District using levy as planned

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Cumberland Trail Fire District would like to inform the residents of the fire district regarding the utilization of the 5-mill replacement levy that was approved by the voting public in last November’s election.

During the campaign for passage of the levy, the fire district promoted to have a quality fire department that provides quality service they needed to have quality personnel, equipment and facilities.

Since the passage of the levy this is exactly what the fire district has been striving to achieve. To present date the district has hired three additional full time personnel which have allowed a minimum staffing level of seven line firefighters and two chief officers Monday through Friday during day time hours and a minimum of seven line firefighters on afternoon and weekends and only dropping to six on midnight hours during the entire week.

The fire district has also developed a line item in the budget that solely supports training and education of the personnel. By the end of September four individuals that serve in officer roles will have completed Fire Officer I through the Ohio Fire Chief’s Office. The district will have three individuals that will have completed break out training sessions at the Ohio Fire & EMS Expo in various aspect ends of fire, EMS and rescue. Also by the middle of Oct. 8 officers and two firefighter paramedics will have completed the two day Ohio Oil and Gas Symposium.

In the month of March, 33 department members completed an eight hour course entitled Haz Mat I.Q., a class that teaches identification and action based upon the periodic table of elements. Also the month of June saw seven full time staff members complete fire safety inspector course.

The department recently completed an upgrade of a 2006 Ford ambulance with the patient compartment being remount onto a new 2013 Chevy chassis. This remount program allows for a major cost savings as opposed to buying a complete new unit.

The district is in the early stages of developing specifications to replace a fire apparatus that will soon be 30 years old.

The facility aspect end is set to have a remodel of our laundry room and shower room that is located at Station on South Marietta Street. General outside painting occurred at Station 23-2 located on Stewart Drive. Additional general maintenance and upgrades are planned for 2014 at Station 23.

The Fire Board, Chief Ken Saffell and all the members of Cumberland Trail Fire District wish to thank all the individuals, businesses and community organizations for their continued support as we strive to fulfill the mission through are vision and core values. It is of great importance that we maintain an open relationship with all our support groups and keep them informed of the fiscal responsibility that we take here at Cumberland Trail Fire District.

DeFrank may be reached at rdfrank@tiemsleaderonline.com