California Fire Volunteer
Crews came from all directions, deploying manpower, high-water vehicles, swift-water rescue equipment, even boats, during severe flash floods that occurred in several communities.
When nearly everyone was hunkered down — or should have been — last Sunday afternoon while heavy rains pounded most of Berks County, a cohort of dedicated, selfless servants grabbed their waterproof boots and gear and headed out.
Firefighters, most of them volunteers, would spend as many as 12 hours rescuing individuals trapped by floodwater in their homes and vehicles, pumping out basements and addressing an array of other problems.
The Blandon Fire Company, an entirely volunteer department, posted a message early last week to let the community know what it was up against, implore patience from those awaiting water-removal assistance and express gratitude for the assistance it it received from other fire and rescue units.