This week, the board of directors of the Western Reserve Joint Fire District were presented with the plans for an addition to Fire Station 92 on Ohio 170 near Dobbins Elementary School. The plans will incorporate several new bays to handle the district's growing fleet.
"We got the go ahead from voters last year when they passed the levy," said WRJFD Chief David "Chip" Comstock. "Our first promise was a new engine and expanding Station 92."
He said at present, fire calls from Station 92 often require moving the chief's vehicle to get out the fire truck. When the truck returns from the incident, it has to back in off Ohio 170, which presents a danger on a busy road.
He said Station 91 in the Village of Poland used to have that problem, but now has a pass through off U.S. 224 that allows the fire trucks to pull into the station and drive through to the front. It saves backing up.
The plans for the Station 92 addition would offer a paved lot to the rear that would allow a pull through and eliminate the need to back off a busy highway.
The addition would also provide two more rooms that could house four vehicles including a big ladder truck.
"We would be adding one truck from Station 93 and purchasing a new pumper," Comstock said.
The new pumper will be housed at North Hill Station 93. The old pumper, a 1984 model, is the one that will be moved to Station 92.
The cost of the new pumper is $399,000 and it has already been ordered. Comstock said he expects delivery around Dec. 14.
The district also purchased a used 1989 Pierce Lance Heavy Rescue truck that will soon take its place in the Poland fleet.
"It's a giant tool box," Comstock said. "It will carry equipment that presently sits on our shelves."
He said the water and ice rescue equipment as well as Hazmat equipment are among the items that will go in the truck. Presently, the items have to be loaded onto a truck when needed.
The heavy rescue vehicle was purchased from Long Island, N.Y. Comstock said it is in excellent condition and well worth the $48,500 price tag.