SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Declining manpower and rising costs have prompted the Schwenksville and Lower Frederick fire companies to consider a merger, and in a press release distributed Friday (June 16, 2017) Schwenksville company members said they voted Monday (June 12) to proceed combining the two by no later than year’s end.
The merger would create a single, unified fire company providing protection services to both Schwenksville Borough and Lower Frederick Township, and elsewhere under mutual assistance.
The decision “was not taken lightly” in Schwenksville, according to the release. The company, founded in 1874, has for years displayed its rich history and tradition in a museum adjacent to the fire house. But the time, interest, and training demanded of firefighters has dramatically reduced the number of volunteers available across the state, and Schwenksville said it was no exception. Meanwhile, it said, the cost of operations continued to climb.
“This was seen as the best path forward for the residents of the borough, surrounding communities, and fire company members,” the release stated. Work on the unification is expected to begin “immediately,” members indicated, with a completion date of Dec. 31 or earlier.
Schwenksville’s fire house, 300 Main St., “will remain in operation for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition of fire protection for Schwenksville Borough,” according to the release. “At the conclusion of the merger,” it added, all fire services will be provided out of the Lower Frederick fire station, 137 Spring Mount Rd.” The museum will continued to be maintained at its current location, with funds expected to be donated to the borough.
Photo from the Montgomery County Planning Commission