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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.


Change the battery in your smoke detector.
Friday, March 6, 2015
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Daylight Saving's Time returns this Sunday, March 8th, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour.  In addition, the volunteer firefighters at the Greenfields Fire Company want to remind everyone that this is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.
 
Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months, so changing them when you change your clocks ensures that you don’t forget this important task. A fresh battery will keep your smoke detector alive…And a working smoke detector may keep you alive.
 
For more information, check out the links below:

 
Change Your Clocks - Change Your Batteries
Home Fire Safety : How to Change Smoke Detector Batteries
   
   
Garage Fire in Tilden Township
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:47
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to assist Hamburg Co. 61, and other companies from throughout Berks County, battle a 2 alarm garage fire in the 100 block of Possum Road in Tilden Township late Tuesday morning.

Upon arrival, E55 firefighters joined the manpower pool and assisted with the final phases of battling the blaze and subsequent overhaul.

Fire damage was contained to the attached garage and the “B” side of the residence.  The garage was a total loss and the residence’s interior sustained smoke and water damage.  Three vehicles in the vicinity of the fire had also suffered heat damage, but were salvageable.  Firefighters managed to salvage many important photographs, financial records, and personal possessions from the structure.

State Troopers suspect that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature, and originated in either a light fixture in the garage, or the garage door opener.  Damage was estimated in excess of $100, 000.00.

The occupants of the residence, although displaced, refused any aid from local agencies.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC arrived to find the garage on the
   GFC arrived to find the garage on the
      "B" side of the residence destroyed.
GFC arrives on scene.
   GFC arrives on scene.
MVA with possible injuries on Rt. 222
Photo Courtesy of Natalie Kolb of the Reading Eagle.
   Photo Courtesy of Natalie Kolb of the
      Reading Eagle.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 15:10
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West Reading Co. 64, Temple Co. 11, and Western Berks Ambulance received a dispatch to assist Greenfields Co. 55 with an MVA, with injuries, on northbound Rt. 222 south of the Rt. 183 exit.

Upon arrival the GFC Crew found a Jeep Grand Cherokee had slid off the roadway onto the median, striking the arresting cable.  The vehicle sustained only minor damage and the cabling prevented the vehicle from crossing into oncoming traffic.

The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and after being examined for injuries by Western Berks EMTs the patient refused transport to the hospital.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 2nd Assistant Chief Scott Trate; Captain Billy Pagan; FF Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; and Jr. FF Eli Pagan.

 


 
Smoke and Entrapment at Berks Heim Annex
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 15:16
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, along with firefighters and EMTs from 8 other nearby companies, were dispatched to a possible structure fire with entrapment at the Berks Heim Annex Wednesday afternoon.

Mt. Pleasant Company 30 was first on scene and assumed command until 2nd Assistant Chief Scott Trate arrived.

Smoke was found showing near one of the building’s passenger elevators.  Berks Heim maintenance personnel informed command that the smoke had been coming from the elevator’s hydraulic pump room and the elevator was stuck between the 1st and 3rd floors.  3 occupants were trapped inside the stalled elevator, but all other occupants of the Annex had been evacuated.

Firefighters were able to access the elevator’s car and rescue the 3 passengers inside.  None of the passengers removed from the elevator were injured.

Portable fans were deployed to remove smoke from the area.

It was found that the belts on the elevator’s hydraulic pump had been slipping, thus causing the smoke.  The belts eventually snapped, halting the elevators movement and trapping its occupants between floors.

One injury occurred when a Township of Spring firefighter was struck in the head by a hose coupling.  The firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment.  No occupants of the residence were injured.

Those responding for the GFC were: 2nd Assistant Chief Scott Trate; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; FF Gary Rarick; FF Dave Steffey; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner; Support Member Leigh-Ann Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

Additional companies dispatched were: Bernville Co. 29; Mt. Pleasant Co. 30; Temple Co. 11; Leesport Co. 37; Western Berks Co. 18; Wyomissing Co. 79; Township of Spring Co. 85, Western Berks Ambulance Squad 650, and Bern Township Police.

