CRAIG BEACH, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday night, the Village of Craig Beach chose its own volunteer fire department to provide fire protection in 2016.
It was an emotional night for Craig Beach’s fire chief, Sherman Yeager.
“It’s been a rough road, but like I said, I thank the citizens and the other fire departments,” he said. “Especially the members that help keep this thing going.”
Milton Township Fire Department has been providing fire services for the village for the last eight years, while Craig Beach Volunteer Fire Department has provided backup for Mahoning County.
Harold Maynard, fire chief of Lake Milton, says it’s going to be a major adjustment for Craig Beach to be back in service.
“It’s just the matter of getting back into the swing of the training and working with the individuals they need to work with to become an active fire department again,” Maynard said.
“It’s always been there, it’s never been down or anything. That’s why I had members go to other departments to help keep their certifications and stuff up,” Yeager said.
Craig Beach currently has ten firefighters on staff. Yeager plans to have fifteen by the end of this year.
Mayor Dave Spencer says this contract will benefit the people of Craig Beach by decreasing their insurance and the response time of fire staff.
This new contract isn’t costing any more money; it’s $19,000 a year, which will be paid in two increments.
When asked if Milton Township Fire Department will share as mutual aid, Maynard said it will be up to his trustees.
“I will take this decision to them. We already had some preliminary discussions and we will go from there.”.
“I would hope that they don’t refuse, because we are talking about people’s lives and property here,” said Frank Tomaino, Craig Beach Public Safety Committee Chairman.