Ambler, North Wales, Lower & Upper Gwynedd to vote on fire services study which would analyze options for collaboration

Lower and Upper Gwynedd townships and Ambler and North Wales boroughs are looking to vote on a joint fire services study to analyze current operational practices, infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and options for collaboration, according to a DCED statement.

The four municipalities will discuss and vote on whether to request a study this month. The goal of a study would be to provide “ideas and direction that would allow for a more collective approach to fire service, with potential shared resources, and a shared vision,” The Reporter said.

Aging facilities, declining volunteerism, and dramatically increasing prices of fire trucks have forced leadership to look for new ways to provide fire services and reduce the duplication of efforts, the four towns said in the joint statement.

The study would be done by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, The Reporter said.

“We are committed to exploring innovative approaches that will allow us to better serve our residents while maximizing the utilization of available resources,” said Eric Geiger, chief of the Upper Gwynedd Fire Company, in a joint statement from the four municipalities.

“By partnering with the DCED, we aim to gain valuable insights and recommendations that will guide us in creating a more efficient and sustainable framework for fire services delivery,” he said.

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