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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.
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DEPUTY CHIEF PHIL HAUPT, KEEPER OF THE FLAME.

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.


MVA on Rt. 183 between Upper Van Reed Rd. & W. Leesport Rd.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 15:50
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The Greenfields Fire Co, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS was dispatched to a two vehicle MVA on northbound Rt. 183 near the Hitching Post Restaurant late Thursday afternoon.

E55 was first on scene and found that a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck and a Subaru Forester SUV had collided on the northbound side of Rt. 183.

Upon hearing that the driver and lone occupant of the Subaru had suffered a broken arm, Capt. Mahlon Auker shifted into EMT mode and began administering to the patient until Schuylkill Valley EMS arrived on scene. The patient was then transported to the Reading Hospital for treatment. The driver and lone occupant of the Dodge pick-up was uninjured.

Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene until the Subaru was removed by V&M Towing. The Dodge pick-up, after some minor field body work by V&M Towing, was able to leave the scene under its own power.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, Fire Police Officer Donny Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   
MVA on Rt. 183 at W. Leesport Rd.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:36
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Shortly after noon Tuesday the Greenfields Fire Co., along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, Muhlenberg Ambulance and Schuylkill Valley EMS responded to an MVA involving a tractor trailer vs. a car vs. a pole at the intersection of Rt. 183 and W. Leesport Rd.

E55 was first on scene and found that a northbound Nissan Sentra had struck a traffic signal pole on the northeast side of the intersection after avoiding a collision with a tractor trailer.  The two occupants of the Nissan were injured and out of the vehicle. The tractor trailer and the Nissan had not collided and the driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

GFC’s Capt. Mahlon Aucker, who is also an EMT, grabbed the EMS bag from E55 and began administering first aid to the vehicle’s occupants.  Muhlenberg Ambulance and Schuylkill Valley EMS arrived shortly thereafter and continued the patients’ treatment.  Both patients were then transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Road closure was not necessary. Traffic control was conducted by Bern Township Fire Police Lt. Phil Haupt and Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, who were assisted by Bern Township Police.

The GFC crew proceeded to clean up the accident debris, while V&M towing removed the Nissan from the scene, and Bern Township Police concluded their investigation.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Aucker, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Capt. Mahlon Auker, foreground, prepares to administer first aid to the occupants of the vehicle.
   Capt. Mahlon Auker, foreground, prepares
      to administer first aid to the occupants
      of the vehicle.
Assistant Chief Scott Trate checks to see that the vehicle in not running and is in park.
   Assistant Chief Scott Trate checks to
      see that the vehicle in not running and
      is in park.
GFC Dispatched to an MVA in Greenfields Tuesday Night
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 22:56
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The Greenfields Fire Company was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, with injuries, in the 2100 block of Cullum Dr. in Greenfields late Tuesday night.

Upon arrival, Chief Brian Fisher and the crew found that a Mazda 3, traveling north on Cullum Drive, had struck two vehicles that were parked on the east side of the street. The parked vehicles involved were a Subaru Impreza and a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. Damages to all vehicles were minor.

The only injury during the incident occurred when an occupant of the Mazda, after exiting the vehicle, fell and struck their head on the curb. It is unknown as to whether they were transported for treatment.

Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen arrived shortly thereafter and directed traffic around the scene while the Mazda was removed by V&M Towing.

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 Aucker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC Conducts Preliminary Tests Countys New Radio Communication System
Monday, August 11, 2014 18:45
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The Berks County Office of Emergency Services has turned on its new County wide digital trunked radio communications system for its initial testing and training period. During this period, fire companies throughout Berks County are allowed to use the system to familiarize their personnel with the system’s operation and limitations.

During last Monday’s drill night, crewmembers from the GFC were assembled into 5 groups and were given the new mobile and portable radios for testing and training. The groups traveled throughout the Bern Township into areas of known communications problems in order to see how well the new system performed.

The results of the evening’s testing were better than expected. Coverage was seamless and audio quality was found to be excellent.

The GFC will conduct further testing and training over the next few months in order to become familiar with the operation and limitations, if any, of the new system.  The system is scheduled to go on line in November.




