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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.


GFC Firefighters Partake in Schuylkill Valley Libraryís Heroís Week
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Firefighters from the GFC were invited by Librarian Tanya Flamm to the Schuylkill Valley Library to participate in their "Firefighters - Friends from the Fire Company" program last week.

On Wednesday and Friday the children were given tours of Engine 55 and a demonstration of its pumping ability. They played the “Knock the Traffic Cones over with a Fire Hose Game”, and learned how to “Stop, Drop, and Roll". They were also read firefighter stories from selected library books, and were given a demonstration of how a firefighter gets dressed for action.

On Saturday, the GFC teamed up with firefighters from Leesport Co. 37 to give a vehicle rescue demonstration.  The children were able to witness how firefighters, using rescue tools such as “The Jaws of Life”, could turn a sedan into a doorless convertible in order to rescue the occupants inside.

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Those participating during the week for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker; Capt. Joe Green; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz; and Photographer Steve Spies.

Special thanks are in order to Vince James of V&M Towing for donating the vehicle used in the rescue demonstration.

 


 
   
E55 in the Schuylkill Valley Library parking lot.
   E55 in the Schuylkill Valley Library
      parking lot.
GFC Dispatched to a Vehicle Fire on Rt. 222
Thursday, June 18, 2015 20:19
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, assisted by those from West Reading Co. 64 and Temple Co. 11, were dispatched to a vehicle fire on northbound Rt. 222 between Spring Ridge and Rt. 183 ramps Tuesday evening.

Upon arrival responding crews found a tanker truck parked on the right hand shoulder of northbound Rt. 222. According to the truck’s placard it was hauling fuel oil. The odor of hot rubber was detected at the rear of the vehicle, but no fire or smoke was visible.

The driver of the tanker stated that one of his rear brakes had engaged and was causing its wheel to heat up. Firefighters checked the wheel with a thermal imaging camera and found it to indeed be overheated.

A heavy duty tow truck from V&M Towing was called to remove the tanker. Upon its arrival the tow truck operator disabled the tanker's rear brakes and removed the vehicle from the scene.

A portion of the number two lane of northbound Rt. 222 was closed during the incident while Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene. Crews were released and normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 9:00 p.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker; 3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jen Reedy, Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Sergeant Jeff Allen; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Upon arrival the GFC Crew finds a fuel oil tanker parked on the right hand shoulder of northbound Rt. 222
   Upon arrival the GFC Crew finds a fuel
      oil tanker parked on the right hand
      shoulder of northbound Rt. 222
The odor of hot rubber could be sensed coming form the rear wheels of the tanker.
   The odor of hot rubber could be sensed
      coming form the rear wheels of the
      tanker.
3 Vehicle Accident at T&Cís Market
Thursday, June 18, 2015 08:50
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At mid-morning Thursday, The Greenfields Fire Co. along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to the report of a 3 vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Leesport Rd. and Rt. 183.

Upon arrival the GFC Crew found a Ford Crown Victoria in the middle of the intersection. Additionally, a Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile Bravada were nose to nose on W. Leesport Rd. next to T&C’s Market. Remarkably, there were no injuries.

Bern Township Fire Police assisted the Bern Township police with traffic control while Police investigated the cause of the accident. Once the police investigation was completed, the vehicles were removed and fire crews cleaned up the debris and spilled fluids from the intersection.

Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Capt. Joe Green; FF Gary Rarick; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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A Ford Crown Vic sits in the middle of the intersection of Rt. 183 and W. Leesport Rd...
   A Ford Crown Vic sits in the middle of
      the intersection of Rt. 183 and W.
      Leesport Rd...
...A Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile Bravada sit nose to nose on W. Leesport Rd.
   ...A Volkswagen Jetta and an Oldsmobile
      Bravada sit nose to nose on W. Leesport
      Rd.
New Pumper Arrives At GFC
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Finally, after over 2 years of planning and negotiating, GFC’s new KME Predator pumper has been delivered to the Greenfields Fire Company! This piece of apparatus will replace GFC’s 24 year old Grumman pumper.

Chief Brian Fisher, accompanied by Chief Engineer Phil Haupt, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, and 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate traveled to Nesquehoning, PA to take delivery of GFC’s new pumper.

After a final inspection and necessary paperwork, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate drove our new KME Predator pumper from KME’s manufacturing facility to the Greenfields Station. They arrived at the GFC Station an hour and a half later to a throng of eager and wide-eyed firefighters.

