Traffic Advisory

Beginning Monday, April 7, 2014 PA American Water will begin work in the area of South Hull St. and Columbia Ave. Work will involve replacing the water main on S. Hull between Columbia Ave. & the railroad tracks, and the main on Columbia Ave. between Woodrow Ave. & Penn Ave. Please keep these projects in mind during your travels in the area.



WBFD Partners with YMCA

The Western Berks Fire Department is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the YMCA of Sinking Spring. The department has put an incentive program in place for the active members of the department and in return, members are offered a gym membership through the YMCA. The goal of the program is to help condition members into being healthier and more physically fit firefighters. In turn, the program should make our firefighters better able to perform their emergency service duties in the community. The Western Berks Fire Department looks forward to working with the YMCA and would like to thank them for offering us this opportunity. For more information on the Sinking Spring YMCA visit



2014-2024 Strategic Plan

The Western Berks Fire Department is currently developing a strategic plan for the next ten years. The focus of this document is to guide the decision-making process to ensure that all operations are consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives defined by the department leadership.

A draft version of the strategic plan is now available and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Input is being sought by members of the department, the elected officials of the communities served and the general public. If you are interested in submitting comments, please use the link titled "Comments/Feedback" found on the home page.

2014-2024 DRAFT Strategic Plan



Window/Helmet Decals

The Western Berks Fire Department is offering window and helmet decals in remembrance of Deputy Chief Wentzel. The window decals measure 3" x 4" and helmet decals are 1.5" x 2.5" and are shown in the graphic on the right. If you are interested in ordering, download the order form here and drop it off or mail to the address provided on the form. All proceeds will benefit Joshua Wentzel's education fund.

Download an order form



Chimney Fires

With the arrival of colder weather, before using your fireplace this year, please be sure to have it checked and cleaned by a trained service provider.  While using your fire place, if you experience loud "train like" noises popping or cracking noises from the flue, or see fire or debris coming out the top of the chimney, you may have a chimney fire.  Call 9-1-1 immediately and evacuate immediately.

If you do have a chimney fire, make sure an authorized chimney cleaning contractor checks and cleans the chimney before using it again.

For more information on the proper maintenance and use of fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys, visit the Chimney Safety Institute's website at



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