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Copley looking to add four replacement part-time firefighters

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

During its Sept. 19 meeting, the Copley Board of Trustees agreed to begin the hiring process for four Copley-only part-time firefighters/paramedics.

The board’s approval, which allows the fire department to move ahead with the posting and advertising of the positions, caps the cost for advertising and processing applicants at $1,000.

“This is going to replace four personnel who have left the fire department over the last five years and we have not replaced,” said Assistant Fire Chief Keith Moore. “In the past five years or so, we have been hiring joint Copley-Bath contractual personnel who, actually, concentrate more on Station No. 2 shifts, but they work here as well. What we are finding is that we need more people to concentrate on this station, and that would be the Copley-only part-time people.”

Before the vote, Trustee Dale Panovich reiterated the incoming officers were replacement hires.

“These are not additional hires,” she stated.

According to Moore, Copley pays “approximately $19 to $20 an hour for part-time fire medics.”

Also during the meeting:

• The trustees tabled a request from the Copley Fire Department for the purchase of a new fire engine through state of Ohio contract pricing.

The truck is slated to replace the department’s current 30-year-old vehicle.

“Our truck committee has recently been reviewing different manufacturers’ vehicles, and they’re recommending a Pierce engine that’s actually scheduled to be built this fall,” Moore said. “The total cost will not exceed $525,000, and the township’s portion is not going to exceed $445,000. We’re working with the Fire and Rescue Association to have them cover the difference. No formal offer has been made by them, but it’s in talks. The association is going to consider their portion after the township approves purchasing the truck.”

Moore said the department wouldn’t receive the fire engine for “nine to 10 months.”

Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall asked for the motion to be tabled until after she had the chance to speak with Fire Chief Mike Benson about some specific financial aspects of the purchase.

• Service Director Mark Mitchell issued a reminder about the township’s upcoming countywide E-waste collection event.

“That will be held at the Copley Community Center parking lot from Oct. 1 to 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” he said. “This is open to all Summit County residents and businesses to bring their electronic waste and products to be recycled. They’ll take everything except washers and dryers and appliances that have refrigerants. There is a $10 charge for all TV sets, no matter what size.”

• The trustees approved a request by the fire department to send Jim Carter, John Harper, Jim Logsdon, John Gordon and Mike Kamp to an Explosive Recognition and Identification class Sept. 25 at the Medina Fire Department.

“[They] are all members of our regional fire investigation team, in conjunction with Bath, Fairlawn, Norton, Richfield and Copley. We all work together,” Moore stated. “There’s no cost for the actual class, and it’s continuing education that they need.”

• The trustees also unanimously approved the following requests by Copley Police Chief Michael Mier: to send Paul Webb to the 2012 Law Enforcement Conference in Columbus Oct. 25 and 26 for a total cost of $237; to send dispatcher Kim Price to a “critical thinking for dispatchers” seminar Oct. 11 at the Medina County Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $139; to send Sgt. Jack Simone to a supervisor’s course in Richfield Oct. 16 at a cost of $75; and to send Mier and Lt. Luke Marchmon to a Police Liability Seminar in Fairlawn Oct. 24 at a total cost for both of $518.

The next regular Copley Board of Trustees meeting will take place Oct. 3 in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. There will be a public hearing starting at 6 p.m., and the regular meeting will immediately follow.

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