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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.
Greenfields Photo Of The Day for
Chief Homer

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.


Greenfields Fire Company to hold its annual Open House
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The week of October 5 to October 11 is National Fire Prevention Week. Fire stations across the US and Canada during this period will be hosting numerous activities to promote fire safety awareness.

In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, The Greenfields Fire Company in Bern Township, a 100% volunteer fire company, will hold its annual open house from 6 PM till 9 PM on Monday, October 6th, 2014. We invite the public to come to our Firehouse to see firsthand our equipment, facilities, and meet the Volunteers who unselfishly give of their time to serve the fire protection and safety needs of Bern and surrounding townships. There will be fire prevention literature available, along with fun activities and games for the children.

The Greenfields Fire Company Fire Station is located at 2339 Bernville Road (Rt. 183) next to the Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township.
 
We hope to see you there.
 

 
   
   
Car VS Furniture on Rt. 183
Sunday, September 28, 2014 15:24
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The Greenfields Fire Co. Mt. Pleasant Fire Co. and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched to an MVA where a Buick Century had collided with a chair that had fallen off of a trailer packed with furniture. The accident occurred on southbound Rt. 183 between Hilltop Rd. and Fairview Dr.

Upon arrival, the Greenfields Crew found Bern Township Police and Bern Township Fire police already on scene, and the Buick with its windshield smashed on the driver’s side.

The driver of the Buick suffered minor cuts from flying glass shards and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The other occupants of the vehicle were uninjured.

Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene during the incident.  Normal traffic flow was resumed around 4:00 p.m.

Once the patient was transported, there was no further need for GFC’s services and the crew was released back to the station.

Those responding for the GFC were: Assistant Chief Scott Trate, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies



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The vehicle's windshield is smashed on the drivers side.
   The vehicle's windshield is smashed on
      the drivers side.
   
Motorcycle down on Palisades Dr.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 16:57
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The Greenfields Fire Co. Mt Pleasant Fire Co. and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to an MVA with a motorcycle down on Palisades Dr. near Blue Marsh Lake Saturday afternoon.

Upon arrival, the Greenfields Crew found a motorcyclist being tended to by Bern Township Police.  Shortly thereafter, EMTs from Western Berks Ambulance arrived and took over the patient’s treatment.  The patient, who suffered minor but unspecified injuries, was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Bern Township Fire Police directed traffic around the scene during the incident.  Normal traffic flow was resumed around 5:30 p.m.

The accident occurred when the motorcyclist encountered some loose gravel and lost control of the vehicle.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Jenny Reedy, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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A good reason to wear a helmet.
   A good reason to wear a helmet.
Airport Standby Returns to GFC
Saturday, September 20, 2014 19:30
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Boscov’s Travel, in conjunction with Southwest Airlines, has resumed their travel packages to the Orlando Florida Epcot Center.  GFC will be placed on standby status for these flights to augment the Reading Regional Airport’s ARFF unit.

The arrangement with the Reading Regional Airport Authority requires GFC to make Engine 55, along with a crew of four (a driver, an officer and 2 firefighters) available 15 minutes before the arrival, and 15 minutes after the departure of the Southwest Airlines flights.  With E 55 committed to airport ARFF service, E 55-1 and an additional crew is also kept available on standby for coverage of Bern township emergency calls.

So if you look up in the sky over Bern Township and see a red and blue Boeing 737, you’ll know that not only is it loaded with folks who are going to or coming from a great vacation, but that the GFC is on the job.

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Dryer Fire in Mt. Pleasant
Thursday, September 18, 2014 21:08
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The firefighters from the Greenfields Fire Company, along with companies from Temple Co. 11, Hyde Park Co. 10, Bernville Co. 29, Centerport Co. 38 and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to aid firefighters from Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 battle a structure fire in the 5600 block of Mt. Pleasant Rd. Thursday evening. Flames had been reported coming from the structure’s laundry room.

