Fire Chiefs to Consider Joint Effort; Hempfield's Fire Chiefs Will Meet Wednesday to Discuss the Creation of a Bureau of Fire the Township Has Proposed to Prop Up Struggling Departments through Needs like Consolidated Purchasing and Standardized Training. [Derived Headline]

By Tierney, Jacob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 26, 2016 | Go to article overview

Fire Chiefs to Consider Joint Effort; Hempfield's Fire Chiefs Will Meet Wednesday to Discuss the Creation of a Bureau of Fire the Township Has Proposed to Prop Up Struggling Departments through Needs like Consolidated Purchasing and Standardized Training. [Derived Headline]


Tierney, Jacob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Hempfield's fire chiefs will meet Wednesday to discuss the creation of a Bureau of Fire the township has proposed to prop up struggling departments through needs like consolidated purchasing and standardized training.

"I think in the long run, it's going to save a lot of grief on fundraising," said Greg Saunders, chief of the Bovard Fire Department and president of the Hempfield Fire Chiefs Association. "(The township is) putting up a lot of money to keep us around."

The township started handling the vast majority of day-to-day expenses and equipment purchases at its 12 fire departments this year at a cost of about $1.5 million.

Previously, the township paid about $580,000 to its departments, which would cover the rest of their costs through fundraising and grants.

That was difficult and time-consuming, Saunders said.

"I joined the fire department to help my neighbors and fight fires, not to sell hamburgers and raise money," he said.

Leaders from the township and fire departments are working on a bureau to act as a supervisory body, distributing money and handling training for all the departments while allowing each to retain their autonomy. …

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