Upper Providence Decommissioning Mont Clare Station

MONT CLARE PA – The Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company station at 216 Bridge St. will be decommissioned as part of an “operational consolidation” of the company and Upper Providence Township’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Chief Dan Kerrigan reported Thursday (May 13, 2021) in a post on the Black Rock Facebook page.

The department has expanded a stipend program for volunteers at its Oaks fire station on Green Tree Road, and also operates a staffed fire station at the township complex on Black Rock Road, according to a news release issued April 28 that was included in the post. Upper Providence additionally has signed an “automatic aid” agreement with the Phoenixville Fire Department, it said, which also maintains a career staff.

Between the two, Kerrigan wrote, the township “will continue to provide a high level of response to the Mont Clare area that the community has come to expect and deserve.”

Other effects of the consolidation may still be to come, the chief also acknowledged.

“As we move forward, careful consideration to identification of additional operational efficiencies that favor in-station staffing for rapid emergency services response will be made,” Kerrigan said. “This strategic approach will include future evaluation of capital assets, as well as distribution of staffing.”

The consolidation is expected to be completed by July, he noted.

Photo from the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page