There are many misconceptions about "billing" for emergency services. You may have seen news stories about Fire and Police departments billing those involved in accidents. We wanted to take a minute and explain the way we attempt to recover some of our operating costs.
#1) Many of the motor vehicle accidents we respond to involve commuter traffic, and are not Township residents.
#2) We only submit cost recovery claims to insurance companies. You, as an individual, will not see a "bill" from our department.
#3) There is no guarantee that we will receive any re-imbursement from the insurance companies.
You, as an accident or fire victim, will NOT receive a "bill" in the mail.
#4) Your insurance premium will not go up as a direct result of our cost-recovery efforts.
The insurance companies are required to set money aside for tow companies, fire departments,
and other emergency services organizations for recovery of some of their costs in providing services.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.
Back in 2004, the Vol. Barto Fire Company actively began planning for the future fire protection needs of Washington Township. Through letters to the Supervisors and Township Meetings, the Barto Fire Company has been proactive in persuing changes that we believe are needed for the present and future fire protection of this Township. One of our main goals as far back as 2004 was identifying and securing land for the purpose of building a new fire station. We believe this to be imperative, because of the increased development in our Township, and the fact that there will soon be no suitable land available to acquire for the possibility of a larger fire station. We feel that before the second phases of many of these developments start, it is imperative that we identify and acquire currently undeveloped land in order to ensure for the future fire protection of the Township.
The Barto Fire Company has put together a Community Information sheet, which can be accessed by clicking on this link. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document, which can be downloaded for free at www.adobe.com. Click on the "Get Adobe Reader" icon.
Please feel free to ask questions and give us your opinions.
The Barto Fire Company is available to fill your swimming pool, saving wear and tear on your well pump! Our tanker holds 1,800 gallons of water, and the cost per load is $75.00 for Washington Township residents. Non-residents are subject to additional cost per load. Please call 610-845-2877 and leave a message, or contact Ernest Gehman at 610-367-4049.
Reflective signs are still available for residents of Washington Township. Signs can still be purchased through the fire department at a cost of $15 for large signs (3-5 numbers), and $10 for small signs (1-2 numbers) Please contact the Barto Fire Company at 610-845-2877 for details. For more information, please see our Community page.
The Vol. Barto Fire Company, chartered in 1948, is the designated fire company of Washington Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. We protect a mostly rural 14.14 square mile area with a population of 3,354 people. Currently, we operate out of one station located on Old Route 100, just south of Barto Rd. We are a volunteer fire company, made up of approximately 20 active firefighters/fire police.
In addition to providing fire protection and supression for Washington Township, we also provide mutual aid to, and receive mutual aid from the following companies:
Goodwill Fire Company #14 of Bally
Keystone Fire Company #1 of Bechtelsville, Station #20
Sassmansville Fire Company (Montgomery County Station 68)
Hereford Fire Company #58
Seisholtsville Fire Company #39
Boyertown Friendship Fire Company #15
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