The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company has served the New Baltimore community since 1945. The fire district covers approximately 25 square miles or 3/4 of the Town. The company currently has 38 dedicated members who spend countless hours training for a wide variety of emergencies and give up their family, work and personal time to ensure the safety of the community. The company is one of five (out of 27) in Greene County that provide EMS services and one of two that have a specially trained Firefighter Assist and Search Team. The FAST team is dispatched to structure fires in eight different districts to rescue firefighters in distress. In 2017, the company responded to 45 fire calls, including 24 mutual aid calls, and 100 EMS calls. Training included active shooter, auto extrication, brush, car and chimney fires, hazardous materials, ice water rescue, search and rescue, solar panel response, overdose, CPR, Basic and Advanced Life Support, and EMS certification among others.
The fire company rolls out on emergencies at all hours of the day and night without knowing what tragic situation they will face. The community should provide our first responders with a safe environment as their training and tasks become more challenging in this modern world. For over two years, the company has worked with Delaware Engineering, fire personnel and local residents in open meetings to plan and design a simple, affordable addition to the existing truck garage that meets current apparatus size and safety standards.
The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company welcomes you to attend one of two public meetings where we will tour the current truck garage, explain the design costs of the proposed addition, and answer questions.
The main components of the Firehouse Improvement Project are anticipated to include:
The current bays in the Medway-Grapeville firehouse were constructed in 1980 and are not large enough to house modern apparatus or meet current safety standards:
Currently, firefighters putting on turnout gear have less than one foot of space to dress. They either need to make do, or wait for trucks to pull out of the garage, increasing turnout times.
Here, 19-1, The District's first out pumper, can be seen barely clearing the vertical height of the garage doors. Additionally, when the door is closed, there is less than two feet of clearance from the door to the front bumper.
Meanwhile, the rear end of 19-1 is within two feet of the back wall. Maneuverability is severly limited around the truck, hampering turnout times and jeopardizing volunteer safety.
Here we see the middle of the truck bay. Turnout gear racks, a hose drying and storage rack, the garage heating system, training materials and seasonal emergency response items take up a significant amount of room.
The rear end of 19-3, the District's rescue pumper is likewise backed almost to the wall, placing it extremely close to a shelf of emergency equipment, as well as a medical oxygen cascade system.
Our EMS response truck is parked in front of the work bench and breathing air compressor, leaving little room to operate the equipment safely. In addtion, the compressor should have protective barriers placed around it, but with trucks being so close, this is not possible.
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The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company members are also taxpaying members of the community and we have attempted to keep project costs as low as possible. Delaware Engineering has prepared preliminary plans and cost estimates to determine the most cost effective way to construct the addition. Based on a total project budget of $1.25MM the anticipated cost to the average property owner in the fire district will be approximately $100/year.
$1,250,000 All Costs Included
Assume 4% interest for 20 years
Public Information Meetings:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6PM - 8 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 AM - 12 PM
Fire District Referendum Election:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6 PM - 9 PM
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