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
Chimney Fire in Spring Township
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:24
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to aid Township of Spring Co. 85 with a chimney fire on Pendergast and Van Reed Roads Tuesday morning.

Upon arrival, GFC Co. 55 firefighters found other responding companies already on scene and joined the manpower pool.

Responding companies had the fire extinguished, the residence ventilated and the chimney inspected shortly before noon.  The structure was not damaged and no one was injured during the incident.

Fire police from Bern and Spring Township closed Van Reed Road between Paper Mill Road and State Hill Road until shortly after noon.

Those responding for the GFC were: 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; FF Gary Rarick, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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E55 on scene.
   E55 on scene.
GFC arrives on scene and joins other responding companies in the manpower pool.
   GFC arrives on scene and joins other
      responding companies in the manpower
      pool.
Oil Change Special at Werley’s Auto Service Center Benefits GFC
Friday, February 13, 2015
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From now until the end of February Werley's Auto Service Center, located at 2943 Bernville Road (Rt. 183) in Bern Township, will donate $1.00 to TheGreenfields Fire Company for every oil change they perform.  If you're due for an oil change, go visit Werley's Auto Service Center and support The Greenfields Fire Company.
 
Werley’s Auto Service Center is a family owned automotive repair facility that has been owned and operated by the Werley family since 1939. Their shop is equipped with “state of the art” diagnostic and service equipment and is staffed with highly trained service technicians. Quality service and fair prices are the hallmarks of Werley’s Auto Service Center.
 
Werley's is proud to be a NAPA AutoCare Center.


You can visit their website by clicking on the link below:

 
Werley's Auto Service Center
   
   
Vehicle Fire at St. Joseph Medical Center
Friday, February 6, 2015 10:36
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Companies from West Reading and Temple were dispatched to assist Greenfields Co. 55 with a reported vehicle fire at the main entrance to St. Joseph Medical Center.

Upon arrival, a Ford Explorer, with smoke coming from the right front wheel well, was found parked in front of the Medical Center’s main entrance.

Security personnel at the Medical Center had already extinguished the fire using a dry chemical fire extinguisher.  Responding firefighters used pressurized water extinguishers to further cool down the tire and wheel well area of the vehicle.  Chief Brian Fisher, using a thermal imaging camera, checked for any residual heat and declared there was no further fire danger.

It appeared that a faulty wheel bearing may have been the cause of the fire.

V&M Towing was dispatched to remove the vehicle and responding crews were released around 11:00 a.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher and Photographer Steve Spies.

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E55 arrives on scene at St. Joseph Medical Center.
   E55 arrives on scene at St. Joseph
      Medical Center.
Hospital security personnel used a CO fire extinguisher to douse the fire.
   Hospital security personnel used a CO
      fire extinguisher to douse the fire.
Structure Fire on Dunkelberger Rd.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 16:55
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, along with Leesport Co. 37, Temple Co. 11, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bernville Co. 29, Western Berks Co. 18 Goodwill Co. 10, Township of Spring Co. 85, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1100 Block of Dunkelberger Rd. late Friday afternoon.

While in rout, the E55 crew was informed that there was smoke coming from the structure and the windows were blackened.  Firefighters already on scene reported that there was a couch on fire and they had been able to extinguish it using pressurized water extinguishers. E55 arrived shortly thereafter and 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker assumed command.

Upon arrival, E55 firefighters found that the fire had occurred in an enclosed patio attached to the “A” side of the main structure.  The occupant and 2 dogs had been evacuated, and the fire on the couch had been extinguished.  Chief Auker directed crews on scene to inspect the structure for any fire extension, ventilate the structure, and then commence overhaul.

Fire damage was contained to the enclosed patio, while the main structure sustained only smoke damage. No occupants or firefighters were injured in the incident and assisting crews were released by 6:30 p.m.

The fire originated in an electrical outlet behind a couch on the “B” side of the enclosed patio. The fire then spread to the corner of the couch.

