Six new firefighters join Hempfield departments |

Six new firefighters join Hempfield departments

Jacob Tierney

Three new firefighters and three junior firefighters have joined several Hempfield Township fire departments.

Township supervisors approved the following members this week:

• Morgan Bassett at Grapeville Volunteer Fire Department

• James Gray at Grapeville Volunteer Fire Department

• David Manley at Grapeville Volunteer Fire Department

• Junior firefighter Logan Newton at West Point Volunteer Fire Department

• Junior firefighter Logan Ali at Midway/St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department

• Junior firefighter Devin Phillips at Carbon Volunteer Fire Department

The township has 12 volunteer fire departments.

Firefighter recruitment was stopped for more than a month in late 2017 and early this year as borough officials called for a “time out” to reorganize the fire bureau, which oversees the departments.

The moratorium was lifted in February as eight new firefighters signed on. A consultant from The Allegheny Group is in the midst of a review of all 12 departments.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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