GREENE TWP. - “We, at Tafton Fire Company, hear that Advanced Life Support units are being dispatched for Basic Life Support calls,” Mike Miller, Tafton Fire Chief told the Greene Township Supervisors at their June meeting.
“Tafton Fire Company ambulance units would like to be utilized more often. The Tafton crew is out within two minutes of the call. We have responded to a call in Lake-In-the-Clouds. We were in the area multiple times today. We are being called but it takes 20 minutes to be called,” Miller reported.
“If it’s a cardiac arrest, time is an issue. Time can make a difference in saving a life,” Miller concluded.
“Tafton responds to an awful lot of calls in the area,” supervisor Jerry Obert agreed. “The Pike County Communications Center takes too long to get the second call out. All crews have radios and acknowledge that they are responding. Within three minutes if they can't get a crew the com center should call the second company.”
“The supervisors should contact the County Commissioners to help change things,” Obert suggested.
“Wayne County Com Center dispatches a different crew after the first tone to the primary company goes out,” Allen Shiffler, EMA Coordinator noted.
The supervisors agreed to go to the commissioners to arrange Tafton to be dispatched as the next company in line and for secondary companies to be called more quickly. Chair Ed Simon offered to speak with the commissioners next week.
“If pot holes were money we'd be rich,” claimed Obert, Roadmaster. “We have filled in a hole on Mozzette Road and will replace the drainage pipe next week. We have been working on Mountain View Road opening ditches and will work on the entrance from Route 447 next week.”
“We plan to blacktop one mile of Sawmill Road from Roemerville Road,” announced supervisor Gary Carlton.
“Further blacktopping on Sawmill Road will be planned for next year after drain pipework is complete,” Carlton indicated.
The supervisors agreed to advertise for blacktopping with a three inch base and for a three inch base with topping with bids to be opened at the regular supervisors' meeting on July 5. The supervisors also agreed to rent an excavator as needed for roadwork pipe installation.
“The change won't affect Pike County because it is up hill but it may cause flooding on the Wayne County side,” Carlson said. The supervisors approved the First Impressions Landscaping 4 parcel lot combination, making the First Impressions property nearly two acres. The supervisors authorized the purchase of a new computer for the office at a cost of $659 plus $109 to transfer files from the old computer to the new one.
Greene Township Board of Supervisors meet on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on Brink Hill Road in Greentown.