Tower 79 was dispatched at 0946 hrs. to assist the Western Berks Fire Dept. with a working structural fire at 3825 Penn Avenue. Tower 79 took position on Side C of the fire building. WFD members assisted with roof operations and extinguishment. Tower 79 cleared the scene appox. 1.5 hours later.
Tower 79 was dispatched at 2230 hrs. to assist the West Reading Fire Department with a structural fire in the 400 block of PIne Street. Fire was located in the basement and was extinguished quickly. All searches were negative. Tower 79 cleared the incident approx. 1 hour later.
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Members from the WFD and Spring Township Fire and Rescue Services recently completed the 40 hour NFPA 1006 Course for the Professional Rescuer. This course includes basic command system, rescue operations organization, surveying the scene for hazards, scene safety, personal protective equipment, rescue equipment, care and maintenance of personal protective equipment, ground support for helicopters, site operations, resource management, terminating an incident, knots, single-point anchors, rigging, as well as hauling and belaying systems.
All attendees of the Course will participate in Certification testing in the coming weeks.
At 0146hrs. Tower 79 was dispatched to 614 Penn Avenue in West Reading Borough to assist the West Reading Fire Dept. with a reported structural fire. Chief 64 arrived on location reporting a working fire in the first floor kitchen of a 3 story multiple occupancy building. Tower 79 members forced entry and performed primary searches which proved negative. Members also assisted with with locating hidden pockets of fire in the walls on the D side of the building. Tower 79 cleared the incident approx. 3 hours later. Photo source www.wgal.com
At 1350 hrs. Tower 79 and Rescue Engine 85 were dispatched to State Hill Rd. in Wyomissing Borough for numerous motorists trapped in their flooded vehicles. Members utilized personal flotation devices, rescue rope and the tower ladder to assist the motorists from their vehicles back to dryer ground.
At 1716 hrs. Engine 79 was dispatched as part of the third alarm assignment to the City of Reading at 1032 Weiser St. Upon arriving at the scene and reporting to Reading Fire Car 2, WFD members were put to work on the second floor of the main fire building to perform a secondary search which proved negative and assist RFD units with extinguishment and overhaul. Engine 79 was released by RFD Car 2 approx. 1 1/2 hours later. Photo courtesy of www.greenfields55.com
The members of the WFD recently completed a State Certified 16 hour Elevator Rescue Operations course. Retired City of Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Battalion Chief Samuel Clark, served as the instructor for the course. Members trained on using the FD Elevator Service Keys, opening landing doors, locating stalled cars and various methods of removing trapped occupants from the stalled elevator cars.