Firefighter Training

Fire safety vs. business interests in Ohio township

Issue 12 and Volume 150.

Fire safety vs. business interests in Ohio township In Marseilles, Ohio, township residents and trustees have differing views concerning the fire codes that should apply to the large agricultural industries that have been growing in number in that area. In contention is an offer reportedly made by AgriGeneral Co. L.P. (now Buckeye Egg Farm) to give the township $100,000 for fire equipment if the officials agree not to adopt for five years local fire codes that would apply to the corporate egg farm. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied penalties of $1.072 million against the company`s Croton, Ohio, facility for various conditions that constitute health and safety threats to employees. “We can`t see tying down our department/town for five years,” Chief Max Kennedy, of the Marseilles Fire Department, says. “It appears that there is no [concern about] safety in mind.” The department is a volunteer organization consisting…

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