Next FCFD Board Meeting – February 14 – 7:00pm

The next meeting of the board of trustees for the Fredericktown Community Fire District in on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm.  Meeting location is at our main firehouse, 139 Columbus Road in Fredericktown in the back meeting room.  This is a public meeting, persons wishing to learn more about their fire district and what is going on are strongly encouraged to attend.

Representing you.

Berlin Township – Gary Alverson
Middlebury Township – Mike Gearhart
Morris Township – Dick Kershner
Pike Township – Roger Brown
Wayne Township – Jim Braddock
Village of Fredericktown – Doug Turpen

Each township/village that the FCFD provides coverage for is represented by a trustee/council member that is appointed to the fire board. These are your elected officials.

 

Am I served by the FCFD?

Am I served by the Fredericktown Community Fire District? This is a great question that we sometimes field in the public at events and during public safety presentations. Here is a map of the district as it is laid out.

The two red dots represent our firehouses, the first being in Fredericktown (built 1980) and the second being in Pike Township on the property of the township house (built in 2013).

We encompass this area of Knox County which makes us the second largest fire district. In addition we cover a small portion of Perry Township in Richland County that is more readily accessible by the FCFD.

Does this mean the FCFD only provides services in this area? No, this is just our primary and “first due” area for our department. In addition to this, we provide mutual-aid to adjoining departments in Knox County, Richland County, and Morrow County when requested. Under agreements with the State of Ohio, we have resources that can be requested anywhere in the case of a large scale disaster.

Map of our District

FCFD Responds to odor investigation

CH411, CH412, R415 were dispatched to the 12000 block of Yankee Street on Saturday at 2:52pm on an odor investigation.

Upon arrival to the scene, crews checked the home with our 4-gas meter, checking a cooking stove. Nothing found and units were back in quarters by 3:34pm

A total of 11 FCFD firefighters and one cadet responded to this call.

Your firefighters training on ice rescue

Firefighters from the Fredericktown Community Fire District took the opportunity on Thursday night to practice their ice rescue skills. Despite the warm temperatures over the last few days, there is still significant ice on waterways in the district. With the ice several inches thick it provided a stable surface to work from, but firefighters know that this ice is not typically the kind that gets victims in trouble.

The training started out in the meeting room back at the firehouse with Lt. Cody Beacom and Lt. Charles Swank both going over the aspects of ice and cold-water rescue. They detailed the types of ice, what to look for, and the methods for pulling victims safely from the water.

With the assistance of the Fredericktown Recreation District, the firefighters used Sockman Lake to setup and area to run their scenarios. Firefighters and cadets all were able to participate in a variety of rescue operations from working with rope bags, reaching for victims with tools, shore tender operations, and taking turns being in the water rescue suits. While the techniques for the most part have not changed, the equipment that the FCFD utilizes have. The department still maintains several of the old USCG “gumby” suits that have little dexterity, but these have since been replaced by a much more sophisticated suit with better protection, and ability for rescuers to work.

The training only lasted a couple hours, but the skills obtained are priceless for the members of the FCFD. While most think that firefighters only rescue persons in the ice and water, over the years the department has been called upon to rescue cows, deer, and dogs from icy water conditions. Within the fire district there are a variety of rivers and streams, ponds, quarries, and two recreation waterways that we respond to. In addition to providing water rescue within the district, the FCFD also provides mutual-aid to other departments around the region. With multiple divers, underwater communications, two boats, and a dive trailer, the district is well prepared for many water emergencies.

ARTICLE – District board split on paid staffing proposal

Sharing this article out from local news source Knoxpages.com

http://www.knoxpages.com/news/fredericktown-fire-district-board-split-on-paid-staffing-proposal/article_d086e2ba-f699-11e7-a061-8f918d83a4ce.html

FCFD responds to gas leak

CH411, CH412, R415, E419 were dispatched at 6:24pm on Thursday evening to East College Street in the Village of Fredericktown on an odor investigation.

Crews located a natural gas leak in the yard and Columbia Gas was contacted.

The FCFD had 13 firefighters and two cadets respond to this call.

Who are we?

Who are we? Who are our members? Over the course of numerous articles in the media names aren’t always there, the word “firefighter, or officer, or cadet,” are often used when referring to situations. To really understand how the FCFD functions however, we want you to know a little more.

We are volunteers, technically paid per call according to how the state and federal reporting systems would classify us. We come from a variety of backgrounds, experience, demographic, careers, education, and for the most part what bonds and ties our firefighters together IS firefighting. Outside of the walls of the FCFD we are all employed part/full time in a variety of fields. We have people in maintenance/facilities management, machinists, construction workers, information technology, farmers, truck drivers, security officers, deputy wardens, police officers, those who do general labor/trades, and those who work part/full time fire positions outside of the district. We have an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience that we bring to the table whether in training or on the scene.

Line firefighters are those that have successfully completed their training requirements (36, 120, 240), probationary requirements, and all required check offs per department policy. Our firefighters are trained at various levels from the Ohio, basic 36-hour class, to the 120-hour (Firefighter I) level, and even the 240-hour (Firefighter II) professional level. Beyond this training many of our firefighters are also trained in extrication, heavy rescue, rope rescue, trench rescues, structural collapse, water rescue, ice rescue, rescue diving, fire instructors, fire safety inspectors, and a variety of other areas.