When the GFC crew arrived on scene, the fire had already been extinguished by the Mt. Pleasant crew. The structure was in the process of being ventilated, so the GFC crew joined the manpower pool to await further instructions from Mt. Pleasant Command.  The GFC crew was released shortly before 10:00 p.m.

The fire had started in the laundry room’s clothes dryer.  Fire damage was limited to the laundry room; however there was water damage to the first floor and smoke damage to the entire structure.  What caused the dryer to catch fire was unknown.

A family of 5 was displaced by the fire and the American Red Cross is assisting to find them shelter.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Terry Royce, FF Joe Green, FF Jenny Reedy, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies.

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GFC arrived to find smoke coming from the structure.
   GFC arrived to find smoke coming from
      the structure.
   
GFC participates in Reading Regional Airport Disaster Drill
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:00
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Firefighters from the Greenfields Fire Company, along with fire companies from nearby communities, participated with the Reading Regional Airports Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) team to conduct their bi-annual disaster drill. The drill was organized by Airport Manager Terry Sroka with the assistance of Greenfields Fire Company Chief Brian Fisher.  The exercise was designed to demonstrate to the FAA that the airport’s ARFF personnel, and surrounding emergency responders, were capable of handling an emergency situation of the type that might take place at the airport.

The scenario for this drill involved a 20 passenger jet aircraft, with faulty landing gear, which was attempting to land at the Reading Regional Airport. Upon touchdown, the jet’s right landing gear collapsed, and the aircraft veered off the runway, colliding with two light aircraft that were on the taxiway. The collision resulted in a fire in the 20 passenger jet, and injuries and entrapment of people in the two other aircraft involved.

The use of actual aircraft for this exercise was not financially feasible. In their place, a junked school bus and two junked cars were provided for the drill by Vince James of V&M Towing.

The tasks of the responders were to extinguish the fire, extract the patients from the wreckage, treat and transport patients where necessary, and evaluate any HazMat situations.

In order to make the drill a little more interesting, one of the simulated light aircraft was suspected of transporting contraband, for which the Berks County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was called on to investigate.

The drill was considered to be a resounding success.

Thanks to all those who gave up their Saturday morning to participate in this exercise. And special thanks to the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, who provided food and drink for all the participants.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Ryan Hermany, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.



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E55's job was to refill the airport's ARFF trucks.
   E55's job was to refill the airport's
      ARFF trucks.
The simulated 20 passenger jet aircraft has crash landed, is on fire and has collided with 2 light aircraft on the taxiway.
   The simulated 20 passenger jet aircraft
      has crash landed, is on fire and has
      collided with 2 light aircraft on the
      taxiway.
Vehicle hits embankment on Rt. 183
Friday, September 12, 2014 04:58
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Crew members from The Greenfields Fire Co, along with Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30, and Schuylkill Valley EMS were dispatched Motor Vehicle Accident, with injuries, on Rt. 183 north Prison Road in the pre-sunrise hours of Friday morning.

E55 arrived on scene to and find that a southbound Chevrolet Cobalt had struck the embankment on the northbound side of Rt. 183 while avoiding another vehicle. The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, reported that the vehicle had flipped over; however the Bern Township Police stated that there was no evidence that the vehicle had done so.

The vehicle’s driver had suffered minor, but unspecified injuries, and was transported to a local area hospital by Schuylkill Valley EMS.

 Bern Township Fire Police stopped traffic at the scene until the patient could be transported and the vehicle and collision debris could be removed. Normal traffic flow was resumed shortly after 5:30 a.m.

 Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, FF Dave Steffey, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, and Photographer Steve Spies. 



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Motorcycle down on Rt. 183
Monday, September 8, 2014 11:18
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Firefighters from Greenfields Fire Company, along with West Reading Rescue 64, and Western Berks Ambulance, were dispatched to a motorcycle down at the entrance to St. Joseph Medical Center on Rt. 183 and McArthur Rd.

Upon arrival, GFC crew members found that a motorcycle traveling southbound on Rt. 183 had struck the rear end of a Mercury Sable. The rider of the motorcycle was being tended to by Bern Township Police and several bystanders while awaiting the arrival of Western Berks Ambulance.

