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Negley fire drive going through the postal service

The Middleton Township Fire and EMS introduced a new Rosenbauer Pumper to replace the 27-year-old pumper that was serving as the main truck. Submitted photo

NEGLEY – Each year the Negley Volunteer Fire Department Association typically does its Door-To-Door Fund Drive during the month of September. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the association is asking for donations to be sent through mail.

With 435 calls for services in 2019 and an increasing call volume in 2020, the volunteer fire department has continued to service the community during this time. While most of the yearly fundraising activities were canceled due to the pandemic, donations this year are even more important.

Last October, the Negley Volunteer Fire Department merged with Middleton Township for insurance and liability purposes. Under the new organization, the Middleton Township Fire and EMS, the township oversees the operation of the fire department and ambulance services while keeping the same personnel.

Despite the merger, the Negley Volunteer Fire Department Association still owns all of the equipment, including the

vehicles and both fire stations. So, the association still provides funding for the operations of the fire department in addition to what the township fire levies bring in.

In July, the fire department received a new Rosenbauer Pumper to replace the 27-year-old pumper that was the main truck. The new truck has been leased to the township and will be a significant upgrade in safety and reliability. The old pumper was sold to a fire department in Tennessee. The new pumper is housed at the Negley Station on Richardson Avenue and went into service on Aug. 1.

The association has planned an open house at the Negley Fire Station from noon – 4 p.m. Sept. 27. The public will have an opportunity to see the equipment and facilities, meet the firefighters and EMTs and see and participate in live demonstrations. Food and refreshments will be available for the event.

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