Schuylkill Valley
      EMS with patient extrication.
GFC Dispatched to Muhlenberg for 2nd Alarm
Friday, December 5, 2014 20:51
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The Greenfields Fire Co. was dispatched to assist Goodwill Co. 10 with a second alarm structure fire Friday evening.
 
Upon arrival the Greenfields crew found a single family structure in the 600 block of Cody Dr. in Muhlenberg Township had experienced a fire. The fire had started in a second floor bedroom.
 
Crews already on scene had the fire extinguished and assigned the GFC crew to the manpower pool. Soon afterward, the GFC crew was relocated to cover the Goodwill Co. 10 Station while their crew conducted overhaul at the fire scene.   GFC was released from stand-by duty shortly after midnight.
 
No firefighters were injured during the incident; however one resident suffered burns and smoke inhalation, and was transported to the Reading Hospital for treatment.
 
The cause of the fire, and property damage estimates are unavailable.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Assistant Chief Scott Trate; Capt. Mahlon Auker; Lt. Billy Pagan; FF Joe Green; Jr. FFs Dylan Matz and Eli Pagan; and Photographer Steve Spies.

 
   
   
MVA on Rt. 222
Thursday, November 27, 2014 15:59
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Greenfields Co. 55 was dispatched to a single vehicle MVA on southbound Rt. 222 about a half mile north of the exit for Rt. 183.


Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that an Acura sedan had spun out and came to rest on the west side guide rail, rupturing the vehicle's fuel tank.  No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and no occupants in the Acura were injured.

GFC crewmembers treated the leaking fuel with "Oil Dri" while fire police directed traffic around the scene.  The GFC remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by V&M Towing.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Muhlenberg Township Police.
 
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Those responding for the GFC were: Assistant Chief Scott Trate; Capt. Mahlon Auker; Lt.  Billy Pagan; FFs Dave Steffey, Joe Green, and Terry Royce; Fire Police Officer Jeff Alan, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 
   
   
GFC Dispatched to a Wood Pile Fire
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 05:33
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Leesport Co. 37 and Temple Co.11 were dispatched in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning to a report of a wood pile fire behind a residence in the 800 block of West Leesport Rd.

Upon arrival, the crew on E55 found a pile of firewood on fire, with some extension to the leaves and brush on the bank behind it.  Crewmembers from Leesport 37 and Temple 11, under the direction of GFC Assistant Chief Scott Trate, quickly extinguished the small blaze.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and there was no property damage or personal injury involved.

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Responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt; Assistant Chief Scott Trate; and Photographer Steve Spies.


 
Upon arrival, responding crews found flames behind a pile of firewood in the 800 block of W. Leesport Rd.
   Upon arrival, responding crews found
      flames behind a pile of firewood in the
      800 block of W. Leesport Rd.
   
GFC Responds to 2 Vehicle Fires within Hours
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 
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GFC crewmembers, along with those from Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 and Temple Co. 11 were dispatched to 2 separate vehicle fires within hours of each other at locations just a few hundred feet apart.

The first incident was dispatched at 4:19 p.m.  A Chevrolet Trail Blazer and a Chrysler PT Cruiser had collided at the intersection of West Leesport Rd. and County Welfare Rd. resulting in the PT Cruiser catching fire.

Upon arrival at the scene, the Engine 55 crew found the Cruiser with its front end fully involved.  Crewmembers attacked the fire with E55’s trash line.  The fire was extinguished within minutes; however the PT Cruiser was a total loss.

The second vehicle fire was dispatched at 5:17 p.m. It involved a Ford Explorer, which for an unknown reason, caught fire on Rebers Bridge Rd. next to the entrance to Bern Pool.  Again the E55 crew found the vehicle’s front end fully involved and employed E55’s trash line to extinguish the blaze.  The vehicle, however, was totally destroyed.

V&M Towing removed the burnt out shells in both incidents, while the GFC crew removed debris from the roadway.

Bern Township Fire Police routed traffic around both scenes and were able to have normal flow restored within an hour of the incidents.

No one was injured in either incident.

Both fires are being investigated by the Bern Township Police.

Those responding for the GFC the first incident were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Gary Rarick, FF Joe Green, FF Matt Haggard, and Photographer Steve Spies.

Those responding to the second incident were Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Terry Royce, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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A PT Cruiser is in flames during the first vehicle fire of the day.
   A PT Cruiser is in flames during the
      first vehicle fire of the day.
GFC and Mt. Pleasant crewmembers attack the Ford Explorer with foam during the second vehicle fire of the day.
   GFC and Mt. Pleasant crewmembers attack
      the Ford Explorer with foam during the
      second vehicle fire of the day.
GFC Called to Aid in Fighting a Boatyard Fire in Penn Twp.
Friday, November 7, 2014 13:48
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Crewmembers from the Greenfields Fire Co., along with other crews from fire companies around the County, were dispatched Friday afternoon to aid Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with fighting a fire at Rics Marine on Bernville Rd. in Penn Twp.