Once the new pumper is outfitted with the necessary firefighting equipment, and crew members have been properly trained, our new pumper is scheduled to enter service at the end of July. An official housing ceremony is tentatively planned for some time in October.

Special thanks are in order for The Engine Replacement Committee, comprised of Chief Brian Fisher, Chief Engineer Phil Haupt, 1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate, 3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce, and FF Billy Pagan. The Committee’s hard work over the past 2 years planning and writing the specifications for our new pumper has made this project a reality.

And a big shout-out is due Chief Engineer Phil Haupt for his efforts negotiating the labyrinth of grant and loan applications, and the bureaucratic barriers and hurdles necessary to secure the financing for this project.

Thanks are also in order for The Bern Township Board of Supervisors for securing the Township’s financial support for this project.

Finally, a big thank you goes out to Greenfields Fire Company President Jeff Killian and all the members of the Greenfields Fire Company for their support.

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GFC's new KME Predator Pumper arrives at the 55 Station!
   GFC's new KME Predator Pumper arrives at
      the 55 Station!
Car Hits Guide Rail on Palisades Dr.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 17:28
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The GFC was dispatched late Monday to the report of an MVA with fire on Palisades Dr. near Rebers Bridge late Tuesday afternoon. Dispatched to assist were Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Western Berks Ambulance.

Upon arrival the GFC crew found single vehicle MVA involving a vintage street rod coupe with sever front end damage. There was an odor of burnt electrical insulation and gasoline, but no fire was visible. Fire crews disconnected the vehicle’s battery and stood by with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The vehicle was then inspected with a thermal imaging camera and no unusual hot spots were found.

The driver of the vehicle had suffered a black eye from striking the steering wheel, but refused transport by Western Berks Ambulance.

The driver of the vehicle reported to police that the vehicle had suddenly lost traction and spun out, hitting the guide rail. There appeared to be an oil slick on the roadway resulting from a previous rain shower.  A witness, who had gotten out of his vehicle to help, stated that the roadway was very slippery and walking upon it was difficult.

The vehicle was later removed from the scene by V&M Towing. Fire crewmembers cleaned up the crash debris and spilled fluids from the roadway and returned to their stations.

Those responding for the GFC were: 2nd Asst. Scott Trate; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC arrives on scene to find a vintage coupe had struck the guide rail.
   GFC arrives on scene to find a vintage
      coupe had struck the guide rail.
FF Jenny Reedy stands by with a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
   FF Jenny Reedy stands by with a dry
      chemical fire extinguisher.
Vehicle Fire at The Riveredge/Econo Lodge
Monday, June 15, 2015 18:19
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The GFC was dispatched early Monday evening to the report of a vehicle fire in the 2000 block of Bernville Rd. at the Econo Lodge.

Crews from West Reading Co. 64 and Temple Co. 11 arrived first and found an Audi with its front end fully involved in fire.  The vehicle’s owner, and a bystander were attempting to extinguish the fire using a garden hose and a pressure washer. The fire had advanced to the point where their efforts were futile.

Firefighters from West Reading quickly pulled an attack line from Engine 64. With assistance from Temple Co. 11, they were able to extinguishe the fire in a few minutes.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the vehicle was a total loss.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Capt. Joe Green; FF Gary Rarick; FF Jenny Reedy; and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Crews arrive on scene to find an Audi with its front end fully involved in fire.
   Crews arrive on scene to find an Audi
      with its front end fully involved in
      fire.
A garden hose is no match for the fire.
   A garden hose is no match for the fire.
GFC Dispatched to Possible Structure Fire at Direct Link
Saturday, June 13, 2015 05:30
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The GFC was dispatched early Saturday morning to a report of smoke at the Direct Link Building on Bernville Road.

Upon arrival, Chief Brian Fisher took command and directed firefighters to accompany building security personnel to the area in question.

Once inside, the acrid odor of burnt electrical insulation was detected. The source of the odor was narrowed down to a computer equipment room, but no fire or damaged equipment could be located. After a thorough examination of the computer equipment room, using a thermal imaging camera, no unusual heat sources could be found. The situation was declared non-threatening and was turned over to computer maintenance personnel for resolution..

Assisting the GFC were: West Reading Co. 64; Mt. Pleasant Co. 30; Temple Co. 11; Reading Engine 7; Wyomissing Co. 79; Township of Spring Co. 18; and Goodwill Co. 10

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police Officer Donny Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
Chief Fisher takes command.
   Chief Fisher takes command.
GFC Augments Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit During WWII Weekend
 

Once again the Greenfields Fire Company has been tasked to augment the Reading Regional Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Unit during the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend festivities.  This year’s event is had special significance since it was the 25th anniversary of first WWII weekend held by the Air Museum.

