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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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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
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Congratulations to Firefighter Eric Rios who has resigned after 18 years of service to the City of Reading. Eric began his career on February 1st in 1995, after the academy he was assigned to the D platoon as a jumper.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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Congratulations to Jim Wenrich on his assignment to Engine 5 Driver on the A platoon per Personnel Directive 2013 - 03. Jim begins his new position on Friday February 8th.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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There were no fatal fires in Reading in 2012, the first time in four years no one in this city of more than 88,000 people has died of fire-related injuries, fire department officials said. Though they are thrilled to have a zero in the fire-deaths column of the department's yearly statistics,...
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Given that Reading's century-old homes that are not in the best condition, city firefighters have been lauded, and should be, for keeping this old city from burning to the ground. But for 20 years, they've been doing that while ignoring national safety standards, and putting their own liv...
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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Spending a $4 million federal grant to the city is not as easy as it seems. The problem is not what the grant would do - hire 30 new and badly needed firefighters for the next two years, adding more personnel to each truck - but what happens to those firefighters when the grant expires.
Monday, January 14th, 2013
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Congratulations to Firefighter Mark “Greenie” Snader on nearly 33 years of service to the Reading Fire Department! Mark began his career on March 17th, 1980. After training, Firefighter Snader was placed on the A platoon as a jumper firefighter.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
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Congratulations to Michael Sninsky on his assignment to Medic 1/B platoon per personnel directive 2013-1.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
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Some interesting facts about our website for the year 2012: 48,073 different people visited our website Those people clicked 400,428 times In our photo gallery, our pictures were viewed 977,206 times while our videos were viewed 3,145 times
Friday, December 28th, 2012
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When you're 37, dying of a heart attack is probably the last thing on your mind. Nicole Charles of Reading was being monitored for what her doctors said was a flutter in her heartbeat. The sign-language interpreter for the Reading School District said she was more concerned with getting her m...
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The Reading Fire Department has been offered a $4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant is known as S.A.F.E.R. (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response.) SAFER provides financial assistance to help fire departments provide financial assistance to increase ...
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Reading Firefighters raised close to $2200 this year during their 4th annual Toys-For-Tots fundraiser. The firefighters along with Santa went shopping Wednesday night at Target in Exeter to purchase the toys.
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December 13, 2012 -- The City of Reading Department of Fire & Rescue Services and Berks Encore have been awarded scholarships to participate in a training conference dedicated to Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, developed by the National Fire Protecti...
Friday, December 7th, 2012
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Recruits from the 2012 Class graduated this evening at the Reading Hospital School of Heath Sciences Auditorium. After spending nearly 6 months in the Reading Fire Academy, the recruits will be assigned to their respective platoons for 2 more weeks of on-shift training.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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Worn-out Reading firefighters, who have been working overtime shifts regularly during the past year, will get some much-needed relief when a dozen rookies join the ranks next month. The Reading Fire Academy will graduate its first class since 2007 on Dec.
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The 10th annual Black & Blue Ball was held Friday night November 16th, at Classic Harley Davidson in Bern Township. The evening raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and there annual summer camp for kids.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
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Congratulations to Paramedic Matt Small on his promotion to EMS Lieutenant on "B" platoon per personnel directive 2012-10. Matt has been a paramedic on C platoon since the inception of EMS in 2001.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
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The Fire Marshal's office conducted a burn of two identical rooms to demonstrate the effects of residential sprinklers on incipient stage fires. Officials from the city and other outside agencies, as well as the new probationary class had a front row view of the demonstration, narrated by Fire Marsh...
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Former Reading & FDNY firefighter Ray Werts loaded supplies donated locally to help residents in Rockaway Beach, NY. A large number of Police & Firefighters from New York have their homes located there.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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Each Sept. 11 in City Park, Reading pauses to remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. And when the 2013 ceremony is held, there will be a permanent reminder of the sacrifice and heroism displayed on 9/11.
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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The Eastern PA EMS council recently held its annual conference in the Poconos from October 19th - 21st. During the annual awards dinner, a very surprised Kathryn "Mom Kass" Houck was presented with a lifetime achievement award for her many years of service with the Reading Fire Department ...

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