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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

While Volunteer Fire Depts. Struggle, Some Bradford Residents Want To Do Away With Paid Fire Department

City fire department takes heat at city council meeting

The Bradford City Fire Department was taking heat at Tuesday’s meeting of Bradford City Council.

A few city residents were calling for a feasibility study to look at making the department volunteer. Several members of the fire department were at the meeting as well, and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 655 president-elect Matt Rettger said the department actually costs each taxpayer just pennies a day.

Local businessman John Kohler addressed council first with figures he researched on the Internet. He explained that according to the Pennsylvania Local Fact Sheet from the Department of Community and Economic Development, in 2007, there were 2,383 fire departments in the state. Of that, just 23 were full-time, paid departments.

“I don’t understand why we have a paid fire department,” Kohler said. “I’m asking you to look into it. Twelve-hundred communities across the state say we don’t need a paid fire department.”


Anonymous said...

6 calls a day, with a paid department. YOU NEED A PAID DEPARTMENT. Bradford is a big community but if you lay off the ff then you will not have them anymore, they will leave town or find other jobs which means you will have to start over on the volunteer side, look at other areas that are struggling to just stay afloat. If the city can afford it for just 66 dollars a house tax then keep it that way. One day it could be you wanting help and with a paid service you will get help immediatly, vol service add at bout 7-10 mins. In which that times means life or death.

Anonymous said...

Nate B .. u single ?