Prairie Township approves dispatching agreement with Grove City

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By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

The Prairie Township trustees have approved a new dispatching agreement.

Fire Chief Allen Scott asked the board to approve a five-year agreement with Grove City to continue the township’s dispatching services.

Effective immediately and ending Dec. 31, 2026, the township agreed to pay $224,905 in 2022, $231,652 in 2023, $238,602 in 2024, $245,769 in 2025, and $253,142 in 2026.

“Our current agreement, which expired on Dec. 31, was for $218,355,” Allen said. “At the end of this agreement, we will remain far below the $310,000 we were spending on dispatcher salaries in 2017.”

In other news, Scott asked the board to approve the purchase of a medicine control cabinet at a cost of $8,200.

“This cabinet will assist us in inventory tracking of our medications and other perishable supplies, as well as increase security for our narcotic medications,” Scott said. “We currently lose about $3,000 to $4,000 worth of expired medication and other supplies each year. The up front cost of this device is $8,200 and the annual software cost is $1,200. I expect to see a return on our investment in less than five years.”

The main supply of medication will be located at Station 241.

According to Scott, the fire department has a drug license to purchase medications, which is signed off by the medical director.

Residents also asked about drug drop-off at the fire stations.

“Due to the DEA license, we are not permitted by law to collect them,” Scott said. “There is a quarterly drug take-back day held at the firehouse, but it does not have to do with the fire department.”

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