Friday, February 18, 2000

Council to discuss fire dept. probe

Addyston service may be dissolved

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ADDYSTON — Council will meet tonight to discuss the preliminary report from an investigation into the village's fire department.

        The department was disbanded in November because of poor record-keeping and citizens' complaints.

        A vote to finally dissolve the fire department could occur, but Mayor Carole Kolb said she wasn't sure it would take place.


        “I don't really expect action (tonight),” said Mayor Kolb. “But I may be surprised, too.”

        The fire department was disbanded pending an investi gation by the village fire marshal. Since then, fire protection has been provided by the village of Cleves, and emergency medical services by the Miami Township Fire Department.


        Neither Ms. Kolb nor Coun cilman Gary O'Connor, chairman of council's Fire Committee, would say exactly what the investigation found.

        But Mr. O'Connor said the preliminary report “has been enough to justify dissolving the fire department. Council will make the decision.”

        Mr. O'Connor said he will be out of town and unable to attend tonight's meeting. Ms. Kolb has said she would like a “full council before they take any vote.”

        The fire committee had examined the department and found “poor record-keeping,” and members said they could not tell who was responding to emergency calls and what level of training and certification personnel had. They also said the department had not filed fire investigation reports with the stateand lacked a medical protocoland medical director.

        The special meeting is at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 235 Main St.

        “I felt it is important to let people know what is happening,” said Ms. Kolb.

        The fire department was temporarily disbanded because the village feared legal liability if there were questions about an emergency run and answers could not be provided.


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