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Quakertown Fire Department seeks additional funding for vehicles

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - The Quakertown Fire Department is seeking an additional $20,000 annually from the borough over the next 10 years to help pay for new firefighting vehicles.

By increasing the annual contribution from $80,000 to $100,000, the fire department would pay
off the vehicles it recently purchased and end up with a reserve at the end of 2028, Doug
Wilhelm, Quakertown’s fire marshal, told borough council during its workshop Monday night.

Quakertown’s fire department is an all-volunteer organization comprising two stations,
Quakertown Fire Co.1 No. — Station 17 on West Broad Street; and the West End Fire
Co. — Station 18 on Park Avenue. The fire department also covers 62 percent of Richland
Township and 13 percent of East Rockhill Township and receives support from both neighboring

Wilhelm said it’s important to keep pace with paying off the fire apparatus because the
equipment has a finite lifespan and the call volume continues to rise. Quakertown firefighters
responded to 524 calls last year, up from 400 in in 2014, he said.

Borough Council President James Roberts thanked the firefighters for their dedication and
said the department’s request will be considered when budget talks begin this fall.

In other matters, Council Vice President Donald Rosenberger reported that the borough’s first
foray into selling retired vehicles on eBay paid off.

The borough doubled what it hoped to get for eight vehicles, sedans and pickups, and collected
more than $30,000 in winning bids. Council unanimously approved the sale of the vehicles.

In other business, council hired Tyler Fahringer as a borough police officer. He was immediately
sworn in and welcomed by members of the borough’s police force and council. A native of
Allentown and a graduate of Dieruff High School, Fahringer is a graduate of the Allentown
Police Academy and has a criminal justice degree from Kutztown University.

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