3 local communities consider fire services mutual aid agreement

VANDALIA – Vandalia City Council will consider, at its Monday, Dec. 5, meeting, a mutual aid agreement with the city of Dayton.

Dayton has requested that Vandalia and Butler Twp. Fire Depts. work with the city in an Automatic Mutual Aid Agreement (AMAR) to provide fire and limited EMS services to areas within Dayton that are being developed along West National Road and west of the Airport Access Road.

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The area Dayton is referring to is the new Spectrum Brands facility.

If the agreement is signed, Vandalia fire/EMS services from Fire Station 1 will be worked into an alarm card assignment for the specified areas.

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Also, if the agreement is passed, Vandalia Fire Dept. would be aided with the allowed usage of Dayton fire hydrants positioned on National Rd. west of the Airport Access Rd. Prior to the agreement, Vandalia Fire Dept. would have to truck in water or draw it from a nearby water source, as they were not legally allowed to use the Dayton hydrants.

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Fire Chief Chad Follick has recommended this agreement to City Manager Jon Crusey.

The agreement will be discussed at the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 333 James E. Bohanan Dr.

CASEY LAUGHTER