To the Residents of the Fredericktown Community Fire District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2018
Contact:  Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel:  (740) 485-6790
jbostic@fredericktownfire.net

The following is a letter from Fredericktown Community Fire District, Chief Scott Mast explaining the daytime staffing need and the benefits to the community.  This letter was presented and recommended for release to the public at the most recent FCFD Board of Trustees meeting on February 14.

PRESS RELEASE – Chief Letter to Public 02172018

FCFD responds mutual aid to Mount Vernon

CH412 and E419 were dispatched at 4:44pm on Friday afternoon to the 13000 block of New Delaware Road in Clinton Township on a fire alarm. This was a mutual-aid run with the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

The FCFD had 8 firefighters and two cadets respond to this call. All units were back in quarters by 5:21pm

FCFD responds to RD 183 in Morrow County on structure fire

CH411, T417, G414 were dispatched at 11:31am on Wednesday to the 7000 block of Road 183 in Morrow County on the report of a single family residential structure fire. This was a mutual-aid run with the Big Walnut Joint Fire District Station 39.

Upon arrival to scene, CH411 found a single floor structure fully engulfed next to a residence. T417 made the initial attack upon arrival to the scene. Two 1 ¾” hose lines were stretched for fire attack where incoming crews from BWJFD, Mount Gilead, Johnsville, and Porter Kingston worked together from suppression to overhaul. Primary search of the building was completed and one occupant was removed from the house directly across the porch from the fire. A coordinated aggressive attack between all departments responding kept the fire to the initial structure and kept the resident from a complete loss of her home.

Water supply was established just west the scene, with a grass truck drafting water from a pond just off the roadway and filling tankers.

The initial tanker from the FCFD left with two personnel. A total of nine FCFD firefighters responded to the call.

Thank you for those who attended the Board Meeting Wednesday

Thank you to those in the community and beyond last night that came to sit in and participate in the meeting of the FCFD Fire Board. We had a room and a kitchen full of firefighters, fire cadets, family members, spouses, community members, representatives from council, and those from neighboring communities.

ARTICLE LINK HERE

In addition to that amazing force of volunteers we have within our firehouse that are discussed in the article by KnoxPages News, Knox County, Ohio are a few other groups we would like to mention. First, there is our families, without their support and grace we would not be able to provide the services to our community that we do. It through the sacrifice of our spouses and children that we make it happen and have such a strong and unique department. The second group is a group of 13 young adults involved with our Fire Cadet program. This cadet program, geared toward high school aged youth is a solid group of individuals serving their community through the department.

The KP article points out many key factual pieces of our fire district that we are very proud of, and in an upcoming letter from our Chief we will be sharing many more.

“Daytime staffing” as referred to in the article and at the meeting is a Monday through Friday around the 8am-4pm time period when our volunteers are least available or delayed in responding from a neighboring town or workplace.

FCFD takes mutual aid run with Jefferson Twp Fire

CH411, CH412, E419, T417 were dispatched at 5:54am on Tuesday morning to Hamilton Road in Richland County on the report of smoke showing in the basement with the smell of something burning. This was a mutual-aid run with Jefferson Township.

T417 and chiefs were put in service once on scene, E419 when almost to the scene.

The FCFD had nine firefighters respond to this call. All units were back in quarters by 6:41am.

FCFD locates crash victim

CH411, R415 and G412 were dispatched at 11:38pm on Saturday evening to the 18000 block of Ankneytown Road on a single vehicle crash with unknown injuries. Fredericktown EMS was also dispatched for a medic.

Upon arrival to the scene, CH411 located the full size pickup truck on it’s side, off the roadway with no one inside. Tracks around the vehicle showed that the person had left on foot and firefighters began searching nearest to the property. R415 staged further down the roadway and followed fresh tracks through the snow in the field. Firefighters located the male driver underneath the bridge, roughly a quarter mile east of where the MVC occurred. The driver was held at the bridge until the Trooper arrived from the crash location.

The male driver was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.

Crews remained in the area to light the scene and control traffic until released by law enforcement. The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The FCFD had 10 personnel respond to the call. All FCFD personnel were in quarters by 12:50am.

FCFD responds to two vehicle crash involving semi

CH411, and R415 were dispatched at 4:25pm on Wednesday afternoon to the 14000 block of Cassell Road on the report of a two vehicle MVC involving a semi-truck. Fredericktown EMS responded with a medic unit to this call.

Upon arriving to scene, crews found an SUV with moderate damage and a semi-truck further down the roadway with damage to the trailer. No extrication was required of persons in either vehicle. The crew from R415 disabled the vehicle and controlled traffic at the scene during cleanup and investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

One person from the crash was transported to Knox Community Hospital.

The FCFD had a total of 11 firefighters and three cadets respond to this call. All FCFD units were back in quarters by 5:26pm.

