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Fire study recommends fourth fire station in Green by 2024

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent

GREEN As the Green Fire Department officially opened the doors of its third and newest fire station in August, a fire safety study has determined that the city needs a fourth fire station by 2024.

At a special meeting of the Green City Council public safety committee Sept. 8, Fire Chief Jeff Funai updated city officials on a year-long study to determine the safety needs and costs associated with adding a fourth fire station in the City of Green.

City Council previously approved an ordinance allocating $3 million from the unencumbered balance of the NEXUS pipeline fund to conduct the study.

The Study measured benchmarks including square mileage, number of addresses, population, the fire division’s historic call volume, and travel times in order to decrease response times to the southwest quadrant of the city.

Considering options including mutual aid from neighboring departments, relocating Station No. 1 – at 4200 Massillon Road – further to the southwest, creating a joint fire station with a neighboring department, and constructing a fourth fire station.

Funai reported that the team determined constructing a fourth fire station in the southwest quadrant of the city provides the greatest advantage in terms of square mileage of coverage, population and call volume. Station No. 4 would be located in the area of Arlington and Koons roads and would be equipped with an engine/medic company, staffed with a lieutenant and two firemedics, 24 hours a day.

Study recommendations included acquiring land in 2021, hiring six additional firemedics to staff a fourth medic unit, and designing new fire station in 2022 with construction in 2023 and opening in 2024. Estimated cost for land acquisition, design, construction, and vehicles is $4.6 million, with annual operating costs estimated at $1.5 million.

The overall plan would increases the fire operating budget as percentage of total city operating budget to 34 percent by 2024, Funai said. Currently, including the new Fire Station No. 3, the fire division’s annual fire operating budget is 29 percent of the city’s total operating budget.