ShareThis Page

Jefferson Hills leaders to discuss fire department consolidation study

| Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
A 'Save Floreffe Fire Hall' sign in the front yard of a home on West Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Hacke | for the Tribune-Review
A 'Save Floreffe Fire Hall' sign in the front yard of a home on West Bruceton Road in Pleasant Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Signs line the streets in Jefferson Hills, asking the borough to “Save Floreffe Fire Hall.”

Fliers were distributed to homeowners warning that a consolidation plan for the borough's three fire companies could be harmful.

In the last several weeks, questions, concerns and rumors have swirled throughout Jefferson Hills about the municipality's plans for the future of it's fire service and possibility of consolidation of fire companies in the municipality, borough spokeswoman Jane Milner said.

Council members plan to address the “Feasibility of Consolidation of Fire Services” study conducted by a peer consultant and executive fire officer with the Department of Community and Economic Development's Governor's Center for Local Government Services at their agenda setting meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the municipal building, 925 Old Clairton Road.

“Council has been doing its due diligence for over a year talking at council meetings about the issues raised in the report and in meeting with fire chiefs of our three borough companies: Floreffe, Gill Hall and Jefferson Hills 885,” Milner said. “Council's over-riding concern has been focusing on solutions to continuing to be able to provide high level fire services to our communities.”

The study, posted on the borough's website last week, recommends the closure of Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company, relocating the Jefferson Hills 885 Fire Company to the former Large Volunteer Fire Department, and keeping the Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company station.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.