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Exeter Township Fire Department Receives $174,000 Through Federal Grant

Sunday, July 13, 2014  The Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $174,000 as part of a $193,000 grant through FEMA and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program!  The grant will help pay for Firefighting Turnout Gear and new SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus).

From the Reading Eagle:

The Exeter Township Fire Department received a grant that will help pay for nearly $200,000 in new equipment to keep firefighters safe.

The department received the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, Exeter Fire Chief Robert Jordan said.

The grant will fund $173,000 of a $193,000 project for new protective equipment, he said.

"The personal protective equipment, turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus included in the grant award will strongly enhance and improve the safety of our firefighters," Jordan said. "The safety, health and well-being of our firefighters are our number one priority."

Jordan said the grant will allow the department to move ahead with these improvements and avoid relying on local tax dollars to fund the project. The grant covers 90 percent of the project costs.





 

     


 

2nd Alarm Fire in City of Reading

Monday, July 7, 2014  Rescue 25 was requested to assist the Reading Fire Department just after 3:30PM.  Crews were utilized for fire operations and RIT operations.  Crews cleared the scene in about 90 minutes.  Below is the Reading Eagle Story:

A two-alarm fire in Reading displaced eight residents on Monday afternoon.

A fire crew responded about 3:30 p.m. to the fire at 1500 block of Mineral Spring Road. The fire was under control by about 4:30 p.m., officials said. No one was injured in the fire as firefighters fought the blaze in near 90-degree weather, Reading Fire Deputy Chief Stephen Serba said. The hot temperatures, the intensity and the proximity of the fire to other houses led Serba to call for a second alarm shortly after arriving on scene about 3:45 p.m., he said. The fire started in the back bedroom on the second floor of the three-story row house. The home was heavily damaged by the fire and there was some damage to the attached home and the house on the opposite side of the building, Serba said. The damage was estimated to be about $20,000, Reading Fire Marshal Jeremy Searfoss said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. “We're going to see if we can figure out what happened,” Searfoss said. Lydia Mendez, one of the residents who lived in the house, said when the smoke detectors went off, she was downstairs in the living room with her husband, Carlo Reyes and Carlo's mother, Maria Reyes. Everyone had left the building when fire crews arrived, officials said. Mendez's sister-in-law was upstairs with her 2-year-old nephew, Mendez said. She did not give the names of the people upstairs and they had left the area while fire crews extinguished the flames. Maria Reyes said the fire began in her room, but she did not know what could have started the blaze. The American Red Cross Berks Chapter was called to assist eight people, seven from the home where the fire originated and the homeowner from the adjacent attached building, which had roof damage after fire crews attacked the flames. About 30 firefighters from Reading and Exeter fire departments put out the fire and about 10 vehicles were used.

     



 

Exeter Township Fire Department's Kids Camp!

Please see the attached flyer for more information about our 1st Annual Kid's Fire Safety Camp!  This is a great opportunity to help the youth of our community learn about the operations of the fire department and also enhance their knowledge of fire prevention.

The dates for the camp are August 5th, 6th, and 7th from 6PM to 9PM.  Please sign up today by emailing Deputy Chief Jim Herr at Jherr@exetertwpfire25.com and Gwen Heffner at gheffner@exetertwpfire25.com

     


 

Exeter Assists Earl Township on 2nd Alarm Fire

Friday, July 4, 2014  Units from the ETFD responded to assist Earl Township Fire Company at a house fire on Manatawny Road. Tanker 25 arrived and supplied water to Engine 49 while ETFD members ventilated the roof.  Additional tankers and Firefighters were requested by comand to control and extinguish the fire.  ETFD Units on scene were Tanker 25, Engine/Tanker 25, and Rescue 25. 

http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140704/updated-fire-destroys-earl-township-home-video

     



 

Barn Fire

Monday, June 30, 2014  Fire units were dispatched to Old Friedensburg Road, Exeter Twp. for a structure fire. Engine 4-1 arrived to confirm a barn fire, additional tankers were requested to the scene. Firefighters remained on location for several hours.

 
Units on scene: Engines: 1, 4, 25 / Tankers: 8, 23, 25 / Tower 25
 

     



 

4 Injured on Perkiomen Ave, St. Lawrence Borough

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 
Firefighters from Rescue 25 and 1 work to extricate three people trapped in a vehicle.



     



 

Exeter Relay for Life a SUCCESS!

The Exeter Township Fire Department partnered with FF Steve Geibel and his wife Millie Geibel in supporting the American Cancer Society in their battle against Cancer during the Exeter Relay for Life Walk!  The event was held on Saturday, June 14th at 10AM through Sunday, June 15th at 10AM.  This 24 hour event is intended to gather support and raise money to help fight this terrible disease.  Our team achieved Silver status in raising over $4,400! 

During the event, Lt. Gill Morissette walked 112 laps (28 miles) around the track, FF Ashleigh Ring did 65 laps (16.25 miles), Deputy Chief Chris Jordan did 44 laps (11 miles), and other members also participated doing many laps to show support.

     



 

Brush Fire Training

Sunday, June 22, 2014  The Exeter Township Fire Department took advantage of the nice weather and got some of the brush equipment out to practice brush fire tactics and also get some new drivers qualified on the brush equipment.  Brush 25, Brush 25-2, and ATV 25 all went up to the "Bridal Path" on Mt. Penn Mountain to get some off road time.

     



 

Auto Zone Presents Check to ETFD!

Sunday, June 22, 2014  FF Wayne Rullo applied and secured a grant from the local Auto Zone.  FF Rullo is an employee of Auto Zone and did a great job securing this competitive grant for the ETFD!  Thanks to FF Rullo and Auto Zone for helping our community.

   


 

Exeter Twp.Commercial Box 2533

Monday, June 9, 2014  At 17:16 hours ETFD members were alerted of smoke coming from a building on the 100 block of Gibraltar Road. Rescue/Engine 23, Engine 1, Ladder 1 and Tower 7 were dispatched to assist.
Chief and Tower 25 arrived confirming heavy smoke venting from the building. A second alarm was transmitted along with an additional RIT Company. (2nd Alarm E4, RFD E5, L64, R36, R49 RIT)
Firefighters advanced attack lines into the building to locate the fire which started in a oven while Ladder 1 ventilated by removing several roof caps allowing smoke to be removed. Units remained on locations for several hours extinguishing hot spots and ventilating smoke.


     



 
 
 

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