BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia township has reinstated a suspended local fire company following an agreement to change the company’s leadership.

Bensalem Township public safety director Fred Harran said Union Fire Company was back in business as of Friday evening.

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Harran said Monday that the company had failed to follow the township’s “administrative and operational directions” over the past year or year and a half.
Under the agreement, he said, the company will replace longtime chief Vincent Troisi with Ray Hackman. In addition, an oversight committee comprised of firefighters, accountants and business managers will be formed.

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The company initially accused Harran of a vendetta and threatened to take the township to court but relented after two contentious meetings with residents. Other companies were assigned to cover the company’s territory during the suspension.

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