South Lebanon Fire Companies to Merge
LEBANON, PA – Representatives from the three volunteer fire-rescue companies that serve South Lebanon Township in Lebanon County jointly announced in January that they are starting a new chapter in their combined 375-year history. The new South Lebanon Fire Department is a cooperative effort by South Lebanon Fire Company No. 1, Friendship Fire Company of South Lebanon Township, and Prescott Fire Company.
The new department is being formed to improve public safety services and create a stronger volunteer fire-rescue system to serve the municipality and surrounding communities. "For the past two years, our members took the initiative to develop a single organization that will coordinate emergency response for the residents and businesses of South Lebanon Township and our neighboring communities," William Weikel, the Merger Committee Chairman said. “Over the past 5 years, there has been a decline in volunteer firefighters, not just locally, but statewide.
“The new association is the first step in our plan to address those and many other challenges facing today’s fire and emergency services.” Weikel said. “The new level of cooperation which led to the formation of the new association is the mechanism that will move the township fire-rescue system forward to meet current standards and create a more cost-effective and efficient organization. To continue to be successful, we need the communities’ support even more now as we implement our plans for the future. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer in our community, please contact us at FightSouthLebanonFires.org,” Weikel said.
The new department will have over 40 active volunteer members and will respond to over 500 calls for service a year and will protect the same coverage areas focusing on providing service to South Lebanon Township and mutual aid to surrounding communities in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.