2017-08-12 / News

Licking Township Fire Company sets monthly run record

By Charles Prince

JACKSONTOWN – After setting a one-day run record with 12 runs on Sunday, July 2, the Licking Fire Company set an all-time monthly record with 118 runs in July, Fire Chief Mike Wilson told Licking Township Trustees Monday night.

The record month included 68 EMS runs, 42 fire runs and eight water rescues. Wilson said the company made two runs to last weekend’s Werk Out Festival at Legend Valley. He’s not sure what to expect when the first ever Lost Lands Music Festival comes to Legend Valley Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Wilson said 25,000 to 30,000 fans are expected. About 2.000 were at the Werk Out Festival.

The Lost Lands website invites fans for three days of camping, headbanging, dinosaurs and the heaviest bass on the planet, featuring 500,000 watts of bass. The band Excision is “uniting bass music fans and will transport them back in time to the Jurassic Era.”

Runs year-to-date total 662. At Wilson’s request, trustees unanimously approved Nicholas Smith as a volunteer firefighter, and Amanda Craigen and Owen Rodenhauser as firefighters- EMT-B. Applications from Seth Gipson and Austin Reeves for the company’s junior program were also approved. Their approval will restart the program which didn’t have any members for the last year or so.

Wilson told trustees he is preparing to advertise for parttime staff outside the company’s membership. He hopes he can fill the company’s now 24/7 on-station coverage with company members but wants to be prepared if they fall short. Several members have taken full-time positions with other departments and are no longer available to work part-time. Wilson continues to be the company’s only full-time employee.

Trustees will be opening bids on August 23 for the township’s new fire station. It is being entirely funded from an estate tax payment set-aside for that purpose.

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