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The Union Fire Company #1 of Hamburg provides coverage to roughly 15,000 citizens living in Hamburg Borough, Lenhartsville Borough, Tilden, and Windsor Townships. We operate 3 engines, a heavy brush truck, a heavy rescue, and a 100-foot quint aerial truck.

The Union Fire Company #1 provides fire and rescue services for approximately 12 miles of Interstate 78, spanning across Hamburg Borough, Tilden and Windsor Townships. The company also provides protection on 10 miles of Pa Route 61. The company provides water rescue protection to 6 miles of the scenic Schuylkill River. Fire and rescue protection is the company’s main focus however we also specialize in technical rescue, water rescue, and scuba recoveries. The company is staffed approximately 60 well-trained and dedicated volunteers. The company is in the process of being recognized by the Pa State fire Commissioner as a "Participating Department".

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 
We will be hosting the following classes:

 Hazmat Awareness on Saturday October 24, 2015 @ 0800

Hazmat Operations on Sunday October 25, 2015

                                      Sunday November 1, 2015

                        Practical Skills day TBD at first class

To register email Lt. Bethany Thren at

Monday, October 12, 2015 
We are still "FIGHTING FOR THE CURE" anyone interested in our "Fight for A Cure" t-shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness can place their order by contacting Bethany @ 610-562-6972 or email:


Fighting For A Cure FUndraiser
Friday, July 31, 2015 
Sunday, September 28, 2014 
Hamburg Fire Co is the host of the Hahn Motors Reunion and Muster on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Looking for all makes of apparatus to participate. The day will include a parade, muster, flea market and much more. Looking forward to sharing the HAHN pride! Please see the attached flyers for event registration and days activities.

Rescue and EMS Due on Tilden MVA
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 
units were sent for a injury MVA, D61-1 Miller came across the MVA, units form 61 alerted to EMS with patient care, and transport, fire police closed the roadway. No Entrapment was found on scene, rescue 61 to assist with Patient care and fluids. Tilden PD assisted as well as HEMS, Schuylkill Valley and Mulhenburg EMS

Chimney Fire in Shoey Brings in Ladder 61
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 
Crews from 61 were sent to assist Co 40 with a reported chimney fire, Deputy 40 arrived with a possible chimney fire requested co 40 and ladder 61 to continue in with the rest of the structure fire dispatch. Ladder 61 took A side and crews went to work throwing ground ladders and laddering the main roof, where they placed chimney operations in-services while other crews worked to clean inside fire box area. No Extension found, roof opps dropped chains to clear block. Deputy 40 Delong had command crews extinguished the fire and returned into service.  Units on the scene were 40, 61, 38, 37 and EMS

Pictures from Berks Fire Alerts

78 Tractor Trialer Fire Brings Multi Alarms
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 

Firefighters say a brake malfunction sparked a raging tractor trailer fire on I-78 Monday night in Windsor Township.

Part of the highway had to be closed while crews responded to fight the flames.

The truck was hauling merchandise for Dollar General.

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Pictures via Berks County Fire Alerts Admin

Tilden Township Entrapment on 78
Thursday, February 27, 2014 
TILDEN TWP., Pa. - WFMZ News  

Travel on Interstate 78 in Berks County was halted for a time Thursday morning while crews airlifted a truck driver to the hospital.

A helicopter landed on I-78 near mile marker 26.4 in Tilden Twp. after a truck carrying a clay-type material rolled over on its side, trapping the driver.

Police closed the interstate in both directions while the chopper landed on the highway.  The accident happened between Hamburg and Shartlesville.

There's no word on the condition of the driver or what may have caused the accident, which happened around 10:30 a.m.

Eastbound lanes were  open, but the right lane in the westbound lane was closed while crews work cleaned up the mess. All westbound lanes reopened around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Rescue 61 due on Car Into Ditch in Hamburg
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 
R61 was sent on a non injury MVA, due to ice on roadway a car left roadway and got hung up. Driver and passengers not hurt just could not exit car. R61 arrived and provided stabilization to free occupants.Rescue 61 placed into service while Patriot Towing Assisted on call with Hamburg PD .

