Pennsylvania grants for consolidating fire companies
Each company employs paid drivers, who are at the fire houses 24 hours a day, and who drive the equipment to fire calls, where volunteers meet them, thus reducing response time and keeping homeowner fire insurance rates in Pottstown lower.
Other than the purchase of new fire trucks (which is sometimes undertaken by the borough), the salaries of those drivers, and the cost of their benefits, is among the highest expense items for each of the fire companies.
Weve said all along that the borough will not tell them how to do it, that they can organize themselves however they want, but we will only sign an agreement with one entity, Borough Manager Mark Flanders, who announced the change to borough council at the July 14 council meeting, told The Mercury.
Flanders said the primary reason for the boroughs insistence on consolidation is cost.
But in matters of their own affairs, such as finances, the election of officers and the like, the fire companies are independent.
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