Tuesday, September 05, 2000

Joint fire district to have new home

Work nearly complete on station

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SILVERTON — When the pounding stops at 7050 Blue Ash Road, a former bank building will be converted into a fire station, housing the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District.

        Fire Chief Don Newman said the building will house eight pieces of fire equip ment.

        “We will be able to operate around the clock from one place,” Chief Newman said. “We have run a joint district for almost 10 years, but we were operating out of separate stations.”

        Most of the administrative offices have moved into a part of the building that has already been renovated, but most of the fire equipment was kept at the Deer Park station since the joint district was formed 18 months ago.

        Chief Newman said that with the joint operation in one place, response time for fires could be reduced to about three minutes to any place in the district.

        “When operating with volunteers, the response time could be from five to as high as 10 minutes,” he said.

        He said they will have a full-time fire chief and an assistant fire chief, two full-time firefighters, a paramedic and an emergency medical technician at the station around the clock.

        The Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District is the third one to be formed in this area. Madeira and Indian Hill formed the first joint fire district. Later Fairfax and Madison Place came together to form a joint district.

        “Consolidation is the way of the future in firefighting,” Chief Newman said. “By us coming together we can afford more equipment than we had before and in a long run this will be a savings for the taxpayers and more efficient firefighting.”

        Deer Park and Silverton passed a levy two years ago to fund the joint district. It is run by an eight-member board, with four representatives from each city.


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