Dual Calls Bring in AFA and Building Collapse
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 
61 was alerted for a a dual call run. D61-1 Miller took in the AFA at the Blue Mountain Academy- Reports of a false alarm and detector from staff on site. D6-2 Emes took in reports of a building Collapse. The department split up and handled both calls. Due to heavy snow falls a exterior roof collapsed no structure damage found. Crews assisted with isolating roof and clearing egress for apartment building. Hamburg PD assisted. D61-1 Miller cleared Tilden AFA due to a malfunction detector.

Chief 61 Hatt and Hamburg Codes called regarding call.

Structure Fire Turns Into Dumpster Fire At Lowes
Monday, February 17, 2014 
The Tilden Township Structure Assignment was sent to Lowes on Tilden Ridge for a reported dwelling fire, Upon Chief 61 Hatt response Berks advised from a unknown Firefighter on scene with a dumpster fire to the rear of the store. Chief 61 Hatt on scene with a working fire he has all units continue in due to the compactor being attached to the compact shoot to the rear of the building Chief 61 placed 61 command into service. Multiple units went into service with RE61 stretching two hand lines for primary attack and the second for exposure control. Ladder 33 took as side to deal with smoke in the building, tankers and units form the other companies went to man power until the fire and Dumpster were removed and contents removed before the fire was placed under control. Units cleared following over haul.

Units on call 61, 40, 33, 41, 50, 77 EMS Tilden Township Road Crew and Trail Towing Heavy Duty

Be Careful Shoveling Snow
Sunday, February 16, 2014 
Article By The American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association says that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, stating that the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts can strain a person’s heart.

To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association has compiled a list of practical tips.
·         Give yourself a break. Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling so you don’t overstress your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks. 
·         Don’t eat a heavy meal prior or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart.   
·         Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. The act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure acutely during the lift. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times, than to lug a few huge shovelfuls of snow. When possible, simply push the snow.
·         Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1
·         Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol may increase a person’s sensation of warmth and may cause them to underestimate the extra strain their body is under in the cold. 
·         Consult a doctor. If you have a medical condition, don’t exercise on a regular basis or are middle aged or older, meet with your doctor prior to the first anticipated snowfall.
·         Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers forming a protective insulation. Wear a hat because much of your body’s heat can be lost through your head. 
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
·         Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.   
·         Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.   
·         Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.  
·         Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness       
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff is also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room. If you can’t access EMS, have someone drive you to the hospital right away. If you’re the one having symptoms, don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option. 


American Heart Association
Snow Has Impact On Roofs
Sunday, February 16, 2014 
Due to the last several storms, heavy ice and snow build up have caused concerns for residents, we urge residents to please check your rooks for build up, to prevent roof collapses. Members gathered to help clear snow from the roof of the Field House, this gave members the chance to do some ladder and rope operations while clearing weight from the roof of our building.

Working Fire In Tilden
Sunday, February 16, 2014 
TILDEN TWP, Pa. - Story By WFMZ News

A 200-year-old log cabin was destroyed by a fire in Berks County early Thursday, and the weather added an extra degree of difficulty for firefighters.

The first call came in around 3:20 a.m. for firefighters to respond to Fisher Dam and River roads, adjacent to the Schuylkill River in Tilden Township.

By the time the Hamburg fire chief arrived on the scene, the cabin was fully involved in fire and 3/4 of the structure had already collapsed.

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Fire officials said the weather provided extra challenges for crews. Chunks of ice made it unsafe for firefighters and the slippery conditions made it difficult for trucks to get there.

Multiple fire departments from throughout the county responded to the fire and they left the scene by 6:30 a.m.

The building was a total loss. No one was injured.

Investigators have not yet determined how the fire started.

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Fire damages house in Port Clinton
Friday, February 7, 2014 
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Reading Eagle - Story

A Port Clinton home sustained heavy damage in a fire, officials said Monday.

The fire started Sunday about 7 p.m. at 51 South St., just north of the Berks County line, forcing out the two adults and two children who resided there, said Jarrod Emes, Hamburg Fire Department deputy chief.

No one was hurt but the home's first and second floors were heavily damaged, he said.

The fire required several departments from northern Berks and southern Schuylkill counties to extinguish, in part because of the property's rural location and limited access, Emes said.

Water was limited, so several tankers were used.

The cause is still under investigation, but it's not suspicious, Emes said.

Officials did not release the name of the family, which is staying elsewhere with Red Cross assistance.

There were also about a dozen pets in the home and they survived, Emes said.

The Schuylkill County SPCA is assisting, he said.

Officials did not have a damage estimate.


pictures from reading eagle/ prh news


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