MAHONING COUNTY $667,818 grant coming for 5 fire departments
The chief says the award is the largest so far in Ohio.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield Township Fire Department hopes to double the number of self-contained breathing apparatus units available for its volunteers as well as provide masks for all firefighters and EMT workers, thanks to the $667,818 federal fire act grant.
Fire Chief Brian Hughes told township trustees Wednesday that the award, announced through the federal Department of Homeland Security, is the largest so far in Ohio. The money will be divided among Springfield, Western Reserve Joint Fire District, New Middletown, and Beaver and Coitsville townships.
Hughes said the final details of what each department will get have not arrived. But he said he expects the department to receive 35 additional air packs in addition to the 35 it has now, as well as related safety equipment.
Also Monday, Hughes and Road Superintendent Richard Kennedy announced installation is complete on two dry hydrants near a pond on the Springfield Local Junior-Senior High School property.
The hydrants, Hughes said after the meeting, will provide a six-fold increase in the available water flow for fighting a fire at the school. Two hydrants, connected to the public waterline, are already on the school property.
An access road will now be built for easier fire vehicle access to the new hydrants. The work was made possible by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant. The access road will be built with the help of a grant from the Mahoning County Green Team.
Trustees also agreed to ask The Ohio Public Works Commission for $48,200 to replace a culvert on Felger Road. A storm several weeks ago caused a six-foot cavern under the road, said Trustee Chairman Shirley Heck. She said the road is now closed.
Trustees turned down a request by the village of New Middletown, which had asked if the township could serve as its backup supplier of winter road salt. Kennedy said that the township gets its salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation and that for the last two years, ODOT could not guarantee the township what it needed.
Trustees opened the only bid received for Phase II road work on Phil Rose Avenue. The bid, $58,105 from Faust Construction, Girard, was given to the engineer for review.
Hughes announced that 17 township firefighters have completed their 84-hour Firefighting I course. They are: James Bacon, Ray Davis, Robert Delvaux, Matt Gebhardt, Michael Hughes, Shawn Kelly, Roy Kohler, Al Rivalsky Jr., Dan Bender, Keith Chapman, Brian Delvaux, Chuck Gossard, Thomas Mason, Scott Rice, Albert Rivalsky Sr., David Swansiger and Donald Wharry.
Trustees accepted Nancy Marks of Columbiana as a new firefighter and EMT pending a background check and a physical.