 
Motorola model 4000 Digital Trunked portable radio for use by GFC crew members.
   Motorola model 4000 Digital Trunked
      portable radio for use by GFC crew
      members.
Motorola model 7000 Digital Trunked portable Radio for use by GFC Officers.
   Motorola model 7000 Digital Trunked
      portable Radio for use by GFC Officers.
GFC Investigates Smokey Odor at the Bern Twp. Police Station
Sunday, August 10, 2014 06:59
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GFC was asked to investigate an odor of burning electrical insulation at the Bern Township Police Station Sunday morning.  Chief Brian Fisher was first to arrive and requested that the crew respond at normal flow.

Upon Chief Fisher’s arrival, he was able to smell scent of what was thought to be the remnants of an electrical fire.  Chief Fisher searched for the source and found that an unmarked breaker in the Municipal Building’s electrical panel had been tripped.

Meanwhile, E-55 arrived and a search was conducted using thermal detectors and a thermal imaging camera (TIC), but still with no success.  At this point, one of the police officers mentioned that a new air-conditioning unit had been installed on the roof the previous week. When the officer tried to activate the A/C unit from the thermostat, it would not run.

Upon hearing that the new A/C unit was not working, Chief Fisher ordered the crew to conduct a visual inspection of the A/C unit in question. Assistant Chief Scott Trate and FF Dave Steffey, using a ladder from E55, climbed onto the roof and conducted an external visual inspection of the A/C unit, but found nothing.  Assistant Trate then positioned the electrical service disconnect to the unit into the OFF position, and he removed the unit’s service access cover. Once the cover was removed, Assistant Chief Trate discovered a burned spot on the unit’s fan motor and determined that the motor had shorted out, thus exuding acrid smoke in the process.

The A/C unit’s service access cover was replaced, the electrical service disconnect was left in the OFF position and the police officers on scene were informed of the GFC’s findings.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Bern Township Municipal Building.
   Bern Township Municipal Building.
E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
Congratulations to Gary and Brea Rarick
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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 Greenfields Firefighter Gary Rarick and his wife Brea brought a future Greenfields Firefighter into the world on July 27, 2014. Amelia Grace Rarick took her first breath at the Hershey Medical Center at 02:49 in the morning, and checked in at 7 lbs. 15 oz., at a length of 21 inches.

All the firefighters at the Greenfields Station send their best wishes and congratulations to the Rarick family.



 


 
Brea Rarick holds Amelia Grace.
   Brea Rarick holds Amelia Grace.
Gary introduces his son, Connor, to his new sister, Amelia Grace.
   Gary introduces his son, Connor, to his
      new sister, Amelia Grace.
GFC Gives Fire Prevention Presentation to Creative Beginnings Child Care Center
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Firefighters from the GFC were invited to give a fire prevention demonstration to the students at the Creative Beginnings Child Care Center last Tuesday.

On the agenda was a talk from Chief Brian Fisher on what to do when there is a fire, what to do when the smoke alarm goes off, and the proper use of 911.  Afterward, Jr. Firefighter Dylan Matz demonstrated how a firefighter gets dressed, and Assistant Chief Scott Trate gave the children a tour of Engine 55.

Finally, the crew paraded E55 through the parking lot, with lights and sirens activated, culminating with a shower from E55’s front deluge gun.



 


 
E55 pulls up in front of Creative Beginnings Day Care Center.
   E55 pulls up in front of Creative
      Beginnings Day Care Center.
The children are assembled as Chief Brian Fisher gives his presentation.
   The children are assembled as Chief
      Brian Fisher gives his presentation.
GFC Joins Redcay Homecoming Parade
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 
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GFC joined other fire companies from around Berks County to welcome home Derrick Redcay, a 17 year old firefighter and member of Muhlenberg Co. 10, with a “lights and sirens” parade of fire apparatus that stretched around his home for blocks.

Derrick suffered rare spinel stroke on May 23rd that left him paralyzed from the neck down.  He was returned home from a rehabilitation facility in Philadelphia earlier this week to continue his recovery.

Welcome home, Derrick!