The patient was later transported by Western Berks Ambulance to a local area hospital with unspecified, but non-life threatening injuries.

The motorcycle was removed from the scene by V&M Towing and the Mercury was able to drive away under its own power.

Traffic was directed around the scene by Bern Township Fire Police during the incident. Traffic flow was returned to normal shortly before noon.

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, Lt. Billy Pagan, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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E55 arrives on scene.
   E55 arrives on scene.
   
Report of a tree on fire on Ulrich Lane
Saturday, September 6, 2014 20:48
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It was a dark and stormy Saturday night when The Greenfields Fire Company crew was dispatched to the report of a tree fire in the 200 block of Ulrich Lane.

Upon arrival, the GFC found the neighborhood cloaked in darkness with no tree fire in sight. After further inspection the crew found that a tree branch, for reasons unknown, had fallen onto the neighborhood’s 4800 volt primary electrical feed, shorting it out and causing the neighborhood to be plunged into darkness. Met-Ed was notified of the outage and stated that they would be responding in about an hour to effect repairs.

With further assistance from the GFC unnecessary, the scene was turned over to the Bern Township Fire Police to direct traffic around the scene, and the GFC was placed available for service.

Those responding for the GFC were: Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.




 
It was a dark and stormy night when E55 arrived on Ulrich Lane.
   It was a dark and stormy night when E55
      arrived on Ulrich Lane.
A tree branch had fallen into the 4800 volt overhead feeder.
   A tree branch had fallen into the 4800
      volt overhead feeder.
GFC called to a possible structure fire in Greenfields
Thursday, September 4, 2014 17:54
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Firefighters from Greenfields Fire Company, along with West Reading Co. 64, Mt Pleasant Co. 30, Muhlenberg Co. 10, Temple Co. 11 Western Berks Co. 18, Reading Co. 3, Western Berks Ambulance, and Bern Township Fire Police, were dispatched to a possible structure fire in the 2000 block of Cullum Dr. in Greenfields late Thursday afternoon.

Chief Brian Fisher was first on scene and reported that the fire, which had started on the structure’s living room carpet, had been extinguished by a resident of the property. He then instructed Berks Dispatch to recall all responding companies except Co. 55.

Co. 55 personnel used a pressurized water fire extinguisher to further ensure that the fire was out, and inspected the rest of the residence for any other fires. Meanwhile, a fan was used to ventilate the smoke from the structure.

No-one was injured in the incident.

No details on the cause of the fire are available at this time, and its cause is being investigated 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, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Joe Green, FF Dave Steffey, FF Jenny Reedy, FF Terry Royce, FF Ryan Hermany, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
   The GFC Crew arrives on scene.
Chief Brian Fisher, right, gives instructions to FF Joe Green, left, and Capt. Mahlon Auker.
   Chief Brian Fisher, right, gives
      instructions to FF Joe Green, left, and
      Capt. Mahlon Auker.
Fire at Broadcasting Sq. McDonalds
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 23:32
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Greenfields Fire Company was dispatched to assist Township of Spring Co 85 at a reported kitchen fire at the Broadcasting Square McDonalds in Spring Township just before midnight Wednesday evening.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found Co. 85 and others on scene. A deep fat fryer in the kitchen area of the restaurant had caught fire, but was quickly extinguished by the restaurants automatic fire suppression system with the aid of an employee using a hand held fire extinguisher. The main area of the restaurant was closed at the time, but the Drive Thru was open.

Damage to the fryer was minimal, and the restaurant’s management hoped to be open Wednesday afternoon after an inspection by the Department of Agriculture.

One employee suffered from minor smoke inhalation, but refused transport to the hospital for examination.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Capt. Mahlon Auker, Lt. Billy Pagan, and Photographer Steve Spies

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GFC's E55 arrives on scene.
   GFC's E55 arrives on scene.
Firefighters from various companies await instructions.
   Firefighters from various companies
      await instructions.
HAZMAT call at CVS
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 02:13
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Firefighters from Greenfields Co. 55, along with Bernville Co. 29, Western Berks Co. 18, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bern Township Police, and Western Berks Ambulance were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy on Bernville Rd. and West Leesport Rd. A foul odor was detected in a refrigeration unit inside the store.

