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Mayor Returns, Provides Update on Fire Co. Consolidation Process, New Deputy Chief Appointed



Bristol Borough Mayor Joseph Saxton returned from a brief stint away due to health related issues and provided an update on changes borough fire companies are working on together, and  council appointed a new borough deputy chief to the fire service at its last meeting.

Council vice-president Betty Rodriguez celebrated the mayors return simply saying “he’s back” gesturing towards Saxton, with those in attendance cheering loudly. .

Saxton thanked council and the community for their support while he was away.

“Hopefully we’re back for good, he said “I’m not sure I’ll be at everything for the first month or two, but I hope to be at the(Christmas) parade that’s for sure.”

“We’re all happy that he’s back,” Rodriguez  said.

Saxton,  as part of his monthly report, updated council on his efforts to “bring the fire companies together” citing the state survey completed earlier this year on the borough fire services.

The Mayor said the now four fire companies have been meeting regularly in an effort to bring their efforts together. .

Credit: Bristol Borough

They’re working very hard. They have a company they have hired, that is leading them through the process of forming an association which is the primary recommendation in the state survey. That is the first big step in compliance with the studies recommendations,  he said.

As part of the formation process, a name will have to be chosen, and then the next step will be changing the borough fire ordinance which is being worked on now and is in the preliminary stages of development, said Saxton.

The study calls for the borough to restructure the fire chiefs reporting responsibilities to the borough manager. It also suggests the  fire ordinance to be reworked to determine the needs of borough and community the fire companies serve.

“The Borough should review, revamp and codify the Bristol Borough Municipal Code Chapter 7 as a means to determine, with the Fire Companies what the Borough and the citizens need in in the 21st Century in regard to Community Fire Protection, and what the Fire Companies need to achieve success in these areas,” the January 2021 report says.

To view a copy of the 2021 Fire Study please click here and do the same on the following page.


In related borough fire news  Alexander “AJ”  DeAngelis  the Fire Chief of Bristol Consolidated Fire Station 50  was approved to be deputy borough Fire Chief by council in a unanimous vote.

DeAngelis received an enthusiastic stamp of approval from  Saxton and Emergency Manager Merle Winslow.

Borough Fire Chief Herb Slack and first deputy Paul Gosline initially submitted DeAngelis’ name for the appointment, Saxton said.

“He’s very well trained and he’ll be a great asset to the town” said Winslow.











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State Grant Presented to Bristol Area Fire Companies by Santarsiero, Davis




State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Tina Davis (D-141) visited four Bristol fire companies Thursday to announce state grant awards to support public safety and the work of the fire companies.

The four awards are as follows:

“Our local volunteer fire companies, the firefighters, administrators, and support personnel, sacrifice so much to protect us all,” said Rep. Davis. “This state funding will help them obtain the equipment that they need to do their job a little more safely and effectively. Thank you to these amazing individuals for their selfless dedication to keeping our community safe.”

“Our volunteer firefighters do tremendous work, putting the community first to keep us safe,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I was happy to support these funds for equipment upgrades at four companies that serve Bristol Borough and Bristol Township, ensuring these brave men and women have the necessary resources to continue to serve the community.  It is critical we continue to support our fire companies and volunteer firefighters who work tirelessly on the front line to protect us.”

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date



The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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