Pomeroy, Parkesburg and Atglen fire services in the Parkesburg area are being consolidated into the new Keystone Valley Fire Department.
Raymond Stackhouse, a board member of the new fire department, said members of the Parkesburg, Pomery and Atglen fire companies have been working on the plan with local officials for nearly three years.
The service became operational March 19 out of the station at 329 W. First Ave. in Parkesburg.
The name was adopted from the Amtrak train service, Keystone Line, which runs between Philadelphia and Harrisburg and through all of the affected western Chester County communities.
The department is in transition and being managed by temporary officers and directors. The election of new officers and board of directors is scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Parkesburg station.
Open public meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Keystone Valley Fire Department. The next meeting is April 16.
With 16 pieces of apparatus and 60 plus members, organizers of the new department hope to provide a better service through increased manpower, decreased duplication of efforts and improved use of the taxpayer dollar, said Stackhouse.