Our chief is voted upon by the fire board yearly and the Chief appoints the Assistant Chief yearly. Our officers (Lieutenant/Captains) go through a promotion process involving, written knowledge tests, an interview process, and a tabletop exercise before being selected to their position. Officers are required to have the line firefighter skills in addition to others for their position.

Fire cadets are our high school aged component to our family at the FCFD. Beginning with their freshman year in high school they can apply to join the program and then attend a summer long rigorous training program that closely mimics the same Ohio 36-hour firefighter certification. This training prepares them for the duties that they are permitted to perform within their position as a cadet. Our academy also prepares them for the ability to easily complete their initial firefighter training once they turn 18 if they choose to become a firefighter with our district. Cadets are permitted to perform a variety of tasks on the fire ground and in training. They can assist firefighters with getting equipment, setting up ladders, changing SCBA bottles, doing rehab, water supply setup, assisting with public safety events, and a long list of other potential duties. Yearly we attend local schools to recruit new cadets.

YOUR firefighters proudly serving the Fredericktown Community Fire District are:

Chief Scott Mast
Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter
Captain Shane Smith
Captain Tony Schwartz
Lieutenant Cody Beacom
Lieutenant Jeremy Moss
Lieutenant Charles Swank
Lieutenant J.P. Murphy
Lieutenant Kevin Suain
Jason Bostic
Jason Whaley
Bernie Douglas
Heath Kempton
Anthony Reed
Bronson Mast
Carmen Kyle
Andrew McNeil
Hunter McVay
Josh Staats
David Bennett
Dalton Canter
Brayden Mast
Ben Beever
Dale McVay
Ronny Flynn
Seth Popham

YOUR Cadets proudly serving are:

Cadet Lieutenant Rhylee Wilson
Cadet Lieutenant Haley Rook
Mason DeChant
Trevor Fry
Kenzie Gannon
Jayden Hillman
Jacob Rook
Nathan Silliman
Noah Smith
Madison Swick
Lane Swihart
Angelo Tino
Gavin Wilson

How busy are your firefighters at the FCFD?

Just how busy were our volunteers in 2017? Quite busy is the answer, and our busiest year to date statistically speaking as far as runs go. The Fredericktown Community Fire District responded to a total of 259 calls. This resulted in a total of 2811 hours of combined time for all our members. This number of hours does not include training and continuing education that members attended outside of the FCFD.

Of those runs, some of the highlights to the responses were the following:
Building Fires – 13
Vehicle Fires – 2
Trash/Waste Fires – 14
Assists to EMS – 6
Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries – 25
Search for missing person – 4
Extrication from vehicles – 6
Ice/Water Rescues – 3
Gas leaks (Natural Gas/LPG) – 4
Carbon Monoxide Calls – 4
Downed power lines – 18
Motor Vehicle Crash (General Cleanup) – 27
Assist Law Enforcement – 3
Dispatched / Cancelled Enroute – 58
False Alarms – 7

Outside of the 259 calls listed above, our members performed countless hours of maintenance, work around the station, continuing education, attended workshops, conferences, seminars, hands on training, and so much more. They provided fire safety and prevention discussions and events around the fire district as well as tours at the firehouse. Our firefighters were part of tabletop and hands on exercises. Your firefighters held another successful fire cadet recruiting throughout local schools, conducting a training academy over the summer. Firefighters have been out in the community training with our trucks, familiarizing new members with the area, and staying on top of issues within the district. Egg hunts, parades, attending local meetings, assisting the community with other special events, and answering the call.

This by no means encompasses everything that our firefighters handle throughout the year, but it’s a great snapshot.

FCFD responds to fire in Pike Township

CH411, CH412, E419, E413, T417, G412, G414 were dispatched at 3:30pm on Wednesday afternoon to West Lakeview Drive in Pike Township on the report of a chimney fire. While units were enroute, further information was given that the fire was in the wall behind the chimney and additional resources were requested.

The homeowner that initially smelled and saw smoke in the living room, went outside, finding flames behind the chimney. She attempted to make rescue of the family cat from upstairs but was pushed back by thick black smoke.

Mutual-aid from Worthington Township (Richland County), College Township, and the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District in the form of tankers and engines. A medic from Fredericktown EMS was also requested.

The first unit arriving to the scene found fire coming out of the living room window and marked it a working structure fire. The crew of E413 stretched 1 3/4 “ attack lines and made the initial attack on the fire in the first floor. Crews found heavy contents and a structure was well involved. The crew of E419 went to work also stretching a line to the second floor with other incoming crews to knock the fire down. Firefighters rotated out due to the cold and amount of overhaul work that needed completed to ensure the fire was extinguished.

Water supply operations were setup at a nearby dry hydrant. In total an estimated 6500 gallons of were used. The interior of the residence is a total loss. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

The FCFD had a total of 19 firefighters and three fire cadets respond to this call. There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters, however a family cat did not survive.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 7:31pm. Crews responded back to the residence later in the evening at a request to check for a re-kindle with nothing found. Firefighters assisted the homeowner with delivering water to them.

Poinsettia Sale

FCFD firefighters are selling poinsettias to raise fund for the annual toy drive and food for the hungry. Prices are the same as last year small $5, medium $10, large $15. Red and white are available. Final order must be in by November 27.

Firefighters will also be selling at the Fredericktown Christmas Walk on December 2 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Orders can be placed through one of our firefighters or by calling 740-507-8605