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Winfield Volunteer Fire Department ending service

May 14, 2018 News Extra

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Winfield firefighter Seth Heller puts out one of the last hot spots at the scene of a garage fire in Winfield Twp. in 2015.

The Winfield Township Volunteer Fire Department will end its service in the township after 30 years in existence.

Township Secretary Adam Hartwig said the supervisors will vote in August to create an ordinance naming Saxonburg, Herman and Buffalo Township's small volunteer fire departments as the fire service providers for Winfield Township.

Hartwig said he has tried for two years to improve operations at the fire department, to no avail. The decision was made by the supervisors and Hartwig after years of problems with the fire department and because their first responsibility is to ensure township residents receive the best possible fire protection.

The Winfield firefighters are welcome to join one of the three fire departments, but only if they comply with training standards and bylaws, Hartwig said.

Hartwig sent the supervisors in early May a letter to the fire department's board of directors informing them of their intentions to close the fire department.

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.