New Southern Area Fire and Emergency Rescue Organized
By ROB BRADY, Correspondent | October 15, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA
Story No. 101520100
Dallastown, PA – Representatives from two volunteer fire-rescue companies that serve Dallastown and Yoe Boroughs and parts of York and Windsor Townships in York County jointly announced on October 15th that they are starting a new chapter in their history. The new Southern Area Fire and Emergency Rescue, also known as SAFER York, was formed to improve public safety services and create a stronger volunteer fire-rescue service to serve these municipalities and surrounding communities.
"When this group of dedicated public servants looked at all the options available to improve the volunteer fire-rescue service from the community’s perspective, it was decided that a merger of Rescue Fire Company No. 1 Dallastown and Yoe Fire Company was the best path forward for the residents, businesses, and visitors to the area," Ron Miller, Chairman of the merger steering committee said.
Barry Myers, a life member and President of the Yoe Fire Company, agreed that there were several reasons to complete the merger. "We see how many volunteer Fire-Rescue and EMS organizations are struggling today across Pennsylvania and the country trying to maintain manpower, be fiscally responsible and provide top-notch service. Instead of waiting until both organizations were struggling, the merger allows us to begin the next chapter in the history of these two fire companies stronger than ever before,” he stated. Matt Shields, Fire Chief of Rescue Fire Company No. 1 agreed, “Being proactive will help us sustain the volunteer fire-rescue service for many more years.”
“Both Rescue Fire Company No. 1 and Yoe Fire Company have proud traditions and history. It is important to remember where we came from, acknowledge where we are today and recognize where we need to get to in the future,” said Tyler Boyce, President of Rescue Fire Company No. 1. “By adopting the day-to-day name of SAFER York, it connects the newly merged fire-rescue company directly to our communities,” stated Yoe Fire Company Fire Chief Rick Searle.
The new Southern Area Fire and Emergency Rescue will have approximately 75 active volunteer members operating out of two fire stations, one in Dallastown Borough and one in Yoe Borough, respond to over 1000 calls for service a year and will protect the same coverage areas focusing on providing service to Dallastown Borough, Yoe Borough, parts of York and Windsor Townships, and surrounding communities.
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