Under the direction of Greenfields Fire Chief Brian Fisher, apparatus from over 15 Berks County Fire Departments were marshalled together to augment the Airport’s ARFF fleet.  Apparatus were split into three groups. One group was stationed at the Airport’s ARFF Station, while another was sent to the tarmac at Gate 5A. The third group was located at the GFC Station House to cover fire and emergency calls in Bern Township.

Along with being on the ready for any aircraft emergency, the Gate 5A apparatus were also put into service during the two Iwo Jima reenactments. During these reenactments, fully functional World War II flame throwers were used in the battlefield area resulting in small, but potentially dangerous grass fires. After the reenactments were over, the Gate 5A crew was enlisted to extinguish those flames.

Firefighters have to eat, and the task of feeding them was given to our Support Unit Captain Leslie Fisher and her Minions: Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, Support Unit Member Leigh-Ann Matz, Support Unit Member Ginger Houck, and Support Unit Member Tanya Allen. Along with the food and drink they supplied, Captain Fisher enlisted the catering services of Mission BBQ to supplement the feast. They supplied Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Baked Beans and Mac and Cheese.  Needless to say, no one went away hungry.

Other than one minor incident involving a miscalculation of winds by a parachute demonstration team, the services of the ARFF crew were not required. The parachute team missed its landing zone by about a quarter of a mile and the Gate 5A team assisted with their retrieval.

Special thanks to all the companies listed below whom participated in the Airport’s ARFF coverage:

Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit, Commanded by Steven Haines

Lower Alsace Co. 4

Alsace Manor Co. 8

Central Fire Laureldale Co. 13

Earl Twp. Co.19

Walnuttown Co. 32

Virginville Co. 33

Ruscombmanor Co. 34

Lyons Co. 35

Leesport Co. 37

Shartlesville Co.41

Fleetwood Co. 45

Kutztown Co. 46

Frystown Co. 53

Brecknock Co. 72

 

Special thanks are in order for Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 and Mohnton Co. 57 for staffing the 55 Station in order to serve the needs of Bern Township during the Show.

 

Staffing for the GFC:

 Chief Brian Fisher

1st Asst. Chief Mahlon Auker

2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate

3rd Asst. Chief Terry Royce

Capt. Joe Green

Lt. Amy Auker

FF Billy Pagan

FF Gary Rarick

FF Jenny Reedy

FF Dave Steffey

FF Austin Valko

FF Britni Cummings

Jr. FF Dylan Matz

Jr. FF Dylan Heckman

Jr. FF Eli Pagan

 Fire Police Sergeant Jeff Allen

Fire Police Officer Donnie Sando

 Photographer Steve Spies

 

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Apparatus staged at Gate 5A.
   Apparatus staged at Gate 5A.
Smoke Investigation at Blue Marsh Lake
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 18:12
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The GFC was dispatched early Wednesday evening to a report of smoke coming out of the honor box at Blue Marsh Lake’s Dry Brooks Day Use entrance.

Upon arrival, 2nd Asst. Chief Scott Trate could smell smoke near the honor box, but nothing was visible. A park ranger arriving on scene was able to open the box for inspection. Inside the box was found the charred remains of a payment envelope, but no fire.

It seems that someone had lit a payment envelope on fire and put it in the money box in hopes of starting the cash inside on fire; however the envelope burned itself out. No fire was started and no cash was destroyed. Asst. Chief Trate declared the incident resolved and returned to the GFC Station.

Blue Marsh Lake Recreational Area is a National Park, thus making this arson attempt a Federal Offence.

Those responding for the GFC were: 2nd Ast. Chief Scott Trate, and Photographer Steve Spies

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2nd Asst. Chief arrives at Blue Marsh with E55-1.
   2nd Asst. Chief arrives at Blue Marsh
      with E55-1.
The Honor Box at Blue Marsh's Dry Brooks Day Use Entrance.
   The Honor Box at Blue Marsh's Dry Brooks
      Day Use Entrance.
Leinbachs Boy Scout Troop 190 Visits the GFC Station
Monday, June 8, 2015 18:45
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 hosted Leinbachs Boy Scout Troop 190 for a tour of the GFC Station Monday evening.

The scouts were first given a welcoming fire prevention presentation by Chief Brian Fisher, which in included our ever poplar DVD: Safety Smart About Fire staring the Disney Lion King characters Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat.

