Food drive success

Thank you to our community for making the food drive that was held over the weekend, a success.  In total, 461 items were donated through the drive that benefits the Fredericktown area Interchurch.

Thank you to Stephanie Drake and her church for setting up that day in our firehouse and making this drive happen.  We look forward to more projects in the future as we continue to support the community in which we live and serve!

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Awards FCFD with over $15k in funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 25, 2016

Contact: Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel: (740) 627-1664

jbostic@fredericktownfire.net

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Awards FCFD with over $15k in funding

The Fredericktown Community Fire District was recently awarded $15,380 in grant funding from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant was for the purchase of a forcible entry simulator which was “turn-key” and came with numerous stations, training options, scenarios, hand tools, and a healthy supply of replacement parts.

“We are very fortunate to have been awarded the generous grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase the simulator. We will be able to utilize this in a number of ways. It will allow practice gaining access to structures while doing so with a variety of different door configurations and construction,” said FCFD Chief Scott Mast. “It will allow us to property identify doors and methods effectively and in a timely manner so that we can quickly enter and mitigate the situation.”

Although the Foundation is national, and there are no Firehouse Subs locations in Knox County, the Columbus franchises are operated by Fredericktown graduate, Joe and John Dumbaugh.

“This grant is very personal for us, our district is very grateful for the efforts of the Dumbaugh family and their assistance in seeing this grant through for the FCFD. The grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is highly competitive, for a foundation like this to step up and see the value of our project makes us proud,” said FCFD Public Information Officer Jason Bostic.

A forcible entry simulator allows firefighters the practice of “forcing”, or gaining entry through a variety of different residential and commercial doors, locks, hinges, fortified doors, window bars and other security measures. The tactics used vary using hand tools; gas powered tools, and sometimes multiple firefighters to complete the scenario. The training is something that firefighters prior to this grant, often did not experience except in their initial fire school certification, or on the fire scene when the skills are needed most.

“It is an honor to be selected by an organization such as this, and for such a generous amount. This will have benefits not only for our fire district, but others are more than welcome to come train to better themselves,” said Chief Mast.

Prior to the purchase of this simulator with grant funding, if firefighters wanted to train in this manner, it would require going to an out of area department or school for the experience. Often, after graduating the academy, many smaller departments only see the opportunity to work forcible entry on the fire ground and when they need it most.

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 25 volunteer firefighters with varying levels of experience from the basic 36-hour to the 240-hour professional firefighter certification.

ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $23 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1 million in Ohio.

FCFD Hosting “Fall Food Drive” on Saturday, October 29

fooddriveThe Fredericktown Community Fire District will host a Fall Food Drive, benefitting the Fredericktown Area InterChurch on Saturday, October 29 from 12:00-4:00pm.  The event will be held at firehouse, located at 139 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

We will be accepting non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves here in our local community.  Trucks will be on display, fire prevention materials will be available, games, and meet some of your local firefighters.

For more information on the event, please contact Stephanie at 740-390-0505

CH411 and E419 respond to Ash Street M/A Structure Fire

CH411 and E419 were dispatched at 2:50pm Tuesday afternoon to Ash Street in Mount Vernon on the report of a multi-family residential structure fire. This was a mutual-aid request from lead agency, Mount Vernon Fire Department.

The crew from the FCFD worked interior to locate an additional access to the second floor and search for extension before being pulled to an on-deck position.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 4:35pm.

R415 responds to Greenwood Ave for M/A with MVFD

CH411, R415 were dispatched at 9:36pm on Monday evening to Greenwood Avenue in Mount Vernon on the report of a single family residential structure fire. This was a mutual-aid request from the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

R415 responded with a full crew and assisted with ventilation and duties as needed.

The FCFD had a total of 14 personnel respond to the call.

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FCFD to hold pinning ceremony on June 30 at 6:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 23, 2016

Contact: Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel: (740) 627-1664
jbostic@fredericktownfire.net

FCFD to pin honorary firefighter

On Thursday, June 30, the Fredericktown Community Fire District will hold a special ceremony wherein they will make six-year old Brian Ford an honorary firefighter with the FCFD. The ceremony will begin at 6:00pm at our main firehouse at 139 Columbus Road in Fredericktown.

Brian was diagnosed late in 2014 with acute undifferentiated leukemia, which is a rare form of cancer. Since that time he has underwent a bone marrow transplant, expecting that was his cure. Unfortunately his leukemia came back. He received a stem cell transplant in 2016, anticipating it to be the cure, but sadly it wasn’t enough and he is now considered terminal.

Brian was first introduced to our fire district through Firefighter Jason Bostic. Firefighter Bostic is an ambassador to the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He met Brian and his family shortly after the first diagnosis, going on to make him an honoree the last two years for the international event and bringing him to the firehouse. The two have maintained contact and a bond throughout his battle.

The Thursday event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Due to some parking restraints at the firehouse, those who are able may want to park at the old Fredericktown High School located up the street at 117 Columbus Road. Departments sending apparatus should contact the firehouse at 740-694-9701 to coordinate vehicle placement.

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E419 Dispatched M/A with MVFD to Vernedale Drive

CH411 and E419 were dispatched at 9:19pm on Thursday night to Vernedale Drive in Mount Vernon on the report of a grill on fire inside a garage. This was a mutual-aid request from the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
 
E419 responded to the scene with a crew of four. The engine was canceled by the MVFD while en-route to the scene.
 
The FCFD had a total of 11 firefighters respond to this call.

FCFD responds M/A to Shirley Avenue in Mount Vernon

CH411 and E419 were dispatched at 4:34am on Wednesday to Shirley Avenue in Mount Vernon on the report of a single family residential structure fire. This was a mutual-aid request from the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
 
E419 responded to the scene with a crew of six. The crew of E419 assisted with overhaul and suppression.
 
All FCFD units were back in quarters by 6:12am. The FCFD had a total of nine firefighters respond to this call.
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Single Vehicle MVC in 17000 Block of Old Mansfield Road

IMG_2786CH411, R415, G412, G414 were dispatched at 1:17pm on Wednesday to the 17000 block of Old Mansfield Road on the report of a single vehicle crash with a male trapped underneath the vehicle. Due to the nature of the call, EMS requested the first available medical helicopter to respond to the scene.

Upon arrival to the scene, crews found a full-size pickup truck on its side in a field west of the roadway. The patient had self-extricated from under the truck. C411 and the crew of R415 assisted in patient care and an additional helicopter was requested to the scene for a second patient. Other incoming FCFD crews assisted with landing zone setup in the field nearby, and assisted with patient care/transport to the helicopters. A medic from the Mount Vernon Fire Department was requested to transport a third patient.

All FCFD crews were back in quarters by 2:57pm. A total of 8 FCFD personnel responded to the scene

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Firefighters train on single-lane tank system

Firefighters and cadets met on station for their regular training last night. Training was led by FF Heath Kempton who went over operations with our single lane tank and the concepts of shuttling water. Asst. Chief Dwayne Canter instructed on the draft operations with R415 and familiarized the group with the differences in using the air-primer system that it uses.

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