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The Greenfields Fire Company is totally volunteer and protects Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Bern Township is a 42 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 Fire Police Trailer, a Utility/Command Unit, and a Car. We have approximately 20 active firefighters, 2 Chief Officers, 2 Line Officers and 2 Fire Police Line Officers.
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We average between 350 and 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 Tanker Task Force where we perform tanker fill site duties. Occasionally, we are dispatched to assist the City of Reading Fire Department on multi-alarm fires.


GFC Dispatched to an MVA on Cross Keys Road
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 13:12
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Leesport Rescue 37, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, with injuries, in the 1400 block of Cross Keys road near Peacock Kennels early Wednesday afternoon.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC Crew found that a Cadillac SUV and a Pontiac Solstice had collided near the entrance to Peacock Kennels. Both were off the road and out of the path of traffic.
 
The driver and lone occupant of the Pontiac complained of head pain and was being treated by Schuylkill Valley EMS personnel. The driver and lone occupant of the Cadillac was uninjured. The Pontiac’s driver was later transported to a local area hospital for further treatment.
 
With both vehicles out of the path of traffic, Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene until V&M towing arrived to remove them.   
 
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Bern Township Police.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF/EMT Amy Auker, FF Terry Royce, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Head-on Collision on West Leesport Rd.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 13:34
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Greenfields Co. 55 along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Leesport Rescue 37, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to an MVA, with possible injuries, in the 1200 block of West Leesport Rd. early Saturday afternoon.
 
Upon arrival at the scene, Engine 55 crew members found a Hyundai Santa Fe on its roof in the westbound lane of West Leesport Rd. and a Ford Focus ZX3 in a field on the eastbound side. The Ford, traveling west, and the Hyundai, travelling east, had clipped driver’s side fenders, causing the Hyundai to roll over onto its roof. Both drivers were uninjured and refused transport to the hospital.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed the off West Leesport Rd. between McCoy Ln. and Rickenbach Rd. while V&M Towing removed the vehicles from the scene. Fire crews from Greenfields, Mt. Pleasant, and Leesport then removed the debris from the roadway, and West Leesport Road was re-opened to traffic shortly before 4:00 PM.
 
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Bern Township Police.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Lt. Phil Haupt, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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The GFC crew arrives to find a Hyundai on its roof in the westbound lane of West Leesport Rd.
   The GFC crew arrives to find a Hyundai
      on its roof in the westbound lane of
      West Leesport Rd.
After the impact, the Ford came to rest in a field on the eastbound side of West Leesport Rd.
   After the impact, the Ford came to rest
      in a field on the eastbound side of West
      Leesport Rd.
MVA on Rt. 222 with possible Entrapment
Thursday, April 3, 2014 13:40
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Greenfields Co. 55 along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to an MVA, with unknown injuries and possible entrapment, on northbound Rt. 222 at the Rt. 183 exit.
 
Upon arrival at the scene, Engine 55 crew members found a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had sustained serious damage, sitting in the middle of the exit ramp connecting northbound Rt. 222 with Rt. 183. The lone occupant of the Jeep had been extricated from the vehicle and was being treated by EMTs from Western Berks Ambulance and Hamburg Emergency Medical Services. The patient was later transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed the off the ramp to Rt. 183 while fire crews from Greenfields Co. 55 and Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 removed the debris from the exit ramp, and officers from The Bern Township Police conducted their investigation. The vehicle was later removed from the off ramp by V&M Towing, and the exit was reopened shortly after 2:00 PM.
 
According to the Bern Township police: The accident was caused when the driver missed the entrance to the off ramp. The driver then tried to get on the ramp by driving across the grass strip between Rt. 222 and the off ramp to Rt. 183.
 
No other injuries occurred, and no other vehicles were involved.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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After rolling over twice, the vehicle landed on it's wheels.
   After rolling over twice, the vehicle
      landed on it's wheels.
The GFC takes to the Air
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 
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The Greenfields Fire Company is proud to announce the newest apparatus addition to its firefighting fleet: A Bell 209 AH-1F “FireSnake” helicopter. This helicopter is outfitted to serve three aerial rolls for Bern Township: Fire suppression, search and rescue, and police tactical support.
 
The Bell 209 AH-1F is the civilian version of the Army’s Cobra attack helicopter. It is equipped with an1800 shaft horsepower Lycoming T53-L–703 turboshaft engine which allows it to carry a payload of 3400 pounds.
 
In its firefighting configuration, the “FireSnake” is equipped with a 320 gallon “Bambi Bucket”, which can be used on either brush, vehicle, or structure fires. The bucket can be dunked in almost any water source, such as a lake, a river, or even a swimming pool. The water is then shuttled to the fire location where the Incident Commander can direct the dump. Only one pilot is necessary for fire suppression operations.
 
