|2015 Monthly Call Totals
||2014 Monthly Call Totals
|Busy Weekend / High Brush Fire Danger
It has been a busy weekend for many fire companies across Berks County and neighboring counties. Our department answered 7 calls in the past 36 hours alone. Many of the calls throughout the counties are for brush/field fires. Please be aware that conditions are not favorable for burning brush currently! Vegetation is still dry and dead, and will burn extremely well and fast! Structures can become in danger from "controlled burns" in the blink of an eye. Even though rain is upon us, the vegetation can dry out quick with one nice day of weather and become dangerous again.
Please be careful and Stay Safe!
|2014 Year In Review
Station 58 responded to a total of 154 calls in 2014, down 13 calls from 2013. Here is the call breakdown for 2014:
Dwelling Fire - 19 ( 8 Working) Non Injury MVA - 10
Structure Fire - 13 ( 6 Working) MVA with Injuries - 15
Vehicle Fire - 3 Medical Assist - 26
Brush Fire - 7 Investigation - 3
AFA - 7 Terrain Rescue - 1
Trees Down - 7 Relocation - 3
Wires Down - 6 Search - 1
False Call - 1 Unknown Type - 1
Transformer Fire - 1 Vehicle Lockout - 1
Assist Coroner - 1 Animal Rescue - 1
Fire Police - 26
Company Service Hours: 165.75
Total Man Hours: 1039.25
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2014 Year In Review
|2 Alarm House Fire
January 2, 2015
Thanks to all of the companies that assisted today on our 2-Alarm dwelling fire. Excellent teamwork by all involved! Our thoughts are with the family of two of our stations past firefighters as they deal with the loss of their home. We are grateful to know that the family members that were home at the time of the blaze are doing well.
See the WFMZ 69News story here
Firefighters battle multi-alarm fire in Hereford
|Santa Visits Hereford Today!
Today, some of the guys got to help Santa Claus visit with some of the kids in the community. The kids got to sit on Santa's lap and give Santa some last minute ideas of what they would like to get for Christmas.
Thank You to everyone who came out to say hi to Santa!
The members of Hereford Volunteer Fire Co. would like to wish a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone tomorrow. Please be careful while cooking your holiday feast. If choosing to enjoy your turkey fried be sure to follow proper preparations of your turkey and fryer. Always use your fryer outdoors away from anything that can burn.
Sunday, October 9, 2014
It started on Tuesday with a assist call for Brush 58 to assist Station 97(Eastern Berks) on a brush fire on Forgedale Road in Washington Twp. Soon after dispatch the incident was held to 97 units. On
Wednesday after the implementation of the new radio system Engine 58 was called to assist Ambulance 505 with a cardiac arrest in Hereford Twp.
Thursday early in the morning Tanker 58 assisted Montco 38(East Greenville) on a commercial structure fire assignment at Blommer Chocolate in Upper Hanover Twp. Later in the day Company 58 assisted Lehigh 19(Upper Milford) on a residential structure assignment on Kings Highway in Upper Milford Twp. It was thought to be a possible chimney fire after the residence started to fill with smoke after the homeowner started the wood stove. Crews cleared the stove and checked the chimney which was clear. It was believed to be the weather conditions causing a poor draft of the flue.
Friday Company 58, Engine 39, and Ambulance 505 were dispatched to Rt. 100 between Huffs Church Rd. and Kutztown Rd. in Hereford Twp. for a vehicle fire. Chief 58 arrived to find and active fire in the engine compartment. Upon arrival of Tanker 58 the fire was out and Engine 39 was recalled. Crews wet down the engine compartment which had very minimal damage.
This morning around 2:00 am Tanker 58 assisted Montco 38(East Greenville) on a 2nd Alarm dwelling fire in East Greenville Borough. Tanker 58's crew assisted with overhaul and cleanup while Tanker 58 supplied water to Squad 65. 58 units cleared the scene around 4:15 am.
Wednesday, October 5, 2014
Today the emergency service providers of Berks County began using the New ASTRO 25 Digital 700 MHz Trunked Radio System. This radio system was implemented to replace the out-dated low band radio system the county has been using and to be compliant with 2013 FCC regulations. For more information on the new radio system you can visit the Berks County DES website @ http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/DES/Pages/RadioOperations.aspx
Prevention Open House
Thursday Night, October 9, 2014
6 - 9 pm
Join us Thursday night, October 9th for our Annual Open House. There will be equipment displays, handouts for children, a live fire demonstration, a vehicle rescue demonstration, and light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!
Volunteer Fire Company is now on Facebook!
Be sure to stop over and "Like" our Facebook Page
"2"Alarm Dwelling Fire
Tanker and Engine 58 responded to 2nd and Main Street in Bally Borough for a End of Row, working dwelling fire, assisting Station 97 (Eastern Berks). Tanker 58 set up it's porta-pond at the intersection of 2nd and Main Streets and hand jacked about 300' of 5" to Engine 58, which was positioned in front of the fire building. An 1-3/4" handline was pulled from the Engine and advanced into the Middle of Row, exposure building. The line was stretched to the attic where there was a small amount of fire. 58 Fire Police assisted with traffic control on Main St. (Rt. 100).
