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Township Suspends Union Fire Company

Suspension “was not the result of an isolated incident, but rather a culmination of numerous incidents and events that have resulted in a loss of confidence in the leadership.”

The Bensalem Township Department of Public Safety announced the suspension of operations for the Union Fire Company, 2067 State Road.

According to a release, there have been many incidents and issues over the past 12-18 months in which the leadership of the company has failed to follow both the administrative and operational directions from the township.

The suspension of the operations will in no way impact public safety.  The township has already reassigned other authorized fire companies to provide coverage to those areas previously covered by the Union Fire Company.

According to the release, this decision was not the result of an isolated incident, but rather a culmination of numerous incidents and events that have resulted in a loss of confidence in the leadership of Union Fire Company.

“The majority of the volunteer fire fighters of this company are loyal and dedicated individuals, and this unfortunate but necessary action by the township should not negatively reflect on them,” the release stated. “We are hopeful that these issues will be resolved immediately, and our goal is to restore the operating privileges of Union Fire Company as soon as possible.”

Public Safety Director Fred Harran was in a meeting when Bensalem Patch attempted to reach him by phone. Similarly, calls to the Union Fire Company went straight to an answering service.

TheObserver June 13, 2011 at 09:53 PM
It's about time! This company has made the rest of us in Bensalem look bad. From the frivolous spending on the Hummer for the Chief (his excuse was due to the flooding, which is B.S.) to the temper tantrums they throw when they don't get their own way. The Hummer alone makes people not want to donate to us anymore. I hope the volly's regroup and take this station back to what it used to be, a respectable department within the township.
Wendy Saddler June 14, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Where in the world are you getting your information, Observer?? I think you are confusing Chief Troisi, with Tom Topley. Union has EARNED everything its gotten through HONEST means. This is only occuring because they refuse to be in Joey D's back pocket, and because they caught Harran in quite a few Lies. In particular , a (possibly)fraudulently filled out Safer Grant forthe paid fire company, violating the Garcia Act, as well as the township's municipal codes in forming the paid fire service. They refuse to give in to Harran's intimidation tactics, so this is being done to them, so I applaud them.
TheObserver June 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Wendy...I am getting my information from facts. You can drive down to the Chief's neck of the woods and see him carting his family members all over town in the hummer. Am I lying about the chief not having a Hummer? Is the Hummer not purchased with tax dollars and donations? Are you seriously trying to tell me the Chief is happy about having a paid supplemental department in the daytime? What part am I lying or misinformed about? You are talking to the wrong person! I'm definitely too close for comfort for this story and the majority of us just want to help people, not worry about who is first to a fire like the Chief.
Wendy Saddler June 14, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I know for a fact Observer, that even if it were paid with tax dollars, it was much cheaper and economical for them than a gas guzzling SUV. Troisi has NO problem with a paid fire service, but has a problem with how it is being funded. They finally got a copy of the Safer Grant, after being refused it for so long, and discovered it was filled out fraudulently. This is what I am rferring to. I understand you wish to help people, and that ias awesome. I also hope and pray that you are willing to open yourself to ALL sides. Don't believe me?? I can get you a copy of both it and the review done on it, by two firefighters who are NOT from Union.
Wendy Saddler June 14, 2011 at 03:17 PM
BTW Observer, the Hummers wern't paid for with tax dollars. According to what I learned, they were bought with Relief monies which was approved by the State. Relief monies also cover vehicles for chief officers. I would strongly sdvise that you carefully check out what you re being told, and not believe it upon being told by Harran and the Fire Marshall's office.
Bob June 15, 2011 at 01:27 PM
The garcia act aka flsa http://www.flsa.com/fire.html Employees may not "volunteer" to do similar work for the same employer without the time being counted as FLSA work time. Firefighters may not perform "additional" fire related activities for their employers without that time being included as hours worked for FLSA pay computation purposes. Also, employees who work "two jobs" for the same employer must aggregate their total hours worked for FLSA pay purposes. For example, a fire fighter who works 40 hours as a firefighter and an additional 20 hours as an animal control officer has a total of 60 FLSA hours worked. Employees are permitted to work "moonlighting" jobs -- for separate employers -- without the hours being aggregated. Employees may sometimes work for "joint employers," such as when they are assigned to a "task force." In such cases, each employer is equally liable to be sure FLSA wages are paid properly. this could be why newtown fire fighters can't be inspectors in 45's district along with bristol and northhampton firefightets as well.
gb June 15, 2011 at 10:10 PM
I used to work for the Union Fire Department about 5 or so years ago when Chief Troisi first purchased the H3 Hummer he still has. I can tell you that at time, this was a good buy. Other SUV's were more expensive and worse on gas. I know that for a FACT. The Union Fire Company has great equipment and they maintain what they have very well. What your saying is that you want them to use poor, inexpensive equipment. That is what get people hurt or killed. They are keeping up with the times and are doing a great job at it. Its to bad that the Volunteer Fire Departments in Bucks County cann't start working together. This is the kind of crap that gets people killed. I'm sticking up for the boys of Union Fire on this one.

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