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Langhorne-Middletown Fire Department

Langhorne-Middletown Fire Department


More than 30 years ago, Charlie Berk started his own fire apparatus company in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He offers preventative maintenance for customer’s fire equipment, as well as full-service repairs. Through his business dealings with customers, Charlie discovered mobile lighting from the Will-Burt Company. Charlie observed firsthand that the technology would be a great fit for the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, where he also serves as their Chief Engineer. The fire company serves more than 20,000 residential homes for the northeastern communities just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Problem:

The Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company was using a ladder truck to illuminate emergency scenes and highway accidents. But with the ladder truck’s full firefighting capabilities, it needed to be reserved primarily for fire emergency operations. When the fire company went to replace some of their emergency vehicles, they took the opportunity to adjust their scene lighting capabilities. The department opted to invest in two pumper fire trucks that were engineered with Night Scan light towers from The Will-Burt Company.

The Solution:

The new pumper fire trucks at Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company had extreme space constraints for installing scene lighting. Will-Burt was able to engineer the vehicles with Night Scan vertical masts, space-saving vertical light towers that generate powerful, usable light.

Each vertical mast extends up to 30 feet and has four LED lightheads with 360° turning capabilities. The multi-directional lights can be positioned to different angles, allowing maximum illumination for first responder situations.

The Night Scan vertical masts from Will-Burt also came with a wireless control device for repositioning lights while away from the vehicle. Charlie Berk, the Chief Engineer for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, says that the product’s versatility and light focusing capabilities have been highly beneficial while managing emergency situations.

“When you’re spending money on safety equipment, it needs to be functional—that’s the most important part. All of Will-Burt’s equipment is bullet-proof and works really well.”

Charlie says he’s never looked beyond Will-Burt when making lighting apparatus decisions. The lighting’s compact design, 360° rotation, high illumination, and ease of use have been paramount for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, he says, especially in providing safety for the community.

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