Fire chiefs from five Millcreek volunteer fire departments addressed their concerns about the shortage of staff at Tuesday’s Millcreek Township supervisors meeting,
“This is no longer just a daytime issue, it’s a 24/7, 365 issue where our individuals and members are working multiple jobs and multiple shifts,” said fire Chief Matthew Parker. Chief Parker says the shortage has reached a point where it’s harder than ever to cover the increasing number of calls that come in.
“So we’re having to bring more and more fire departments from farther out, just to have enough fire fighters to fulfill not only buildings, but also for rescue incidents,” said Chief Parker.
The Kearsarge Volunteer Fire Department is not the only department dealing with this shortage, fire fighters from around Millcreek Township share the same issue.
Belle Valley fire Chief Dion Blasco says the five Millcreek volunteer fire departments suggest having paid fire fighters would help end this shortage. “If we can get even part paid, that would help quite a bit. But what we need is people in the door to train to get on the trucks,” said Chief Blasco.
Millcreek Township Supervisor James Bock says having a paid fire department could be something the township sees in the future, but it may take years.
“There’s a part time… paid staff now with West Ridge and I think over time, you could see that develop into a career department. But, I personally believe that that’s many years away,”: Said Bock.
Millcreek Township supervisors and firefighters say they will continue to discuss this issue.