Friday, January 13th, 2023
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Please join IAFF Local 1803, in congratulating Lieutenant Steven Ginder on being awarded the 2022 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award for the 193rd Special Operations Wing. Master Sgt. Ginder (193rd ...
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On Monday, October 25th, members from Local 1803 visited the offices of Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. Local 1803 raised money this year through the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts....
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
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Please consider purchasing 2021 Reading Fire Department Toy Drive apparel to help us get toys for local kids in need this Christmas. We appreciate you helping us in this great cause! Link posted below...
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Hired on February 1st of 1995, Judd Weber began his firefighting career on the C-Platoon where he was assigned as a jumper after graduating the fire academy. Firefighter Weber remained a jumper on C-s...
Call history
3rd Floor Fire on N 12th Street
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

1226 hours/ 1145 N 12th Street/ Box 0902/ B Platoon- Companies were sent to the noted address for reports of fire on the 3rd floor. Engine 9 and Ladder 3 arrived on scene in under 3 minutes from dispatch. E9 reported a 3 story mid row structure with nothing showing from the A side. Upon investigation crews found a fire on the 3rd floor in the front bedroom. A hand line was stretched via the interior stairwell and the fire was quickly knocked down. Command reported the fire under control with overhaul at 1240 and all searches were negative. The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating the fire.

3rd Floor Fire on N 12th Street
Photo by Michael Biancone
3rd Floor Fire on N 12th Street
Photo by Michael Biancone
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Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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1355 Hours/ 1300 Block of Orchard Rd/ C Platoon-The rescue assignment was sent to the 1300 block of Orchard Rd for a male impaled on a fence. Medic 3 was in the area and quickly arrived on scene, confirmed the report, and started ALS treatment of the patient.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
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11:05 Hours/ 407 Elm Street/ Box 301/ A PlatoonThe box was transmitted for reports of black smoke coming from a residence. Ladder 1 arrived on scene with smoke showing, reported 2 people were trapped on the 3rd floor, and requested a second medic truck be dispatched.
Friday, October 8th, 2021
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0853 Hours/ 1248 Church Street/ B Platoon-Engine 7 and Ladder 3 were dispatched for a vehicle fire in the 1200 block of Church Street. Crews arrived to find 2 vehicles involved with a running fuel fire.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
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17:49 hrs / 1716 Cotton Street / Box 06-02 / D PlatoonAs shift change was underway that Tuesday evening, the box was transmitted for a reported structure fire with entrapment. Multiple calls were being received for the location with Berks DES advising that they had smoke visible in the area from th...
Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
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15:28 hrs / Rear 532 Locust Street / Box 01-01 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of smoke in the alley in the area of the 1100 Block of Green Street. Engine 1 reported smoke in the area on the approach.
Monday, September 27th, 2021
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1506 Hours/ 29 South 9th Street/ Box 103/ A Platoon-Companies were dispatched to 29 South 9th Street for reports of "a lot of fire showing" from the 2nd floor rear porch. Car 8 arrived and reported a 3 story MOR with smoke showing in the rear.
Monday, September 20th, 2021
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16:50 hrs/ S. 10th & Penn St. / C PlatoonThe assignment was dispatched to the intersection noted for a reported motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries with one of the vehicles possibly on fire.
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2354 hours/ 1200 Block of Cotton Street/ Box 0602/ C Platoon-Multiple calls came in reporting fire showing from a home with people entrapped on the second floor. Engine 1 arrived on scene with heavy fire showing from multiple windows on the second floor.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
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1440 Hours/ 225 N 10th Street/ Box 0102/ D Platoon-The box was dispatched for multiple calls reporting a building fire with people hurt after a possible gas explosion. Dispatch also advised units they had a column of heavy smoke visible from the court house cameras.
Thursday, July 29th, 2021
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09:40 hrs / 936 Muhlenberg Street / Box 01-01 / B PlatoonThe box was transmitted for the address noted with multiple calls reporting a house on fire with several children trapped in the home. Berks County Department of Emergency Services reported they could see heavy smoke in the area from the Cour...
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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05:24 hrs / 245 S. 5th Street / Box 305 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of smoke coming from the vents inside 243 S. 5th Street. Additional calls reported a fire originating at 245 S. 5th Street.
Sunday, July 18th, 2021
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2254 Hours/ 800 Hiesters Lane/ Box 0902/ A Platoon-Engine 9 and Ladder 3 were dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at Sweet Street Desserts. Ladder 3 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing with a forklift on fire in the building.
Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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18:20 hrs / River Road below Baer Park / C PlatoonEngine 7 and Ladder 1 were dispatched to the location noted for multiple calls reporting a vehicle on fire. Engine 7 arrived to find a passenger vehicle well-involved.
Friday, July 9th, 2021
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0545 hours/ S 6th Street & Cherry Street/ D Platoon-The rescue assignment was dispatched for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Rescue 1 arrived on scene @ 0550 hours and found a two vehicle MVA with one vehicle on its side and one person entrapped.
Friday, July 2nd, 2021
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08:25 hrs / 98 Duryea Drive / C PlatoonThe rescue assignment was dispatched to the location noted upon a request from the Reading Police Department for a male trapped in an approximate 30' "hole." Companies arrived with several RPD officers on scene to find the victim at the bottom of...
Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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21:43 Hours/ 211 Hudson St/ Box 704/ D Platoon-The box was transmitted for multiple calls reporting fire from an abandoned home on Hudson Street. Updated calls reported possibly 2 adults and 3-4 children trapped on the second floor, attempting to get out via a window.
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
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1542 Hours/ N 6th Street & Greenwich St/ A Platoon-Companies were sent to the area of CVS for a reported vehicle on fire. Car 8 arrived on scene and reported 2 vehicle involved with fire and requested another engine respond.
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1441 hours/ Schuylkill River under the Bridge at Thun Trail/ A shift-The water rescue assignment was dispatched for a male stranded in the river holding onto a bridge pillar. Ladder 1 arrived on scene and confirmed the report.
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14:28 Hours/ 1228 Schuylkill Ave/ D Platoon- Companies were dispatched to the 1200 block of Schuylkill Ave for a tractor trailer hauling gas cylinders which hit several parked vehicles. Crews arrived and confirmed the report.
Sunday, June 20th, 2021
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21:19 Hours/ N 10th St & Windsor St/ Box 902/ B Platoon- The Box was transmitted after dispatch received several calls reporting fire on the roof of a vacant factory building at 1018 Windsor St. E9 arrived on scene and confirmed a small fire on the roof of a 3 story commercial building.

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