HUBBARD Grant to help set up EMT training

A new law is designed to protect consumers from buying homes and other buildings that could flood.
HUBBARD -- The city has received a $3,830 state grant to train eight firefighters to become emergency medical technicians.
The firefighters will be in training from Aug. 28 to Dec. 11 as "first responders."
Like firefighters during an emergency, they will be paged to respond where there is need for an ambulance, Robert Paternini, safety-service director, told city council Monday night.
They will go to the police department, get the vehicle containing their emergency equipment and go to the scene. They will stabilize the patient until a private ambulance arrives on the scene to transport to a hospital.
Paternini said the EMTs will respond separately from the fire department. He noted that other communities that now operate their own ambulance service began with the first-responder system the city is now developing.
Flood hazard: Council approved a flood-damage prevention program designed to protect consumers from buying houses and other buildings that could flood.
If a contractor wants to put up a building in the city flood plain, a flood hazard area-development permit must be obtained.
If an inspection determines the property is above the flood plain, the permit will be issued. If not, it will not be issued and there won't be any construction.
The flood plain is generally along Mud Run, which runs north and south through the middle of the city.
Logging: During a council caucus session before the regular meeting, Councilwoman Bonnie Viele, D-1st, suggested lawmakers look at zoning regulations to regulate logging.
Her suggestion was in response to a letter council received from 15 residents of Fox Street. The dead-end of Fox has been logged, a practice that has now stopped.
The letter pointed out that residents have had to put up with loud noise, the odor of fresh compost and an area that takes on the appearance of "tornado alley."
They asked that logging be banned in the city.
Viele said the zoning regulations do not address logging, and the city's only tool to control it is to require loggers to post a bond.

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