The West Reading Fire Department provides fire and rescue services for the Borough 24/7. The Department is 100% volunteer. The new station house located at 223 Playground Drive is one of the most modern fire stations in Berks County. It holds the apparatus, offices, and training for members. The firefighters assist in emergencies in the Borough and respond to other communities to assist their fire companies. Western Berks Ambulance Association is located within the station and provides services for the residents in the Borough.
Remember to periodically check your smoke detectors...a dead battery in your smoke detector will not help you in a fire emergency. Many of the homes that we visit on fire calls do not have operating smoke detectors, or they have none at all. Smoke detectors are a cheap way to keep your family safe, so please make sure they are in working order.
Please be advised that open burning is illegal in the Borough of West Reading unless you apply for, and receive a permit from the Code Department. This means no open burning of leaves, yard waste or any type of outdoor temporary fireplace without authorization. Please have consideration for your neighbors and refrain from burning anything in your yards this spring. If you have any questions please contact the Borough's Code Enforcement Department.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
We have recently received reports from some residents that they have had Carbon Monoxide detectors that were activating in their homes, and were unsure of what they should do. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that comes from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, and methane. When these fuels burn incompletely, CO is produced. If a CO detector activates, we can check your home with meters that we carry on our apparatus that can detect the presence of CO and we can validate the reason for the detector's activation. If you don't check the reason for the detector's activation, you could be placing all of the occupants of your home in danger. If your detector activates, call 9-1-1 immediately and evacuate your home to await our arrival. If you have any questions about CO or CO detectors, please contact the fire station.
Please remember that if a fire hydrant in the area of your home has become covered by snow this winter, it is important that you dig around and expose it to assist us in accessing it during an emergency. Fire hydrants are an important part of the Borough's fire protection system and if we can't locate the hydrant or are delayed in gaining access to it, additional property damage may occur. Following heavy snow storms we will attempt to remove snow from around the hydrants, but any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated.
WFMZ TV Operation Save a Life
WFMZ TV Channel 69 and the West Reading Fire Department are participating in Operation Save a Life, a campaign of Pennsylvania television stations to educate the public about fire safety and to facilitate the distribution statewide of more than 30,000 ten-year lithium battery smoke detectors. We have been able to secure a small quantity of these detectors to distribute to residents of the Borough. We will be providing these detectors beginning in spring to residents who request them. Our priority will be to households of the elderly, low income, or families with children. Please contact the Fire Chief at 610-372-9621 ext. 100 to sign up for the program.
The Quickest way to notify the Fire Department personnel that you need assistance is to call 9-1-1. Even though you feel that it is not an emergency, calling the fire station directly might not get you the help you need quickly, as the station is not staffed at all times
Emergency Siren at Borough Hall
You may have heard the emergency siren located at Borough Hall and wondered what is its purpose. Well, the siren is designed to alert you to an emergency condition such as a storm or other natural emergency. Should you hear the siren activate, tune your TV or radio to a local station for information. In the past, the siren was tested on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 pm. Due to a change in the County's testing policy, it has not been tested recently.
We get calls at the station from residents all the time about fire extinguishers...what kind do I need for my home?? What can be done with our old extinguishers?? We would love to help you!
We do not sell fire extinguishers here at the West Reading Fire Department, but we would recommend that you visit any home improvement store or fire extinguisher vendor and look closely at the packaging to make sure you purchase an extinguisher that will work with the hazards you have in your home. Selecting the wrong fire extinguisher for the fire hazard can be very dangerous.
As far as old extinguishers or used units, if you don't fee comfortable throwing them away in the trash please bring them to the station any Wednesday night at 6:00 PM and we will dispose them for you. If you have any questions, please give us a call.