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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...
News
Monday, June 11th, 2012
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Fire Chief David Hollinger was sworn in for duty on Monday night during the Reading City Council meeting. Also sworn in during the meeting, were Lieutenants Jeremy Searfoss, Larry Moyer & Keith Moyer.
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The Reading Fire Department EMS division reported a record breaking 1,444 emergency calls for the month of May. The city units unable to answer 193 calls for service*. As of May 31st, the service has responded to 6,648 ambulance calls, missing an additional 753 calls for service*.
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Although he had not yet officially begun his duties as Reading fire chief, David W. Hollinger answered a 5:06 a.m. alarm for a row house fire in the city's northeast section. Hollinger, who is in the process of relocating to Reading from Dover, Del., was sleeping in the Keystone-Neversink fire s...
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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Chief Jeff Squibb has retired after 35 years of service to the City of Reading. The chief began his career in May of 1977, after serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Oakbrook Fire Company for several years.
Friday, May 25th, 2012
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Reading Firefighters conducted their 2012 Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive today. On & Off duty personnel took to the streets with their boots in hand to collect for the charity. Once again our MDA ambassador Austin Whitmoyer & his family joined us to help.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
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Fire crews in Reading had their hands full Thursday, as they battled a two-alarm fire that sent two firefighters to the hospital. The fire broke out the same day the mayor introduced the city's new fire chief.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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Readingpafire.com welcomes incoming Fire Chief David Hollinger. Reading Eagle Article WFMZ 69 News Story
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When 17-year-old Jamie Escobar disappeared into the Schuylkill River last week, two scuba divers from the Reading Fire Department were the first emergency workers in the water searching for him. As always, they were being directed by William I.
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The 8th annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast was held this morning at Reading's Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing. The event is sponsored by several local businesses to honor local heros in several different categories.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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Reading Eagle brings you faces in the news: Where did you grow up and how did you get interested in firefighting? "I grew up in Shillington, following in my father Edward Squibb's footsteps. He was the fire chief of Shillington borough for 31 years.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Congratulations to Firefighter Dave Williams on his assignment to D platoon as a Jumper Firefighter per personnel directive 2012-06. Jumper Firefighters fill-in city-wide on any company that has an opening.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
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Firefighters, Friends, and family came together Friday night at the Inn at Reading in Wyomissing for the first annual Casino Night Fund-raiser. The event was organized by Heather's Haven a 501c3 non-profit group that assists families battling cancer.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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The roof at the Ninth and Marion Firehouse has leaked for so long that ceilings are caving in, floors are buckling, insulation and walls are moldy and mushrooms are growing above the second-floor stairwell.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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It's official - Reading does not have enough police or firefighters to protect city residents. Police Chief William M. Heim and Acting Fire Chief Jeffrey Squibb made the plea for more manpower to City Council on Monday night.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Congratulations to the following firefighters on their recent assignments per personnel directive 2012-05. Richard Gould assigned to Rescue 1 Driver "C" platoon as of Sunday, April 28th. Ken Licwinko assigned to Ladder 1 Tiller "D" platoon as of Wednesday, April 18th.
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For years, Ron Wentzel has battled fires with the Reading and Western Berks fire departments and with a drag racing safety team. Now he's fighting cancer, and the community is responding with generosity for all he has done.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Acting Fire Chief Jeffrey Squibb advised members of city council of the realities of operating a short-staffed fire department. You can read the news articles at the links below. the Reading Fire Department is down seven firefighters from its already pared force - a gap being filled by mandat...
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No doubt by now you have read or watched the continuing coverage Deaths of Philadephia Firefighters Lt. Robert Neary Daniel Sweeney Ladder Company 10. excerpt from Centralbravest.com FIVE-ALARM WAREHOUSE FIRE - Philadelphia County, 3:18 a.m., 4/9/12 - Emergency units are on scene of a fou...
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
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A year after being evicted from their quarters, Engine 1 is scheduled to return Monday April 2nd. The station was closed in March of 2011 after high levels of toxic mold were detected in the building. The roof of the building suffered from years of neglect as water was leaking during every rainfall....
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
More than 200 firefighters, family & friends came to a pancake breakfast this morning in support of a hero. Firefighters from Reading & Western Berks Fire Departments acted as servers, cleaners, & kitchen staff at the Wyomissing Applebees.

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