The last official meeting of the Millbourne Fire Company lasted about one hour. By the end of the April 23 meeting, members unanimously voted to let the company go out of business after 110 years of service, writes Rose Quinn for the Daily Times.
“It was excruciating,” said Chris Cosfol, a 42-year member whose job as bylaw chairman was to craft the resolution to dissolve the firehouse.
Manpower shortages, funding issues with Millbourne Borough and building safety concerns at the firehouse led to the closure.
Millbourne firefighters answered 30 to 35 calls in the borough annually and another 40 calls under mutual aid agreements with Upper Darby, East Lansdowne and Yeadon, according to Millbourne Fire Chief Joseph Artmont Jr.
At its peak, the Millbourne Fire Co. had as many as 27 active members covering this town of 0.1 square miles with its estimated population of 1,000.
The fire company posted a message of thanks on its Facebook page.
“We would like to thank all of our members past and present for their service and dedication. We also would like to thank the residents for their support over the years,” the post states.
Read more about the Millbourne Fire Company here.