WARSAW — The majority of the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Board meeting held yesterday, March 6, was spent discussing a new city-wide emergency communication plan.
Last year, the local Emergency Planning Committee hired a private consultant to oversee the emergency planning drill that occured in Warsaw. One of the main issues noted by the consulting firm was the lack of ability for command and responders to communicate as the scene unfolded.
The solution is a main city-wide emergency response frequency. This would allow all agencies within the city and township to communicate together during a serious event. The communication plan provides for all agencies to communicate together, or on their own separate frequency.
“This takes us out of the dark ages to the current ages and even further down the road,” explained Fire Chief Mike Wilson.
A representative of J & K Radio Communications, the company providing the equipment, will present to the Warsaw Board of Works on March 16. The Board of Works has final approval for the plan but the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory board expressed a unanimous consensus in support of the project.
In other news:
- The board approved the final revisions to the Oath of Core Values discussed at previous meetings. The Oath of Core Values will appear on all promotional and educational resources.
- The board approved applying for a $1,000 Norfolk Southern Local Discretion Grant. If received, the money will be used for Family Safety Day.
- A NIPSCO Utility Application was approved for Station 3. This allows electricity to be provided to the new location.
- It was announced that Brooks Huffer was promoted to Battalion Chief.
- Chief Mike Wilson discussed starting the process to replace Squad 13-4. Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer requested a full listing of all apparatuses and which station they belong to before starting the process.