TROY, Ohio (WDTN) — The person who filed the citizen’s complaint against the Troy Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box spoke in Monday’s council meeting explaining why he filed it.

“I think the surveillance, the location, the premise as a whole so the mom doesn’t have to enter a building, all those things are problematic with the Troy box,” said Cincinnati Resident Chris Hick.

Hick filed a citizen’s complaint against the Troy Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box claiming it violates many requirements of the state’s code. Troy’s Fire Chief Matthew Simmons disagrees.

“We will do whatever we need to do to meet all the rules, we feel like we are compliant but that is being looked at,” said Troy Fire Department Chief Matthew Simmons.

The complaint claims the box violates the state’s code because the vestibule is not located on the outside of the fire department. The complaint made a total of 23 points, including saying “the interior baby box states ‘if the door is locked, the Safe Haven Box is unavailable.’ Nowhere was there information that under Safe Haven, a parent could surrender a baby to any fireman.”

“This is an exterior wall to the interior of our building, this is not interior space so that’s what’s being looked at,” said Chief Simmons. “If the health department at the end of the day says this is just not appropriate to move it, we’re willing to do that, we want to do whatever it takes to be compliant to the state but also have this resource available to the community.”

Additionally, the complaint goes on stating a surveillance camera is near the vestibule’s doors and could violate the anonymity of the mother’s rights dropping off their baby. Chief Simmons spoke Monday saying the camera does not survey the area near the vestibule, nor would they ever expose any individual’s sensitive information. The volunteer station is put in an interesting position since they’re not fully staffed, which is why they chose a vestibule design.

“The fire departments that have these are fully staffed which is different from a volunteer station,” said Chief Simmons. “There’s an assumption that someone will always be there and in the event that someone’s not, there’s an alarm built in that calls dispatch.”

However, Hick disagrees.

“The intent of the law is that there be a person present at all times to render immediate aid to a newborn infant put in the box so these should really be at the hospitals where you know there’s always going to be people immediately and not dependent on anything,” said Hick.

If changes are required, the cost  would be minimal. Chief Simmons says he’s already had people come forward ready to donate funds to ensure the only Safe Haven Baby Box in the Miami Valley stays open.

“If anyone was to use this, it would definitely be a celebratory thing like wow, especially in remembrance to Jason Holfinger, the firefighter that brought this to our attention, so we’re committed,” said Chief Simmons.

In addition to meeting the state’s requirements, Hick is asking for more educational tools to be available.

“Making sure young women feel unbelievably comfortable even if they’re bad situations, they can get proper prenatal care, proper medical delivery and there are people ready to help them.

The Troy Fire Department says they’re working with ODH currently through the investigation.