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Ernie Matthes - Our Own Hero

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of past fire chief and life member, Ernie Matthes. Ernie was a 50 year member of the fire company, last serving as Captain and Trustee until his "retirement" a few years ago. Even though retired, Ernie took care of the fire company and the grounds like they were his own. He dedicated the majority of his life to the fire company, helping it grow, and made everyone he came in contact with a better person and firefighter. He was nicknamed "The King" because what he said was just how it was going to be, and we listened. Everything was in the best interest of the fire company and the members. He was present at our March meeting, giving us a list of what he wanted to see done around the place, he never gave up even when not in the best of health. A viewing will be held Wednesday, 4/30, 7pm at St Paul's Church in Geigertown. Services will be Thursday, 5/1 at 10am, same location. 

RIP Ernie, we all thank you for everything you did, and you will no doubt be missed by everyone

Structure Fire - Blackwood Golf Course

3/27/14 - 14:08

 

Tanker 24 was dispatched to assist Company 7 (Birdsboro-Union FD) with a structure fire on the grounds of the Blackwood Golf Course in Union Township.  The Tanker was dispatched when the second alarm was struck for the fire.  Crews on scene had a fully involved maintenance shed full of landscape and golf course maintenance equipment.  Tanker 24 assisted in water supply buy shuttling water to the scene from a nearby fill-site on Route 724

 

Weaver Road Structure Fire

Minutes before 1:00pm, Comapany 24 was dispatched to the 400 block of Weaver Road for a reported porch fire.  Tanker 23 (Gibraltar) and Chester Ladder 69 (Twin Valley FD) were also dispatched.  Engine 72 (Brecknock) was put on standby at their station. Initial reports were a porch fire that was spreading to the rest of the structure. When Engine 24 arrived, the fire had spread to the entire woodframe house within minutes. Engine 24 deployed two handlines and began to attack the fire.  As other apparatus arrived, a fill site was setup at Weaver's Orchard at the pond to fill tankers who began to shuttle water to the scene.  Company 72 along with Chester 69 were requested for a full company response, as well as adding Engine 7 (Birdsboro-Union) to the assignment and having Tanker 6 (Monocacy) standby at our station since all the trucks were out.  Shortly after the inital knockdown, the operations was switched to all foam to help extinguish the remaining fire and reduce the changes for a flare-up later. Overall, it took 5 hours to clear the scene.  There were no injuries, however three dogs did not survive the fire.  The home was a total loss, the occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross and will be staying with family members.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Birdsboro Fire Marshal, who will be assisted by the State Police Fire Marshal on Monday.

 

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Garage Fire - Golf Course Road

3/17 - 15:15

 

Company 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 (Gibraltar) with a garage fire in the 900 block of Golf Course Road in Robeson Township.  Engine & Tower 25 (Exeter) as well as Rescue 1 (Mt. Penn) were also dispatched.  The homeowner was working on a motorcycle when a heater nearby sparked gas vapors in the air and caused a small explosion. Robeson Police reported smoke showing from a mile out, and confirmed a working garage fire upon arrival.  Engine 7 (Birdsboro), Tanker 6 (Monocacy), Tanker 72 (Brecknock) and Engine-Tanker 25 were added to the assignment.  Rescue/Engine 23 was first up the driveway, followed by Engine/Tanker 24, Engine/Tanker 23 and Tanker 24.  The four trucks provided water for the initial knockdown while crews from all companies went in service pulling debris away and exposing fire.  Tanker 72 dumped a load of water to assist in the operations.  The two males in the garage at the time of the fire were treated at the scene for burns and smoke inhalation by EMS.  Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, it was turned into a foam operation to extinguish the stubborn hot spots and reduce the changes of a rekindle. The building was an entire loss as well as a car and equipment inside. Crews made themselves clear around 6:30pm.

 

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2014 Calls

Month  Calls
January 36 
February 37 
March 27 
April 19 
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119 

2013- 299 Calls