Upon arrival, the GFC crew found that the store had already been evacuated.  Several people reported feeling nauseous, but recovered quickly once they were outside in the fresh air.  No one required medical treatment.

All the doors to the building had been opened and GFC placed a ventilation fan in the main entrance to clear the air.

Bern Township Fire police blocked off the entrances to the CVS Pharmacy until the situation was resolved.

Upon inspection by Chief Brian Fisher, it was determine that the evaporator unit in the rear refrigeration display cabinet had sprung a refrigerant leak. CVS management was informed and proceeded to call an HVAC company to effect repairs.  Once the HVAC repair Co. arrived on scene, the situation was turned over to them and CVS management. The GFC was then placed back into available service status.

Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Fire Police Capt. Charlie Kerschner, Fire Police Officers Danny Sando and Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies.



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GFC E55 arrives on scene.
   GFC E55 arrives on scene.
   
New Faces, and Old Faces with new Jobs at the GFC
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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GFC has added new members to its roster, and some current members have taken on additional functions.

Our new members are: Ryan Hermany, Interior Firefighter; Jeff Allen, Fire Police Officer; Tanya Allen, Support Member; Leigh-Ann Matz, Support Member; and Eli Pagan, Jr. Firefighter.

Additional duties as Bern Township Fire Police Officers have been taken on by Assistant Fire Chief Scott Trate, and Firefighter Terry Royce.

Congratulations and welcome to all.

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Interior Firefighter Ryan Hermany.
   Interior Firefighter Ryan Hermany.
Fire Police Officer and Assistant Chief Scott Trate.
   Fire Police Officer and Assistant Chief
      Scott Trate.
Congratulations to Capt. Mahlon Auker and FF/EMT Amy Auker


On August 21st, 2014, a son and future firefighter was born to Capt. Mahlon Auker and FF/EMT Amy Auker. At 1929 hours on that day, Grayson Gavin Auker took his first breath in the St. Joseph Medical Center.

Mother and son are doing well; the father is experiencing shock and awe.

Cigars anyone?




 
Proud parents Amy and Mahlon Auker with their newborn son, Grayson Gavin Auker.
   Proud parents Amy and Mahlon Auker with
      their newborn son, Grayson Gavin Auker.
Future firefighter Grayson Gavin Auker during nap time.
   Future firefighter Grayson Gavin Auker
      during nap time.
GFC Participates in St. Joseph Medical Center DECON Drill
Monday, August 25, 2014 18:30
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In order to keep their skills current, the Emergency Response staff at the St. Joseph Medical Center conducts HazMat Decontamination Drills periodically.  The Greenfields Fire Company is tasked during these drills to supply the initial 360 decontamination shower that the patients are guided through before proceeding to the next stages of decontamination. This year, the GFC was assisted by Wyomissing Fire Company’s Tower 79.

The GFC used Engine 55 to feed two fog nozzles, one mounted on the front bumper and the other on the passenger side I/O panel. A supply line was connected from E55 to Wyomissing’s Tower 79 which provided an overhead fog nozzle located below the Tower’s boom bucket. Water was supplied from a hydrant located on Red Bridge Rd. next to the Medical Center’s north parking lot.

This is one drill in which everyone gets wet!

Those participating for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher, Deputy Chief Phil Haupt, Assistant Chief Scott Trate, Lt. Billy Pagan, FF Gary Rarick, FF Joe Green, FF Jenny Reedy, Jr. FF Dylan Matz, Fire Police Officer Jeff Allen, and Photographer Steve Spies

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Deputy Chief Phil Haupt hooks-up E55's supply line while FF Gary Rarick, left, and Assistant Chief Scott Trate observe.
   Deputy Chief Phil Haupt hooks-up E55's
      supply line while FF Gary Rarick, left,
      and Assistant Chief Scott Trate observe.
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