A New Jersey community has taken steps to close its volunteer fire company, and contract with a neighboring district to provide protection. The Folsom Volunteer Fire Department had served Folsom Borough since 1946.
The Borough and the department had been at odds for years, and Borough officials attribute the move to close the department to the members’ refusal to submit to government oversight. The trucks and equipment were removed from the fire station last Thursday after the Borough entered a 10 year agreement with Collings Lakes Fire District.
The move apparently caught the Folsom VFD by surprise. While removing the equipment, Folsom Borough served the department with a lawsuit seeking to block the VFD from selling, removing or disposing of any equipment, property, or assets. The suit claims the property was bought with taxpayer funds.
According to the PressOfAtlanticCity.com, the agreement with Collings Lakes Fire District for fire protection requires a payment of $15,000 per year and states that all fire equipment used by the Folsom Volunteer Fire Department will be made available to the Collings Lakes Fire District.