Road closure won’t stop fire and emergency crews from getting through


People in the Crawford Heights section of Belmont County are concerned that a road slip may have cut them off from vital services in case of emergency.

The slip on US Route 250 above Bridgeport has shut down the road.

But fire departments on both sides of the slip–Martins Ferry and Colerain–say they addressed that issue as soon as the slip occurred.

They have worked out an agreement to make sure there will be no delay in response time, in fact, it might be even faster.

“Colerain got hold of us, we got hold of Colerain,” said Chief Mike Cooper of the Martins Ferry Fire Department. “And they’re going to take care of their side of it and we’re going to take care of our side. We’re going to dual tone every time there’s an emergency or a fire, where Colerain will answer on their side and we’ll answer on our side. So with the dual tone, it may even be a faster response.”

People who live in Crawford Heights had posted on social media that they were afraid they couldn’t be accessed by fire trucks or ambulances while the slip was being fixed.

Chief Cooper said they will be covered with no interruption.

He said anyone with concerns can always call the fire department, and they could have assured them it’s being covered.

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