Pa. fire company disbanding after member remarks, racial concerns

The Briarcliffe Fire Company had been suspended because of comments about Black firefighters and community members

By Leila Merrill

GLENOLDEN, Pa. — A fire company whose members are accused of making racist remarks during a Zoom call plans to disband, WPVI reported.

The Briarcliffe Fire Company was suspended for 30 days starting in February because of comments about Black firefighters and community members.

An attorney representing the fire company told Action News on Wednesday that no one in the township "ever treated differently or discriminated against based upon their race" by fire company members. The lawyer also said that the company could not continue to operate because of "frenzied public perception not based in fact."

The attorney also said that a district attorney cleared the company in the matter.

Members of the Delaware Black Caucus were pleased that the company will disband but said that they want the members who made the remarks to be revealed.

"Make sure that they don't come back in another form because we have to identify exactly who these people are," said Richard Womack, a member of the Delaware County Council.

Emergency calls will be covered by Upper Darby and Delaware County Emergency Service.


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