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Shippensburg Fire Department, local municipalities and Shippensburg University enter into agreement

5 December 2012 No Comment

Staff report

SHIPPENSBURG — The three stations of Shippensburg Fire Department will each receive $93,333 from the local municipalities they serve and Shippensburg University in 2013, per an agreement that remains unchanged from last year.

Shippensburg Borough Council approved the fire department’s memorandum of understanding Tuesday. All municipal governing bodies must approve the document. SU opts in via a contract with each station.

In the agreement, Southampton Township (Franklin County), Southampton Township (Cumberland County), Shippensburg borough, Shippensburg Township, and SU agree to pay particular sums to the three fire departments that make up Shippensburg Fire Department — West End Fire and Rescue, Cumberland Valley Hose Company and Vigilant Hose Company No. 1 — in exchange for the services they provide.

According to the agreement, all sums from local municipalities are to be given to Vigilant, which then has seven days to distribute the appropriate amounts to its sister companies.

Southampton (Franklin) will pay $70,000; $54,500 to West End and $15,500 to Cumberland Valley.

Vigilant will equally distrubute the $70,000 from Southampton (Cumberland), $70,000 from Shippensburg borough and $40,000 from Shippensburg Township between itself, West End and Cumberland Valley.

SU will distribute $10,000 to each station through a contract.

Municipalities and SU will distribute their financial contributions on a yearly or quarterly basis. SU President Bill Ruud recently presented each fire company with its $10,000 contributions for 2012 (see here)

By entering the agreement, each station agrees to respond, in a timely manner, to emergencies and incidents in the municipalities.

Funds from the municipalities or SU may only be used for the operational functions of fuel, insurance, apparatus maintenance and repair, apparatus replacement, apparatus debt reduction the purchase of fire supplies and equipment.

Each station will be responsible for providing each municipality and SU a quarterly financial report and annual audit report, prepared by a professional within six months of the end of the year. Failure to provide these documents could result in a loss of future financial support.

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