The City of York, PA has four fire stations and a staff of 67 firefighters. However, like all municipalities, York is looking at ways to cut costs. Kim Bracey, York’s Mayor, said she will not close/merge any fire stations or cut staff if it will cut response time. However, Mayor Bracey said the Fire Committee is looking into options like regionalization and cooperative agreements with other fire services organizations, including volunteers.
Emergency services costs are a big-ticket budget item and Bracey said city government needs to be responsible stewards of the taxpayer’s money. If working together as a regional fire department can achieve the same high-quality results, at a lower cost, that option needs to be explored. It has worked for many police departments. York County already has regional police departments. The Fire Committee will present their fire/EMS modernization plan to the public on April 5th.
The City of York has 43,718 residents (2010 census) and a land area of 5.20 square miles. Mayor Bracey was the city’s Community Development Director before being elected mayor.