2013 Run Stats

 2013
*Chief Hart Promoted June 1st
Engine 13,250
Engine 31,754
Engine 51,365
Engine 71,660
Engine 91,657
Ladder 1
1,262 
Ladder 31,000
Tower 11,119
Rescue 11,143
EMS16,773
EMS Missed
1,095
Jobs239
Car 6-Kemery1,959
Car 7-Lessar1,815
Car 8-Born1,613
*Car 9-Hart763
Total FD Runs8,626

Reserve Appartatus

Engine 2
Plum & Franklin
Engine 4
Southwest
Engine 6
8th & Court
Engine 8
3rd & Court
Engine 12
Riverside
Ladder 2
Southwest
Rescue 2
Plum & Franklin
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The Reading Area Firefighters Museum is committed to the preservation of the 1876 built structure at South Fifth & Laurel Streets, Reading, PA. This includes the building contents consisting of firefighting memorabilia, antique furnishings, and the John Wanamaker designed "best room". The museum will serve as a permanent facility for the public exhibition and the safe storage of items related to the history of firefighting in the Reading & Berks County area.

The Liberty Fire Company No. 5

The firehouse, located at the southeast corner of South Fifth and Laurel Streets in the Callowhill Historic District, is one of the most important architectural and historic landmarks in the City of Reading and Berks County. The site has functioned as a fire company's headquarters since 1854, on the same site but in a building demolished in 1875 for the construction of the present facility. In 2010, the city vacated the structure, moving it's sole Engine company to a new quarters in the 18th ward. The station was sold to the city to be operated as a fire museum.


 

 

Model of Company's First Steam Engine

The unusual combination of utilitarian purpose and architectural quality of the structure and its intact original character makes it one of the best preserved historical landmarks in the city and county. Numerous tours have been conducted through the building and without exception of the tour participants, whatever their age, background or experience, has been genuine surprise mixed with respect and appreciation for the elegance and beauty of the rooms.

 

 

A task force has been formed to restore and preserve the station, and has already begun restoration efforts. The official incorporated group is known as the Reading Area Fire-Fighters Museum, Inc. It is a Pennsylvania 501(C)(3) Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to funds received through a State grant, the organization launched two official fundraisers for the restoration; an authentic reproduction of The 1938 History of the Reading Fire Department and a second book titled Reading Firefighting.  Both are available for $20, and can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Borders, the Berks County Historical Society and the Fire Administration Office in City Hall.

                                                                              

 

To arrange a tour of the Museum,

please contact the Fire Chief's Office 610-655-6080
 

To Contact the museum click here

Fire Museum Officials
President William Rehr III
Vice President Terry Francis
Secretary Larry Wiskeyman
Treasurer Earl Bansner
Restoration Specialist Ralph Bascelli


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