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Welcome home, Derrick.
   Welcome home, Derrick.
Derrick Redcay watched as fire apparatus from around Berks Co. paraded past to welcome him home.
   Derrick Redcay watched as fire apparatus
      from around Berks Co. paraded past to
      welcome him home.
Mulch Fire @ St. Joseph Medical Center
Monday, July 28, 2014 10:55
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Greenfields Engine 55-1, responded to a report of smoldering mulch at the St. Joseph Medical Center Sunday morning.

Upon arrival, the GFC Firefighters found a small patch of mulch smoking on the southeast side of the Medical Center building entrance.  The crew used the booster line from E55-1 to extinguish the smoldering mulch material and then, using forestry rakes, thoroughly raked the area to expose any residual burning material.  The area was then given a complete soaking to ensure that no re-ignition would occur.

There was no property damage.

The cause of the fire was a carelessly discarded cigarette.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, FF Terry Royce, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Chief Fisher arrives on scene in C-55.
   Chief Fisher arrives on scene in C-55.
A small patch of mulch is found smoldering south of the building entrance.
   A small patch of mulch is found
      smoldering south of the building
      entrance.
GFC Joins Reading Airport ARFF Team for Air Fest
Sunday, July 27, 2014 
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The Greenfields Fire Co. joined forces with the Reading Regional Airport ARFF unit and Schuylkill Valley Emergency Medical Services to provide fire, rescue, and emergency medical services at last weekend’s Reading Air Fest.

Chief Brian Fisher positioned Engine 55 at the airport’s ARFF station on the west side of the field and Brush 55 was stationed on the east side of the field next to the juncture of taxiways C and D.

Both show days were completed without any incidences that required the assistance of emergency personnel, although the services of the GFC and the airport ARFF Unit were required to retrieve a parachute for the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team.

Those manning the apparatus for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Dave Steffey, FF Joe Green, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, and Photographer Steve Spies.  Those manning the apparatus for the Reading Regional Airport ARFF Unit were: Steve Haines, Allen Mull, and David Rubright.

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The U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team.
   The U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute
      Team.
GFC Responds to an MVA on Van Reed Rd. @ Arnold Rd.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 07:39
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Greenfields Engine 55, along with West Reading Rescue 64 and Western Berks Ambulance, was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a single vehicle in a ditch, with injuries and possible entrapment.

Capt. Mahlon Auker, who was on his way home from work, was first on scene, arriving in his POV. Capt. Auker reported to Berks Dispatch that the occupants of a Toyota Corolla had self-extricated from the vehicle, and requested that Rescue 64 be recalled.  Capt. Auker also reported that one of the three occupants of the vehicle had sustained a minor cut to their ear, but refused transport to the hospital.

According to Bern Township Police, the vehicle had been traveling eastbound on Van Reed Rd. when the driver lost control on a curve at the intersection of Arnold Rd.  The vehicle then slid off the roadway and into a ditch that separates the roadway from a rain water run-off containment pond.

Bern Township Fire Police Officer Donald Sando, along with the assistance of GFC firefighter Joe Green, directed traffic around the scene while V&M Towing removed the vehicle from the ditch.  Total road closure was not necessary.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF Joe Green, Fire Police Officer Donald Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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Engine 55 arrives to find a vehicle in a ditch between the roadway and a rain water containment pond.
   Engine 55 arrives to find a vehicle in a
      ditch between the roadway and a rain
      water containment pond.
   
Capt. Mahlon Auker Qualifies on E55-1
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Capt. Mahlon Auker has completed the training necessary to qualify as a Driver and Pump Operator on Engine 55-1, and is now qualified to respond to calls in that capacity.

 In order to qualify on the apparatus, Mahlon was required to complete a course in Emergency Vehicle Operation, after which a period of on-the-job training was required.  Mahlon then had to demonstrate his ability to drive and maneuver the Engine, operate its pump and ancillary equipment, and then satisfactorily demonstrate his Bern Township navigational acumen.

Congratulations, Mahlon, on a job well done!