Following the video, Captain Joe Green and Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrated how firefighters get dressed, the equipment they ware, and how they search for people trapped in burning structures.

Afterward, the scouts adjourned to the Engine Bay for a tour of our apparatus.

The tour concluded with a video compilation of various calls and activities from the previous year

Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Captain Joe Green; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher; Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Chief Fisher welcomes the scouts.
   Chief Fisher welcomes the scouts.
Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates how a firefighter gets ready for action.
   Jr. FF Dylan Matz demonstrates how a
      firefighter gets ready for action.
MVA with Fatality on Grange Rd.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 18:13
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55 were dispatched to an MVA with injuries in the 1100 block of Grange Road early Sunday evening.  Also dispatched and/or responding were Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Temple Rescue 11, Leesport Rescue Engine 37, and EMTs and Paramedics from Schuylkill Valley EMS, Muhlenberg Ambulance, Blandon EMS, and Western Berks Ambulance.

While in route, the dispatch progressed from an MVA with injuries to an MVA with ejection, then an MVA with entrapment, and finally a request for the County Coroner.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that a northbound SUV had collided head-on with a southbound motorcycle about 300 feet south of White Oak Ln.

The SUV was on top of the motorcycle with a rider trapped underneath. A second rider lay unresponsive in front of the SUV nearby. Two ambulances and EMTs from Schuylkill Valley EMS and Muhlenberg Ambulance already on scene were attending to the patient trapped underneath the SUV.

The driver, and lone occupant of the SUV, had already been transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Crew members on scene placed cribbing blocks under the passenger side of the SUV to stabilize it. A “Jaws of Life” hydraulic spreader tool was then used to lift the driver’s side of the SUV sufficiently to be able to extricate the patient from underneath. The patient suffered critical injuries and was transported by ambulance to the parking lot of the Ontelaunee Grange where a Penn Star helicopter was waiting to transport the patient to the Reading Hospital.

The second rider of the motorcycle was later pronounced dead at the scene by the Berks County Coroner.

Rescue crews were released around 7:30 p.m. Crews from Engine 55, Engine 55-1, and Brush 55 remained on scene to provide scene lighting and assistance while the Berks County Accident Investigation Team conducted its investigation.

Grange road was closed between White Oak Lane and West Main St. during the incident.

The vehicles were removed by V&M Towing and remaining crews were released at 12:30 a.m. Grange Road was opened shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 1st Ast. Chief Mahlon Auker; 2nd Ast. Chief Scott Trate; 3rd Ast. Chief Terry Royce; Capt. Joe Green; FF Jenny Reedy; FF Austin Valko; FF Dave Steffey; Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz; Jr. Firefighter Dylan Heckman; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner; Fire Police officer Cindy Auker; Fire Police Officer Donny Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 

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GFC arrives to find an SUV on top of a motorcycle.
   GFC arrives to find an SUV on top of a
      motorcycle.
Crews placed cribbing underneath the passenger's  side to stabilize the SUV.
   Crews placed cribbing underneath the
      passenger's side to stabilize the SUV.
MVA with Injuries on Rt. 222
Thursday, June 4, 2015 09:19
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, along with West Reading Co. 64, Temple Co.11, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to an MVA on southbound Rt. 222 south of the Rt. 183 interchange Thursday morning.

Upon arrival, the GFC Firefighters found a Subaru Forester on its roof next to the median. The driver and lone occupant of the Subaru was being extricated by Schuylkill Valley EMS EMTs and was subsequently transported to the Reading Hospital with unspecified injuries.

The Spring Township Fire Police assisted Bern Township police with traffic control. Southbound traffic from Rt. 222 was diverted to Rt.183 while the GFC and West Reading firefighters cleared debris from the roadway and V&M Towing removed the vehicles from the scene. Normal traffic flow was resumed around 10:30 a.m.

According to Bern Township Police, the southbound Subaru had veered off the right side of the highway and had struck a disabled Chevy Blazer, which was parked on the right shoulder. The Subaru then rolled onto its roof and slid across both lanes of Rt. 222 coming to rest next to the median.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 3rd Ast. Chief Terry Royce; FF Joe Green; FF Gary Rarick; FF Dave Steffey, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 

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GFC arrives to find a Subaru on its roof next to the highway median.
   GFC arrives to find a Subaru on its roof
      next to the highway median.
The Subaru had struck a disabled Chevy Blazer parked on the right shoulder of the highway.
   The Subaru had struck a disabled Chevy
      Blazer parked on the right shoulder of
      the highway.
GFC Assists at Structure Fire in Lower Heidelberg Twp.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 16:19
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Greenfields Engine 55 and crew, along with about 20 other companies from around Berks County, were dispatched Saturday afternoon to assist Western Berks Co. 18 with a structure fire in the 3000 block of Harwood Ln. in Lower Heidelberg Township.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found a residential structure fully involved in fire. Crew members immediately joined the manpower pool and awaited instructions from Western Berks Incident Commander, Deputy Chief 18-1  Robert Zerman. GFC crew members were later assigned to overhaul, hot spot extinguishment and fire police duties.