For Search, rescue, and police tactical support, the “FireSnake” is equipped with a Forward Looking Infrared Camera, or FLIR. The camera is gyro stabilized and produces rock solid images in either live video or heat signature modes. For night operations the “FireSnake” is equipped with SX-16, 1600 watt Night Sun spotlight that produces up to 40,000 candlepower. That’s enough light to illuminate a football field from an altitude of 1000 feet.
 
In its search, rescue, and police tactical support role, the “FireSnake” requires a crew of two: A pilot, and a tactical operations officer whose task is to operate the FLIR camera, the Night Sun, and the communication equipment.
 
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Oh, by the way, Happy April Fool’s Day!

 
GFC's new Bell 209 AH-1F
   GFC's new Bell 209 AH-1F "FireSnake"
      firefighting helicopter on its pad on
      the GFC Fire Station roof.
H55 sits in a field after its first test flight.
   H55 sits in a field after its first test
      flight.
GFC holds its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet
Chief Brian Fisher hosted The Greenfields Fire Company’s third Annual Awards Banquet that was held at the Temple Fire Company Banquet Hall last Saturday evening. On the agenda were dining, entertainment, door prizes, and recognition of members’ achievements throughout the past year.
 
Along with the Awards for Outstanding Service, The Chief’s Award, Firefighter of the Year, and The President’s Award, several new award categories were added to this year's list. They are: The Life Saving Award, The Award for Bravery, The Unit Citation, The Award for Merit, and The Award for Bravery.
 
During Chief Fisher’s presentation he made mention of the new pumper that has been ordered to replace E55-1, and acknowledged the support that has been given the Fire Company by our special guests from the Bern Township Board of Supervisors. Without their support, and the support of the GFC Social Hall, this purchase could not be made.
 
Once awards and acknowledgments given and bellies were full, the evening’s entertainment focused on dancing and merriment with music supplied by DJSLAMM PRODUCTIONS.
 
Special thanks are in order for Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher and Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett for the effort they spent in planning and organizing the evening’s festivities.
 
By clicking on the Camera Icon below you can view pictures of all the award recipients, and the fun and frolic that followed during the evening. The individual pictures may be enlarged by clicking on the desired photograph.  

 
Our Host for the evening, Chief Brian Fisher.
   Our Host for the evening, Chief Brian
      Fisher.
   
More Brush Fires on Rt. 222
Monday, March 24, 2014 15:47
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Greenfields Co. 55 and Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 were dispatched to 2 brush fires on southbound Rt. 222, one between Rt. 183 and Spring Ridge drive and the other near the Bern-Muhlenberg Township line. Chief Fisher directed Brush 55 to cover the fire near the on ramp from Rt. 183, while Engine 55-1 proceeded to the fire near the Bern-Muhlenberg Township line.
 
When E55-1 arrived at the Bern-Muhlenberg line they were met by Bern Township Police Officer Vince Mazza. Officer Mazza had been able to extinguish the fire by mechanical means and requested a pressurized water extinguisher from E 55-1 to finish the job. E 55-1 then proceeded to the Rt. 183/222 fire location to assist Brush 55.
 
Upon arrival at the Rt. 182/222 location, Chief Fisher and FF Joe Green pulled the booster line from the rear of E55-1 and assisted Brush 55 with fighting the fire. The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter, leaving about 5000 sq. ft. of charred grass on the bank above the Rt. 222 southbound on ramp from Rt. 183.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed off a portion of the number 2 lane of southbound Rt. 222, and routed traffic around the scene while fire crews extinguished the blaze. Normal traffic flow was resumed around 4:30 p.m.
 
The cause of the fire was likely to have been a carelessly discarded cigarette.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF/EMT Amy Mahlon Auker, FF Joe Green, FF Terry Royce, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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This may have caused...
   This may have caused...
...This.
   ...This.
Brush Fire spreads to a House on Van Reed Rd.
Friday, March 21, 2014 13:22
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Greenfields Co. 55, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, West Reading Co 64, Muhlenberg Co. 10, Temple Co. 11 Township of Spring Co. 85 and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to a brush fire in the 1100 block of Van Read Road Friday afternoon.
 
Upon arrival the GFC found a property with multiple structures and smoke coming from the back yard.  Fire had involved the rear of one of the buildings and the residents were trying to fight it with a fire extinguisher and a garden hose.
 
Capt. Mahlon Auker pulled the trash line from Engine 55 and began attacking the rear of the structure that was involved. Meanwhile, Co. 85 began ventilating the structure while Co. 64 and Co. 10 inspected the roof. Once the structure was ventilated, crews entered the structure and began the interior attack
 
While crews were attacking the structure, other crewmembers on scene proceeded to soak down the burned grass in the back yard. The fire was brought under control around 1:45 p.m.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed off Van Reed Rd. between Rt. 183 and Blessing Ln. during the incident. Normal traffic flow was restored shortly before 2:45 p.m.
 
