Mantua – At their last meeting, Mantua-Shalersville Fire Board, Chief Matt Roosa reported that his department responded to 114 calls in November, putting the Department 130 calls ahead of the same time period in 2015. He shared that the majority were EMS calls.
Next, he shared that the contract for full time firefighters had been signed, noting that the new document will be in effect for one year, as opposed to three years, as has been the department’s typical practice. This change is due to healthcare cost considerations in 2017. In related news, the department will be hiring three part-time firefighters soon.
In other news, the Streetsboro, Hiram, and Auburn fire departments assisted the MSFD to battle a chemical fire at Karl Industries Inc. on Chamberlain Road in Mantua Township last Friday. Chief Roosa shared that an employee was injured in the blaze, and transported to Akron Children’s Hospital for treatment. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Now that winter has officially begun, the MSFD advises residents to be prepared. They suggest folks prepare an emergency kit for each vehicle to make it easier to handle unexpected situations while on the icy winter roads. In addition to standard items like jumper cables, they advise drivers to bring a cell phone and charger, blankets, a flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, shovel, sand or kitty litter for traction, bottled water and non-perishable food. Have a safe and happy new year!
The next regularly scheduled Fire Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 9th at 6 pm at the MSFD; residents are encouraged to attend.