The Cheswick Volunteer Fire Company is about to finalize its merger with the Allegheny Valley Fire Company.
Once the state approves the merger, Cheswick will formally consolidate with Allegheny Valley, said Cheswick County Chairman Nino Pollino. The state requested documents from the borough expressing support for the merger. The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to write a letter.
Council Chairman Michael Girardi said the borough expects its budget to stay the same or see a slight decrease in costs with the merger.
“It was mostly a labor issue,” he said.
The consolidation took two years to prepare. Cheswick had worked with Allegheny Valley during this time as separate entities. Pollino said the departments use their own equipment and funds, but both departments work out of the Allegheny Valley station on 851 Parkway Drive.
The merger was prompted by an analysis of Cheswick’s volunteers, finances and fundraising. Pollino said the department has seen a drop in volunteer numbers.
The department receives about 60 calls a year, most of which are to help other departments.
The departments being five blocks from each other made the decision simple, Pollino said.
“The idea was launched four or five years ago,” he said. “Things got to a point where it made sense to do it.”
Pollino expects the state to confirm the merger within the next month.
“Hopefully it would be relatively quick,” he said.