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LIVERPOOL EAST – The two chiefs of the city’s security forces provided updates to the council’s security committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Fire Chief Bill Jones discussed a number of plans, including securing funding for a new fire station and arming the city’s tactical emergency medical service team.
Jones said he was watching federal Bill 3728 closely as a possible source of money. Congress is considering legislation, which would provide $ 2 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build new fire stations across the United States.
“He has bipartisan support, and it looks like he’ll move through the House and go to the Senate,” He explained, adding that it is currently suggested that half of the money goes to career firefighters, like the one in East Liverpool, while the other billion will go to volunteer firefighters. “It costs between $ 2 million and $ 4 million to build a station, and I don’t know what the connection would be. “
Currently, the Chamber is studying the possibility of making a series of blueprints and models available to candidates in order to save these costs for which departments to choose from.
Jones said the location of the central fire station in downtown East Liverpool is perfect; however, he is still investigating other city-owned properties to see what the area’s response times would be to different areas of the city.
The current station is about 7,800 square feet, and he said he hopes to expand it to 10,000 and make it a one-story station.
“We now fall under the responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and not of workers’ compensation”, Jones said, noting that he would like to have a frontage of at least 32 feet to ensure the safety of the firefighters when they take out the overhead truck to wash it. Right now at the pie-shaped train station in the city center, which lacks a facade, firefighters have to dodge traffic to get the job done. “I want to make sure everyone is as safe as they can be. This is my number one priority – ensuring the safety of residents and my firefighters. “
In addition to possibly arming the city’s tactical EMS, which would be deployed in the event of an active shooter situation, Jones would also like to open a training center at ELFD, so the department can train new firefighters in-house and not have to send them to Columbus. He’s excited about the prospects associated with the center, but it’s still in the future.
Speaking of tactical EMS, Jones said establishing a policy allowing these members to carry a firearm if that particular team is deployed would allow them to protect not only themselves, but their patients as well, while the police take care of the bad guy.
“Most people bleed to death before people can reach them” He explained, as the current policy in most jurisdictions is that the police effort come first, and that the fire treats the wounded outside while they are sorted.
In June 2018, Ohio’s revised code 109.771 was approved by lawmakers. Jones worked with Police Chief John Lane, City Legal Director Charles Payne and Security Service Director David Dawson on a policy to put it in place in East Liverpool as team members are trained at the Ohio Police Office Training Academy (OPOTA). They would not perform their duties unless the unit was mobilized and would have to qualify every year, much like the police do.
While the police make the initial entry, Tactical EMS would follow with teams of two (one treats the patient, another stands guard).
Jones emphasized the importance of having effective security forces as one of the key elements in successful community revitalization. The salvation for cities like East Liverpool is its police and firefighters, as they help attract business and rebuild municipalities.
Communities, which have good quality of life opportunities in their security forces, schools and parks, tend to thrive. “I firmly believe that we have the building blocks”, he concluded.
Lane didn’t have much to say that hadn’t been said before.
During his brief update on the state of his department, Lane pointed out that the ELPD is still understaffed (16 agents in total in cash), but he finds that the understaffing is hampering the capacity of the city to get grants. He also highlighted the continued need for cruisers as they have 20 but many are over 100,000 miles and require significant maintenance.
City officials gave Lane money last year for a new cruiser, which normally costs up to $ 65,000 with equipment; However, he was able to buy two used low-mileage ones from an Oklahoma dealership to save money.
This meeting followed a meeting of the city’s finance committee, where members voted to return tentative agreements with the ELPD Fraternal Order of Police Captains and Patrol Bargaining Units to Council. as a whole for consideration.
The council will meet Monday at 6 p.m. in town hall.