Department of Fire and Rescue Response to COVID-19.

Thank you for visiting our webpage. We are here to help.

  • Department of Fire and Rescue
    • There are no changes to emergency services. Our Department will continue to respond to emergency calls. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1
    • Most non-emergency activities, such as public outreach programs, are temporarily suspended
  • Emergency Medical Services Division
    • Ambulances will continue to operate and respond to emergencies
    • For non-emergency questions regarding COVID-19, please go to the Berks County Department of Emergency Services website at

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.


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Fire Chief William Stoudt Jr.

815 Washington Street, Suite 1-41
Reading, PA 19601-3690
Phone: 610-655-6080
Fax: 610-655-6395
On-Line Contact Form

The personnel of the Reading Fire Department proudly carry out the true meaning of tradition, known by their fire service across the country. These brave men and women accept the challenges of today and are poised to meet the challenges of the future.

Our Vision

To provide exemplary fire and rescue service contributing to the vitality of our community.

Our Mission

Dedicated to preserving life and property through fire suppression and pre-hospital medical care activities, fire prevention, public outreach, and emergency planning.

Our Values

Respect ♦ Communication ♦ Accountability ♦ Transparency ♦ Integrity

Our Goals

  • To ensure Department readiness and leadership development.
  • To reduce the number of fires and the cascading effects of these events.
  • To increase the safety to the members of the Department.
  • To reflect the community we serve by successfully recruiting a diverse workforce.

Our Objectives

  • Enhance our abilities by pre-incident planning, training, and professional development.
  • Use emerging technologies to effectively deliver the appropriate level of service.
  • Ensure health and wellness by collaborating with local health & fitness entities.
  • Broadening our scope of service by reaching all segments of the community through outreach.