Church Fires Class

The Western Berks Fire Department is hosting a one-day seminar on church fires.  This seminar, taught by retired Deputy Fire Chief Edwin J. Grugan from the Philadelphia Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at our Wernersville Station.

For more information and for registration information for this FREE class, please download the attached PDF.


Church Fires Registration Information





     


 

Wednesday Winter Storm

The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, NJ is predicting a significant snow event for Wednesday.  According to the forecast issued on Sunday, Berks County could expect 6-8" of snow.  With the unseasonal weather expectation, many people may not be quite prepared for this type of weather.  Click here to download a new guide created by FEMA for Winter Weather Preparedness.


   


 

Winter Fire Safety

With the cooler months upon us, now is the opportune time to check your heating devices for the upcoming winter months.  Here are a few safety tips for your home heating appliances.  More information can be found by downloading this PDF document developed by the United States Fire Administration.


Have your fireplace or wood-burning stove chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.


Have your furnace inspected and maintained by a qualified specialist on an annual basis.


Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted materials from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.


If you use an electric space heater, be sure not to overload the circuit and make sure to only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry an amp load.


Finally, if there is a fire hydrant near your home, you can help us by keeping the hydrant clear of snow so in the event it is needed, it can be located and accessed.



   


 

Kidde Recalls Smoke/CO Detectors

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

They are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. “Always On” is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.

For more information on this recall, click here.



     



 

Western Berks Fire Department to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant

Friday, August 1, 2014  WERNERSVILLE, Pa.—The Western Berks Fire Department has received a US$2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to Jeffrey S. Weidner, Fire Commissioner at the Western Berks Fire Department located on 111 Stitzer Ave. in Wernersville. The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.  The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Pennsylvania-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fmglobal.com/grants.

For more than 175 years, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks #541 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings. The company has been named “Best Property Insurer in the World” by Euromoney magazine, “Best Global Property Insurer” by Global Finance magazine and was voted “Best Commercial Property Insurer” in Business Insurance’s 2010 annual Readers Choice Awards. 

   


 
 
 

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