The Info List - Reading Fire Department

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The Reading Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Reading, Pennsylvania.[5] The department is responsible for approximately 10 square miles (26 km2) with a population of just under 90,000 as of the 2013 United States Census Bureau estimate[update].[6] History[edit] The Reading Fire Department was formed on March 17, 1773 as a volunteer fire department known as the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company.[7] By 1914 the department had grown to include 14 separate volunteer companies. Today, the department operates out of 7 fire stations, including 1 EMS Station. The department's volunteer scuba rescue team responds to water emergencies in the Schuylkill River as well as other bodies of water within the city and neighboring communities.[8] Beginning in April 2011 Engine's 13 and 14 were disbanded due to budget cuts.[9] Starting June 30, 2015 the city will also be disbanding its non-emergency transport division which had been available to assist in transporting those confined to a wheeled chair.[10] As of January 1, 2016, the department is now a fully career department.[citation needed] Stations and apparatus[edit] As of June 2015[update] below is a complete list of the stations and apparatus.[4]

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Reserve Unit Chief Neighborhood

Engine 1

Engine 6

Center City

Engine 3 Ladder 1

Engine 8 Deputy Chief Central West

Engine 5

Engine 4, Ladder 2

18th Ward

Engine 9 Ladder 3


Engine 7

Brush 2, Foam Trailer, MCI Trailer, Rescue Boat Engine 12, Ambulance 6, Ambulance 7


Tower 1 Rescue 1 Engine 2, Rescue 2 Platoon Chief South Central

Medic 1, Medic 2, Medic 3, Medic 4 Medic 5, Medic 8

Center City


^ "Call Statistics". Reading PA Fire. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ "2015 City Budget Position Listing". City of Reading PA. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ "2015 City Budget Expenditures". City of Reading PA. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ a b "Stations & Apparatus". Reading PA Fire. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ "About Us". Reading PA Fire. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-11.  ^ "History". Reading PA Fire. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ Kahl, Jason (15 May 2012). "Reading Scuba Rescue Team: Going below and beyond the call". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ "2 Engine Companies Disbanded". Reading PA Fire. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  ^ Spatz, Don (21 April 2015). "Reading to end nonemergency transportation service for people in wheelchairs". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 

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