Upper Providence Expands Fire Service Staffing
UPPER PROVIDENCE PA – In a move intended “to improve the fire service delivery to township residents, businesses, and visitors,” Upper Providence Department of Fire and Emergency Services will begin today (Monday, Dec. 31, 2018) to ensure a minimum of three firefighters are available for rapid response, working on 12-hour shifts seven days a week, it reported on the department Facebook page.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to provide the most progressive and best customer service possible when you need us most!,” it added in the Thursday (Dec. 27) announcement. The department’s apparatus and equipment will, as in the past, be maintained “to ensure it’s ready to be placed into service at a moment’s notice.”
The department first began hiring full-time firefighters in 2015, according to its website, as call volume increased but volunteerism declined. The additional staffing effort is a new initiative for 2019. The township also relies on the efforts of the Collegeville, Trappe, and Black Rock fire companies, and the Royersford Fire Department.
“Volunteer fire companies are the backbone of fire protection in Upper Providence Township,” the website noted.
In addition to responding to incidents and emergency calls, the department provides fire inspections, plans review, advance incident planning, fire prevention services, and public education.
Photo from Upper Providence Township