 
Capt. Mahlon Auker stands next to E55-1 as its newly qualified driver.
   Capt. Mahlon Auker stands next to E55-1
      as its newly qualified driver.
Capt. Auker checks the gauges on E55-1 during a recent Monday Night Drill.
   Capt. Auker checks the gauges on E55-1
      during a recent Monday Night Drill.
GFCs 2nd Annual Car Wash is an Unqualified Success
Saturday, July 19, 2014 
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The Firefighters of the Greenfields Fire Company would like to thank everyone who stopped by our fire station on Saturday, July 19th to get their vehicles washed and who offered their generous support for our fire company.  Believe it or not, Greenfields Co. 55 washed exactly 55 vehicles during this event!  Your generosity helped us earn over $1,000, which will be used to help purchase ancillary equipment for our new fire engine.

The Firefighters would also like to thank those who helped sponsor the event with donations of food, drink, and supplies.  They were:

Clover Farms, who donated Icy Tea, Icy Lemonade, Orange Drink, and Fruit Punch.

Redner’s Market, who donated bottled water.

ATV Bakery, who donated hot dog rolls.

Utz, who donated potato chips.

MISCO Products, who donated car washing detergent, sponges, and buckets. 

Most of all though, special thanks go out to FF/EMT Amy Auker and Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett who, with the assistance of Support Unit Captain Leslie Fisher, organized the event and secured the sponsorships of those mentioned above.

And finally, the warmest of thanks go out to all the firefighters who did all the work washing the vehicles: Chief Brian Fisher on windows; Assistant Chief Scott Trate on fenders; Lt. Billy Pagan, Bumper and Bug Specialist; FF Jenny Reedy, Wheel, Rim, and Tire Specialist; FF Dave Steffey on wipe down; FF Joe Green on roofs, doors, and trunk lids; Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Car Wash Sign Specialist and General Helper; Support Unit Capt. Leslie Fisher on hot dogs and baked goods sales; Support Unit Lt. Sarah Barnett on baked goods and T-shirts sales; Eli Pagan, Floater; FF/EMT Amy Auker, Cashier; Kimberly Fisher, 6 Year Old Cuteness Specialist; and Photographer Steve Spies, you guessed it, on pictures.

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GFC Assists Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with MVA on Rt. 183
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:13
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Greenfields Co. 55 was dispatched shortly after noon Thursday to assist Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with an MVA on Rt. 183 just north of the Penn-Bern Township boundary.
 
Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that a Jeep Wrangler that was traveling southbound on Rt.183 had drifted onto the right shoulder where it struck a farm tractor that was stopped on Penn-Bern Rd. waiting to turn onto Rt. 183. Upon impact the Jeep flipped onto its driver’s side causing the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, to strike his head on the roadway.  GFC personnel immediately joined forces with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30 and Blandon Co. 520 Ambulance to assist with treatment and extrication of the patient from the vehicle.
 
The driver, who was the vehicle’s only occupant, was later transported to the Reading Hospital with a severe head injury. The condition of the driver is unknown at this time. The driver of the farm tractor was uninjured.
 
Bern Township Fire Police closed the section of Rt. 183 between the Blue Marsh Canteen and Plum Creek Road for about an hour while Bern Township and Pennsylvania State Police officers conducted their investigation. Once their investigation was completed, and the vehicle and its debris were removed from the scene, the roadway was reopened.
 
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Captain Mahlon Auker, FF Joe Green, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Donald Sando, and Photographer Steve Spies.
 
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After striking the farm tractor, the Jeep came to rest on its driver's side.
   After striking the farm tractor, the
      Jeep came to rest on its driver's side.
The farm tractor sustained damage to its front wheel.
   The farm tractor sustained damage to its
      front wheel.
GFC to hold its 2nd Annual Car Wash
Saturday, July 12, 2014 
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The Firefighters of the Greenfields Fire Company will be holding their 2nd annual fund raising car wash and bake sale on Saturday, July 19th *, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come by and get a great car wash while supporting your local fire company. The cost for your car wash is by donation, and is totally up to you. Any amount will be welcomed.
 
The Greenfields Fire Co. is located on Rt.183 (The Bernville Rd.) 1 mile north of Reading, next to the Reading Regional Airport.
 
So, if you’ve got bugs on your windshield or grunge on your hood; the Greenfields Firefighters will make your car look GOOD!
 
*Rain Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014.
 

 
   
   
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