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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...
Friday, July 23rd, 2021
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Congratulations to the 2021 recruit class on their graduation of the fire academy. The recruit class has finished 6 months of strenuous training led by Lieutenant Batz and now will be assigned to stre...
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Friday, October 23rd, 2020
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After a several month delay due to the pandemic, the 2020 Reading Fire Department Recruit Class officially graduated during a small ceremony held at the Berks County Fire Training Center. After words from Fire Chief William Stoudt Jr, Mayor Eddie Moran, and Academy Staff the recruits were presented ...
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The Department has recently taken delivery of 3 new Ford Trucks as the first of the new design for officer response vehicles. Two F150's and an F250 were purchased through Maguire Ford and then sent to 911 Rapid Response for outfitting.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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The two new Emergency One pumpers ordered by the department are nearing completion. The new units will be inspected at the end of the month and should be delivered in early in November.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Our condolences to the Mogel family on the passing of Retired Fire Chief Russell Mogel. Russ served as the city's 12th Fire Chief from February 20th, 1971 until June 6th of 1983. The family will receive family and friends at 9:30 AM on Saturday, October 10 at Auman Funeral Home, 390 West Neversi...
Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-25David RottmannJumper "A" platoonEngine 1 Driver "A" platoon9.7.20202020-27Bradley ShanamanEngine 5 Driver "D" platoonLadder 1 Driver "D" platoon9.5.20202020-29Robert SchaefferMedic 2 "D" plat...
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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For the past 90 days several members of the department have been competing in a weight loss contest affectionately named ShredFest. The goal of the contest was to challenge firefighters to lose weight through exercise and healthy nutrition habits.
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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The Masano Auto Group recently purchased former Engine 14 from a private sale to be displayed in their massive showroom. The 1984 International/Kovatch served from it’s former quarters on Park Avenue, ironically in the same district the dealership is located.
Friday, September 11th, 2020
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Members of the department gathered today with local leaders and members of the community to remember and reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. While it is hard to fathom the worst attack on American soil occurred 19 years ago we must keep the memory of those involved forever in our hearts and minds....
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A few photos from Retired Firefighter Albert Ash's Memorial Service. Ladder companies from West Reading Fire Company and Blandon Fire Company set up an arch for the funeral procession. Photos by Tony Miccicke.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Congratulations to Firefighter Steven Johnson on his retirement after 40 years of service to the City of Reading. Following in his father's footsteps a young Steven Johnson joined Explorer Post 290 in 1980.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-18Nathan MoyerMedic 1 "D"Medic 3 "Driver"8.12.20202020-19Daniel WasselMedic 2 Driver "A"Jumper "A"8.18.20202020-21William FarmerEngine 1 Driver "A"Ladder 3 Tiller "A"8.14.2020
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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Our condolences to the family of Alber Ash Sr. on his recent passing. Al retired from Engine 9 in December of 1993. ViewingMonday, August 31st 6 pm to 9 pmBean Funeral Home, 1605 Rockland Street Funeral Tuesday, September 1st10 am to 11 am Bean Funeral Home, 1605 Rockland Streetservices to follow ...
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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Congratulations to Firefighter Mark George on 30 years of service to the city.Mark was hired on June 25th, 1990. After completing fire training he was assigned to the "D" platoon as a jumper firefighter.
Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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ORDER#NAMEPosition New PositionEffective2020-11Jeffrey SchrackEngine 9 Driver "C"Tower 1 Driver "B" 7.25.20202020-13Matthew GrantLadder 3 Tiller "A"Ladder 1 Driver "A"7.29.20202020-15Caleb SummersJumper "C" Engine 9 Driver "C"7.31.2020
Friday, July 31st, 2020
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Congratulations to Lieutenant James Miller on his retirement after serving 13 years with the city. Jim was hired in June of 2007. After completing the Fire Academy, Miller was assigned to the A platoon and within a few months took an assignment on Engine 14.
Friday, July 31st, 2020
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Congratulations to Deputy Chief Gary Mogel on retiring after 38 years of service to the city. Gary served as a volunteer firefighter with the Neversink Fire Company #3 beginning in 1982 following in the footsteps of his Father, Grandfather, and Uncles.
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The recruits assigned to the Fire Academy Class have been now been assigned to platoons for duty. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold formal graduation due to the pandemic. Congratulations Probies!NAMEPlatoon AssignmentEffective DateZachary ZerbeJumper, A platoon7.21.2020Kieran DolanJumper, B pl...
Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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Congratulations to Firefighter Thomas Sheetz on his retirement after serving more than 23 years. FF Sheetz was hired in June of 1997. After completing the fire academy, Sheetz was assigned to Engine 5 on the A platoon.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Congratulations to Firefighter Andrew Kutz on his retirement after more than 26 years of serviceAndrew Kutz was hired in April of 1994. After completing the fire academy, Kutz was assigned to the B platoon as a Jumper Firefighter.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Local 1803 Union firefighters setup another bread handout for the citizens of Reading. Members have now set up at multiple locations over the city to create better access to those in need. Today’s location was in Glenside near the park.

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