Cox is full-time; city plans lighting

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety voted unanimously to move paramedic Erik Cox to full-time status with the Plymouth Department. Seeking the status change was Fire Chief Andy Metsker, who said Cox’s record of service has been well documented and there have been continual updates during his time with the department.
Cox was hired in February of this year; but had been volunteering in the Department since 2003.
Metsker told the board members that they took the Safe House to every elementary school in Plymouth during the month of October. The Safe House was built by volunteers in 1989. According to Metsker, the schools allow firefighters to teach students about fire safety in the classroom and then take them through the structure. Metsker said they have taken some 20,000 students through since they started the program.
• Police Chief Jim Cox was also given permission to take a member of his department off of probationary status. Jordan Rans was hired in February of 2011. Cox noted that Rans has already been through the Police Academy and had prior experience. The vote was unanimous in favor.

Additionally, Mayor Mark Senter requested that a position of Garro Street be blocked off Nov. 25 from 5-8 p.m. for carriage rides. The evening has also been set aside for the lighting of the Christmas tree in the downtown area.