(TNS) - Three area municipalities are considering merging to create a regional emergency management agency, officials said.
New Brighton, Pulaski Township and Daugherty Township in Pennsylvania are looking to adopt an ordinance to establish the regional agency to cover their municipalities.
According to New Brighton Borough Manager Thomas Albanese, municipalities across the state must appoint an emergency management coordinator, a volunteer position which requires some training, for disaster and emergency response.
The three municipalities are looking to share this resource, as they have with many other things including the police department and the school district.
"We have a long history of sharing resources," Albanese said.
If each municipality adopts the ordinance, they plan to have one emergency management coordinator for the area and likely some deputy coordinators to assist. The language of the ordinance will allow other municipalities to potentially join as well, Albanese said.
Daugherty Township passed the ordinance Nov. 8. Township Secretary Eric Bock said the ordinance will help the municipalities save some money. Having deputy coordinators will also provide multiple coordinators to assist in covering each area, he said.
Pulaski Township Secretary Mable Henn said she expects the township will do the same at a Monday night meeting.
"We're anxious to see it done," she said, and agreed that the ordinance makes sense for smaller communities.
New Brighton will consider action Thursday night.
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