This fire company was a staple in the community for 110 years. Now, it’s gone.
Millbourne Fire Company in Delaware County voted to shut down Tuesday night following five years of financial instability.
Chief Joseph Artmont Jr. has been at the fire company since 1982 and became chief three years ago. The company had only six fire chiefs in its history and Artmont’s father previously held the title for 38 years.
“We’ve always been there for the community. We helped people during storms or when trees fell,” Artmont said.
Artmont said that the company started to have problems when the Millbourne borough refused to cover structural damage in the fire house five years ago.
“We’re basically out of money,” Artmont said.