Upon arrival, the Engine 55 crew found thick black smoke billowing from the storage yard behind Rics Marine.  A fire, which had started in a trailer at the boatyard, had spread to a storage trailer and 3 boats.

Fire crews battled the blaze for over an hour before bringing it under control.  Fire crews were hampered by a lack of water, which had to be shuttled by tankers that were filled at The T&C Market, a 4 mile round trip.

Fire Police had shut down Rt. 183 between Hill Rd. and Plum Creek Rd.  Normal traffic flow was restored by 5:00 p.m.

The fire is believed to have started in a space heater in the trailer.  No estimate of damage was available, but the trailers and boats involved were totally destroyed.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation.  There were no other injuries.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, FF Matt Haggard, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

It is noteworthy to mention that Jr. FF Dylan Matz, having no transportation, boarded a BARTA bus at Windsor St. and Schuylkill Ave. in order to get to the GFC fire station for the call.  From there he was able to respond with another firefighter, FF Matt Haggard, who drove his POV to the fire scene.

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GFC Called to Aid in Fighting a Boatyard Fire in Penn Twp.
E55 arrives at Rics Marine to find smoke billowing from boat storage yard behind the building.
   E55 arrives at Rics Marine to find smoke
      billowing from boat storage yard behind
      the building.
The trailer where the fire started can be seen behind the van.
   The trailer where the fire started can
      be seen behind the van.
GFC Dispatched to Aid with Dorm Room Fire at Penn State Berks
Friday, November 7, 2014 
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Greenfields Co. 55 crewmembers, along with crews from surrounding companies, were dispatched to the Penn State Berks Campus on Tulpehocken Rd. in the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning to assist Township of Spring with a reported structure fire.

Upon arrival, the GFC found that a fire had started in a dorm room in The Woods dormitory.  The dorm room’s sprinkler had discharged, which had contained the fire to the room and its contents.

Crewmembers from the GFC assisted with the evacuation of the building and were released from duty around 4:30 a.m. No report of the extent of the damage to the room, or the cause of the fire was available.

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Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, FF Joe Green, FF Jenny Reedy, and Photographer Steve Spies.




 
   
   
GFC Dispatched to Assist Fighting Brush Fires in Western Berks
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 14:33
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The Greenfields firefighters, along with approximately 20 other fire companies from as far away as Lancaster County, were dispatched to assist Western Berks Co. 18 battling brush fires on the south side of Rt. 422 in the Wernersville area Tuesday afternoon.
 
Upon arrival, Brush 55 and Engine 55 were directed to an area behind the Precision Landscaping Co. near Sportsman Rd., where several brush fires threatened structures on their property. Other companies were also busy fighting at least 4 other brush fires in an area along the north side of the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. These tracks run parallel to Rt. 422.
 
It is suspected that the fires were started by a passing Norfolk Southern freight train. Norfolk Southern suspended rail traffic during the incident so firefighters could lay their hoses across the tracks.
 
GFC remained on scene until around 8:30 p.m. when they were released by Western Berks Command.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Dave Steffey, FF Gary Rarick, FF Joe Green, Probationary FF Dalton Noll, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Brush Fires in Western Berks (WFMZ News 69)
E55 arrives, guided by the smoke on the horizon.
   E55 arrives, guided by the smoke on the
      horizon.
   
GFC Holds Annual Halloween Candy Handout
Friday, October 31, 2014 
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Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and the occasional super heroes who haunted the Greenfields area were handed out candy and fire prevention materials as they passed by the Greenfields Fire Co. Social Hall this “All Hallows Eve”.
 
Click on the Camera Icon below to see some pictures of the costumed creatures who roamed the streets of Greenfields Halloween Night.
 
Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, FF Joe Green, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher, Support unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 
Kimberly Fisher, and friend.
   Kimberly Fisher, and friend.
   
GFC Has Joint Training Session with West Reading Co. 64
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 19:00
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West Reading Co. 64 joined the GFC at the Berks County Fire Training Center for an evening firefighting training. On the menu for the evening was open pit flammable liquid firefighting.
 
During the evening’s session, crews from both stations teamed up to extinguish the flammable liquid fires that were started in a contained fire pit by Training Center Facilitators.
 
Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF/EMT Amy Auker, FF; Jenny Reedy, FF Terry Royce, FF Joe Green, Probationary FF Dalton Noll, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Flamable Liquid Firefighting
   
Flammable liquid fire pit at the Berks County Fire Training Center.
   Flammable liquid fire pit at the Berks
      County Fire Training Center.
MVA Reported on W. Leesport and Bernville Roads
Saturday, October 25, 2014 13:19
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on West Leesport and Bernville Roads across from CVS.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC Crew found that a Toyota Corolla had rear-ended a Ford F350 pick-up truck. The Toyota sustained severe front end damage and was inoperable.  The Ford truck sustained nothing more than a slightly bent rear bumper, and was able to leave the scene under its own power.
 
Neither party involved in the mishap suffered any injuries; however the driver of the Toyota requested to be evaluated by EMTs.
 
Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene while V&M Towing removed the Toyota, and GFC crewmembers cleaned up the crash debris and fluids. Normal traffic flow was resumed just before 2:00 p.m.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Dave Steffey, FF Joe Green, Probationary FF Dalton Noll, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Lt. Phil Haupt, and Photographer Steve Spies. 
 
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GFC arrives on scene to find two vehicles evolved in a rear-end collision.
   GFC arrives on scene to find two
      vehicles evolved in a rear-end
      collision.
   
GFC Hosts Zone 4 Tanker Task Force Drill
Saturday, October 25, 2014 08:00
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Greenfields Fire Company 55 hosted a Zone 4 Tanker Task Force drill this past Saturday. The purpose of the drill is to practice the skills necessary to transport an uninterrupted flow of water from a tanker fill site to a fire situation where close or easy access to water is not possible.
 
Tankers and engines from Smokestown Co. 17, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Brecknock Co. 72, and Cumru Co. 42 participated in the drill with Greenfields Co. 55.
 
The site selected for the drill was Blue Marsh Lake. A fill site was set-up at the Dry Brooks Boat Launch area of the lake, and the dump site was located at the Dry Brooks Day Use area on the other side of the lake.
 
Tankers from the participating companies were filled by Greenfields Engine 55 and Smokestown Engine 17-2. The tankers transport the water to the Dry Brooks Day Use Area where Brecknock Engine 72 was stationed. There, the Brecknock Engine 72 crew had set-up 3 porta ponds for water dump. From the porta-ponds, Engine 72 pumped the water back into the lake.
 
The drill lasted for approximately 4 hours, during which time a constant flow of 600 gallons of water per minute was maintained.  The total water pumped and transported for the drill was 140,000 gallons.
 
Special thanks are in order for support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher and Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz for acquiring refreshments for the crews after the drill.
 
Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Dave Steffey, Probationary FF Dalton Noll, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 
Engines and Tankers assemble at the Reading Fairgrounds for drill briefing.
   Engines and Tankers assemble at the
      Reading Fairgrounds for drill briefing.
E55 arrives at the Dry Brooks Boat Launch area.
   E55 arrives at the Dry Brooks Boat
      Launch area.
GFC Called to a Report of Wires Down
Friday, October 24, 2014 16:27
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Firefighters from GFC, along with those from Leesport Co. 37 and Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 were dispatched to a report of wires down in the 1500 block of Fairview Drive.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC Crew found that a branch from a tree that was being trimmed had fallen onto a 110/220 volt residential service feed, pulling it off of its utility pole. The wires were lying across the driveway of the residence that the feeder serviced.
 
Since the feeder had been disconnected at the pole, it was no longer energized, and posed no danger. MetEd had been notified, a repair crew was dispatched, and Chief Brian Fisher released the GFC crew.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, FF Dave Steffey, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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E55 arrives on scene as Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner directs traffic.
   E55 arrives on scene as Fire Police
      Capt. Charlie Kerschner directs traffic.
A branch being trimmed from this tree fell onto the residence's electrical utility feed.
   A branch being trimmed from this tree
      fell onto the residence's electrical
      utility feed.
GFC Participates in St. Joseph Medical Centerís Health and Safety Circus
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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St. Joseph Medical Center held its annual Pediatric Health and Safety Circus at its Bern Township campus last Wednesday.  The event is designed for pre-school children to learn about such things as food and nutrition, dental health, physical fitness, pet safety, and fire safety to name a few.
 
Among the displays and activities, the Greenfields Fire Company was asked to man a fire safety room where they demonstrated to the children how to “Stop, Drop and Roll if they are on fire. They also showed the children how a firefighter gets dressed, stressing to the children that, although the firefighter in full gear looks scary, he/she is your friend and is there to help you get out of a fire situation.
 
Participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, Probationary FF Dalton Noll, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Mt. Penn FF Wolf, Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates to the children how a firefighter gets dressed.
   Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates to the
      children how a firefighter gets dressed.
The children watch as Jr. FF Matz gets dressed in his turnout gear.
   The children watch as Jr. FF Matz gets
      dressed in his turnout gear.
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