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Schwenksville and Lower Frederick Fire Companies to Merge
2017-07-13

            As a result of declining manpower and rising costs, the Schwenksville and Lower Frederick fire companies have begun the process of merging to create a single fire company providing services to both municipalities.

            Completion of the merger is expected by the end of 2017.

            Schwenksville Fire Company, located at 300 Main Street in the borough, is known for its display of antique firefighting equipment in a glass enclosed portion in the front of the building. 

            While all fire services are expected to be provided out of the Lower Frederick firehouse at 137 Sprint Mount Road, in the township, the museum is expected to be continued to be maintained at its current location.

            The Schwenksville Fire Company was formed in 1874 and the Lower Frederick Fire Company was begun in 1937.

            A statement posted on the Schwenksville borough website stated: "It is with much regret and sadness that the Borough passes on an announcement from the Schwenksville Fire Company. As you will learn, the Borough is going through great changes and is faced with the challenge of facing those changes head on and adapting to new realities and changes for the greater good of the Borough.  More information and review will be forthcoming.  As always, residents are always welcome to attend monthly Borough Council Meetings or reach out to Borough Council members via contacts available on this site.

            On Monday, June 12, 2017, the members of Schwenksville Fire Company passed a vote progressing the merger forward with Lower Frederick Fire Company.  The merger will combine fire protection services into one, unified company. The decision to do so was not taken lightly, however, due to declining volunteerism Statewide, and increased costs of operations, this was seen as the best path forward for the residents of the Borough, surrounding communities, and fire company members.

             The process of merging the two companies will begin immediately, and will be concluded no later than December 31, 2017.  The current Schwenksville fire station, 300 Main Street in Schwenksville will remain in operation for a period of time, to ensure a smooth transition of fire protection for Schwenksville Borough.  At the conclusion of the merger, all fire services will be provided out of the Lower Frederick fire station, 137 Spring Mount Road in Lower Frederick.

             Should you have any questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Fire Company at 610-287-9370 x 808. – Schwenksville Fire Co.

            Schwenksville Borough Council would like the public to know that the Schwenksville Fire Company has been a foundation for the Schwenksville Community for over one hundred years and would like to say thank you to every member past and present for their dedicated service to the residents of Schwenksville Borough.  Borough Council, as always, will support the Fire Company in their efforts to best serve the residents of Schwenksville and will work with the Fire Company to ensure a smooth transition.  

            The Borough will assume ownership responsibilities for the Fire Company properties and will continue to endeavor to keep the public informed as the merger process plays forward."


 

 

 

 

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