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Fire Department tops agenda items

January 11, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

A lot of time was spent at the Jan. 8 Austintown Township meeting, dealing with fire department issues. Trustees voted on items from Haz-Mat to mutual aid contracts.

Fire Chief Andy Frost III started off his report by informing trustees of a grant his department is receiving. He said the Ohio BWC (Bureau of Workman's Comp) is giving Austintown an $8,000 grant for equipment.

"The grant is for replacing our hoods and gloves," Frost said. "The new hoods and gloves are made to keep out carcinogens."

Among the issues for the fire department requiring action from trustees was the approval of the mutual aid list. That list included neighboring departments, the Haz-Mat team, and an agreement with the Youngstown Airbase Fire Department. All the motions were approved.

Trustee Ken Carano asked Frost how mutual aid is put into action.

"Just one phone call is placed to the dispatchers, and there are no questions asked," Frost said.

He said everyone on the mutual aid list knows to respond when asked. He said the first week of the new year saw the Austintown department dealing with five structure fires of which three were in Austintown. The other two were in neighboring townships that had requested mutual aid.

As for the mutual aid agreement with the Youngstown Airbase, Frost said it mainly involves the foam truck which is used for aircraft fires. He said area departments can't afford to purchase and maintain this type of vehicle, but through mutual aid, would have access to the one at the Airbase, should the need arise.

On a different matter, Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw was asked about closing the center during harsh winter weather. He gave the criteria for closing.

"If the Austintown Schools are closed, the Senior Center will be closed," he said. "We figure if the schools deem it unsafe for children, then it is unsafe for seniors too."

He said when the schools have a two hour delay, the Senior Center will be open. It will only close when the schools close.

On a final vote for trustees on Monday, action was taken on what Chairman Jim Davis called "The most important action of the year."

Trustees agreed to set October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as the official time for Halloween (Trick-or-Treat).

"We set Halloween early so everyone else can hop on board," Davis said.

In other business:

Trustees approved a five-year lease agreement for the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force. Austintown will serve as the fiscal agent to handle the funds for the task force under the lease.

Davis thanked the Austintown Fraternal Order of Police for their efforts in providing Christmas to 10 needy families. He also thanked Buffalo Wild Wings for allowing him to celebrity bartend and help raise $1,000 for needy families, which was matched by Greg Greenwood.



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