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Reading  is a city located in Berks County, and it is Pennsylvania's fifth most populous city. The city has a population of approximately 87,812 and Reading has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the nation.
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Reading Department of Fire & Rescue Services  -  Stations & Apparatus
The Reading Department of Fire & Rescue Services - consists of about 124 full-time uniformed personnel and 2 civilian employees. Approximately 6 certified volunteer firefighters supplement the paid force. Officially known as the Department of Fire & Rescue Services, the City operates seven engine companies, three ladder companies, and a heavy rescue unit out of seven fire stations.

Minimum manning per shift is 18 including a Lieutenant. Staffing per shift is 18 with 3 jumpers.

In January, 2001, the City took over Emergency Medical Services (from a private provider), which is now under the direction of the Fire Chief. The EMS Division consists of one Deputy Chief/EMS Manager (non-union), 24 paramedics, 3 wheelchair van drivers and 1 transport clerk/coordinator. All firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, and to supplement the ambulances, the engine companies are equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AED) and oxygen to provide first-responder capabilities in their districts.

Reading firefighters are members of the IAFF Local 1803
Reading Dept of Fire & Rescue Services 815 Washington Street Reading 610-655-6080
Station Engine Truck Special Units & Ambulance Address Neighborhood
1 Eng 1   Res Eng 6 North 8th & Court Station Center City
2   Tower 1 Rescue 1, Res Rescue 2, Res Eng 2, 2nd Deputy Chief Plum Street & Franklin Street South Central
3 Eng 3 Ladder 1 Brush 3, Res Eng 8, 1st Deputy Chief North 3rd & Court Station Central West
5 Eng 5   Res Eng 4, Res Ladder 2 101 Lancaster AVE Southwest Station
7 Eng 7   Res Eng 12, Brush 2, Amb 6, Marine 1, Utility 12, Foam, MCI McKnight & West Spring Street North West
9 Eng 9 Ladder 3   North 9th & Marion Street North East
EMS Station     Medics 1, 2, 3, 4, R Medics 5, 8, Res Amb 7 Walnut Street & Reed Street  
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