The fire was started by unauthorized burning of trash on the property.  Gusty winds caused the trash fire to get out of control, quickly igniting the dry grass in the back yard. The fire then spread to the rear of the structures.
 
Special thanks to West Reading Co. 64 for manning the GFC Station House during this incident.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Grass Fire spreads to a House on Van Reed Rd.
A grass fire has spread to the rear of a residence on Van Reed Rd.
   A grass fire has spread to the rear of a
      residence on Van Reed Rd.
Capt. Mahlon Auker pulls the trash lind from E55 and attacks the fire.
   Capt. Mahlon Auker pulls the trash lind
      from E55 and attacks the fire.
Brush Fire on Rt. 222
Thursday, March 20, 2014 15:53
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Greenfields Co. 55, and Township of Spring Co. 85 were dispatched to a brush fire on southbound Rt. 222 between Rt. 183 and Spring Ridge drive.
 
Co 85 was dispatched first and had the fire under control when Co. 55 arrived. The fire was located in a small patch of dry grass on the bank above southbound Rt. 222, just south of the on-ramp from Rt. 183. There was no property or vehicle damage from the fire.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed off the number 2 lane of southbound Rt. 222 in order to rout traffic around the scene. Normal traffic flow was restored shortly before 4:30 p.m.
 
The cause of the fire is unknown, but is suspected to have been a lit cigarette, carelessly discarded by a passing motorist.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Donny Santo, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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Township of Spring had been dispatched first and had the fire under control when the GFC arrived.
   Township of Spring had been dispatched
      first and had the fire under control
      when the GFC arrived.
   
GFC Responds to an Early Morning MVA on Grange Road
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 06:52
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Greenfields Co. 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Leesport Co. 37, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to a head-on collision in the 1100 block of Grange road early Wednesday morning.
 
Upon arrival the crews found that a Toyota Camry and a Hyundai Accent had collided head-on. The collision appeared to not be very violent, although both vehicles had to be towed away. The vehicle’s occupants had self-extricated, making the resources of Rescue 30 unnecessary and they were recalled.
 
There were a total of three occupants in the two vehicles, one of which had complained of neck pain and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The other two were uninjured.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed off Grange Road until vehicle removal and clean-up operations were completed. Grange Road was re-opened around 7:30 a.m.
 
The cause of the accident is under investigation by The Bern Township Police.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies. 
 
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GFC to retire Engine 55-1
Saturday, March 15, 2014
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GFC’s 1991 Grumman pumper, which has served the Greenfields Fire Company for over 23 years, has been scheduled for retirement this year.
 
E55-1 was built by Grumman Aerospace, the same company that brought us the F-14 Tomcat. And like the F-14, which has been retired and replaced with more sophisticated and reliable aircraft, so too has E55-1 come to the end of its useful life.
 
On Wednesday, March 12th, Greenfields Fire Company’s Fire Chief Brian Fisher signed a contract with Kovatch Mobile Equipment Co. to purchase a KME Predator pumper that will replace E55-1. The pumper will be custom built to the specifications set forth by the GFC’s Engine Replacement Committee.
 
Over the past year the Engine Committee has assembled a list of specifications for the new engine that will more closely meet the current needs of the GFC in its fire protection and rescue mission in Bern Township. The pumper will come equipped with a 450 HP Cummins 6 cylinder diesel engine, an Onan 20 KW hydraulically driven inverter generator, a 20 Ft. pneumatic mast with 10 KW of scene lighting, a deck gun, a 750 gallon water tank and a Hale 1500 gallon per minute pump, to name a few. Delivery of the new pumper is expected before year’s end.
 
Congratulations to the Engine Committee, headed by Deputy Chief Phil Haupt and Chief Brian Fisher, and assisted by Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, and Lt. Billy Pagan. They have spent many long hours writing the pumper’s specifications and meeting with various manufacturers in order to get this project rolling. Special thanks are also in order for GFC President Jeff Killian and all the members of the Greenfields Fire Company for their support for this project. 
 
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GFC Chief Brian Fisher signs the contract to purchase a new pumper from KME.
   GFC Chief Brian Fisher signs the
      contract to purchase a new pumper from
      KME.
A KME Predator similar to the one that will be delivered to the GFC later this year.
   A KME Predator similar to the one that
      will be delivered to the GFC later this
      year.
Vehicle Fire on Rt. 222
Friday, March 14, 2014 16:27
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Greenfields Fire Company, along with Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Muhlenberg Co. 10 were dispatched to a vehicle fire on northbound Rt. 222 at the Rt. 183 exit.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC Crew found a minivan fully engulfed with flames. The make and model of the vehicle was not recognizable and no occupants were on board.
 
