Official Website of the Fire Police Association of Berks County

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Services for Ray Delong
September 13, 2014

Ray A. DeLong, 50, of Birdsboro passed away on Thursday, 09/11/2014 in Golden Living Center

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Melvin L. and Esther (Gaugler) DeLong.

Ray was a Fire Policeman for Gibraltar Fire Company and was a volunteer in local fire services for over 35 years.

He is survived by two sisters, Linda A. Strain and Rosanna A. Marguard.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy J. DeLong

Memorial service will be Saturday September 20, 2014 at 11:00A.M. at the Pennside Presbyterian Church 253 North 25th Street Reading, PA 19606.

Gathering of friends will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Inurnment to follow at Fairview Cemetery on West Philadelphia Ave. (Rt. 73) in Boyertown.

Any fire company wishing to participate in helping lay our brother to rest please contact Chief 23 by phone 610-587-1730 or email at

Fire Police Officers interested in serving as Honor Guard are to report no later than 9:45 AM at the church.

Ray Delong Benefit
September 13, 2014

If you can't make it to the benefit but would like to donate. You can donate directly to the Gibraltar Fire Co. in memory of Ray.

R.I.P Ray Ray
September 11, 2014

We are very saddened to have been informed today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, of the passing of Ray (Ray-Ray) A. DeLong after his long and stoic battle with cancer.  Ray-Ray was in the Fire Service for over 40 years as a member of the Stonersville Fire Company and as a Fire Police Officer having served  with the Birdsboro Union Fire Department and Exeter Township Special Fire Police, and with the  Gibraltar Fire Company where he proudly ‘took ownership’ of the Traffic Unit.  After many years of faithful service to the Association, he was recently conferred as a Life Member by its members.

Details with respect to a memorial service and other information will be posted on Facebook and our Website as they become available.

With Sincere Sadness,

Your Executive Committee

Additional Basic Fire Police Training Class Scheduled
July 8th 2014

Basic Fire Police Training (Updated Training Manual, 4th Edition) - 16 Hours

Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 2014
Start Time:  8:00 am each day

Instructor: James Hunnewell


Central Berks Fire Company
111 Callowhill St., Centerport, PA  19516

Free to Berks County Fire Police Association Members and Berks County Firefighters & Officers;
Out of County or Non-Members of Association:  $25.00

Through this website or (484) 332-0126

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
January 22nd, 2014

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is available to fire police and other emergency personnel.

What is a ‘Critical Incident’?  Any situation faced by emergency service providers that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or later.  Examples:  suicides, serious injury or death of a emergency provider, prolonged incidents, injury or death of children, mass casualty incidents, threats to emergency provider’s safety, and natural disasters.

When to request the CISM Team? Any time you or other emergency responders are having difficulty dealing with an incident or the situation suggests intervention.

Samples of Stress Symptoms:

Cognitive (Thinking) –
concentration, memory, attention span, calculations, decision-making, problem solving.
Emotional (Feelings) – Loss of emotional control, grief, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, feeling lost, overwhelmed.
Physical Body) – muscle tremors, chest pain, gastrointestinal issues, difficulty breathing, headaches, elevated blood pressure.
Behavioral (Actions) - Excessive silence, sleep disturbance, unusual behavior, change in eating habits, withdrawal from contact, change in work habits.

What kind of "Help" is available? Depending on circumstances, services may include: Pre-Incident Education and Information, On-Scene Support, Defusing, Debriefing, Crisis Management Briefings, Individual and Family Contacts, Referrals and Follow-Up.

Who is the service provider? Eastern PA EMS Council.

When requesting "Help" needed information:

Name and phone number of contact person
Type of incident and incident location
Approximate number of involved personnel

How is the CISM team contacted? Through your chain of command or your company's / department's policy regarding CISM. Your department head can contact the team 24/7 on the team response hot line 610-973-1624.