Mt. Penn Fire Company

Weird Wednesday

It started early but seemed normal with being dispatched to assist the City of Reading in the 500 block of N. 9th St for  a smell of gas shortly before 2a.m.    Units were recalled within a few minutes as the city was able to free up from another call.

Just after 9:30a.m. it was a fire alarm in the 1300 block of Carsonia Ave.  Deputy 4-1 (Mountz) determined it to be a faulty activation from an empty home and units cleared quickly.

Just before 2:30p.m. it was back to the city for a reported vehicle crash on Mineral Spring Rd. at Good St.    The city chief arrived first and determined no fire services were even needed as it was one car that rolled into a parked vehicle.

Shortly before 6p.m. Mt. Penn was dispatched along with other units to the 900 block of Franklin St. for a reported structure fire.  Most of the other Reading units were committed to a working fire in the 800 block of Greenwich St at the time.  As the units arrived they were released  as it was determined to be a small grease fire in the oven that was out.  At the same time the fire on Greenwich St. went to a second alarm and a structure fire was reported on Plaza Drive in Muhlenberg.  Rescue 1 was sent to the Muhlenberg as RIT due to Rescue 85 (Spring) being tied up in the city on Greenwich St.  This turned out to be a small fire in a dryer that was easily handled.The engine and ladder returned to Mt. Penn.

Just after 6:30 the ladder was sent to the 500 block of Court St. for an AFA.  A city unit quickly confirmed it was dust from workers and the ladder was returned.

6 calls in a day, although not unheard of, is a bit out of the ordinary for us as this day alone is responsible for over half of our calls this year .  Everybody from all the departments did a great job running, covering and assisting other departments and we all got home in one piece!


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Mt. Penn Fire Company

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Department Activity

Summary of department activity
January38Prior Year (2017) Stats
January - 46
8 less call(s) this year.
Working Fires1

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The mission of the Mt. Penn Fire Company is to protect the lives and property of the people of Mt Penn from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing Rescue services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; and to provide a 100% Volunteer work environment that values health, wellness and cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.