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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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Monday, September 2nd, 2013
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Reading Firefighters once again participated in the 2013 annual City of Reading Labor Day Parade.More Pictures
Sunday, September 1st, 2013
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The Muscular Dystrophy Association conducted their annual telethon on September 1st. The telethon is one of the last of its type still in existence although it has been significantly scaled down from the 24 hour event it had been in the past.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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Stichter, 47, is operations manager for the Berks County Zone 5&6 Water Rescue Task Force, which was formed in 2010 by several fire companies, mostly from Exeter Fire Department and the Boyertown Fire Company.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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The Muscular Dystrophy Association conducted their annual Lockup fundraiser on Wednesday August 14th. The event was held at the Works in Wyomissing. The charity event features arrests made by individuals who require bail (charity) money to be released.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
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The 2013 academy class took some time this past weekend to perform some community service for the?Child Evangelism Fellowship affiliates of the Grace Fellowship Church on Hampden Blvd. The work?included cleaning gutters, painting, landscaping, apartment clean-out, and moving furniture at the church ...
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Congratulations to the following Firefighters on their assignments per Personnel Directive 2013-09. Jeffrey LeCompt - Engine 9 / C platoon (Effective Sunday July 28th) John Naylor - Engine 7 / A platoon (Effective Friday July 26)
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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City Managing Director Carol Snyder named deputy Chief Gary Mogel as Acting Fire Chief. Mogel will remain in the position while the city conducts a search both internally & externally for a new Fire Chief.
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City police officers and firefighters have so overspent their overtime budgets that Managing Director Carole B. Snyder said she may have to order employee furloughs to bring the costs back in line. "I told the department directors: 'Control your own budgets; but if you don't have the...
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Former city Fire Chief David W. Hollinger resigned because of what he called a hostile work environment and a pattern of "intimidation, stalking behavior, harassment and threats" from the firefighters union and his own first deputies, according to his resignation letter.
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City Fire Training Officer Sean Hart recently was promoted to second deputy chief and Gail Knauer was named lieutenant to replace Hart, but neither is sure they can keep the jobs. That's because their promotions were based on rankings in recent Fire Civil Service Board tests, and that board inva...
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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January - June R.F.D. Unit Statistics *Fire stats calculated using Firehouse Software. *EMS stats calculated using Med Media?EMStat Total Fire Runs includes first responder calls Unit 6 Month Runs Forecasted Engine 1 1,317 2,634 E...
Monday, July 8th, 2013
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Reading Fire Chief David Hollinger has resigned effective immediately. Hollinger was officially hired as the fire chief in June of 2012. No further information has been released regarding future plans. WFMZ 69 News Story Reading Eagle Article
Monday, July 1st, 2013
Members from the former Keystone Fire Company of Reading have been busy for the past several years restoring a 1959 Mack/Maxim tractor-drawn ladder truck. The rig previously served as Ladder 1 from 1959 to 1983 when the city purchased a rear-mount Seagrave.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Congratulations to Don Hirsch on his transfer to Medic 1 on the C platoon per Personnel Directive 2013-08.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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Congratulations to the following parents. Lieutenant Jeremy Searfoss & his wife Melanie on the birth of their daughter Harper Faye Searfoss. Way to go big brother Brogan!! And also to Josh Green & his wife Amanda on the birth of their daughter Kaelyn Reagan Green.
Sunday, June 16th, 2013
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Congratulations to Paramedic Dave Ciabattoni on his promotion to EMS Lieutenant on the C platoon as per personnel directive 2013-07. Dave began his career on January 1st of 2001 at the inception of the Reading Fire Department EMS.
Friday, June 14th, 2013
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Congratulations to Lieutenant Rodney Wolfe on his new job with St. Lukes Emergency & Transport Services. Paramedic Wolfe was hired on the first of January in 2001, when the city went back into EMS. Rod would later take a promotion to EMS Lieutenant on January 1st of 2003. Lt. Wolfe worked on the...
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
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I was in a burning, four-story apartment building on South Fifth Street last month when I set down my coffee and heard a commotion in the hall. I was visiting a friend before work and did not realize what was happening until I saw fire engines outside and firefighters rushing into the building hauli...
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A group of Reading Firefighters made their way to the variety club camp in Montgomery County today to participate in the annual MDA silver spatula award. The contest pits firefighters from locals throughout the region to cook the best meal for the campers.
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The 2013 firefighter recruit class has returned back to the Reading Fire Academy after attending a month of EMS training at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. The recruits will now begin their basic firefighter training.

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