Merger movement doused

By on December 7, 2016
The Stevens Fire Company will continue to stand alone — at least for the foreseeable future.

The Stevens Fire Company will continue to stand alone — at least for the foreseeable future.

Stevens rejects partnering with other East Cocalico fire companies

A three-sentence letter from James Black, Stevens Fire Company president, sent to the East Cocalico Supervisors on Dec. 1 said that “due to recent events” Stevens Fire Company members voted to not continue with merger talks at this time.

For nearly two years the fire chiefs from Reamstown, Smokestown, and Stevens, the three fire companies based in East Cocalico Township, negotiated with the goal of a merger. Now the Dec. 6 meeting, scheduled for a merger vote, is cancelled.

The fire chiefs from the three companies, reached by phone, all expressed disappointment and explained this idea is not one that won’t come to fruition; it just won’t happen now.

“The timing isn’t right, and we’ve decided to remove ourselves,” said Chad Weaver, Stevens fire chief.

“The situation is different than the last time around,” said Brian Auker, Smokestown fire chief, said. “It’s complex. I’d say the merger is not off permanently.”

ReamstownFire Chief Scott Achey also weighed in.

“I want the best fire service possible…there are circumstances which cannot be worked out,”

East Cocalico Supervisor Alan Fry, liaison to the fire companies, advised patience.

“These types of things take time,” he said. “It’s difficult with three fire companies, and each is unique. They work great together on calls and for the community. What they do is priceless.”

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