Those responding for the GFC were: 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker; 2nd Assistant Chief Scott Trate; FF Joe Green; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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The fire occurred in an enclosed patio attached to the
   The fire occurred in an enclosed patio
      attached to the "A" side of the main
      structure.
GFC arrives and 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker, left, assumes command.
   GFC arrives and 1st Assistant Chief
      Mahlon Auker, left, assumes command.
Snow a Factor in Accident on Grange Rd.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 16:15
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Leesport Rescue 37, Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS received a dispatch to assist Greenfields Co. 55 with an MVA with injuries. The accident occurred on Grange Rd. between Ziegler Rd and Snyder Rd.

Rescue 37 and Schuylkill Valley EMS were first on scene followed by GFC’s E55, C55, and U55. They found that a Jeep Grand Cherokee had slid off the snow covered road and struck a tree. Crew members extricated an occupant, who was complaining of sever leg pain. Schuylkill Valley EMS later transported the patient to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment.

Bern Township Fire Police closed Grange Rd. between Snyder and Ziegler Roads during the incident. Damage to the vehicle was minimal and it was able to be driven away under its own power. Grange Road was reopened and crews were released shortly before 5:00 p.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 2nd Assistant Chief Scott Trate; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; Captain Billy Pagan; FF Gary Rarick; FF Jenny Reedy; Probationary FF Dalton Noll; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Jr. FF Ely Pagan; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Officer Donny Sando; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Crews arrived to find a Jeep Cherokee had struck a tree.
   Crews arrived to find a Jeep Cherokee
      had struck a tree.
   
Personnel Changes and Promotions at the GFC
Saturday, January 17, 2015
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Chief Brian Fisher announced the promotions and duty changes effective January 1, 2015, for the following crewmembers at Station 55:

Phil Haupt has retired as Deputy Chief.  He will stay on to continue service as Safety Officer and Chief Engineer.

Mahlon Auker has been promoted from Captain to First Assistant Chief.

Scott Trate has been assigned to the position of Second Assistant Chief/Engineer.

Terry Royce has been promoted from Firefighter to Third Assistant Chief/Engineer.

Billy Pagan has been promoted from Lieutenant to Captain.

Jeff Allan has been promoted from Fire Police Officer to Fire Police Sergeant.

Chief Fisher, and the whole firefighting crew and membership of the Greenfields Fire Company, wish them the best of fortune and safety in their new positions with Company 55.

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Chief Engineer and Safety Officer Phil Haupt
   Chief Engineer and Safety Officer Phil
      Haupt
First Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker.
   First Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker.
Vehicle Sheers Utility Pole – Driver Entrapped
Sunday, January 11, 2015 01:38
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The Greenfields Fire Co. along with several mutual aide Companies was dispatched to the report of an MVA, with entrapment, on Cross Keys Road between Rt. 61 and Washington Rd. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Upon arrival firefighters found that a Hunyadi Elantra had sheered off a utility pole and came to rest on its roof on the east side of Cross Keys Road.  The driver, and vehicle’s lone occupant, was trapped inside.

Assisting crews from Leesport Co. 37, Temple Co. 11, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Bernville Co. 29 used the “Jaws of Life”, and worked for almost a half an hour before being able to free the patient from the vehicle. Extremely cold weather made starting the gasoline powered hydraulic pumps difficult, which added to the time it took to extricate the patient.  The GFC’s battery operated “Jaw” was employed to begin the extrication process until the other, more powerful, hydraulic “Jaws” could be put into service.

The patient, who sustained unspecified injuries, was finally removed from the vehicle and transported to the hospital by Schuylkill Valley EMS.

Bern Township Fire Police closed the section of Cross Keys Rd. between Rt. 61 and Rickenbach Rd.  They remained on scene until repair crews from MetEd arrived to facilitate replacement of the utility pole and restoration of power to the area.

MetEd estimated that it would take at least eight hours before power could be restored.  Fire crews were released around 4:30 a.m.

