Berks County Fire Services Working Group

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Berks County Fire Service Working Group to accurately and effectively represent the views and needs of all the fire and rescue organizations throughout Berks County to the Berks County Department of Emergency Services; and to bring forth recommendations regarding representation, projects, policies and guidelines in support of improvements to the operation of the Berks County fire service. In this role, the Berks County Fire Service Working Group serves to improve the overall level of communication between and among all Berks County Fire Service organizations, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services, and bodies representative of other emergency services disciplines in Berks County.

About Us: The Berks County Fire Services Working Group first met in March of 2005. This group represents the interests of Berks County's fire departments on issues of a countywide nature.

The group was formed at the request of the Berks County Fire Chief's Association (BCFA) during their November 2004 meeting. Declining membership, and the distancing of active members from day to day operations in their fire departments created a situation in which the BCFCA was unable to represent the needs of the fire service to county agencies. BCFA requested that Berks County Emergency Management solicit input from each of the fire zones in the county to better find this representation.


The current committee consists of two members from each county fire zone. Meetings are held as needed and are called by the committee chairperson. Members provide reports to their respective zone and solicit input from the zone companies on issues of importance. In cases where no active zone exists, the members share information by direct contact with zone fire chiefs. Members of this group represent the interests of the Berks County Fire Service on the regional fire/rescue committee of the East Central PA Regional Task Force.


Current Committee Members


Name ​Title ​Representing
Chris Stevens ​Chairperson ​Zone 5 & 6
Matt Brett ​Vice Chair        ​Zone 1 
Vacant ​Secretary ​Zone
Chris Bickings ​Member ​Zone 5 & 6
​Todd Boughter ​​Member ​Berks County DES
​Dean Dalious ​​Member ​Zone 2
​Richard Deppen ​Member ​DCNR/Forestry
Lester Feick​ ​Member ​Zone 3
Tony Flores ​Member ​Berks County DES
Eric Fox ​Member ​Zone 5 & 6
Brian Gottschall Member ​Berks County DES
​Leon Grim ​Member ​Berks County Firemen's Assn.
​Corey Houser ​Alternate ​Zone 3
​Josh Keller ​Member ​Zone 4
​Tom Kemery ​​Member Zone 7​
Ethan Kunkel ​Member ​Zone 1
Scot Landis ​Member East Central Task Force
​Michael Lessar ​Alternate East Central Task Force
Bob Martin ​Member ​Zone 3
​Randy Minninger ​Member ​Berks County Fire Police Assn.
​Ken Quell ​Member ​Zone 2
​Cody Rahn ​Alternate ​Zone 2
​Tom Rehr Alternate ​Zone 7
​Chris Schaeffer ​Member ​Zone 5 & 6
​Bob Snyder ​Member Zone 4, ​Fire Training Committee
​Brian Thorpe ​Alternate ​Zone 7
​Roger Weidenheimer  Member ​Berks County Firemen's Assn.
​Christina Wood ​Member ​Berks County DES
​Ron Wentzel Vice Chair Emeritus    ​Zone 7


Current & Future Projects

- Progress in a NIMS compliant county-wide incident management system that will ensure that each company is operating in concert with its municipality's emergency operations plan and current federal requirements. This project includes establishing standards for apparatus designators.

- Assistance in the deployment is a task force-wide accountability, identification, and resource management system that will be made available to every response organization in Berks County.

- Interfacing with the Berks County Communications Center on issues concerning the deployment of a new computer aided dispatch (CAD) system.


Past Projects


- Securing of funding to implement a field mass decontamination team in Berks County. (PROJECT COMPLETED - MASS DECONTAMINATION RESOURCES DEPLOYED TO EXETER TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT).


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