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Fire District announces new service

July 3, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On June 27, the Cardinal Joint Fire District held a press conference at Station 2 on Herbert Road to reveal the new ambulance service for Canfield. At 7 a.m. on July 1 the district went to a full-time ambulance service out of all three stations.

The Cardinal Joint Fire District operates three stations. Station 1 is located on Lisbon Street in the City of Canfield. Station 2 is the newest addition that was built on Herbert Road. Station 3 is on Messerly Road in Canfield Township.

The idea for ambulance service goes back three years. In 2015 the district bought its first ambulance, a 2002 vehicle that was meant to be in service to back up Lanes ambulances.

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Captain Rob Tieche was pleased to see the plan for full time ambulance service come to pass. On June 27 it was announced the district's three ambulances would go into full-time 24/7 service at 7 a.m. on July 1.

"It has been necessary for the District to invest in ambulances to provide its residents with timely transportation to the hospital, which was previously provided by private ambulance services that have become more and more taxed over the last several years," said Fire Chief Don Hutchison.

He said after the first ambulance was purchased, it was put into service to back up Lanes, but every year the calls increased and the need for the fire department to have the service full time was apparent. A committee was formed and research was done.

The most recent purchases was one used 2017 ambulance that was a company demo model and the new 2017 ambulance that completed the fleet of three. Now there is one ambulance at each station on a full-time basis.

As for personnel, Hutchison said the district has nine full time paramedics and 25 EMTs (Emergency Medical Technician).

"We are a dual-responsibility department," Captain Rob Tieche said. "All of our people are trained in fire fighting and as an EMT or higher."

Tieche said one big plus for the program is that each fire station is strategically placed. The ambulance can respond anywhere in Canfield City or Township within five minutes.

"We are extremely pleased to provide this service," said CJFD Board member and Canfield Township Trustee Marie Cartwright. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the support of our residents."

The Paramedics and EMTs at each station will have their equipment located between the fire trucks and the ambulance. Depending on the call, they will be able to place their equipment quickly on the vehicle they respond with. If it be the ambulance, the staff would be equipped to fight a fire if the need arises.

"We continue to improve our service to the taxpayers and meet the expected goals placed upon us," Hutchison said.



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