On Philly.com this morning, Keystone Valley Fire Department chief Ray Stackhouse said Parkesburg Fire Company’s call volume and the shortage of volunteers is what led Atglen, Pomeroy and Parkesburg volunteer fire companies to merge last year.
People needed help but because there were no volunteers to send, call dispatchers at Parkesburg Fire Company had no choice but to pass the fire call to a neighboring fire company.
“It made us feel like we were failing the community,” Stackhouse says in the article.
Now, instead of six volunteers turning out for every fire call, as happened before the merger, an average of 14 now turn out.
And, in addition to more people on every call, KVFD has been able to save money by cutting selling unnecessary equipment and, according to the article, “created more seamless cooperation” among firefighters during calls.
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