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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Lfr Adds New Ambulance To Fleet To Combat Lagging Response Times

In order to improve response times, LFR has added a 7th ambulance to its fleet. Medic Unit 1, previously a reserve unit, has been upgraded to a full-time "front line" ambulance.

Currently, on average, the front line units answer an average of nearly 3,600 calls a year.

"Medic 8 answered 4,034 last year," Trouba said. "These units are busy. That's over 10 calls a day. And when you take into account each call takes at least an hour, sometimes two or three, and there's paperwork that has to be filled out for each call too. It takes a toll on our guys."

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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Fema Grant Brings New Truck To Onset Fire Department

. The truck was obtained through a FEMA grant that Captain Jeff Dias and Captain Howard Anderson spent well over six months working on.

“People never see the hours of work we put into accomplishing something like this,” Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin said. “We’re extremely proud of Captains Dias and Anderson for their commitment to this town.”

The grant, which comes through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, gave $285,000 to the department for the purchase of the new vehicle. The department was only required to match 5 percent of those funds in return.

According to FEMA Fire Program Specialist David Parr, the grant process is extremely competitive with more than 10,000 applicants per year and only 2,000 grants awarded.

“Grants like these really make a difference in small communities” Parr said. “And as a former firefighter, I know how important this is for Onset.”

The new tanker replaces a 1983 military surplus tank truck which was obtained through the through the Federal Excess Property Program at no cost in 2001.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Onset Fire gets a new fire truck

The truck, which publicly debuted at a Fire District meeting Thursday night, has already been put to work at a fire in Plymouth, said Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin. “It was already put to the test and it works great,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin thanked two captains, Jeff Dias and Howard Anderson, for their work in grant writing.

“It takes so much time to write a grant, to get the wording just so, and these two men have put in a lot of hours, unseen by everyone, making sure we get that money,” said the chief.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Dayton Fire Department Upgrades Emergency Vehicles

The fire department says the emergency vehicles will replace two older vehicles. 

The department says the they'll use the new vehicles to respond to more than 7,000 calls in the community during one year.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2018

Developers' Plans For Historic Roanoke Fire Station Include Black Dog Salvage Store And Tap House

Ahead of the next City Council meeting, Old School Partners has submitted a proposal and plans for the property. Seven bed-and-breakfast-style rooms, along with an open event space, would be upstairs. And downstairs the group imagines a mixed use space with a tap house, pop-up vendor and also retail in the form of a Black Dog Salvage general store.

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