Welcome to The Township of Spring Fire Department

To our West Lawn Community
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 
January 13, 2014 Dear Neighbors, As most of you probably are aware, Ron Wentzel, who has served our community as a firefighter, EMT and police officer, has passed away at far too young an age, leaving behind a wife and young son. Ron was well known both locally and nationally. Most importantly, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Ron will be memorialized at Advent Lutheran. This will involve many members of the emergency services as well as countless others touched by him in his life. His casket will be brought to the church on a fire engine. We will be transferring his casket from the fire engine into the church for a viewing and final memorial service. We will return him to the engine for a last trip to his fire station in Sinking Spring and on to his final resting place at Pleasant View Cemetery. We anticipate that this will occur sometime around 11:00am Friday January 17, 2014. What this means to you our neighbors is that we will be asking for your understanding and cooperation for a few hours that day as we try to accommodate Ron’s family and friends, along with the many mourners who will be paying tribute to him. We will have to ask for some temporary street closures in the neighborhood and reroute traffic accordingly. As such, we apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause and ask for your cooperation and understanding as we go through this difficult process. Please feel free to join us that day as we pay tribute to our brother. Also please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the activities. With grateful appreciation, The personnel of the Township of Spring Fire and Rescue Service

Remembering Moose
Sunday, January 12, 2014 
Ronald E. “Moose” Wentzel, Jr., 51, died January 12, 2014 in his Spring Township residence. He was the husband of Dianne L. (Berkel) Wentzel, whom he married April 6, 2002. Born November 13, 1962 in Reading, PA, he was a son of Jeanne E. (Miller), wife of Thomas Weidner of Sinking Spring and the late Ronald E. Wentzel Sr. Ronnie was the proud father of Joshua James Wentzel, a third grader at Whitfield Elementary School. He is also survived by a grandmother, Ruth E. Weidner of Douglassville and a brother, Jeffrey, husband of Jennifer L. Weidner of Sinking Spring. He was a 1980 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, 1984 graduate of the Reading Police Academy and a 1989 graduate of the Reading Fire Academy. Ronnie was a member of Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn. He was employed as a police officer with numerous Berks County Police Departments and was most proud of being the Police Chief of the West Lawn Police Department. Ronnie then started his firefighting career in 1989 with the City of Reading Fire Department, working his way through the ranks from Firefighter, Training Lieutenant and last working as a First Deputy Fire Chief, “Car 4”. He has earned many certifications throughout his career, including Firefighter III; Fire Officer II; Fire Instructor I and Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator. Some of Ronnie’s numerous memberships including, International Association of Firefighters, Local 1803; PA Association of Arson Investigators (P.A.A.I); National Association of Fire Investigators (N.A.F.I); International Association of Arson Investigators (N.A.A.I); Keystone Chapter of Fire Service Instructors and PA Local Level Instructor. He was also employed 12 years with the NHRA on the Safety Safari Team, traveling along the east coast for the National and Division 1 events. He dedicated his life to volunteering, starting as a Junior Firefighter with the Keystone Fire Company of Shillington and joining several other Berks County Fire Departments over his 30 + years of service. He served as the Fire Chief of Liberty Fire Company of Sinking Spring until the creation of the Western Berks Fire Department, where he became a Deputy Fire Chief. Ronnie was also a certified EMT; first serving with Governor Mifflin Ambulance and later with Western Berks Ambulance Association and was a member of the Incident Management Team of the East Central Task Force and the Fire & Rescue & Hazmat Committee for East Central Task Force. Services will be held Friday at 11:00 am in Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Ave., West Lawn, PA 19609. Viewings will be held Thursday evening, 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Friday morning 8:00 – 10:00 am in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to Joshua J. Wentzel, (for the benefit of his education), c/o Fulton Bank, 2100 Van Reed Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610. For online condolences, visit www.kuhnfuneralhome.com