Bern Township Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Special thanks to Bernville Co. 29 who relocated to man the GFC Station during the incident.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Assistant Chief Scott Trate; FF Joe Green; FF Terry Royce; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner; Fire police Officer Donny Sando; Fire Police Officer Jeff Allan; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Arriving crews find a vehicle on its roof after shearing off a utility pole on Cross Keys Rd.
   Arriving crews find a vehicle on its
      roof after shearing off a utility pole
      on Cross Keys Rd.
With the utility pole sheared off, and wires down, Cross Keys Road was closed.
   With the utility pole sheared off, and
      wires down, Cross Keys Road was closed.
Truck Hits Tree on Aviation Rd. Trapping Driver Inside
Saturday, January 3, 2015 18:24
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The Greenfields Fire Co., along with West Reading Co. 64, Temple Co 11, Spring Twp. Fire Dept Co 85, and Western Berks Ambulance, was dispatched to a report of a pick-up truck into a tree, with entrapment, on Aviation Road early Saturday evening.

Upon arrival the GFC Crew found a GMC pick-up truck, that had been traveling southbound on Aviation Road, had struck a tree just south of Industrial Metal Plating’s plant.  The driver’s side door was jammed shut trapping the driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, inside.

GFC firefighter Joe Green used a battery operated “Jaws of Life” combination tool to pry the driver’s side door open in order to extricate the patient.  The patient, who complained of leg, back, and neck pain, was transported to a local area hospital by Western Berks Ambulance for treatment.

Bern Township Fire Police redirected traffic on Aviation Road while the Bern Township Police investigated the incident.  The vehicle was later removed by V&M Towing and normal traffic flow on Aviation Road was resumed shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Assistant Chief Scott Trate; FF Joe Green; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Officer Donny Sando; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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FF Joe Green uses the
   FF Joe Green uses the "Jaws of Life" to
      pry open the driver's side door in order
      to extricate the patient.
Two Alarm Fire Destroys a 3 Car Garage in Bern Twp.
Friday, January 2, 2015 12:38
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The Greenfields Fire Co., along with numerous companies from throughout Berks County, was dispatched to the report of a structure fire in the 600 block of Scenic Drive shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Upon arrival the GFC Crew found an attached 3 car garage fully involved in fire. With hydrants unavailable in the area and fearing that the attached home would become involved, GFC Chief Brian Fisher declared a second alarm and requested the activation of the Zone 2 Tanker Task Force.  Fire crews on scene were able to get the fire under control within a half an hour, and managed to save the attached single family residence from any involvement.  The garage and the single vehicle inside the garage were destroyed.

No one was injured in the incident; however the residents of the property were unable to continue occupancy due to power being shut off in order to fight the fire.

The Bern Township Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze.  No cause for the fire, or damage estimates are currently available.

Mutual aid companies were released around 3:30 p.m. and the scene was turned over to Berks Fire and Water, who secured the structure around 5:00 p.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Deputy Chief Phil Haupt; Assistant Chief Scott Trate; Capt. Mahlon Auker; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Upon arrival the GFC Crew found an attached 3 car garage fully involved in fire.
   Upon arrival the GFC Crew found an
      attached 3 car garage fully involved in
      fire.
   
GFC Hosts Santa for his Bern Twp. Tour
Saturday, December 20, 2014 17:00
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Once again, Santa had requested the services of the Greenfields Fire Company to chauffer him around Bern Township for his annual naughty and nice survey.

Chief Brian Fisher was up for the task and assigned FF/EMT Amy Auker, and her crew, to transform E55-1 into a “Lights and Sirens” sleigh.  With copious quantities of garland, Christmas lights, wreaths, duct tape, and spray cans of snow, E55-1 was ready for Santa’s Run.

The Elves from the GFC met Santa Saturday night at the Greenfields Social Hall.  From there, Santa on his green sleigh and a convoy of GFC apparatus proceeded to travel the neighborhoods of Bern Township, greeting its residents with his jolly ho ho hos.

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E55-1 was transformed into a green sleigh for Santa.
   E55-1 was transformed into a green
      sleigh for Santa.
After Santa inspected his green sleigh, he was ready to meet and greet the residents of Bern Township.
   After Santa inspected his green sleigh,
      he was ready to meet and greet the
      residents of Bern Township.
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.
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