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Sewickley and Edgeworth to Amend Fire Services Agreement

Sewickley Council plans to vote tonight to accept two fire trucks from Edgeworth as a credit towards fire services.

Sewickley Council plans to approve an amendment tonight to the Edgeworth fire protection agreement that will include a transfer of two Edgeworth fire trucks to Cochran Hose Company.

The $200,000 value of the two trucks will be credited toward Edgeworth’s annual payments for fire services to Sewickley.

Edgeworth Council voted in September to decertify its volunteer fire department because of a shrinking number of volunteers providing fire protection. The borough later struck an agreement with Sewickley for fire-protection services. Under the agreement, Edgeworth pays annually $50,000 as well as a $9,000 contribution to the Fire Capital Reserve Fund. 

Sewickley Solicitor Richard Tucker said the transfer of the truck titles will give Edgeworth a $40,000 credit each year for five years, beginning in 2012. Edgeworth will still be responsible for remaining costs under the contract.

Edgeworth Manager Marty McDaniel said the agreement also includes a clause that if the contract ends, Sewickley must reimburse Edgeworth for the remaining credit.

“It's like a prenuptial agreement,” McDaniel said.

Sewickley Council planned to vote on the ordinance last month but tabled the matter because of questions over loan balances.

Tucker said the loans have been paid off and the titles will be clear when they are transferred.

McDaniel said Edgeworth Council plans to pass the same amendment at its meeting Tuesday night.

Larissa Dudkiewicz February 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
That's a good question. I would think the trucks would stay housed in Edgeworth because they have the space, but I'm not sure. I'll try to get a definite answer.
jose February 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
What about edgeworth not allowing sewickley to call in leetsdale fire for help. Nobody is talking about all the crap edgeworth council is pulling.
jose February 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
So if its true that edgeworth wont allow leetsdale to be called in for assistance then what happens if sewickley needs backup? Would they call emsworth who is 10 minutes away as opposed to leetsdale who is 3 minutes away?
Jeff Neff February 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Jose, I'm not sure where you received the information about response but you are not correct. Leetsdale is a mutual aid department. Edgeworth Borough representatives have never made that statement to me or any other member of our department. Our response is dictated by the Incident Commander at the time of the call. There are also other departments around us that are closer than Emsworth that would respond if needed. Jose, Would you please provide a last name and describe, if any fire fighting background you might have? John, The trucks will be housed at our station. Thanks for the inquiry.
Larissa Dudkiewicz February 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Thank you for clearing that up Jeff!

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