Fire Police closed Harwood Lane, a cul-de-sac, just southeast of Bayberry Lane.

The residents of the structure were not home at the time and no firefighters or civilians were injured during the incident.

Firefighters worked for hours in 90 degree heat before finally being released.

The structure was a total loss and structures on either side suffered damage to their vinyl siding.  A State Police Fire Marshal arrived on scene to investigate, however the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The GFC crew was released by command just before 8:00 p.m.

During the overhaul process, GFC Assistant Chief Scott Trate saw a neighbor, who lives across the street from the fire, running with a garden hose. He immediately noticed that the mulch in front of the neighbor’s house was on fire. Chief Trate summoned the assistance of GFC firefighter Britni Cummings, and that of a Co. l8 firefighter to extinguish the mulch.

Mathew Duffy, another neighbor who lives across the street from the fire, supplied Pizza for the entire crew of over 100 responders. His kindness and generosity was most appreciated by the exhausted crew. Thank you, Sir!

Special thanks are also in order for Mohnton Co. 57 for supplying Engine 57 and crew to staff the GFC Station during the incident.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 2nd Ast. Chief Scott Trate; 3rd Ast. Chief Terry Royce; FF/EMT Amy Auker; FF Britni Cummings; FF Matt Haggard; Jr. FF Dylan Matz; and Photographer Steve Spies.

 

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Upon arrival, a large plume of black smoke could be seen
   Upon arrival, a large plume of black
      smoke could be seen
Flames can be seen billowing from the B, C, and D sides of the structure.
   Flames can be seen billowing from the B,
      C, and D sides of the structure.
Elevator Rescue at Airport Holiday Inn Express
Thursday, May 28, 2015 23:30
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Apparatus from Temple Co. 11, West Reading Co. 64, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to assist Greenfields Co. 55 with the rescue of an individual who was trapped in an elevator late Thursday evening.

Prior to the dispatch, a motor vehicle had collided with a power pole which disrupted electrical power to the Reading Regional Airport Holiday Inn Express. This resulted in an individual becoming trapped in the Inn’s elevator.

Upon arrival, Chief Fisher was informed by the motel desk clerk that the Inn’s only elevator was stuck just below the second floor with an individual trapped inside. Chief Fisher, with elevator door release keys in hand, preceded to the second floor’s elevator location. With the assistance of Jason Witman from West Reading Co. 64, the elevator door was opened and the trapped individual was released.

The trapped individual remarked that it was kind of hot in the elevator car, but declined to be examined by Western Berks EMTs.

Just before midnight Chief Fisher released all responding crews and reported Co. 55 available.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; 2nd Ast. Chief Scott Trate; FF Joe Green; FF Britni Cummings; and Photographer Steve Spies

 

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Chief Fisher prepares to open the elevator door.
   Chief Fisher prepares to open the
      elevator door.
   
GFC Station Installs Emergency Standby Generator
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, The Greenfields Fire Company was able to purchase and install an emergency standby electrical generator at the 55 Station.

Previously, if a loss of commercial electrical power occurred for an extended period of time, GFC personnel would have to hook up an external portable generator to power the Station. The portable 5 kilowatt generator available was only capable of supplying enough power to operate the overhead doors and a limited amount of lighting.  Creature comforts such as heating and air conditioning could not be operated. Also, the generator only had enough fuel capacity to operate the Station for a few hours before needing to be refueled. If the power outage lasted for a long period of time, occasional trips to the gas station were necessary.

GFC’s new generator addresses and solves all these problems. If a commercial electrical power failure occurs, it is detected by the system which automatically starts the generator and picks up the Station’s electrical load. No action by station personnel is required.

With a maximum continues power output of 19.5 kilowatts, (when fueled by natural gas), the generator supplies more than sufficient power to operate every electrical entity in the station. And since its fuel source is natural gas, which supplied by UGI, no trips to the gas station for fuel are required.

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GFC's new emergency standby electrical generator.
   GFC's new emergency standby electrical
      generator.
   
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