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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 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 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.
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.




 
   
   
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