October 2, 2014

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Elyria Fire and LifeCare Ambulance response times compared

ELYRIA – The Elyria Fire Department has a lower on-average response time to medical emergencies then LifeCare Ambulance, but city firefighters also respond to nearly a third fewer calls than the private company. When the response times of the two groups are compared, the Elyria Fire Department arrives faster, according to Bruce Shade, the city’s Read More…

Elyria fire chief abandons pursuit of pharmacy license, monitor equipment

Elyria Fire Chief Rich Benton

ELYRIA — Fire Chief Rich Benton said Friday he has decided to indefinitely postpone plans to increase the department’s pharmacy license and will not apply for a federal grant to purchase advanced heart monitors. In the face of what is become a growing debate with LifeCare Ambulance Inc. over whether the licensure change and grant Read More…

Elyria Council rejects fact findings in Fire Dept. talks

ELYRIA — A fact-finding report submitted as a way of ending the impasse between the city administration and local firefighters’ union was presented to City Council on Tuesday at a special meeting and soundly rejected by Council members, who want talks to push forward. The two sides have been talking about a new contract for Read More…

Woman jumps from bridge; survives

ELYRIA – A woman who jumped from the Fourth Street bridge into the Black River on Monday afternoon suffered a broken leg and was helped by an off-duty Oberlin police officer who went into the water to save her. The 34-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, jumped around 4 p.m. The Elyria Fire Read More…

Fire cuts`not a good place to be,’ Grace says

ELYRIA — The latest cuts to the Elyria Fire Department will take the safety force down to the bare bones, and that is an uncomfortable place to be, Mayor Bill Grace said Tuesday. Within the next 30 days, eight firefighters will be let go from the department, the latest casualties in the city’s battle to Read More…