As the region's municipalities discuss a potential fire district, village of Manlius officials realize they face a major project to improve health and safety conditions at its two fire stations.
The village has contracted with Ron Graner, the principal at RFG Fire Rescue Consulting of Canton, Ga. to study, as part of the formation of a consolidated fire district, the working conditions at the fire stations.
Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall said the conditions, which include a leaky roof and other infrastructure deficiencies at Station 2 on Pompey Center Road, pose an immediate health threat to any personnel utilizing the station.
In an e-mail correspondence to Whorrall, Graner detailed the visible presence of mold in the small bunkroom and small lounge area. Also, the lounge had a stench of moisture or possible mold and Graner advised Whorrall to immediately seal off affected areas to prevent further contamination.
Graner said he could not comment on his findings until the final report was presented to the municipalities involved in the potential fire district.
Graner, who has more than 30 years of career and volunteer fire service, public safety leadership and management experience in New York, is expected to report his findings by mid-month before a final report is developed. The study sponsors are the towns of Manlius and Pompey, the villages of Manlius, Fayetteville and Minoa and the Kirkville Fire District.
According to its company statement, RFG Fire Rescue Consulting, which has offices in Georgia and New York, specializes in the development of projects that will achieve savings and improve municipal efficiency through shared services, cooperative agreements, mergers, consolidations and dissolutions.
"How can we do our job when we're threatened," said Whorrall, who noted the corps of responders at the Pompey Center Road station is volunteers.
The hazardous condition certainly has the attention of the mayor and village board.