Oberlin city council approves 5-year renewal of Lorain County technical rescue contract

By Scott Mahoney - smahoney@civitasmedia.com



A contract with the Lorain County’s technical rescue response team has been re-upped by Oberlin city council.

The team is made up of technicians who respond to hazardous materials spills, structural collapses, perform trench rescues, confined space operations, rope rescues, and swift water responses.

The renewed contract is for five years and will run until 2021. The original agreement was adopted by all municipalities in Lorain County in 1989.

As part of the contract, the Oberlin fire department provides two firefighters to be trained as hazardous materials technicians.

Additionally, each municipality pays an annual amount based on the 2010 census population. Oberlin will pay $2,568 in 2017, with the cost increasing incrementally each year until 2021 when the city will pay $2,900.

“If our department were to do those alone, that cost for training is astronomical,” Oberlin fire chief Robert Hanmer said. “Plus, maintaining a crew ready to respond is almost next to impossible with a part-time department. The services that are provided are around-the-clock.”

Council unanimously approved the renewal of the contract.

Scott Mahoney can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @sm_mahoney on Twitter.


By Scott Mahoney