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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Townships Must Pay Or Fire Services Will Be Discontinued

Bellefonte gives fire deadline

Three townships have until end of year to decide on services

- For the Centre Daily Times

BELLEFONTE — After almost two years of discussion, Bellefonte Borough Council voted Monday to give three neighboring townships until the end of the year to decide whether to sign a fire services agreement.

In a unanimous vote, absent two members, council approved drafting a letter to Benner, Marion and Spring townships, setting Dec. 31 as their deadline for signing the 5- year agreement.

If they sign, each municipality would be responsible for paying for a share of the cost of fire coverage provided by Bellefonte’s Logan and Undine volunteer departments.

If the townships don’t sign the agreement, the borough will discontinue service as of Jan. 1, 2011, giving the other municipalities a year to plan for providing fire coverage.

Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/news/breaking_news/story/1554220.html#ixzz0TMcWH5R9


Anonymous said...

What happens when they don't pay like Keating Twp. did?

Anonymous said...

used equipment
Pumper Tanker/ 150,000 dollars
Rescue-/ 100,000 dollars
Equipment for trucks- 150,000 dollars

Training- 45,000 dollars

Just paying for the coverage you could have now, Couple grand???

Which idea is smarter

Anonymous said...

Nothing but extortion no more no less.

Plain and simple said...

What do you mean extortion? Have you ever seen how a fire company operates? There's not a fire company in the state that couldn't use more money to operate. Most departments in this county are running older trucks that are kept in older buildings. I'm willing to best that most if not all departments are struggling to make ends meet, and still do the jobs that they are there to do. In case you haven't noticed the service these departments provide are free but the equipment and fuel they use are not free. You guys never stop bitching, first you bitch because they ask for more money, then you bitch because they are going to have to close the doors because they can't afford to provided the services anymore. Some areas charge for the services based on an hourly rate per vehicle on scene. That would really get your panties in a bunch then. But trust me if taxes ever were to go up to keep departments in service it will be a hell of a lot cheaper than your fire insurance will be when there is no coverage. In closing no one likes the fire departments until your house is on fire then they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.