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PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O'HARE Bethlehem Township volunteer firefighter John Halleman IV goes to training right after he's sworn in. PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O'HARE Bethlehem Township volunteer firefighter John Halleman IV goes to training right after he's sworn in.

New volunteer firefighter sworn in

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

At a time in which it's getting increasingly difficult to find volunteers, Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. has added a new firefighter to its rolls. At the Aug. 6 commissioners' meeting, the first thing President Paul Weiss did was administer the oath to John Halleman IV, age 32.

A 1997 Notre Dame HS graduate, Halleman's interest in firefighting was sparked by a distant relative. He and his wife, April, have been married a year and have just moved into the township.

First formed by Civil Defense wardens in 1946, Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company expanded last year with a new wing for a fleet that includes two pumpers, six advanced life support ambulances and a Medic 1 truck.

But with the expansion, there are some parking problems along the south side of Hamilton Street. Vehicles parked along that street, between Cypress and Eighth streets, are making it difficult to get equipment in and out of the bays.

"It creates a safety issue," Township Manager Howard Kutzler told Commissioners.

So in addition to swearing in a new volunteer, the commissioners unanimously agreed to advertise a new ordinance that will ban parking along that portion of Hamilton Street.