FCFD Graduates Class of Nine from 2015 Program

The Cadets of the Fredericktown Community Fire District gathered at the firehouse on Tuesday night, along with them were family and firefighters as they celebrated their graduation from the Cadet Program with a ceremony and dinner. Festivities started out with cadets showing their families around the firehouse and talking about some of the many things that they learned throughout their 10-week training program at the FCFD. The event was put together to acknowledge their work, dedication, and accomplishments.

Those in attendance had the ability to mingle, learn even more about the program, and see just how much their Cadet had grown over the course of the ten weeks that they had been training. After finishing a meal of lasagna, salad, bread, and dessert, the official ceremony was underway.

“It was a pleasure to have your Cadets in this program,” Firefighter Jeremy Moss told those in attendance. “Every time we see them come through the firehouse, they’re one of us. They are already making their mark on the FCFD and we love that.”

Award of Excellence winner, Cadet Rhylee Wilson.

Award of Excellence winner, Cadet Rhylee Wilson.

Firefighter Moss spent several minutes detailing some of what the Cadets had been through over the course of their training and speak of the satisfaction of the department and how well the Cadets have been doing. He talked of training, activity in the community, the visibility in the public, and the positive perception that is seen of their work. The class started out with nine Cadets at the beginning of summer with a tenth Cadet, Noah Smith joining them partway through the training process. Smith is highly active, however will not be eligible to graduate until completing the full program in 2016.

“The other night on the commercial structure fire we had cadets that stayed behind to work our bingo tent, when the others went on the run,” said Moss. “That’s just one of the sacrifices that we see from them. We were going to have to shut bingo down and they stepped up. They helped run that tent for hours on our busiest night.”

As the families of the Cadets had the opportunity to hear about their accomplishments you could see how proud they were. Cameras flashed as the parents made their way to take photos as Cadets were called forward individually and presented their certificate symbolizing their graduation from the program. One-by-one they made their way down the line of firefighters who instructed them during their training as they shook hands and were congratulated on their work. After a few photos were taken they went back to their seats, but the ceremony was not complete. A final award was picked up from the table and explained. The “Award of Excellence” was created to recognize the Cadet who “exceeded the requirements and expectations of the instructors, and showed exceptional training, teamwork, attitude, and self-discipline.” Voted upon by the instructors on a weekly basis, the Cadets had no idea this was coming, they only focused week to week at putting in hard work. To the instructors there was no doubt in who came out ahead in the competition as Cadet Rhylee Wilson’s name was called to step forward.

“In each class the instructor was to pick a Cadet they thought excelled that night. She got it because she is confident in what she does, she is humble in everything that she does and she is proficient,” said Moss as he beamed with enthusiasm about his Cadets. “If she doesn’t get it the first time, she will probably get it the second time. She refuses to fail and doesn’t like to falter. She is tough to beat and flat our earned that award.”

After the ceremony was completed, the cameras just kept clicking away with smiling faces from Cadets and Firefighters around the firehouse.

Although the 10-week Basic Cadet Training Program is completed, the training will still continue. Back in August the question was posed to the Cadets of how many trainings would they like to have per month, with almost a unanimous decision for two and the desire to attend the regular fire trainings as well.

“We’ll go through the winter months and just keep on training, turn around and have another 10-week program next summer and do it all over again,” said Moss.

Graduating the program were the following:

Dalton Canter- Son of Lew and Heather Canter

Jacob Yoder – Son of Aaron and Julie Yoder

Mason DeChant – Son of James and Leslie DeChant

Riley Dallman – Son of Ladeana Eddy and step-dad Gabe Eddy

Noah Smith – Son of Tim and Melissa Smith


Tyler Williamson – Son of Max and Jennifer Huffman

Haley Rook – Daughter of Aaron and Terri Rook

Rhylee Wilson – Daughter of Carmen Kyle Statzer, also joining her was Kevin Suain

Brandon Hines – Son of Greg Hines

Tyler Hubbell – Son of Lori Hubbell and Mike Newland

The FCFD Cadet Program is open to High School aged youth in the Fredericktown area. If your child is interested in finding out more on the program, please contact Firefighter Jeremy Moss, Cadet Advisor at 740-501-4804


R415 and G414 Respond to Secure LZ on Mishey Road

R415, G414 were dispatched at 1:54pm on Thursday afternoon to the 14000 block to secure and setup a landing zone for Medflight who was responding to the scene of a traumatic injury. Crews established an LZ to the east of the scene.

A total of 9 FCFD responded to the call. Crews were back in quarters by 2:35pm.

AFA on Salem Road

E419 was dispatched at 7:59am on Thursday morning to the 700 block of Salem Road on an automated fire alarm. Crews were cancelled by CH411 who made contact with the facility to verify that it was a false alarm.

