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Murrysville, Export combine emergency management efforts

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Murrysville and Export officials want to band together in an emergency.

The two communities will join together this year to form the Murrysville Export Emergency Management Council.

“We'll have one disaster plan with MEEMA,” Export Solicitor Wes Long said. “It's a good move.”

The communities have separate emergency management agencies, despite their proximity. Murrysville surrounds Export on all sides. In many cases, officials said, fire companies for both communities respond in an emergency.

Between Murrysville and Export, there are four fire departments, one EMS service and a police department. Export has its own fire department, but relies on Murrysville's Medic One for emergency medical services.

It does not have its own police department; instead, state police patrol Export.

In addition to Medic One and Murrysville police, the municipality is home to three fire departments — Sardis, Murrysville and White Valley.

“The emergency management community really believes this is in the best interest for all of us,” said Rege Synan, Murrysville Council's liaison to the municipal emergency management groups.

The emergency management council won't eliminate any of those groups, but will enable them to work together more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner, Murrysville Council President Joan Kearns said.

“It's about time we do this,” Kearns said. “It's going to save both communities some money, which is always a good thing.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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