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Reinstated Pa. Volunteer Fire Dept. Left off Dispatch Since Spring

Some point to the department’s failure to notify dispatch of their status, others say they are being punished for holding out on a proposed merger

By Michael Divittorio, Tribune-Review

Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company in Jefferson Hills has not been dispatched on calls for months despite being reinstated as a borough fire department.

Fire company officials claim the problem is the borough has not formally notified Allegheny County dispatch to put the company back in its run cards, while other elected leaders say it is because Gill Hall refuses to join a merger of other borough fire departments.

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Run cards include information for dispatchers so they know what departments to call out during an emergency.

“We’re not asking for anything special,” Gill Hall Vice President Brian Hutson said Tuesday. “All that we’re asking for is to turn the clock back to December 2018 when we were active as station 179. We’re not a brand new station. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody.”

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Jefferson Hills council voted to drop Gill Hall as a recognized fire department in January 2019.

The 72-year-old, 20-member department was not dissolved by the decertification vote and still maintains ownership of its fire hall, truck and other equipment.

Several new members joined council this year, and reinstated Gill Hall in April on a one-year probationary status provided all fire companies undergo mediation and get audited.

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