"Water Battle Champions for 2014"
Apartment Building Fire
Sunday morning shortly after 06:00 company 58 was dispatched to assist Montco 65 (Pennsburg) on a working building fire. The fire was located on 4th Street, between Dott and Cherry Streets in Pennsburg borough. Around 20 people were displaced from this incident. The main fire damage was on the 3rd floor and in the attic with a partial collapse of the roof. Tanker 58 responded on the alarm, the tanker staged at Dott and 4th streets and the manpower reported to the scene. Tanker 58's crew assisted with Interior operations, overhaul, and cleanup. Traffic 58 and 58 Fire Police assisted with traffic and crowd control.
Building Fire Bally Borough
Sunday afternoon around 13:30 Tanker and Engine 58 were alerted to assist Station 97 ( Eastern Berks) with building fire on Cherry Street in Bally Borough. Intial report was a garage on fire. First arriving units found a two car garage fully involved. A column of smoke could be seen from Hereford. Once on scene a 2" attack line was stretched from Tanker 58 to protect the exposure as the siding on the neighbors garage was starting to melt. 200' of 5" was hand drug to the hydrant off Tanker 58. Tanker 58's foam system was then used to put a blanket of foam on the remains of the garage to prevent a rekindle.
Tanker 58 participated in a water shuttle drill with Montco 65 (Pennsburg) to get crew members time setting up portable water tanks and drafting operations. Other Tankers participating were Bucks 75 (Milford Twp.), Bucks 58 ( Trumbauersville), Lehigh 13 ( Lower Milford), Montco 42 (Green Lane), and Montco 37 (New Hanover).
Overturned Tractor Trailer
Station 58, Attack 39, and Ambulance 505 were dispatched at 12:13 for an accident with unknown injuries on Gravel Pike in Hereford Township. A couple hundred yards from the entrance to our station an 18 wheel tractor trailer upset coming out of a bend in the road. The cargo was not hazardous, the truck was hauling 4000 lb. rolls of paper. Crews remained on scene until the vehicle was pulled back on to it's wheels. Traffic needed to be detoured while the cargo was transferred and the vehicle was pulled upright. Fire Police from stations 58,39,97,17, Montco 65, Lehigh 15 and 19 kept traffic flowing along the detour route.
Vehicle Rescue Technician Update
Members from Station 58 and Montco Station 65 (Pennsburg) participated in a 16 hr. vehicle rescue update class. The members were taught new techniques to cut and spread cars apart to be able to free trapped patients. New vehicle technology concerns that pose issues for rescuers were discussed. New vehicles have a multitude of airbag systems that rescuers must be aware when performing rescue operations. The crews got lots of time to practice their skills with different rescue tools.
Building Fire Assist
Tanker 58 was alerted at 13:17 hrs to assist Station 97 (Eastern Berks) with a building fire on Merkle Rd. in District Township. The intial report was a shop in on fire. Crews arrived to find a detached garage well off. The garage was a total loss, fortunately the dwelling did not sustain any damage.
Vehicle Accident with Injuries
Company 58, Ultility 39, and Ambulance 505 were dispatched for an accident with injuries. The incident was originally reported with entrapment but was negative for entrapment. Crews stabilized the vehicles and assisted EMS to remove 1 patient from the car and package the patient for transport. The accident was located at the intersection of Rt. 100 and Star Road. Traffic on Rt. 100 was closed for the duration of the call as both vehicles were in traffic.
Woods Fire Assist
Company 58 was called to assist Lehigh County Station 19 (Upper Milford) with a woods fire on Salem Bible Church Road. Brush and Tanker 58 responded to fight the fire that spread over multiple acres of wooded terrain. Brush 58 traveled off road to attack the fire using multiple hose lines. Tanker 58 pulled a 2" line to fight the fire and protect the dwelling on the property.
Building Fire Assist
Tanker 58 was dispatched around 15:05 hrs to assist Lehigh County Station 13 (Lower Milford) with a barn fire on County Line Road. The fire turned out to be an out building on the property and resulted in a total loss of the building. Crews were met with heavy fire upon arrival.
Stand By / Dwelling Fire Assist
Engine 58 was alerted to stand by at Station 49 (Amity) while they operated at a dwelling fire assisting Station 5 (Oley). Engine 58 stood by at Station 49 along with Montgomery County Squad 51 (Linfield). While at Station 49 both units were requested into the fire scene for manpower. Both crews assisted with overhaul before being returned.
Out Building / Woods Fire
Tanker, Engine, and Traffic 58 assisted Lehigh 19 (Upper Milford) on a Shed / Woods fire on Church View Rd. in Upper Milford Township. A 2" line was pulled off Tanker 58 and crews quickly extinquished the fire and took care of overhaul.
This Weekend when you are changing your clocks forward for daylight savings, take some time and replace your batteries in all of your Smoke and CO detectors. The average Smoke detector has a life span of 10 years. The average CO detector has a life span of 5-7 years. If your detectors are older than the manufacturer's life span suggestion they should be replaced. If you should ever hear a light chirp from your detectors the battery needs replacement, even if your home is equipped with hard-wired detectors many of them have battery backups for power outages that require changing.