New Truro Twp. fire station wins national design award

The Truro Township fire station on Livingston Avenue is a source of community pride at the local, and now national level, with a design award by Fire Chief magazine.

Design firms from across the country entered portfolios for award consideration, which were judged by a panel of architects and fire personnel from the largest submitted collection of fire and emergency facilities in the history of the seven-year-old contest.

Truro Township’s second and newest fire station received a 2007 Station Style Notable Career Design Award and was featured in a two-page spread in the magazine.

Truro Fire Chief Jerry Foltz made the announcement during the Dec. 6 meeting of the Truro Township trustees.

Other Truro Township news

•Foltz said he was approached by a small fire district in southern Ohio about purchasing Engine 164.

"We have this engine out of service because we are using the radio and tools from it to equip the new engine," the chief told the trustees. "I have been looking at fire trucks that are for sale and feel that $30,000 would be a fair price."

The trustees agreed and declared the engine surplus.

•A trash district contract with Rumpke was extended another year under the same agreement. Residents will continue to pay $14.80 and seniors $13.32. Truro Administrator Bob Stapleton said the company offered the same price to Reynoldsburg, with no increase in monthly fees, even though fuel prices have skyrocketed.

•Stapleton noted Rumpke offers a service for disabled residents where workers will pick-up waste containers near the home instead of the curb. According to the hauler, if a disability impairs the ability to walk and verification is provided, Rumpke will carry items to the curb for collection. They ask residents to place all materials in front of their garage or at the top of their driveway before 6 a.m. the day of collection or the night before.

•The township plans to take advantage of a state contract and beat a January price increase in purchasing a new medic. Once the agreement is approved and the vehicle ordered, a company representative reported it would take seven to eight months for delivery. The medic will be equipped with a refrigerator to keep medicines at a constant temperature.

Research conducted by the University of Miami School of Medicine (The Miami Project) discovered inducing mild hypothermia by cooling fluids and medication may be beneficial after injury to the nervous system. The technique is credited with the remarkable recovery of Buffalo Bills football player Kevin Everett after he injured his spinal cord. Therapeutic hypothermia has been in clinical use for cardiac arrest following a task force recommendation in 2002.

"We’re really happy with the thought process that went into that (medic specifications)," added Trustee Pat Mahaffey.

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