Community Events & Information
The Western Berks Fire Department frequently participates in community outreach events during which time our equipment is on display and personnel are available to answer questions about fire safety, department operations, and other information. Various community events are scheduled throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you there! Please monitor our website and social media outlets for upcoming events.
Fire hydrants are a critical tool used by the fire department when a fire occurs. Being able to quickly locate and access the fire hydrant can make a significant impact on the outcome of the fire. With over 500 hydrants located throughout the communities we serve, it is difficult to ensure that they are readily available during inclement weather such as significant snow accumulations, and keeping them free of grass, weeds, and high brush during the year.
If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, we are asking homeowners and residents to "adopt a hydrant" and ensure that the following steps are taken to ensure that the hydrants are available at all times:
- Clear a 3 foot area around the hydrant of any snow, high grass or large brush;
- Do not block the hydrant by parking a vehicle in front of it. Fire hydrants require a 15 foot clear
area in each direction;
- If you find a hydrant that is leaking or damaged, contact the appropriate water company for
where you live or contact the Western Berks Fire Department at (610) 678-1332.
Special Needs Information
The Western Berks Fire Department is collecting information on residents who may require special assistance during an emergency incident in their home or during a community-wide disatser. The Special Needs Survey is a web-based tool that allows users to input their data into a secure database. The information is then used for planning purposes and is only used for emergencies. For more information on this survey, or to enter your information or a friend or family member, click on the link below.
Reflective Address Signs
The Western Berks Fire Department is pleased to offer reflective address signs for homes and businesses in the community. These signs are designed to be mounted on mailboxes in rural areas to allow emergency service agencies easier identification of your home or business. Signs are customized by department personnel and are available at a cost of $17.00. If you are interested in purchasing one of these signs, please click on the icon below to download an order form.