Swoyersville Borough Council wants a summit meeting with the fire chiefs of the borough’s three volunteer companies in order to dampen a controversy and move toward a consolidated fire service.
A funds solicitation letter sent by Swoyersville Hose Company No. 1 has become the catalyst for council action on issues that need clarification, borough coordinator Gene Breznay said. Those issues include the operational status of Hose Company 1, its finances, membership and leadership, fire engine use and insurance coverage.
Breznay is working to set the meeting between borough officials and the fire chiefs of the three volunteer companies. No date has been set.
Swoyersville’s volunteer companies date back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Swoyersville Hose Company No. 2 started in 1912 as the Broderick’s Company named after the Broderick family. Maltby Fire Company, dating back to 1915, was named after the Maltby section of the borough and the Maltby Colliery. A recent fundraising letter sent out by Swoyersville Hose Company No. 1 boasts of 99 years of service, meaning a startup date in 1914.