In memory of Deputy Chief Ron "Moose" Wentzel and in support of Brenda Bauer with the Reading Fire Department, the Miller-Keystone Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on Saturday, March 15th from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Shillington Fire Company located at 221 Catherine St. in Shillington.
For more information or to register, visit www.giveapint.org and enter sponsor code 5447 or call Miller-Keystone at 610-926-6060 to schedule an appointment.
During the past few snow storms, you may have noticed Western Berks Fire Department personnel shoveling out fire hydrants. In order to ensure that the hydrant is visible from the street and accessible, many fire departments will check on the hydrants after a significant snowfall.
Within the four municipalities served by the department, there are over 530 fire hydrants that need to be checked and potentially cleared of snow. Because of the large number of hydrants, it is often difficult to check on all 500 hydrants, therefore we are asking for your help.
If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please do us a favor and make sure the snow is cleared from around the hydrant in a 2'-3' radius and snow is not piled up around the hydrant making it difficult to see from the street.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!!!
The 2013 Annual Report of the Western Berks Fire Department is now available in the Document Library of our website.
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 http://www.ymca-berkscounty.org/locations/sinking-spring/
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
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
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 http://www.csia.org.
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