The Lake Township trustees have approved an automatic aid policy that calls for the township fire department to assist the Northwood Fire Department with structure fires.
According to the resolution adopted unanimously by the trustees Tuesday, the township fire department will:
• Automatically send a fire engine from station 1 on Walbridge Road and a rapid intervention team from station 2 on Ayers Road to all reported structure fires in the portion of Northwood covered by the city’s station on Wales Road – primarily the eastern end of the city. A township tanker truck will also be dispatched to fires on Fostoria Road and parts of Williston and Curtice roads where there are no hydrants, according to Todd Walters, township fire chief.
The Northwood Fire Department will automatically send an engine to all reported structure fires in the township. In certain commercial areas, the city will also respond with a ladder truck.
When a report of a structure fire is received, the dispatch center will tone out both fire departments.
The policy allows the on-scene incident commander to request additional resources and directs all ground radio communication to be on Wood County channel 4 once a structure fire is confirmed.
In November, 2010, the trustees approved an automatic response agreement with the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.
Chief Walters said last week the township has responded to eight fires in the district’s jurisdiction since the agreement went into effect and the district has responded to 12 fires in the township in that time.
“I think it’s worked out very well,” he said. “It gives the officers an idea what equipment is coming.”
Unlike a mutual aid agreement between towns for emergency services, which requires a police or fire department to request assistance, the response agreements call for the departments to be dispatched automatically.
Fuel costs up
The township fiscal officer is proposing the trustees consider purchasing fuel for fleet vehicles and propane used by the cemetery and road departments through a state co-operative program to save money.
Vicki Schwamberger advised the trustees that the township spent $12,000 for propane and $116,000 for fuel for vehicles last year and with the outlook for gasoline to increase in cost this year those expenditures are likely to climb higher.
“Should we be bidding these out?” she asked.
The trustees agreed a bidding process or the state program should be considered.
“We are always looking to save,” said Ron Sims, a trustee.