Consolidation of Boyertown area fire companies becomes official Tuesday

Merger of Boyertown area fire companies official Tuesday

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - A longtime mission to consolidate the three fire companies that serve Boyertown and its surrounding area will officially come to an end Tuesday when the new Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue goes into operation.

The new department will bring together the Friendship Hook & Ladder and Keystone Steam #1 companies, both in Boyertown, and the Liberty Fire Company of New Berlinville.

All three companies have been working for several years to combine their firefighting operations, according to Jeff Bealer, the department's public information officer.

The result, Bealer said, is the Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, which will serve the borough and neighboring Colebrookdale and Douglass townships.

The new department, Bealer said, is unique in that it is all-volunteer and still funded by donations, fundraisers and each of the municipalities it serves. Each of the individual companies will also continue to operate its social quarters in support of the new department.

Dave Shainline will serve as the department's fire chief.

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