FCFD handles Statler Road fire in Richland County

R415 was dispatched at 7:59am on Tuesday morning to the 3000 block of Statler Road in Richland County on the report of a motor vehicle fire close to a residence. This was a mutual-aid run for Worthington Township. While enroute to the scene, further information from dispatch advised that it may be near a tank and that no other units were on the way. Lt. Jeremy Moss had Knox County 911 dispatch Fredericktown for a tanker and Richland County was advised to request Jefferson Township for mutual-aid.

Prior to arrival by the FCFD, a township plow truck that was nearby moved the vehicle further away from the residence. This action made a positive difference to keep the flames and heat further away from the house and wooden porch.

Upon arriving to scene, crews found a four door Chevy Silverado fully engulfed in fire partway off the road. The crew of R415 stretched an attack line from the bumper to extinguish the fire with water and foam. All incoming mutual-aid was canceled. Crews pulled the vehicle off the roadway and cleared the scene.

The FCFD had five total personnel respond, with three on the initial truck. All FCFD crews were back in quarters by 10:12am and had cleanup to handle after the call.

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Cadets recognized for their drive and hard work

Fire cadets, their families, and firefighters with the Fredericktown Community Fire District gathered on Tuesday evening at the firehouse to honor the graduates of the FCFD fire cadet academy that completed in 2017.

Opening the ceremony was Cadet Advisor Lieutenant Jeremy Moss, who took the lead of the program around three years ago.

“I don’t think you fully understand how valuable these young men and women are, not only to us, but I had three other departments comment about them,” said Lt. Moss.  “Their commitment to not only this program, but their community is second to none.”

The FCFD operates a ten-week academy during the summer months, to prepare the young adults who are a part of the program for the work that they will be called to do.  The academy closely follows curriculum for the Ohio 36-hour volunteer fire certification.  Although the department cannot “card” or officially provide them with this certification, the leadership of the program feels that any of these cadets should be able to sit for the test once eligible and pass.

“We do hands on training, so when we (firefighters), are doing it on an active scene they know what we need,” said Lt. Moss.

Recruits are sought every year from area high schools, even outside of the Fredericktown district to participate.  Once the recruits pass the FCFD academy, all requirements both written and hands on, they move to the status of fire cadet and are permitted to respond on calls and participate per their guidelines.

Cadets who completed the full summer training academy were awarded their one year certificate.  Those being honored with this accomplishment were:  Trevor Fry, Kenzie Gannon, Jacob Rook, Madison Swick, and Gavin Wilson.

Cadets who have completed two academy courses, and years of service are:  Nathan Silliman, Noah Smith, and Lane Swihart.

Cadets who have completed three academy courses, and years of service are:  Mason DeChant, Haley Rook, and Rhylee Wilson.

Awards for most improved were presented to cadets Mason DeChant and Nathan Silliman.  Their efforts throughout the year greatly improved, their knowledge, skills, and ability to help their fellow cadets and recruits improved as well.

Receiving the “Instructors Choice” award was Noah Smith, a senior at Fredericktown and member of the program for two and a half years.

“I can’t express the countless number of times that this individual has done more than we could imagine,” said Lt. Moss about Cadet Smith.

Lt. Moss spoke about the promotional process that even the cadets had to undergo in order to earn the title of lieutenant, and the responsibilities of leading their company.  Three cadets showed interest in the position, submitted written statements of what that meant to them and what they could offer.  Candidates then took a written knowledge test and were interviewed before the final choice was made.

Smith didn’t remain seated for long before being called forward again, this time to receive his lieutenants helmet for his hard work, ready to begin the final months of the cadet program.  Smith plans to continue his firefighter training after graduation and help his community.

“The kids, I’m telling you, they’re lifesavers,” said Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter.  “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a fire, bingo, a tent setup, we always have a couple of them there.”

The work that the fire cadets are doing at the FCFD isn’t going unrecognized and it goes beyond the reaches of our firehouses.  Training not only on their nights, but also training with the firefighters has paid dividends to the success of our mission.

“We had a seven hour fire recently and we had four or five of them on that scene, and they worked and worked, and they don’t just help us,” said Lt. Moss.  “That opened my eyes when three other departments said something to me.  I was told that it was unbelievable what a help that they (cadets) were.”

“The skill level that the cadets are exhibiting on fire scenes is incredible”, said Chief Scott Mast.  “You can see that they know those skills and can do the task at hand.”

The cadet program at the FCFD was built from the ground up and is one of few like it.  Two major goals of this program exist, first and foremost is building up young adults; secondly is teaching them the craft of firefighting.  While cadets are training and working in real life emergencies and situations, they are learning skills that will last a lifetime and make a difference.  Beyond lifesaving, they are learning positive skills of teamwork, problem solving, communication skills, and preparing them for a successful future.

