Madison Township Fire Station 183 gets a fire truck

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Madison Township Firefighter Sheldon Faller, right, and Lt. Doug Smith, left, work on Station 183’s fire engine, recently placed into service at the station located at the northern limit of the township.

When Madison Township opened Fire Station 183, located at 3228 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, in 2018, the township trustees and the fire department promised one day an engine would join the medic unit and less than three years later, that promise was fulfilled on March 6.

“A fire engine was in the discussion, but there was no specific date or time frame for when or if the apparatus and staff would be added,” said Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson. “Due to increased emergency calls, the recent Insurance Services Office report, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant that provided three additional full-time firefighters, the department was presented an ideal opportunity to make this addition. The SAFER Grant award also included timelines that the hired personnel would start before March 10 and that their addition would aid in the implementation of an additional engine company to serve the community.”

While Station 183’s engine went into service this month, it was not a new piece of equipment. Crews are operating the fire department’s 2005 reserve fire truck at this time. A committee made up of department members is currently looking at options for a new fire truck design and specification.

Currently, manufacturers have a 12 to 14-month order and build time for new apparatus.

Prior to the addition of engine 183, Station 183 was staffed with three personnel on each shift for medic 183. Now that a fire engine is stationed there, a crew of five to six personnel will operate on each of the three shifts.

“With the increase of the three new full-time personnel, one per shift, and an increase of our part-time staffing, we are able to meet this need,” said Robinson. “The SAFER grant covers the wage and benefits costs of the three new full-time firefighters for three years.”

According to Robinson, the benefits of adding a fire engine to Station 183 are reduced response times to the northern part of the district, a potential change from the current Insurance Services Office rating from three to two, an additional apparatus that can provide advanced life support medical care, and the ability to have engine 181 and engine 182 in-service more often to respond in the Groveport and Canal Winchester area by not being on calls in station 183’s response area.

The potential ISO rating change could benefit both residential and commercial property owners’ insurance costs depending on an individual’s carrier or policy. Also, by having engine 183 in service, it will reduce utilizing outside resources and mutual aid responses from other agencies.

“I appreciate the support from the Madison Township trustees, Administrator Brobst, Fiscal Officer Vermeer and the fire department personnel that have helped make this great addition to our community,” said Robinson.

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