News Headlines
Fri. Nov 20th 2015
Firefighters attend annual Black & Blue Ball for MDA

On Friday evening November 20th, several Reading Firefighters attended the annual Black and Blue Ball for Muscular Dystrophy ...

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Mon. Nov 16th 2015
Firefighters Promoted

Congratulations on the following promotions per personnel directive 2015-34 effective November 16th, 20152nd Deputy...

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Wed. Nov 11th 2015
1st Deputy Chief Frank Nefos Jr.

Congratulations to 1st Deputy Chief Frank Nefos Jr. on his retirement after 27+ years of service to the City of Reading. ...

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The City of Reading

The City of Reading, PA has a population of more than 88K, and encompasses an area of 10 square miles. During the day the population can swell to greater than 90,000. There are just over 30,000 occupied dwellings, of which, about half are rental units, there are also more than 4,000 unoccupied buildings.

The City of Reading has a Crime Rate that is almost twice that of the national average, this effects our Fire Department in at least 2 ways.

  • As the EMS/First Responder provider for the Citizens, Fire & EMS respond to all of the injuries resulting from crime.

  • Fire/EMS also deals with a high arson rate and other incidents resulting from crime.

 The Department of Fire and Rescue Services
celebrates our legacy, embraces our here and now,
and strategically and creatively, plans for the future.

The Department of Fire & Rescue Services
provides the following services to our citizens:
  • Fire Suppression

  • EMS - Advanced Life Support

  • EMS - Basic Life Support

  • Rescue

  • Fire Prevention

  • Hazardous Materials Mitigation

  • Investigation

  • Inspection

  • Code Services

  • ALS/BLS Transport

  • Non-Ambulatory Transport

The Department also has an excellent pool of resources to provide these services, including:

  • Firefighters

  • Paramedic/Firefighters

  • 31 pieces of Apparatus , including 9 Frontline, 7 Reserve, 6 Specialty and 9 Medical Units

  • Mutual Aid agreements with neighboring Municipalities

For more information visit
 The City of Reading / City of Reading Fire Department

Our Web Site began in September 2002 as an outlet for numerous fire photos, to express the aspects of our work on-line. It is the 4th known site to attempt this task. The site and space are paid through merchandising, donations and contributions of pictures and narratives that are sent in by members and friends of the department.

Soon after going on line, we began to receive a large number of fire photos, including many old shots of members, apparatus and fires. These early pictures were the catalyst for what has become a successful venture. We began receiving current shots with stories and also many other pictures from activities around the department. We currently have over 7000 pictures and videos on the site. We also use the site to inform visitors of events, activities and other information on happenings within the department.

With 11 years online, we have built a close relationship with many of our visitors and have received much praise about our site from some very noteworthy individuals. We are dedicated to the membership and to the department as we strive to display the proud work of the men and women of the Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services (the Reading Fire Department.)

We're RFD Proud!


This website is independently operated and maintained. Any information contained on this site is not endorsed or approved by the Reading Fire Department. The views presented do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Reading Fire Department, Reading Firefighters Local 1803, City of Reading , or its leadership. Questionable, dishonest, or other inappropriate content may be reported to Reading Fire Department Administration at 610-655-6080.

The website is not associated with, nor do we endorse with any commercial enterprise that may have a similar name or URL.

This web page and all sub pages are private property and are the sole opinion of the owner. This page and all sub pages are in no way endorsed by the City of Reading Fire Department, the City of Reading, IAFF Local 1803 or any other agencies expressed or implied. Any information expressed on this or any pages hereafter should not be considered to be an official statement or policy by the Reading Fire Department or the City of Reading. This page and all sub pages are in no way officially connected to or by the Reading Fire Department or the City of Reading.

Any statements contained on this or any other sub page should not be constituted as official advice by or advertisement for the Reading Fire Department in any way whatsoever including employment. If you have any questions or comments please
contact us.

This site has not been paid for by the City of Reading Fire Department, or the tax payers in any way and are not to be held liable for the content of this site.

The owner cannot accept responsibility for the link sites available or the information found on them. A link does not imply that the owner endorses a particular site, neither does not linking a site imply lack of endorsement. The owner maintains no responsibility of the content of linked sites, and users access them at their own risk.

For all photos on this site every effort has been made to credit the photographer. If you see a picture you took and you are not credited then please
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