Pa. town sues union for interfering with volunteer response

Town sues the fire union and two firefighters alleging they told volunteers not to respond to emergencies


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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg authorized the filing of a lawsuit against the International Association of Fire Fighters 1813 (the union representing paid fire fighters in the Borough), Fire Captain Patrick Martin, who works as a paid fire fighter in the borough, and Scott McNew, another paid firefighter who works for the borough.

According to a news release from the borough, the action was approved by council "to protect life and property within the borough." Borough Solicitor G. Bryan Salzmann filed a complaint and requested the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to immediately issue an injunction requiring the defendants to stop requesting and/or directing various volunteer firefighters from responding to fires within the Borough.

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