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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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Reading Eagle Article on R.F.D. Retired Chief Russ Mogel
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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Congratulations to Robert Pawlewicz on his retirement after 36 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Bob was hired on June 30th of 1973, and was assigned to the A platoon as a jumper. After jumping for 2 years, he took assignment to Ambulance 95 on the C platoon.
Friday, February 4th, 2011
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By Order of Personnel Directive #2011-03, The Department Has Promoted The Following Chief : 2nd Deputy Chief Gary Mogel will be promoted to 1st Deputy Chief on February 11th of 2011. Gary was hired on June 30th of 1988.
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The Reading Fire Department recently received a donation of Automatic External Defibulators to be placed on all department apparatus. The Reading Hospital along with another non-profit group has raised $300,000 to donate AED's to all Police Departments in Berks County.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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By order of Personnel Directive 2011-02 Congratulations to the following firefighters on their assignments Keith "Sarge" Eschleman assigned to Ladder 3 driver, C platoon Tim O'Brien assigned to Engine 9 driver, A platoon Scott Lerch assigned to Ladder 1 Tiller, C platoon Tom ...
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
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Congratulations to Chief Kevin Kulp on his promotion to interim fire chief Hired on May 23rd of 1977, Kulp was assigned to the Rescue truck on the D platoon immediately after training. Firefighter Kulp remained with the company until moving to the B platoon some time in 1979 to drive Engine 1...
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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Congratulations to the following firefighters on their new assignments by order of Personnel Directive 2011 - 01 Larry Fisher assigned to Ladder 3 Driver, B platoon 1.15.2011 Quentin Englehart assigned to Ladder 3 Driver, A platoon 1.12.2011 Donald Marks assigned to Engine 3 Driver, B platoon 1...
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Paul "Gumshoe" Lerch, current senior man in the department is retiring after more than 43 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Paul was hired on October 17th of 1967 by the Hampden Fire Company.
Saturday, January 1st, 2011
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Thursday, December 30th, 2010
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Chief Mike Moyer is retiring after more than 33 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Mike was hired on February 21 of 1977. After training, Firefighter Moyer was assigned to the B platoon first covering "Kelly Days" then as a jumper firefighter.
Monday, December 27th, 2010
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Congratulations to Firefighter Brian Smith for his appointment to Administrative Officer. Firefighter Smith was previously assigned to Ladder 1 as the tillerman. Brian is also Webmaster Emeritus of ReadingPaFire.com
Friday, December 24th, 2010
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After Wednesdays fire in Wyomissing, the community banded together to provide food, clothing & shelter to those families displaced from their homes. On Y102 on Thursday morning a collection was broadcast to give presents to the children in those familys.
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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By Order of Personnel Directive #2010-22, The Department Promoted The Following Chief & Lieutenant. 2nd Deputy Chief Nicholas Amicone will be promoted to 1st Deputy Chief on the D platoon. Nick was hired on May 23rd of 1977.
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By Order of Personnel Directive 2010-22, The Department Promoted The Following Lt. & Firefighters Lieutenant Steven Serba will be promoted to 2nd Deputy Chief of the B platoon. Steve was hired on June 30th of 1988.
Friday, December 17th, 2010
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Thanks To Everyone that participated in our 2nd annual Toys For Tots T-shirt Sale. Shirts were sold for $20 with half of that money going to towards purchasing gifts for the charity. Firefighters raised $1,260 this year, almost $500 more than last year.
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
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2nd Deputy Chief John Sands is retiring after more than 33 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Chief Sands began his career after being hired on May 23rd of 1977. After training, he was assigned to C platoon as a jumper firefighter.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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1st Deputy Chief George Kellenberger is retiring after more than 37 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. George was hired on June 30th of 1973. After completing training he was assigned to the C platoon as a jumper firefighter.
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William "Bill" Shunk was hired on June 30th, 1973. After training was assigned as a jumper on the C platoon. In September of 1977 the city created the D platoon to cut back the number of hours the firefighters were required to work.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
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By Order of Personnel Directive 2010-21, The Department Promoted The Following Lt. & Firefighter Lt. Frank Nefos Jr. will be promoted from Rescue Lt. on C platoon to 2nd Deputy Chief of the C platoon.
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Governor Ed Rendell has Veto'd the firefighter cancer presumption bill 1231 69 News Story 1 69 News Story 2 Reading's Mayor McMahon signs letter with other PA mayors calling for the Governor to veto the Read The Bill Previous news of the bill provided by the Pennsylvania Proffessio...

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