Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Pierce firefighters to serve Ohio Twp.

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PIERCE TOWNSHIP — Pierce Township will begin providing fire protection and emergency medical services to Ohio Township residents beginning the first of the year.

        In return, Ohio Township has agreed to construct a firehouse for the Pierce Township Fire Department within Ohio Township. The four-bay firehouse will be adjacent to the Community Building in Mount Pisgah.

        The cost of the firehouse is expected to be about $800,000, and it is expected to be ready by fall 2002.

        The deal also “allows us to provide coverage to our entire township,” said David Coyle, Pierce Township administrator. The township now contracts with a private fire protection service, BMOP, which is based in Amelia, to help provide fire protection. BMOP also provides fire protection services to Batavia, Monroe and Ohio townships.

        “We no longer want to do that (contract with BMOP),” Mr. Coyle said. “And by Ohio Township constructing the building and us occupying it, we can provide our residents with the service that we think they need. And it reduces response time.”

        With construction of the firehouse in Mount Pisgah, Pierce Township will be able to provide fire protection to the northern portion of Ohio Township and the southern and eastern portions of Pierce. Ohio Township has hired CenterLine Architects Inc., based in Blue Ash, to design the firehouse.


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