Fire safety programs are available for schools, senior citizen groups, and industries; in addition, tours of one of our six fire stations can be arraigned for groups of up to 30 individuals (larger groups are invited to arrange multiple tours). Arrangements may be made by contacting Brian Smith, Administrative Officer, at 610-655-6081, by email at, or by completing this form and faxing it to: 610-655-6395 or by mailing it to:

Department of Fire
815 Washington Street, Suite 1-41
Reading, PA 19601

Roughly 70 percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are the great safety success story of the 20th century – but only when they’re working properly. Making sure that homes are equipped with working smoke alarms is only part of the solution. Kids and families must also know what to do when the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way. Make sure that you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

Choose an outside meeting place (a neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.


The City of Reading, PA – Department OF Fire & Rescue Services reminds City of Reading and all Berks County residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’!!!!
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said City of Reading Fire Marshal Todd M. Iaeger. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
Statistics show that the fight against fire is a fight we are all in together.  Please join in this comprehensive effort to spread the fire and life safety message by taking time to examine your kitchen and make it fire safe based on the above fire safety tips.   More information on fire prevention and safety can be found at
Fire tragedies have touched the lives of people everywhere in all age groups and walks of life.


Fire Marshal
Department of Fire & Rescue Services
Office of the Fire Marshal
City of Reading, PA 19061