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Ambulance Service Progress Continues

Sunday, March 1, 2015  The Exeter Township Fire Department has made steady progress towards readying it's 911 ambulance service.  As directed by the Exeter Township Board of Supervisors, the ETFD will be assuming responsibility for 911 emergency ambulance service on March 23rd 2015.  As part of the transition, the Muhlenberg Ambulance Association will be assisting in providing coverage until the fire departments units are fully equipped and licensed to provide Advanced Life Support service.  

In the meantime, the ETFD's Ambulance Project Management Team has been working very efficiently to upgrade our current Quick Response Service (QRS) license to meet ambulance service standards.  So far, we have been consistently meeting our established benchmarks.  This week the ambulances received all of the necessary equipment for basic ambulance licensure, and have received their markings and decals to meet PA Department of Health regulations.  The team will continue to move forward with the project focusing on a target date for independent operations sometime in the fall of 2015. 

EMS providers interested in employment with the ETFD's fire based EMS can expect to see human resources announcements posted this summer. The HR process will be open to all interested candidates. Please watch this site and social media for the announcements!

Any questions regarding any aspect of the ETFD's ambulance service can be addressed to ems@exetertwpfire25.com




     
ETFD Ambulance 2

ETFD Ambulance 2

ETFD Ambulance 2

ETFD Ambulance 2



 

South 17th Street, Reading

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Crews from Rescue 25 provided RIT coverage for Reading City firefighters.

     



 

ETVFD Receives New Upgraded SCBA

Saturday, February 21, 2015  The Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department (ETVFD) has taken delivery of 23 new Scott X3 4.5 SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus). These SCBA allow firefighters to enter and breath in toxic situations and protect them from many hazards involved in the emergency services. The SCBA were purchased through the AFG (Assistance to Firefighter's Grant) program through the Department of Homeland Security. The SCBA was placed in service this week and will serve the community well for many years!

     



 

Busy Valentine's Day for ETVFD

Saturday, February 14, 2015  ETVFD crews were faced with a busy Valentine's Day responding to 10 calls for the day. Here are some photos from a gas leak and an appliance fire that day.

     



 

ETFD Prepares for Ambulance Service

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  At the direction of the Exeter Township Board of Supervisors, the ETFD is preparing to assume responsibility for 911 emergency ambulance service after March 23, 2015. To do so, the department is currently focusing on two primary tasks.  

First, we have made arrangements with the Muhlenberg Area Ambulance Association to provide interim 911 ambulance service to Exeter Township during the transition. Muhlenberg Ambulance will be stationing two Advanced Life Support ambulances in Exeter Township to provide 24/7/365 coverage. We are working out some final details, however these plans are ready to go as we await the transition date.

Second, the ETFD preparing it's own vehicles, equipment, and personnel so as to be ready to provide the 911 service ourselves in the fall of 2015.  Our ambulances are currently being outfitted as we await the receipt of the various licenses and approvals needed for the service.  In the meantime, the ETFD's medically trained personnel will continue to be available on our Quick Response Service (QRS) units as needed for emergencies.

The ETFD's Ambulance Project Management Team has been very busy and appreciates the support we have received in getting this effort moving forward!  The goal is to ensure a seamless transition to the new EMS system, and provide quick and efficient service to the public without any gaps in coverage in the meantime.  We are committed to providing the top-notch service that the community expects, and are proud to have the opportunity to do so.

For those who were unable to attend the most recent Exeter Township Board of Supervisors meeting on 2/9/15, we have included a link to the Ambulance Update presentation given at the meeting below.

Of course, as things progress we will have more information to share with everyone. Please check back on the website often.  In the meantime, questions regarding the ambulance service can be directed to ems@exetertwpfire25.com.




       
Muhlenberg Ambulances will be stationed in Exeter Township to provide coverage

Muhlenberg Ambulances will be stationed
      in Exeter Township to provide coverage



 

Crews Handle Chimney Fire

Saturday, February 7, 2015  Just before 11AM, companies 25, 4, and 1 were dispatched to the 600 block of Schoffer's Road in Exeter Township for a reported chimney fire. Additional given to Deputy 25, indicated a fire in the chimney with possible extension to the house. Crews had extension on all 3 floors and had 3 lines in service to control the fire and hit hot spots. Company 7 was requested by command for RIT. Tower 25 was placed into service to the roof of the dwelling. All units cleared the scene in just over 2 hours.

     
Photo by FF/Medic Brett Mack

Photo by FF/Medic Brett Mack

Photo by FF/Medic Brett Mack

Photo by FF/Medic Brett Mack



 

Engine and Tanker Assist Company 42

Saturday, January 31, 2015  Firefighters spent several hours working to contain a large tire fire that could be seen for miles. Engine 25 laid 900 feet of supply line, Operated two foam lines, One 2 1/2 line, a potable monitor and supplied water to Tower 42.

     



 

AFA Investigation Locates Fire in Industrial Plant

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  Units dispatched for an AFA at Custom Processing Inc. / Engine 25 arrives to find a sprinkler activated and a fire in the dust collection system. It took firefighters over an hour to extinguish the fire using attack lines from Engine 25.

Units on scene: E25, ET25, REN25, R25, L1


     



 

Accident & Vehicle Fire

Tuesday, January 13, 2015  Rescue/Engine 25 arrived on scene on Route 562 to find a one vehicle accident with the engine compartment on fire.


   


 

Remembering Fallen Heroes Today

Monday, January 12, 2015  Today the members of the Exeter Township Fire Department take pause to remember two heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Deputy Chief Ronald "Moose" Wentzel, of the Reading and Western Berks Fire Departments, passed away January 12, 2014, one year ago.  Chief Moose was a mentor and friend to many firefighters in Berks County and beyond, and is missed greatly. Our thoughts are with Moose's wife Diane and son Josh.

Firefighter Kenneth Hedrick, of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, Prince Georges County, Maryland, died in a residential structure fire on January 12, 1992. After rescuing a 7 year old boy from the flames, FF Hedrick returned to search the basement, where he became trapped by debris and perished.  FF Kenneth Hedrick is the cousin of ETFD Firefighter / Paramedic Jim Hedrick.

Rest in Peace Brothers.  You are not forgotten.

     
Deputy Chief Ronald "Moose" Wentzel

Deputy Chief Ronald "Moose" Wentzel

Firefighter Kenneth Hedrick

Firefighter Kenneth Hedrick



 
 
 

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