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Join us for our OPEN HOUSE October 5th from 5pm-8pm.

Events include checking out our apparatus, hands-only CPR, free food and water, and more to come! There is also a levy for Fire and EMS coming up in November that we will have information about as well as information that we will post on our Facebook page in the near future. With Covid-19, we will make sure to follow the CDC guidelines to make sure everybody has a safe and fun time! Updates on our open house will also be posted. Hope to see you there!

The state of Ohio has a Burn Ban in effect between the hours of 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. beginning March 1 through May 31 and Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 each year.

Open Burning? Try this instead:

  • Reduce the amount of waste you generate
  • Reuse items in another way
  • Recycle – Contact your waste disposal provider about curb-side pickup or drop-off locations for bulky or hazardous items
  • Compost yard trimmings and food scraps, while creating a natural, free fertilizer.

Open burning is anytime you light an outdoor fire without a chimney or stack.

Protect yourself, your neighbors and your wallet by knowing the rules – what you can burn and where.

For a complete copy of Ohio’s open burning regulations, contact epa.ohio.gov/dapc/general/openburning.aspx

Smoke Alarms

The Bolivar Fire Department has partnered with the Red Cross to begin installing smoke detectors for FREE! We hope to get a working smoke detector in every home in Lawrence Township. Call the station at330-874-3115 or stop in for more details.

CPR Classes

Recently, an otherwise healthy young man experienced sudden cardiac arrest while golfing at the Zoar Golf Course. Due to the fact that the bystanders around him recognized him not having a pulse and beginning CPR immediately, EMS was able to successfully use a defibrillator and shock his heart back into a normal rhythm. Again, this young man only had a chance due to bystander CPR. If anyone desires to learn this life saving skill, The Bolivar Fire Department and just about every other fire department in Tuscarawas County will teach you CPR. Please reach out to your local fire department for more information. And again THANK YOU to all the bystanders who helped this young man today.

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Strawberry Festival

Headed off by Bolivar Police, participants include floats carrying Bolivar’s Strawberry Queens, Princesses and Little Miss Shortcakes; along with nearby towns’ home days queens. Our mayor, local politicians running for various offices throwing candy to the crowds, dance troupes, majorettes, twirlers, drum corps, antique cars and ambulances are interspersed with fun loving local businesses.

In addition to Bolivar Fire Department vehicles, the parade includes visiting fire departments from Strasburg, Zoar, Fairfield, Mineral City/Sandy Twp, and Bethlehem. View photos from previous events here.  We hope to see you again in 2021!

ISO Recognizes Bolivar Fire Department

BACKGROUND:
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a Private Nonprofit Organization that evaluates fire loss risks based upon a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule that ISO developed for their use to determine the capability of a fire department to respond and suppress fires. The rating schedule assigns a numeric value called the Public Protection Class (PPC), ranging from 1 – 10, to a fire department or an area within the boundaries of the fire department. Insurance companies that subscribe to ISO services, and pay fees to ISO, use the PPC number to establish fire insurance premiums. The lower PPC numbers result in lower fire insurance premiums.

Prior to 2015 the residents served by the Bolivar Fire Department enjoyed an ISO PPC of 6/9. In 2003 ISO implemented a “5 Mile Rule” which changed the PPC from 9 to 10 (unprotected) for all properties that were located more than 5 road miles from the closest fire station. The new classification resulted in Fire Insurance premiums increasing by 300% – 400% for many properties.

VeriskAn.com-ISO-logo-VeriskWay-v1In 2003 The Bolivar Fire Department was awarded the FEMA Fire Act Grant that supplied the area with a 3000 gallon water tanker. In the summer of 2002, 2 part-time firefighters were assigned to work 8-hours shifts 5 days per week, within a few months the staffing levels were increased to the crew of 2 working 12 hours a day, seven days a week. After a few years and good fiscal planning staffing was increased to a crew level of 3 working 12 hours a day 7 days a week and then there crew level dropped to a staffing level of 2 during the evenings. In 2012 staffing was increased to a crew level of 3 working 24/7. In 2014 the department was awarded the SAFER Act Grant which increased our staffing level to a crew level of 4 working 24/7. All of the staffing changes were done in a good faith effort to provide our residents and visitors with prompt and professional fire and EMS protection and with the goal of reducing the ISO PPC and thereby reduce fire insurance premiums for property owners. With the exception of the assistance of the SAFER Act Grant of 2014 and some other local grants, all staffing increases and department equipment upgrades have been paid for by the same levy that was passed by our residents back in 2001.

CURRENT STATUS:
The Insurance Service Office adjusted the fire protection rating for all of Lawrence Township, excluding Zoar. The ISO rating improved township wide from #5 rating to a new rating of #4. This rating took effect February 2020. For many, this could mean a reduction in your insurance premiums. We encourage you to reach out to your provider to be sure they are aware of the current status.

CONCLUSION:
Your patience during this lengthy struggle to gain a better PPC is most appreciated by the Bolivar Fire Department personnel.

Respectfully,
Shawn Lynch, Chief