MOUNT VERNON — The process is now officially moving forward with a possible merger between the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the College-Monroe Township Fire Department.
Mount Vernon Fire Department Chief Chris Menapace reported Tuesday that Gambier Mayor Kirk Emmert notified him that Monday night the Long-Range Planning Committee of College-Monroe Township Fire Department unanimously agreed to move forward with merger discussions. The plan includes absorbing the College-Monroe department into the Mount Vernon department with services extending from not only the Mount Vernon station, but also the College and Monroe fire stations.
“I see the mutual benefit for both departments,” Menapace told the News Tuesday afternoon. “It’s exciting, but Mount Vernon council has to be involved.”
“The committee unanimously agreed we want to seek a merger with Mount Vernon based on the terms of the agreement,” said Emmert. “That will be the future of the department. In the long run, we think this will be best for us, best for Mount Vernon and best for Monroe.”
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