Friday, October 27, 2000

Fire stations offer tours

Aim to boost levy for township's dept.

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — All four of the township's fire stations will be open to the public for tours from noon to 4 p.m Saturday.

        Fire officials will use the occasion to highlight the fact that a fire levy is on the ballot Nov. 7, and remind residents that as they change their clocks back an hour early Sunday, they also should change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

        “All four stations will be open to the public and they can come in and see what they're paying for,” said Dave Jennings, spokesman for the Colerain Township Department of Fire and EMS. “They can see what we do, our equipment, meet the people that they hire, the whole nine yards.”

        The fire department's four stations will be staffed by a complement of 26 firefighters during the open house. The four stations are located at: 3251 Springdale Road; 3360 West Galbraith Road; corner of Old Colerain and West Kemper Road; and at Springdale and Thompson roads.

        The fire department is also using the occasion to alert people about the need for the fire levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

        Residents are voting on a five-year, additional 4.34-mill levy that will generate about $4.4 million a year. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $126 a year.

        The need for an additional levy is due to the increasing number of fire and emergency medical runs in the township over the past decade. Fire runs have increased from 1,388 in 1990 to 2,149 in 1998, while medical runs have gone up from 2,958 in 1990 to 5,060 in 1998.

        Fire Chief Bruce Smith said the number of emergency medical runs could reach 13,000 by the year 2009.

        The township currently has a 6.96-mill fire levy that has been in effect since 1988and generates $4.6 million a year.

        Chief Smith has said the department would like to increase staffing from 26 to 32 at the four stations over the next five years.


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