Memorial for Ronnie "Moose" Wentzel
Sunday, January 12, 2014 
It is with deep regret that the Western Berks Fire Department announces the passing of Deputy Fire Chief Ronald E. Wentzel, Jr. Chief Wentzel served as Deputy Chief since its establishment in 2009 and also in a variety of leadership positions with the Liberty Fire Co. of Sinking Spring prior to its consolidation in 2009. Chief Wentzel impacted countless number of lives as a public servant in the police, fire, and emergency medical fields for over forty decades throughout Berks County. Chief Wentzel’s knowledge and expertise in public safety extended nationwide as a local-level fire instructor with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, a member of the NHRA Safety Safari, and a member of the East Central PA Incident Management Team. Services for Chief Wentzel have been scheduled as follows; A viewing will be held at the Kuhn Funeral Home located at 8th & Penn Ave. in West Reading Borough on 01/16/2014 from 1600 – 2100 A second viewing will be held at the Kuhn Funeral home on 01/17/2014 from 0800-1000 prior to the memorial service. A procession will occur from the funeral home to the church. A memorial service will take place on 01/17/2014 beginning at 1100 at the Advent Lutheran Church located at 16 Telford Ave. in West Lawn. Final internment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery located on Fritztown Rd. in Spring Township. At the conclusion of the memorial service, a procession involving fire department, police, and EMS vehicles will transport Chief Wentzel to his final resting place. A map of the processional route can be downloaded by clicking here. Individuals and/or organizations from public safety agencies that are planning on attending as an organization and bringing apparatus to the services, please click here for information relative to the services. **Because Chief Wentzel has impacted so many lives, it is anticipated that the attendance at the viewing and memorial services will be extremely large. With this in mind, it is recommend that individuals attending any of the services carpool with other individuals to limit the number of vehicles.

Public Safety Information
Sunday, January 12, 2014 
As many of you are aware, Ron was diagnosed with cancer several years ago and fought this battle courageously for over two years. With the recent enactment of the Cancer Presumption Law, Ron’s passing is classified as a line of duty death (LODD), therefore he is being honored with a full LODD service. In preparation for the services, we are asking for the following; • We encourage you to bring apparatus, however we ask that you limit the number due to staging concerns. During the procession, emergency lighting will/will not be used. • Personnel wearing department uniforms should have badge covers in place; • The procession from the funeral home to the church will be limited in participation as it is important to expeditiously arrive at the church; • The procession from the church to the cemetery will take the following route; o Noble St. to Woodside Ave. o Woodside Ave. to Penn Ave. o Penn Ave. to Park Ave. o Park Ave. to Ruth St. o Ruth St. to Station 2 18-2 (E182 will be transporting Ron and will back in to Station 2 momentarily and then pull out sounding the siren) o Station 18-2 to Woodrow Ave. o Woodrow Ave. to Columbia Ave. o Columbia Ave. to Fritztown Rd. o Fritztown Rd. to Cemetery o All apparatus will park on the Steelco property

In the season of helping
Friday, December 20, 2013 
Due to continuing mechanical issues, Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services will be using an engine loaned to us by Wyomissing Fire Department. We extend our gratitude to Wyomissing. Rest assured, we will continue to provide the same service and dedication that we pride ourselves on!

Vehicle Accident With Fire
Sunday, November 17, 2013 
At 0217 Companies 85 and 650 were dispatched to Rt 222 S/B near Grings Hill Rd for a reported accident with a vehicle into a wall.   RE85 located the accident on RT 222 S/B just past Rt 724 Car into the wall on Fire.  No injuries. Fire was extinguished.

Two accidents with confinement
Thursday, November 14, 2013 
At 0846 Companies 85 & 650 were dispatched to the 1700bl of Van Reed Rd for a reported accident with unknown injuries. RE85 arrived and was advised by EMS the driver was confined. Assignment was upgraded which added E79.  Crews stabilized the car and removed the roof and drivers side door then extricated the pt onto a LBB.  At 0911 Companies 79, 85 and 650 were dispatched to Rt 422 in the area of State Hill Rd for a report accident with confinement.  Crews performed a door pop and assisted EMS with a backboard extrication. 

The Company responded to two other calls throughout the day. At 0034 RE85 responded to 914 Penn Ave in Wyomissing for a CO alarm, covering for Co#79  

2229-Odor of Natural Gas a 404 Apache Dr

Van Reed Rd
   Van Reed Rd
RT 422
   RT 422
Busy Wednesday For The 85 House
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 
Wednesday was another busy day for the 85 House running a total eight calls throughout the day.

1020-AFA at the Wilson High School  Lower House

1517- MVA on Heather Lane

1558- AFA Bayberry Lane in Lower Heidelberg Twp. Assisting Co#18

1958-RIT response to Kutztown Rd in Muhlenberg Twp.

