A resolution that gives the township fire chief the discretion to provide emergency help anywhere in the state has been approved by the Lake Township trustees.
The resolution authorizes the chief or officer on duty to respond to a request for assistance from any political subdivision in the state and eliminates the need for a contract or mutual-aid agreement.
Richard Welling, a township trustee, said the township had offers of aid from fire and emergency medical service departments throughout the state in the wake of the June 2010 tornado that ripped through the township.
The Ohio Revised Code already provides for statewide cooperation among fire departments.
“Any firefighting agency of this state or any private fire company may provide fire protection to any state agency or instrumentality, county, or political subdivision of this state, or to a governmental entity of an adjoining state, without a contract to provide fire protection…” the code says.
In other business, the trustees approved a contract with RCC Consultants, Inc., Glen Allen, Va., to have the firm study the township’s dispatching facilities and the feasibility of a merger with the dispatching center of the City of Northwood.
The study is being funded by a grant from the state’s Local Government Initiative Fund. The contract is for $65,840.
Welling said RCC’s study will cover equipment and location issues.
The firm’s work is part of an assessment that the township, cities of Northwood and Rossford, and villages of Millbury and Walbridge are conducting to determine if it is feasible to merge the Northwood and township dispatching centers.
Rossford and Walbridge now contract with Lake Township for 24-hour 9-1-1 dispatch service. That call center is housed in a former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road and Northwood handles its own emergency dispatching service from the police department office on Wales Road.
The Village of Millbury contracts with Lake Township for police coverage.
Poggemeyer Design Group is also being retained to study how a regional system could be administered.
One possibility is the formation of a council of governments that would include a fiscal officer and a board to supervise operations.