The Relief Fire Company on Pine Street is allegedly under investigation. A source from the fire company states there is “only a couple of hundred bucks left in the bank” and authorities want to know what happened to their assets. Apparently the investigation stems from a dispute between the Fire Company organization and the Township’s Fire District that is responsible for the fire tax. The source states the Fire Company owns the Pine Street Firehouse and the Fire District rents it from them. There was a dispute over fixing the roof of the firehouse and as the landlord Relief refused to fix it. When the dispute went to court it was discovered that $100,000+ is “missing” from Relief that just a few years ago had plenty of money in their coffers.
The Relief is well known for being America’s Oldest Fire Company but according to several members it has been “run into the ground the last several years by the people in charge of the fire company.” The fire company likes to blame the Fire District for everything when in fact they themselves are the ones to blame. Apparently the fire company has even “thrown out” members that questioned any unethical behavior even one of the fire commissioners that was a one time member.
It should come as no surprise that all those hoagie sales were a scam and the money raised did not go to a good cause. Some members of the now closed Union Fire Company on Washington Street state that they have been kept out of leadership positions at Relief when they joined after their own firehouse was closed. They should be thankful of that now it looks like criminal activity has been uncovered.
More to come on this when the court case and/or investigation is made public.
**To the be very clear the individuals allegedly involved are not the firefighters that actually respond to calls for Mount Holly Fire Dept. The culprits are mostly members of the Relief that are not active firemen and dont even live in Mt Holly. Apparently an “old guard” of non firefighting members have run the organization for quite some time now.