Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, the nearby volunteer fire departments of Boring and Arcadia in Baltimore County will be consolidating into one company.
Both companies have provided mutual aid in Carroll County municipalities and will continue to do so as one united company.
"To me, it's all about providing a service to the citizens," said Scott Boose, president of Arcadia and future president of the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company. "Consolidating these two companies will make a stronger membership and that's what's best for the citizens."
Boring Volunteer Fire Company Inc. in Reisterstown and Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company in Upperco were recommended for consolidation after a comprehensive report from the volunteer fire insurance service VFIS. Boose said both of the companies are in good financial status but require more manpower.
"We're less than 2 miles apart. It made sense," Boose said. "Right now both companies struggle, especially in the daytime, to get the equipment on the road with the proper manning levels. This is going to give us two pools to pull from."
Boose said the new company's goal is to have a new station built by September 2020, but they "haven't decided on a location yet."
Boose said, for now, members will work out of the current Arcadia station and they will continue to use the Boring station for social events, like bingo three nights a week.
Some of Boring's equipment will be relocated to Arcadia. One of Boring's engines and one four-wheel-drive utility pickup are up for sale. Boring has also acquired a new brush truck for field fires and a new utility pickup.
Each company has also purchased a new engine with Upperco's dark blue paint scheme. A new patch has been designed with Upperco's company number 85, a combination of Arcadia's 43 and Boring's 42.
Content McLaughlin, an attorney who handled consolidation, said the process has been "extremely positive."
"There's such camaraderie," she said. "I'm impressed with how well the two companies have worked together to get to this point."
Boring President Alex Haslacker said, "It wasn't a decision that was made lightly."
"Our company has been around for 110 years," Haslacker said. "Fiscally our company is doing well, but we're hoping for a quicker response time. You can always do better. I think the consolidation will better benefit the community as a whole."
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