Darby Township seeks public input on future of firefighting services after Briarcliffe Fire Company disbands – CBS Philly


GLENOLDEN, Pa. (CBS) – The Township of Darby is asking for the public’s input on the future of firefighting services in the community. This comes after the Briarcliffe Fire Company disbanded following allegations of racism.

A firefighting fiasco is still brewing in Delaware County.

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Residents gathered inside the Darby Township Municipal Building on Monday evening to discuss the future of fire coverage in the area.

In February, the Briarcliffe Fire Company was suspended after racist remarks were recorded during a Zoom call.

The comments also included offensive jokes about Fanta Bility, the girl who was shot and killed by police in Sharon Hill during a high school football game.

In April the Briarcliffe Fire Company voted to disband, leaving behind other volunteer departments in the area such as Goodwill and Darby Township.

Despite these volunteer departments still operating, Upper Darby, which is a paid business, was brought in to fill the cover.

“They come in and try to take over and it’s become a fundamental problem,” one man said.

While the council of commissioners declined an interview with Eyewitness News, at the meeting the council told residents it wanted their input before implementing any final fire cover plans.

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“While there have been many changes over the past few months, the council is committed to looking at all avenues to find the most efficient, cost-effective and appropriate ways to deliver emergency services. in the township,” said Darby Township Board Chairman John. said Lacey.

Residents pleaded for transparency.

“There’s been a lot of rumour, there’s been a lot of prejudice, there’s been a lot of emotional reaction,” one woman said.

Others wanted to see Briarcliffe station reopen with major changes.

“I feel like everyone would feel safer if we could get the fire station reopened, renamed, repurposed. I don’t care what we do,” one man said.

Council said that decision will take time and that residents and firefighters are trying to find common ground.

“The idea now is to start working together,” one man said.

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No final decision has been made. This is only the first step. There is another board meeting on Wednesday where the board will hear even more public comment.

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