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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.


Structure Fire in Muhlenberg Twp.
Monday, March 30, 2015 08:50
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to Muhlenberg Township to assist Goodwill Co. 10 with a structure fire in the 200 block of Jefferson St., just a few blocks away from Goodwill’s Station.

Upon arrival, GFC personnel reported to the manpower pool.  Shortly thereafter GFC Engine 55 was relocated to provide manpower at Goodwill Station 10, along with Blandon Co. 12, West Reading Co. 64 and Wyomissing Co. 79.  GFC Engine 55 was released shortly before 11:00 a.m.

Bern Township Fire Police assisted with traffic control in the area.  Fire police shut down sections of Madison Ave. and Jefferson St. during the incident.

The fire started in the resident’s kitchen, and rapidly spread through first and seconds floors causing extensive damage to the structure. No one was injured in the incident.

The source of the fire is under investigation.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; FF Matt Haggard; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Photo by FF/EMT Amy Auker. The fire started in the kitchen area and spread through the first and second floors.
   Photo by FF/EMT Amy Auker. The fire
      started in the kitchen area and spread
      through the first and second floors.
   
Structure Fire on Faller Lane
Saturday, March 28, 2015 23:33
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to a structure fire on Faller Ln. off of West Leesport Road shortly before midnight Saturday.

Upon arrival, the GFC found smoke coming from a storage room attached to the “D” side of a small house.  Officers from Bern Township Police had managed to knock down the fire using dry chemical extinguishers that they carry in their patrol cars. 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker took command.

GFC, and assisting companies, proceeded to soak down the storage room, and the kitchen area on the inside of the “D” side wall.  Water and fire damage was contained to the kitchen and storage room; however the rest of the structure suffered smoke damage.  Crews provided positive pressure to ventilation and remove the smoke.

No one was injured in the incident.  The two residents of the structure were able to arrange for alternate lodging for the evening.

The source of the fire appeared to be associated with an electrical distribution panel located in the storage room.

Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around apparatus that were staged on West Leesport Road and Faller Lane.

Assisting companies were: Leesport Co. 37; Temple Co. 11; Mt. Pleasant Co. 30; West Reading Co 64; Western Berks Co. 18; Wyomissing Co. 79; Township of Spring Co. 85; and Schuylkill Valley EMS. 

Those responding for the GFC were: 1st Assistant Chief  Mahlon Auker; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; FF Dave Steffey; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Upon arrival the GFC crew found smoke coming from a storage room on the
   Upon arrival the GFC crew found smoke
      coming from a storage room on the "D"
      side of the structure.
Chief Mahlon Auker, with flashlight, took command.
   Chief Mahlon Auker, with flashlight,
      took command.
Utility Pole Fire in Greenfields
Thursday, March 26, 2015 08:09
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to a possible transformer fire at the intersection of North Tulpehocken and Stephen Roads in Greenfields.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that the utility pole, not the transformer mounted on it, was on fire.  The GFC crew cordoned off the section of Stephen Road near the pole to prevent traffic from entering the area.  MetEd was notified and the GFC crew remained on scene until their arrival around 8:30 a.m. Once MetEd personnel arrived Chief Fisher released the scene to them and they proceeded with repairs.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; FF Dave Steffey, and Photographer Steve Spies.


 
E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker assesses the situation.
   1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker
      assesses the situation.
MVA on Rt. 183 Near Piero’s Pizza
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:19
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, with injuries, on northbound Rt. 183 at Upper Van Reed Road early Wednesday afternoon.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that a Freightliner tractor (no trailer) had rear-ended a Chevrolet Impala. There were two occupants in the Impala, and they were complaining of neck and back pain.  The GFC crew stabilized the vehicle with cribbing and tended to the occupants until EMTs from Schuylkill Valley EMS and Western Berks Ambulance arrived to transport the patients to the hospital.

GFC personnel also assisted Bern Township Fire Police with traffic control during the incident.  Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 1:00 p.m.

Bern Township Police are investigating.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 1st Assistant Chief Mahlon Auker; 3rd Assistant Chief Terry Royce; FF Britni Cummings; FF Matt Haggard; FF Brian Lavenberg; FF Gary Rarick; FF Dave Steffey; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Rollover on Wagner Lane
Thursday, March 12, 2015 15:44
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 along with companies from West Reading, Temple, Township of Spring, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to the report of an MVA, with possible entrapment, on Wagner Lane near Aviation Road Thursday afternoon.

Upon arrival, E55 firefighters found a Subaru Outback down an embankment and on its roof.  The occupants of the vehicle had self-extricated and were uninjured.  No fluids were leaking from the vehicle and no fire services were required.  GFC personnel did however; assist with traffic control while the vehicle was being removed from the scene.

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

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
   
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.
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