Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon will soon be closing the Elmwood Fire Station on Ames Street. The station has housed firefighters and EMTs for more than 50 years.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon will soon be closing the Elmwood Fire Station on Ames Street. The station has housed firefighters and EMTs for more than 50 years.

 

MOUNT VERNON — What will happen to fire protection and emergency service in the south end of Mount Vernon and in nearby townships if the Elmwood Fire Station on Ames Street is closed?

The closing of the station was suggested in a report from Fire Chief Chad Christopher to Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels in February, and was included by Mayor Richard Mavis in his list of cost-saving measures planned by the city. Christopher said the closing would probably come within the next 30 days.

The station houses a fire truck and an emergency medical unit and is normally manned by two firefighters. Its primary response area is in District 1, Christopher explained, which generally includes the area south of the Kokosing River and most of Pleasant and Clinton townships.

Some businesses concerned, some not with station closing

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon’s Industrial Park in the south end of town contains 21 businesses, from small operations that employ just a few people, to the multi-building complex of Ariel Corp.

Mount Vernon High School and Middle School, the Knox County Career Center and Mount Vernon Nazarene University are also on the south side of the Kokosing River.

Fire Chief Chad Christopher said he has had only one call about the closing of the Elmwood Fire Station, and that was from a resident, and he had a township official ask him about it at a meeting. Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels said he has had only one call from a business in the Industrial Park.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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