Bensalem fire company suspension may spur lawsuit

Pictured: Bensalem Township Director of Public Safety Fred Harran

June 16, 2011 8:49:43 PM PDT
A Bucks County fire company has been cut off from all 911 calls and it has sparked threats of a lawsuit.

Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran held a public meeting Thursday night to explain his suspension of the Union Volunteer Fire Company.

He said it is a concern over safety.

He said the company's leadership repeatedly ignored instructions in operational situations for more than a year.

The Union Fire Company says Harran had personal motives for his decision, involving a dispute with its fire chief.

It says it might file a lawsuit.

Harran said the company's duties would be safely covered by other fire companies.