3rd Canfield station won't be on Herbert Road

CANFIELD — The Canfield Joint Fire District sees a third fire station in the township’s future, but that station won’t necessarily be at the new township park.

Instead, the best location will be determined by a committee and recommended to the fire district board by the chief — after a process that could take one to three years, Chief Bob Tieche said today at the fire board’s meeting.

Press reports that suggest the fire station will be built at the new park on Herbert Road concern Tieche and the board, who said there are many issues to consider before deciding on a location.

Tieche said a district committee is going to study where the station should be built based on criteria that will be considered by the Insurance Service Office.

The district must consider response times, population and areas with numerous calls, Tieche added.

The ISO rates fire departments on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst. A department’s ISO rating directly affects homeowners’ and businesses’ insurance rates, Tieche said.

In parts of the Canfield area that have municipal water, the district’s rating is 4. In parts where there is no water service, the rating is 8 or 9, Tieche said.

There are also plans to buy a new tanker truck to carry water to areas that don’t have it, so the district can pass the ISO’s test that requires a certain amount of water to be carried in a certain amount of time.

That would improve the district’s rating in the areas that don’t have water service.

“We’ve never done the test,” Tieche said. “We need apparatus and equipment.”

The district’s ISO committee also will consider the specifications the truck needs to meet.

Board member Steve Rogers said $450,000 is budgeted for the truck.

The board passed a resolution that states it will not act toward building a new station until the chief makes a recommendation for a location.

Board member Andrew Skrobola said the resolution was not written in response to the press reports but would have been passed anyway to establish a routine for spending money from the 1.1-mill continuous levy for equipment and buildings that voters passed in November.

But there shouldn’t be reports to the public that the new station will be built on Herbert Road, he added.

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