OSCEOLA – We have an update on a story we've been tracking – a warning from Penn Township Fire to Osceola they can't keep covering fire calls for free.
Last week, the board got rid of four of its top-ranked firefighters, saying they were looking to reorganize the department.
Officials asked Penn Township firefighters to be their first responders to calls.
On Wednesday, Penn Fire Chief John VanBruaene addressed the board telling them Penn does not have the budget to cover their calls for an indefinite time.
VanBruaene says he encouraged the board to consider a merger with Penn to form a fire territory.
About 45 people attended the meeting.
VanBruaene says he has asked for a decision from the board by next Wednesday.
VanBruaene says if Osceola joined a fire territory, it would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 house approximately $7 extra a month in taxes.