Greeley Fire Department to quit association
“We’re trying to work for the common good,” Kerkowsky said. “Unless everybody agrees to sign on to it, it’s not going to be effective. It has to be a team effort.”
Greeley does not want to play for that team. Schmidt said the Greeley department usually raises $18,000 to $25,000 in fundraising a year. They only received $6,000 so far from the first consolidated mailing, while a second mailing is coming in the fall.
Schmidt admitted that the department is not operating in the red. In fact, it receives $89,000 a year from the township for maintenance and upkeep. But the approximate $12,000 shortfall in donations will affect other initiatives and investments, like kids programs, fire safety education and station kitchen upgrades.
Through all the smoke, chairman of the supervisors Brian Stuart sees hope that someday there will be a unified township fire commission.
“There might come a day where someone in the fire company says, ‘you know what, I have a ton of experience—what’s this fire commission about?’ and you can get them involved.”
In the meantime, it seems the only thing all departments are unified on is the mission to keep their communities safe from the flames they’re trained to fight.