“It’s great to know that the parents do have the trust in us and our department to educate their kids,” said Chief Mast.  “I think its invaluable what I think the program does for the kids, and invaluable what it does for our department going forward.”

“We teach them not just a love for this building, but a love of this community, and that’s why we do it,” said Lt. Moss.  “If we get five, six, or seven of them from this program to join our department (as a firefighter), we are going to sit back and know we did something right.”

Firefighters gather for year end awards banquet

Members of the Fredericktown Community Fire District, along with their loved ones or guests gathered on Saturday night for the annual firefighter awards banquet ceremony. Sitting down as a family, the department enjoyed dinner while photos from previous years were shown on the big screen.

As the dinner came to a close, Chief Scott Mast took to the front of the room to begin the awards portion of the evening. The opening award of the evening was the “Flame of Distinction”, which was presented to Mark Phillips of Mid-State Waste. Phillips has played a key role for the FCFD in delivering and pickup of junk vehicles over the years that are used for department training. The ability for firefighters to train in extrication in-house throughout the year reduces costs and enables crews to stay prepared for the next call. In addition to his efforts throughout the year with training vehicles, it was his assistance at a motor vehicle crash in the fall of 2017 that made a difference in the life of someone who was trapped.

Fire Cadet Noah Smith, received the 2017 Outstanding Cadet Performance award. He was recognized for his efforts at a recent structure fire in Pike Township. He displays confidence, initiative, knowledge of his skills, and a love of serving the community. His efforts have been recognized be members of the department throughout the year. Cadet Smith is a senior in high school.

The awards banquet is also the time of the year when new firefighters who have completed their initial training and met all probationary requirements are officially sworn in. Taking his oath from Chief Mast was Firefighter Josh Staats. Pinning Firefighter Staats was Lieutenant Cody Beacom. Firefighters were then recognized for their years of service with members being presented with an award. Firefighters at year one receive their ribbon and with every five years are presented with a star device to be placed on the ribbon.

A very new, but notable award being presented at the banquet this year was designed to recognize the amount of work that members are putting in over the course of their career. Based around the total number of emergency responses in their career, firefighters are awarded this at specific milestones for service. Presenting the awards were Lieutenants Jeremy Moss and Charles Swank, who explained the award and presented it to the members who reached the achievement. At 500 runs a member receives the award, and then at each additional 500 there is a device presented to the firefighter to place on the ribbon. Members recognized were:

500 Calls of Service – Scott Mast, Dwayne Canter, Tony Schwartz, Shane Smith, Jason Bostic, Bronson Mast, Heath Kempton, J.P. Murphy, and Jason Whaley.

1000 Calls of Service – Scott Mast, Dwayne Canter, Tony Schwartz, Shane Smith, Jason Bostic.

1500 Calls of Service – Scott Mast, Dwayne Canter, Tony Schwartz, Shane Smith

2000 Calls of Service – Scott Mast, Dwayne Canter, Tony Schwartz

2500 Calls of Service – Scott Mast, Dwayne Canter

The lieutenants however were not finished with their awards once those hitting the 2500 mark were announced. Two special awards were announced and discussed by Lt. Moss for the members who reached a monumental 3000 runs over the course of their career thus far. Over their years of service, Chief Mast was recognized for his 3,152 calls and Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter for his 3,072. Lt. Moss and Swank put the level of dedication and work efforts into perspective as to the amount of work and effort that it takes to accomplish this level of service, the amount of time away from family, missing dinners, being woken up at all times of the night, and sacrificing for others. The strong work of Chief Mast and Assistant Chief Canter over the course of their career thus far at the FCFD has been instrumental in the many accomplishments at the department.

Receiving the Chiefs Award was Firefighter Jason Bostic. Awarded to him for his efforts in securing financial grants to the district, Bostic in 2017 was able to obtain $38,722 in money to replace radios, SCBA bottles, and provide firefighters with new hoods to reduce cancer exposure.   Over the last nine years, Bostic has written almost $200,000 in successful grants to improve equipment and training without increasing burden on the taxpayers.

To close out the awards, Chief Mast presented the Firefighter of the Year award. This is the only award voted on by the membership, and for the second year in a row the person chosen was Lieutenant Kevin Suain. Lt. Suain is a valuable member of the FCFD family, being active on the dive team, an officer, an instructor for the fire cadet program, and generally takes care of anything that needs done around the firehouse. This is the second year that Lt. Suain was chosen for this award.

With the awards finished, those in attendance were able to watch the 2017-year in review video, which highlighted photos and clips from responses and department activities throughout the year.

The Fredericktown Community Fire District operates from two stations within the 115 square mile district in northwest Knox County.  Fire and rescue services are provided by a team of 26 firefighters with varying levels of experience from the basic 36-hour to the 240-hour professional firefighter certification.