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City of Coatesville Centralizes All Fire Personnel and Equipment, Improving Services to Residents and Safety of Firefighters

Feb 28, 2024 | Coatesville, Downtown

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Coatesville, PA – February 27, 2024 – In a four-to-one vote on Monday, February 26th , members of the
Coatesville City Council passed a motion for the first reading of an Ordinance authorizing an amendment
to a lease agreement between the City of Coatesville and Washington Hose Company—in order to
centralize all fire personnel and equipment at the Washington Hose Company.

Effective April 1st , the four (4) fire vehicles belonging to the Coatesville Fire Department, equipment and
firefighters will all be stationed at Washington Hose Company at 376 East Lincoln Highway, which is at
the center of Coatesville’s 1.9-square mile footprint and currently houses two of the City’s ladder trucks
plus two on-duty firefighters at all times. This move will offer improved services to all residents as well
as enhanced safety and conditions for firefighters.

Previously, the City has stationed two fire engines and one on-duty firefighter at West End Fire Company
on the western end of the City. Those personnel, trucks and equipment will move to Washington Hose

“For several years we have been reassessing our fire protection and emergency medical services to
benefit residents and businesses more equitably on both the east and west ends,” said James Logan,
Coatesville City Manager. “Centralizing services for the Coatesville Fire Department is the next step in
the City of Coatesville’s overall strategic plan, offering fire protection services and emergency medical
services under one roof in a partnership between the City and a nonprofit volunteer company. This shift
is similar to what the Borough of Phoenixville moved to years ago.”

Coatesville Fire Chief Steve Dobson said Washington Hose Company provides many benefits. “Not only
will the move give our firefighters more space and bays that can house the department’s larger fire
vehicles, which cannot currently be accommodated at West End Fire Company, but we gain additional
call support with EMS services. Additionally, our water and ladder trucks will now be in one place,
resulting in better coordination between fire and emergency services.”

Dave Norcini, President of Washington Hose Company and EMS Deputy Chief, said, “We’ll all be under
the same roof now, working and training together to ensure more centralized services for residents and
improved safety for firefighters who need to be at the top of their game and in a team environment.”
Logan said, “This is the next logical step in the City’s plan to develop a fire and medical service hub to
benefit city residents, stakeholders and our growing business community, while improving firefighter
safety. Our goal is to hire ten (10) new fire fighters by the end of 2025, to support the City’s growth and
safety demands. Plans are also underway to build a new fire station and public works facility at the
center of town with a $3 million RACP grant we received about a year ago.”

Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender-Norris said, “Our residents’ safety is first and foremost,
and then our next focal point is making fiscally sound decisions. Having spoken with our firefighters,
we’ve been reassured that this is the right move.”

About the City of Coatesville: The first and only city in Chester County, Coatesville is home to 13,300
neighbors and is undergoing economic and cultural revitalization that integrates innovation, education,
and smart economic development. The City is fueled by a lively entrepreneurial spirit, rooted in its rich
historic past. Founded in 1915, Coatesville’s Historic District features many resources listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, coupled with vibrant new restaurants and small businesses in the
downtown area. The City is home to the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum and the nationally
recognized Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix. Coatesville.org

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Braedon is the founder of Valley Crossing Digital and 19320GO! Having lived in Coatesville since 2021, Braedon enjoys bringing new technology innovations to the greater Coatesville area.

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