At the last meeting, Fire Chief Matt Roosa asked the board to grant a six-month leave of absence to Firefighter Desiree Dlugokecki, as well as acceptance of the resignation of Firefighter Gary Lane and the voluntary termination of Firefighter Zach Bernstein. The board unanimously approved all actions. Similarly, Chief Roosa noted that the department is currently accepting applications for Part -Time Firefighter/Paramedic/EMT. Applications may be picked up at the Fire Station (10303 State Route 44 in Mantua). For further information, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Chris Mullins at
In similar news, the Chief noted that the department would be utilizing a paperless scheduling system to streamline the station’s staffing needs. This new system provides the capability for firefighters to log in via phone, iPad, or home computer to check their schedule and pick up days. It also tracks vacation and sick time, and sends reminders messages and texts for scheduling coverage, as well. “This will provide a tremendous reduction in the time Assitant Chief Mullins and I spend on scheduling, while providing our team with an easy to use scheduling solution,” Chief Roosa explained. Lastly, he noted that health insurance plans are currently under review, and that negotiations for the full-time contract are underway.
In order to safely enjoy festive holiday decorations, it’s best to follow some basic safety precautions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds us to water real, cut Christmas trees daily, and dispose of them immediately if they become dry. The NFPA notes that although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. In addition, placing your Christmas tree too close to a heat source is something to watch out for; since having a heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires. While they note that many people enjoy lighting candles during the holiday season, they ask people to keep fire safety in mind, since candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires. They advise that when you plan to enjoy that new pine or gingerbread-scented holiday candle, be sure its placed at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, and make sure the candle holder is sturdy and won’t tip over. Also, never leave a burning candle unattended. By following these basic safety precautions, you and your family can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, January 8th at 6 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.