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Fire district investigating violations of procedures

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: July 29, 2016 10:00 AM

SANDY TWP / The Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District has given Chief Jim Marraccini the authority to investigate alleged violations of the districts standard operating procedures.

After meeting in executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss personnel, the board returned to open session to appoint Marraccini as a special investigator charged with looking into violations of the regulations.

The board did not elaborate on the issue.

"The board would like a report back from the chief by our next meeting," board member Bruce Weisburn said.

Marraccini also is seeking information on options for absorbants for the fire district to use to clean up spills.

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Prices vary from $300 for a skid up to $900.

Marraccini noted that some options might be cheaper, but the district would then be faced with the added cost of disposal after it is used.

One option is GreenSorb / an all-natural, multi-purpose, reusable absorbent that safely absorbs almost every liquid spill imaginable and is biodegradable and environmentally safe.

"You can keep using it until it doesn't absorb anymore," Marraccini said. "You can then take it to the landfill. There is no additional cost."

With cheaper options, the fire district also would need to be licensed to ship hazardous waste to simply take it to be disposed of.

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In other business, the board:

/ PAID bills totaling $2,309.97.

/ RECEIVED a $2,100 payment from Rose Township for its fire services contract.

/ HEARD Engine 111 is still out of service for repairs.

/ LEARNED 20 air tanks have been certified for use.

/ APPROVED the purchase of six tires at a cost not to exceed $2,000.

/ APPROVED the purchase of liquid smoke to be used for training at a cost not to exceed $100.

The next meeting of the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the fire station, located at 8285 Waynesburg Drive.


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