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Bath fire hydrants to be color coded

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the Sept. 3 Bath Board of Trustees meeting, members learned the Bath Fire Department is completing its annual inspection of all the fire hydrants in the area to ensure they are working properly in the event of an emergency.

In addition to testing the hydrants, they also will be color coded so rescue workers will know just how well each hydrant works at a glance.

Hydrants that are marked in blue have a flow of 1,500 gallons per minute, which is very strong, according to township officials. Green hydrants have a flow between 1,000 and 1,499 gallons per minute, which will still work well in residential areas. Orange hydrants have a flow between 500 and 999 gallons per minute, which is marginally acceptable. Red hydrants have a flow of fewer than 500 gallons per minute and are inadequate.

“We don’t have very many of the red,” said Fire Chief Walter Hower, “which is a good thing.”

Now, in an emergency situation, firefighters can easily see where the strongest water flow is and work quickly and efficiently to put the fire out, he said.

“This will work much better for identifying purposes,” Hower said.

Hower also reported that all the schools in the area have successfully had their first fire drill of the school year.

“They must have one within the first 10 days of classes,” Hower said.

In other safety news, Police Chief Michael McNeely reported several officers recently attended a course on how a single officer should respond to an active shooter.

McNeely also said Contrell Alford, a former McDonald’s employee who stole $20,000 from the company, is now serving four years and 11 months in jail. Alford was employed at the Montrose location.

In other business, the trustees:

  • accepted the resignation letters of three summer employees: Leah Blachaniec, Stephen Troike and Luke Singer. Trustees said all three did an excellent job for the township and hoped they return again next summer;
  • appointed Bath Administrator Vito Sinopoli to the position of deputy zoning inspector, replacing Martha Perch, who retired earlier this year; and
  • learned progress is being made with the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) in Montrose. A survey was offered online through the beginning of the week asking participants their idea for a better Montrose.

The board’s next meeting will be Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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