Bensalem residents voice anger over fire company closure

Pictured: Bensalem Township Director of Public Safety Fred Harran

June 15, 2011 9:13:32 PM PDT
There's a different kind of fire fight going on in Bensalem and the flames are getting hotter - the political flames.

Residents packed the Union Fire Company to voice their anger after it was shut down Monday.

Bensalem Township Director of Public Safety Fred Harran suspended the company for what he calls several incidents over the past 18 months.

But Steven Carmichael, the President of the Union Fire Company, says he's in the dark.

"I wish I knew the details, I really wish I knew the details. He has not been specific with me," Carmichael said.

"They are well aware of the issues at hand. The fact that they said there was one issue that we made them aware of is totally not true. We've made them aware of several issues over the last 12 to 18 months and they just don't follow the direction," Harran said.

Lawyers for the two sides are negotiating a settlement.

If one cannot be reached the fire company will try and use the courts to reopen.

The township plans to release the findings of its investigation and outline the specific details of the suspension at a meeting tomorrow night.