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DVD highlights Granger Fire Department’s ice rescue training

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

During the March 11 Granger Board of Trustees meeting, Granger Firefighter Association President Kevin Hylbert showed a DVD made by firefighter Caleb Schuster of a Saturday afternoon session that was part of a three-day ice-rescue training exercise the department took part in last month.

Most of the footage in the video was shot by a camera inside one of the firefighters’ helmets. Hylbert explained the importance of this exercise and talked about a recent case in which a woman and two dogs fell through the ice on Granger Lake, resulting in the rescue of the woman and one dog and the death of the other dog. After the screening of the video, Hylbert presented trustees Richard Pace and John Ginley with certificates for participating in the ice-rescue training last month. The two trustees played the roles of the victims being rescued.

Also during the meeting, Fire Chief Jim Paulett said there were nine fire calls and 24 EMS calls in February. He said other Fire Department business included a fire drill and hood inspection at Highland High School and a site review of Shepherd’s Grace Church.

Paulett also addressed the issue of long driveways in the township, which he said had been identified through Google. He explained firefighters need to be prepared with a longer hose for fires at residences with driveways longer than 900 feet. Paulett said he will send out letters requesting permission from residents living at these houses for their driveways to be marked on the roadways and for the Fire Department to inspect their property for any other obstructions for fire trucks. He said he hopes to accomplish this before the end of June.

Paulett also said he plans to form a four-member committee to investigate the replacement of the department’s 2006 EMS unit. He also plans to make a request for nine members to attend the upcoming Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis April 25-27.

Paulett discussed two quotes on an inverter for an EMS unit. He said the least expensive one he found was for $1,500 from the Emergency Vehicle Repair Service. He requested approval from the trustees for that quote.

Paulett also addressed two upcoming Fire Department events that are open to the public: an Easter party March 30 at 1 p.m. and a pancake breakfast April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fire Department is located at 3737 Ridge Road.

In other business:

  • Service Director Mark Novak addressed residents’ complaints about the blockage of a culvert on Stony Hill Road. He and Paulett discussed plans to open it up with fire hoses. He also announced that the berming of the township roads will take place sometime this spring.
  • Novak also addressed the issue of replacing one of the township’s plow trucks. He said one option he had considered was a GMC truck with a base price of $21,999. He said he plans to shop at local dealers for matching or better prices on plow trucks.
    Novak also said that of the 900 tons of salt he ordered, there are currently 300 tons still stored in the salt shed.
  • Zoning Inspector Annie George said she issued a lot split and three zoning permits for three homes in February.
    She also reported on the variance for Shepherd’s Grace Church and said the parking space expansion and gravel driveway proposals were denied, but the illuminated sign was approved.
  • Sexton Rita Feess reported she sold four nonresidential lots throughout February and sold three March 10.
  • Fiscal Officer Barbara Beach said she received a note from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding the updating of its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). She also stated a local government conference in Columbus is scheduled for April 3-4.
  • Trustee Richard Pace said the 73 Granger voters in the Medina City School District will receive a notice in the mail instructing them to vote on the district’s May levy at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3355 Medina Road.
  • At an executive session following the meeting, a motion was made to set a special meeting to hold an employee disciplinary hearing. The date and time of that meeting was not yet determined.

The next Granger Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road.

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