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 make 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 Codes 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 imcompletely, 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 that reasons 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 call 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 using it during an emergency. Fire hydrants are important parts of the borough's fire protection system and if we can't find the hydrant or are delayed in getting to it, additional property damage might occur. After heavy snow storms we will attempt to remove snow from around the hydrants, but any help you can provide is 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-yuear 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 giving these detectors out starting this spring to residents who request them. Our priority will be to households of the elderly, low income, or families with children. Please call 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 might have heard the emergency siren at Borough Hall going off and wondered what it is what it is for. Well, the siren is designed to alert you to an emergency condition like a storm or other natural emergency. If you hear the siren activate, tune your TV or radio to a local statdion to see if there is an emergency broadcast that requires your attention. In the past, it was tested on the Friday night of the first full week of the month at 6:00 pm. Due to a change in the County's testing policy, it hasn't been tested on a Friday night lately. Starting this fall we will begin testing the siren at 6:00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call.