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Oregon officials are proposing a day shift in the volunteer fire department in an attempt to improve response times.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association (OFCA) conducted a study this summer that looked at fire department service delivery and demands of service, as well as an examination of the condition of the three fire station facilities. Based on the study, the city will make recommendations on personnel and fire station upgrades that are expected to be implemented next year.

Fire Station 41 is located at 5002 Seaman Road; Station 42 is located at 1102 S. Wheeling Street; and Station 43, at 4421 Bayshore Drive. Although the study showed the stations were outdated and in need of upgrades, City Administrator Mike Beazley said the top priority is to make personnel changes to improve response times. The fire station improvements, which may include the construction of a new fire station, will come later.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association developed a survey, in conjunction with its review of the Oregon Fire and Rescue Department facilities and services, to gain input from members of the department.

The survey sought information concerning issues affecting current and future service delivery, communication, training, facilities and opportunities for improvement. The surveys were completed online. Thirty-seven members, including officers, completed the survey.

Among the findings:
• Some felt many emergency responses were handled by a core group of personnel and that other personnel had poor attendance records and were “in it for the money.”

The International Park Storage Pipeline project will receive a low interest loan from The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, it was announced last week.

Toledo is installing the underground storage pipeline and basin to help minimize the effects of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO’s), which will improve water quality in the Maumee River.

The project, part of the Toledo Waterways Initiative, will be paid for in part through a $26.2 million low-interest loan from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. The boat may hit an unseen object, a wave may capsize the boat, a sudden storm may make it too difficult to navigate, or equipment may fail.

In situations like these, owning and registering an emergency locator beacon can mean the difference between life and death.

Representatives from the National Safe Boating Council say they hope stories of boaters and their loved ones facing tragic outcomes will resonate with others about how an emergency locator beacon can save lives.

These boaters were truly “Saved by the Beacon.”

 A new planning document that will serve as a guideline for the future development of unincorporated land in Wood County is “in the home stretch,” the Lake Township trustees were informed Tuesday.

 Dave Steiner, director of the Wood County Planning Commission, said the formulation of a land-use plan for the county – a process that began early this year – is nearing its completion.




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