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Cambria Co. fire company could see closed doors

By: WJAC Web Staff

WILMORE, Pa. -- Rumors swirling around a Cambria County community whether residents could be without fire protection in a few months. 

A fire company in Wilmore serves about 250 people and assists other surrounding stations and the people from Wilmore fear they are going to be shut down but the council likes to think otherwise. 

We dont need to worry about our station because as of June well be closed, said Treasurer of Wilmore Volunteer Fire Company Wendy Boring. We dont know why. 

People like Boring are hearing the same thing around town and Boring said the uncertainty is frustrating. 

Taking time out of our private life and your schedule to get all this training and just to have it thrown away if you dont have a station to respond too, said Boring. We want to be out there to save peoples lives and you cant do that if you dont have a station to respond too and we want to save peoples lives. 

The Borough Council is not making any decisions, yet. The council president said the issue with the department trickles down to rules and liability. 

As a workmens compensation issue were dealing with the possibility of some increased costs because of some issues involving the fire department, said President of Wilmore Borough council Lori Schrift. 

Schrift said a list was assembled and given to the fire companys president last week requesting background checks, a drivers history and physical examinations of its members.

The alternative is they may have to help share some of the costs and burdens associated with that since they dont want to help us meet the guidelines, said Schrift. 

The option of servicing out for fire protection comes from the volunteers being uncooperative said Schrift. 

People are going to rely on us and without our help theyre going to have to get outside help, granted theres stations close by but youre going to have to pay for it if were not there, said Boring. 

There was no mention at that meeting closed the doors of the department, just that if they werent willing to work with us as far as workmens compensation goes then we may have to pursue other avenues and thats as far as it goes, said Schrift. 

The council said this is not a done deal.  A meeting Monday is planned to discuss the circumstances with the council and the next step is to put this plan into motion but until then the doors will remain open.




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