According to a report from TribLive, the North Hempfield fire station has become the first chartered member of the Hempfield Township (PA) Fire Department (HTFD) more than one year after town officials began creating one fire department in the township.
Officials worked to establish the township’s now 11 stations, which had been operating as their own entities, under one department. The township’s volunteer service now operates under a paid fire chief and deputy fire chief. Under the banner of the HTFD, stations had to sign service agreements that establish certain protocols.
During a meeting last week, town officials voted unanimously to authorize an agreement of acquisition with the North Hempfield Volunteer Fire Company and the North Hempfield Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association. As a result, the township agrees to take on financial obligations as well as property and apparatus owned by North Hempfield.
Work on creating the HTFD started in 2019 when township leaders were looking to improve their ISO rating, which is directly correlated with homeowner insurance rates.