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Richard "Slim" Oswald
May 17th, 2016

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of lifetime member and former zone 6 director Richard "Slim" Oswald. Richard passed away on Saturday May 14th at the Reading Hospital. His Obituary is listed below from the Stitzel Funeral Home website.

Richard D. “Slim” Oswald, 72, of Boyertown, passed away May 14, 2016 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

He was the companion of Diane Bender.

Born October 28, 1943, he was a son of the late Merlin Oswald and Edna C. (Mest) Carl.

Richard attended Boyertown High School and was a member of St. Joseph’s (Hill) Lutheran Church, Boyertown

He was employed as a truck driver for various companies last employed by Christel in Bechtelsville, PA and worked as a security guard at the Oley Valley High School and the Oley Fair.

Richard was a member of Earl Township Fire Company where he served as captain of the fire police. He also was a member of the Oley Fire Company, Bechtelsville Fire Company and various other fire companies.

He was a life member of the Fire Police Association of Berks County and a life member of the Pike Township Sportsman Club.

Richard loved to dance at hoe downs and enjoyed square dancing.  He also enjoyed roller skating.

Surviving are his sister; Catherine L. wife of George Davidheiser, Boyertown, a brother David A. Carl, Bridgeport, and a half-sister Mindy Miller, West Lawn and Cindy, wife of David Swann of Mertztown.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his half-sister Karen Lenhart.

Services will be Thursday at 11 A.M. from St. Joseph (Hill) Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown. Viewings will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stitzel Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 423 Main Street, Oley and again on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at St. Joseph (Hill) Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Earl Township Fire Company, 1340 Ironstone Drive, Boyertown, PA 19512.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Stitzel Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 423 Main Street.

If any fire police with the Berks County Fire Police Association would like to help serve as honor guard on Wednesday evening, please be at the funeral home at 4:30 PM in full dress uniform.

Anyone wishing to help at the viewing on Thursday are to be at the church at 9:00 AM in full dress uniform. The morning viewing is from 9:30 AM till 11:00 AM, funeral service will begin at 11:00.

If you need more information please contact Vice President Randy Minninger at


Basic Fire Police Classes Are Full
April 4th, 2016

All of the new Revised Basic Fire Police Classes that are on our 2016 training schedule for April, May, July and August are now full. There are no other Basic Fire Police classes being scheduled by the association at this time for 2016.

Letter To Agencies
December 17th, 2015

Public Safety Partner,

We are taking this opportunity to make Agencies aware of the services the Association offers and some of the changes to the Fire Police Discipline that have occurred in 2015.

In January 2015 the National Fire Protection Association adopted NFPA Standard 1091 which established traffic control guidelines for the Fire Service. In turn, the Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner’s Office has been working most of this year to develop a Revised Basic Fire Police Course to meet the NFPA 1091 Standard. The New Basic Fire Police Course will involve practical skills training and testing and will go statewide January 2016. The cost of the new Basic Fire Police Training Manual will be $25.00. It is mandatory that all students attending the course purchase a training manual because the skills worksheets are provided in the manuals.

The Association will order the Basic Fire Police Training Manuals. However, book payments must be made 30 days in advance of course start date. We will host this course beginning March 5, 2016.

On our training page is the 2016 Fire Police Association of Berks County Training Schedule. Your Organization may or may not be aware that our Organization has been hosting Fire Police Track Training for Members and Member Group Line Officers free-of-charge since 2012. For 2016, we have over 140 training hours scheduled with our Bucks County Community College Training Contract. We understand that budgets are tight and hope that our training programs free up resources for other projects in your organization.

The Association purchased a new trunk system base station this year. We continue to support the VHF legacy system with a base station and 8 portables. We also have a 2000 watt Honda generator and shelter available by request for emergencies or non-emergencies. We provide business liability insurance for sponsored training and functions and sick and accident coverage for members.

We would like to Thank You for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions, questions or comments.

Yours in Public Safety
Executive Committee
Fire Police Association of Berks County

Association Receives Donation From Met-Ed
December 16th 2015

On Monday December 7th 2015 the Fire Police Association of Berks County was presented with a $1,500.00 donation from Met-Ed. According to Ed Shuttleworth Regional President for Met-Ed "Fire Police provide a valuable service to the communities of Berks County."

Pictured are from left to right, Peter Goda Financial Secretary, Carol Rice Grant Coordinator, Don Bailey President and Ed Shuttleworth.

We are very appreciative of the generous contribution of $1,500.00 from Met-Ed which will be used to support the Association’s program of providing training opportunities for all of its members to better serve the community.

The Fire Police Association of Berks County's position statement regarding Non-Emergency Events

December 2nd, 2014

To all Fire Police, Fire Companies/Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies, Municipalities and Event Coordinators:

The issue of Fire Police rendering assistance at non-emergency events has been confusing and problematic for years here in Berks County. For many years, the Fire Police Association of Berks County has furnished a “Request for Assistance Form” to make the process easy. As of January 1, 2013 we have eliminated and will no longer accept this document. As a service to our members and municipalities requesting non-emergency event assistance, the Association will develop a section on our website to view and download Municipal Authorizations for Non-Emergency Event Fire Police Assistance. It shall be the responsibility of the Fire Police that would like to help another municipality at non-emergency events to get the permission to do so from their municipality that grants them the authority to be Fire Police!!!

There are many different ways to gain or permanently possess this permission to serve in other municipalities for non-emergency events. It shall be the Member of the Fire Police Unit’s responsibility to know what their local policies, ordinances, resolutions and procedures are in order to render assistance in other municipalities during non-emergency events.

All non-emergency events must have the authorization of the municipality to approve the use of Fire Police at non-emergency events. The process for a Municipality to authorize the use of Fire Police at non-emergency events are accomplished many different ways: Some Municipalities grant their Municipal Police Department the authority to approve the use of Fire Police for non-emergency events. Some Municipalities do not. Some Municipalities grant their Local Fire Company/Department the authority to approve the use of Fire Police for non-emergency events. Some Municipalities do not. Some Municipalities require that all authority granted to Fire Police for non-emergency events be passed by resolution for every single event at a Municipal Meeting. Some Municipalities grant the Mayor or Chair of the Board of Supervisors the authority to approve Fire Police for non-emergency events. The Fire Police Association of Berks County will not interfere with Local Fire Police Policy.

It is the absolute right of Law for your Local Municipality to permit or deny Fire Police activity/authority at non-emergency events. If you have no permission, you violate the Law.

The person who should be coordinating Fire Police activity for non-emergency events should be the Fire Police Captain. The Fire Police Captain needs to cooperate with the Municipal Officials, Event Organizers, Police Department, Fire Company, Home Fire Police Unit and Assisting Fire Police Units. In turn when all authorizations are processed and in order, the Fire Police Association of Berks County will place the municipalities’ official authorization for Fire Police assistance on our website.

The Association is exploring alternative means of communicating with our members to help. We strongly suggest that our members attend Fire Police Meetings and State Approved Fire Police Training. We discuss many of our problems and situations at these forums and when decades of experienced people come together it may help. Also, the manpower that is needed for your non-emergency event may be at a meeting or training session and details may be worked out.

Executive Committee
Fire police Association of Berks County