Western donates disinfectant service to fire department


July 28, 2020



Parsippany, N.J.-based Western Pest Services recently provided the Talleyville Fire Co. with a free Western PurClean disinfection service.

The Western PurClean service was designed to help homes and businesses quickly kill a large spectrum of pathogens and help stop the spread of viruses. High-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and seating areas are common places where viruses linger and can rapidly cause spread from there. With commonly shared equipment such as fire trucks and break areas, these risks can increase for first responders, a news release from Western, a wholly owned Rollins Inc. subsidiary, points out.

“Firefighters, considered essential service workers, did not have a work-from-home option when COVID-19 hit,” Jack Russell, senior account manager at Western Pest Services, said in the release. “Since their duties carried on, donating a disinfection service provided first responders the peace of mind needed to continue to serve their community during this unprecedented time. We feel honored to have been trusted by the team at Talleyville Fire Company.”

Based in Wilmington, Del., the Talleyville Fire Co. details a fascinating history on its website:

After supper on October 24, 1928, thirty Talleyville residents gathered to organize a fire company that would protect their families, friends and neighbors… In those days of rare car ownership and poor roads, fire protection for the Talleyville area was provided by the then-distant Brandywine Hundred and Claymont Fire Companies…

That enthusiastic first meeting gave birth to what is now the Talleyville Fire Company. The founders — including first chief, William A. Hague Jr. — initially chose Goodwill Fire Company for the new organization’s name, but later decided to name the company for its home community. The fledgling fire company moved forward quickly, beginning construction of the fire station and ordering a fire truck from the U.S. Fire Apparatus Company in Wilmington. Several of the company’s original members personally guaranteed loans totaling $11,000 for the construction and equipment. Both building and fire truck were completed about the same time, and the Talleyville Company hosted a parade and celebration on October 12, 1929, when Cranston Heights firefighters housed the apparatus. By the summer of 1931, the loans were paid off and the Talleyville Fire Company was an established protector of its then-agricultural community.

Interestingly, Western was also founded in 1928 — providing pest control services to local homes and businesses in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The company is guided by three values: “Do what you say you’re going to do; deliver quality work in all areas; and treat everyone with dignity and respect.”



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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at hgooch@northcoastmedia.net or 330-321-9754.

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