Chief Brian Fisher directed responding personnel to pull the trash line from E55 to the burning vehicle while Deputy Chief Phil Haupt charged the line with foam. Responding crew members had the fire extinguished in a few minutes, however, the vehicle was completely destroyed.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed off northbound Rt. 222 for a short period while cones were set-up to divert traffic around the incident.   V&M Towing removed the vehicle and normal traffic flow was restored shortly after 5:15 p.m.
 
The cause of the fire appeared to have started in the engine compartment of the vehicle, but its cause is undetermined at this time.
 
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Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.   

 
Vehicle Fire on Rt. 222 North @ Rt. 183 Exit.
GFC E55 and crew arrives on scene.
   GFC E55 and crew arrives on scene.
Deputy Chief Haupt charges the trash line with foam.
   Deputy Chief Haupt charges the trash
      line with foam.
Fire Marshal Releases Legacy at the Paper Mill Pictures
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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The Lower Heidelberg Township Fire Marshal has released the pictures taken by the Greenfields Fire Company at the Legacy at the Paper Mill fire on February 25, 2014. The photographs show the magnitude of the blaze and the numerous pieces of apparatus that responded to the situation.
 
The fire has been determined to have been deliberately set, and is currently under investigation by State and Local Fire Marshals.
 
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Fire Destroys Apartment Building under construction at the Legacy at the Paper Mill
The fire as seen from Car 55 as it turned on to Paper Mill Road.
   The fire as seen from Car 55 as it
      turned on to Paper Mill Road.
Water begins to flow as GFC Arrives.
   Water begins to flow as GFC Arrives.
Oil Change Special Proceeds at Werley’s awarded to GFC
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Oil Change Special Proceeds at Werley’s awarded to GFC
 
During the months of January and February of this year, Werley’s Auto Service center set aside $1.00 from every oil change they performed to be donated to the Greenfields Fire Company.  Lanny Werley, owner of Werley’s Auto Service Center, presented a check to Chief Brian Fisher Wednesday that represented the proceeds from their fund raising campaign for the GFC.
 
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.
 
All the Firefighters and Members of the Greenfields Fire Company wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the Werley family for their generosity and support over the years.


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

 
Werley's Website
   
Lanny Werley, 3rd from left, presents the check from their oil change fundraiser to Chief Brian Fisher of the Greenfilds Fire Co.
   Lanny Werley, 3rd from left, presents
      the check from their oil change
      fundraiser to Chief Brian Fisher of the
      Greenfilds Fire Co.
Fire Destroys House on Grange Road
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 20:33
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Greenfields Company 55, along with Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bernville Co. 29, Muhlenberg Co 10, Temple Co. 11, West Reading Co. 64, Western Berks Co. 18, Township of Spring Co. 85, Schuylkill Valley EMS, and the Zone 2 Tanker Task Force responded to the report of a structure fire in the 1100 block of Grange Rd. south White Oak Lane.
 
Arriving companies found a 3 story 19th century frame structure with smoke billowing from all sides, and flames visible at the basement B side rear corner window.
 
Under the comand of GFC's Capt. Mahlon Auker, firefighters battled the fire for over 2 and a half hours before getting it under control. Due to lack of hydrants in the area, water had to be hauled in from a hydrant on West Main Street in Leesport several miles away. Tankers from as far away as Shartlesville were called in to assist with water transport efforts.
 
The structure was unoccupied and no one was injured during the incident.
 
Fire Police closed off Grange Road between West Main Street and White Oak Lane. Because of the below freezing temperatures, water that had run onto the roadway had frozen.  Grange Road could not be reopened until Township road crews could spread salt on the roadway to melt the ice.  Grange road was re-opened shortly before 1:00 a.m.
 
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. State and Township fire marshals were not available to inspect the property until later Thursday morning. Bern Township Fire Police were assigned to ensure the integrity of the scene until the fire marshals could conduct their investigation. The structure will more than likely have to be demolished.
 
Special thanks to West Reading Co. 64 for manning the GFC Station House during the incident.
 
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Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, FF Brian Lavenberg, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.

 
Fire Destroys House on Grange Road.
Crews arrived to find thick smoke coming from the structure.
   Crews arrived to find thick smoke coming
      from the structure.
Flames can be seen shooting out of the B side basement window.
   Flames can be seen shooting out of the B
      side basement window.
Two New Firefighters Join the GFC
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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The Greenfields Fire Company welcomes two new Probationary Firefighters to its ranks: Ray Sany and Dave Basile.
 
Ray and Dave are both students at Albright University and are majoring in Bio Chemistry. As soon as their probationary period is over they will be awarded the rank of Exterior Firefighter, and become valued members of the Greenfields firefighting team.
 
Welcome, and best wishes to them both.

 
Probationary Firefighter Ray Sany.
   Probationary Firefighter Ray Sany.
Probationary Firefighter Dave Basile.
   Probationary Firefighter Dave Basile.
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