2052-AFA on Apache Dr

2310-Dumpster Fire on Quarry Dr

2321-Possible structure fire at Taco Bell Assisting Co#79

2335-Commercial Structure Fire on Commerce Dr

Accident with Injuries
Sunday, November 10, 2013 
At 0144 Companies 85 & 650 were dispatched to Woodside Ave & Grandview Blvd for an accident with injuries. Units arrived on scene to find one vehicle into a tree in the area of Grandview Blvd and Wyomissing Hills Blvd. Co#79 OIC contacted and advised 85 to handle.   Assisted EMS with a backboard extrication and applied oil dry to fluids down. Later in the day at 1343 E85-2 responded to the Grecian Terrace Apts for an AFA assisting Co#18

Fire Police Assist With Traffic For Toys For Tots Ride
Sunday, November 3, 2013 

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Daylight Savings is this Sunday!
   Daylight Savings is this Sunday!
Thursday, October 31, 2013 

Two Alarm Structure Fire On Van Reed Rd
Sunday, October 27, 2013 
At 1452 Company 85, E18-4, E55, E64, Tower 79, L64, R11 (RIT) and 650 were dispatched to 1750 Van Reed Rd for a reported house on fire.  FC 43 arrived on scene and reported a working fire and requested the Zone 4 Tanker Task Force.  Crews started an interior attack until conditions began to deteriorate. 2nd alarm was requested and Command ordered the building evacuated and a defensive attack was initiated. Units and personnel operated on scene until 1947.

During the early morning hours Engine 85-2 responded to Old Fritztown Rd and Martins Rd for a suit case on fire in the middle of the road.

while units were operating at the Van Reed Rd fire. Standby Companies covered two calls in Spring Twp.

At 1513 Rescue/Engine 36 responded to Ellen Ave for a transformer fire.

1737 RE36, Tower 42 and Lancaster E-11-1 responded to Beverly Court an AFA caused by burnt food.

2315 AFA at Party City in the Broadcasting Sq shopping center

Photo Credit:  Ron Zdunowski and Steve Spies(Greenfields Fire Co)

Working Hay Truck Fire
Saturday, October 26, 2013 
At 0717 Companies 85, 42, Lancaster 11, and 72 were dispatched to Rt 222 south of Mohns Hill for a reported hay truck on fire. Engine 85-2 arrived on scene and reported a working fire. Burning hay bales were removed from the truck and torn apart. Fire was extinguished.  The rest of the day was busy with a total of six additional calls.

0823- While Engine 85-2 was still on scene of the hay truck fire, Rescue/Engine 85 responded to Rt 222 S/B in Cumru Twp to assist Co#42 on an accident with injuries

0931- AFA 100 N Park Rd Assisting Co#79

0943-Carbon Monoxide Alarm at a residence on Arrow Head Trail

1115- AFA 928 Penn Ave Assisting Co#79

1630- AFA 225 E.Wyomissing Blvd  Assisting Co#57

2243- Pedestrian Accident Penn Ave & Park Ave Assisting Co#18 and 650

Busy Monday For The 85 House
Monday, October 21, 2013 
The week started out busy for the 85 House, running a total of seven calls throughout the day.

0207-RIT response to N.Centre Ave in Leesport for a possible structure fire

0813- Fire Police assisted with traffic control for an overturned dump on Rt 183 in the area of Rt 222 in Bern Twp.

0854- RIT response to Ulrich Lane in Bern Twp. for a possible structure fire

1020- Fire Police assisted with traffic control for debris on the roadway. West Wyomisssing Blvd & 724

1523- Accident with fluids down. Broadcasting Rd & Papermill Rd

1557-Wilderness Rescue 947 Old Lancaster Pike Assisting Co#42 with extrication of a hunter that fell from a tree stand

2239- Reported Barn Fire on Evans Hill Rd in Lower Heidelberg Twp. Assisting Co#18.

Working Vehicle Fire
Thursday, October 17, 2013 
At 1127 Company 85 and Engine 18-2 were dispatched to Joshua Dr for a reported vehicle fire. Chief 85 arrived on scene and reported a working fire which was being feed by a burning propane cylinder. Fire was extinguished quickly by personnel from Companies 85 and 18

Later in the day the company responded to three other calls.

1320- Accident with injuries Ethan Dr and Papermill Rd

1958- Mulch fire on Commerce Dr

2218- AFA 2400 Garfield Ave caused by burnt food

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