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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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Congratulations to department historian and honorary Local 1803 member Anthony Miccicke on winning an honorable mention in the 2015 IAFF media awards. Tony's photo was a shot from the 8th & Oley outlet fire of Stu Bansner on the pedestal of Tower 1.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
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Paramedic Brenda Bauer was honored at the IAFF memorial in Colorado Springs during their annual memorial service. Brenda passed away in April after battling lung cancer. The service was attended by Branda's husband Lt.
Friday, September 18th, 2015
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On Friday September 18th the Reading Firefighters conducted their fall boot drive. The department was able to raise $3,882.42 through car-side donations. The amount brings our total to $8,331.07 for 2015.WFMZ 69 News Story
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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Farewell and good luck to EMS Lieutenant David "Pasta" Ciabattoni and Paramedic Don Hirsch. Both Dave and Don have resigned to take positions with the newly formed Exeter Fire Department Ambulance service.
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The Reading Firefighters once again attended the 42nd annual IAFF MDA softball tournament. Teams from around the country attended this long-running event in Prince Georges County Maryland. The Reading team won their first game against a team from Philadelphia which placed them into a face-off with t...
Friday, September 11th, 2015
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The Reading Fire Department held their annual memorial service to honor those lost on 9/11 of 2001. The ceremony was held in city park, and after comments from officials, a remembrance wreath was laid on a memorial placed there.
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
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The following personnel assignments are effective per personnel directive 2015-27Mike Shoumlisky - Ladder 1 tiller "B" platoonSeptember 14th Ray Carl - Engine 9 driver "C" platoonAugust 20th
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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The following personnel assignments are effective per personnel directives 24 & 25 of 2015Brian Sayers - Tower 1 driver "D" platoonSeptember 8th Nate Maclane - Engine 1 driver "B" platoonAugust 29th
Friday, August 21st, 2015
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The following assignment is effective Thursday August 27th, 2015 per Personnel Directive 2015-22Ronald Banks - Ladder 1 driver "C" platoon
Friday, August 21st, 2015
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The Reading Area Firefighters Museum has been storing a vintage 1923 American LaFrance pumping apparatus for many years. The owners have recently notified the museum that they must sell the truck. The rig has been in the city since it was purchased.
Monday, August 17th, 2015
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It is with deep regret we announce the passing of retired firefighter Samuel Royle. Sam retired from the fire department in March of 1980. He last worked Snorkel 1 on the B platoon. Services will be held at the Theo Auman Funeral Home on Penn Street in Reading.
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As of August 13th, all front-line Engine companies are equipped with the medication Naloxone(NARCAN) to treat victims of suspected drug overdoses. On August 15th, Engine 5 was dispatched to the parking lot of the McDonalds on Lancaster Avenue for an unconscious person.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Several Reading Firefighters helped out during the MDA lockup held at the Works at Wyomissing. MDA raised $57,000 for research and summer camp.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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The following assignments are effective per personnel directive 2015-20Stuart Bansner - Rescue 1 driver "A" platoonbeginning August 9th, 2015 William Lomnychuk - Engine 5 driver "C" platoonbeginning August 19th, 2015
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On Sunday morning firefighters transported 16 year old Rose Dasnez to Philadelphia to catch a bus for Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp. The firefighters union was contacted through several people and organizations to arrange for transportation.
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1st Deputy Chief Sean Hart of the C platoon was recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the United States Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.
Friday, July 17th, 2015
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Congratulations to firefighter Kerry Miller on his retirement after 35 years of service to the City of Reading. Kerry Miller was hired on June 16th of 1980. After fire training, Miller was assigned to the D platoon as a jumper.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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The following assignment is effective July 24th at 800 hours per directive 2015-17Robert Schmale, Ladder 1 Tiller - "A" platoon
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Congratulations to Patrick Kozak on his retirement after 25 years of service to the City of Reading.Pat Kozak was first hired by the department on January 1st of 1977, however he would leave in 1980 to explore a venture outside of Pennsylvania.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
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The Oakbrook Fire House at 628 Park Avenue has been sold to a local developer and is being remodeled into a brewpub. Engine 14 served the city from the small station from 1905 until 2010, when the city opened the Southwest Station.

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