Study recommends one chief for two Frazer fire stations
FRAZER -- The township's two volunteer fire departments do a good job but an independent review of the departments recommends they consolidate under a single chief.
At their last meeting, township supervisors said they will review a state Department of Community and Economic Development study that suggests, among other things, the single chief system for the township. The review calls for maintaining two fire stations, each with its own staff and equipment.
Other suggestions include a formal recruitment and retention program, planning for future expansion and getting new equipment and smaller vehicles to handle the expected increase in calls with the Pittsburgh Mills mall moving onto about 340 acres off Butler-Logan Road.
"(The township and fire departments) face a mounting predicament in dealing with rapid expansion and a definite facility need that is beyond present capabilities," said Allen Clark, a peer consultant with the state, who participated in the study.
"Mutual aid is essential because of the size of the community," Clark said.
It's important to maintain two stations because the township roads do not allow for a rapid response from a single location, Clark said.
The two departments appear to be doing "an acceptable, if not exemplary job with older equipment, small staffing, and inadequate funding," Clark said.
In other business:
Road to reopenTawny Run Road, which has been closed because of construction at the Pittsburgh Mills mall site, is expected to open by Dec. 31.