PARMA, Ohio - After surveying their options, the city of Parma announced Tuesday that building a brand new Fire Safety House is more cost effective than relocating the existing one.
Parma Public Works Coordinator Jack Sparks and Parma Fire Chief John French made the recommendation.
The new house will be built at Parma Community General Hospital's Health Education Center at 7300 State Road in Parma.
The city will save approximately $30,000 by building new, as compared to the cost of moving the existing structure, which sat temporarily in Parma Hospital's Medical Arts Center 4 parking lot. The existing safety house has since been dismantled.
"Rebuilding is definitely the best option," said Parma Safety Director Greg Baeppler. "Not only does it save money, but it allows us to actually make the program stronger by building the house more specifically for this purpose."
While the new house is being constructed, fire education for kids will continue in Parma City School District classrooms.
"Our administration has always been committed to this program, and it will continue even while the house is being rebuilt," said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter. "This program saves lives."