FCFD Responds to Child on roof of Head Start

CH412, G412 were dispatched at 8:14pm on Wednesday evening to the 100 block of High Street on the report of a child stuck on the roof of the Head Start building. The child was safely brought down from the roof.


Butler Road Fire damages cabinet shop

The Fredericktown Community Fire District was dispatched at 6:39pm on Saturday night to the 18000 block of Butler Road in Pike Twp. on the report of a fully involved cabinet shop fire. College Township Fire Department was also dispatched for an engine, automatic-aid on the initial call.

While enroute to the scene, FCFD Chief Scott Mast requested the next two tankers off the run card with College Township and the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District responding. Medic 441 from Fredericktown EMS was also dispatched to standby at the scene.

A Lieutenant with the FCFD, along with E452 from College Township arrived first on scene, finding a single story commercial building with heavy smoke and fire showing. The incident was marked a working structure fire and that an offensive attack was going to be utilized. When R415 and E419 arrived on scene they did a reverse lay down the long driveway and setup R415 to pump to the scene.

Firefighters utilized two, 1 ½” hose lines to extinguish the fire, with all departments working in a coordinated attack and operation. A nearby dry hydrant was utilized for water supply.

The fire originated in the office area of the building near a gas operated refrigerator, before spreading to the exterior overhang and moving into the attic. The fire is estimated to have caused $40,000 in damage to the structure, $15,000 in damaged products that were being assembled, and $10,000 in tools.

The business was not occupied at the time of the fire, and was discovered by a local pizza delivery driver who called 911.

During the course of operations a firefighter with the FCFD had an object fall on him. The firefighter was transported non-emergency status to Knox Community Hospital to be evaluated. The FCFD sent an engine crew to the hospital to wait with the firefighter and his family who was also notified. He was treated and released later Saturday evening.

The FCFD had a total of 20 firefighter and four cadets respond to this call. In total, four engines, three tankers, a rescue, and two grass trucks responded to the scene. All FCFD units were in service 9:27pm.

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Fire alarm – Lost Run Road

CH411, CH412, E419 were dispatched at 8:41am on Sunday to the 7000 block of Lost Run Road on a residential fire alarm. Crews were cancelled by a call from the homeowner to the alarm company.

The FCFD had seven personnel respond to this call.

FCFD responds M/A with Fredericktown EMS to Fredericktown Amity Road

CH411, CH412, G414 were dispatched at 10:39am on Saturday morning to the 15000 block of Fredericktown Amity Road. This was a mutual-aid request by Fredericktown EMS on report of a person having a seizure in a field.

CH412 cancelled all FCFD units upon his arrival to the scene.

The FCFD had six personnel respond to the call.


MVC in Amity sends one to hospital

R415, E413, G412, G414 were dispatched at 5:36am on Friday to the 16000 block of Wooster Road in Amity on a two-vehicle MVC with injuries involving a motorcycle. Automatic-aid was provided by R451 from College Township, and Fredericktown EMS responded with a medic unit. R451 was cancelled shortly after they went enroute.

Upon arrival to the scene, crews encountered a pickup with moderate damage to the bed on the driver’s side, and a motorcycle on the other side of the road. Crews took report and maintained traffic after EMS left, transporting one to the hospital.

The scene was turned over to the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who was continuing their investigation.

The FCFD had 10 personnel respond to the call. All FCFD crews were back in quarters by 6:53am.



MVC injures one on Lower Fredericktown Amity

CH411, R415, E413, G412, G412 were dispatched at 10:05pm on Tuesday night to Lower Fredericktown-Amity Road in the area of McVay Road on the report of a single vehicle MVC. Automatic aid was provided by R451, and Fredericktown EMS also responded with two medic units.

Additional reports came in that the door could be opened, but that the victim in the drivers seat was still entrapped.

Upon arrival to the scene, a Pontiac Grand Am was found with heavy damage against a cement culvert and the rear of the vehicle in the air. Arriving crews from R415 pulled a 1 ¾” attack line for suppression and began stabilization on the vehicle. As other crews began arriving, they assisted with patient care and extrication. E413 worked to further stabilize the ditch side of the vehicle as crews worked in multiple areas. One of the drivers side doors and the roof was removed to make room to remove the patient. 

Due to the extent of injuries, mechanism of injury, and the extent of entrapment involved, a medical helicopter was requested to the scene for transport. Crews established a landing zone west of the scene for MedFlight.

The FCFD had 20 personnel respond to the call. All FCFD crews were back in quarters by 11:56pm.

Structure Fire – 16000 block Z Street – 2/18/2015

CH411, E419, E413, R415, T417, G412 were dispatched at 3:26am on Wednesday morning to the 16000 block of Z Street on a structure fire that was called in by a neighbor.

Upon arrival of CH411 he marked that this was a defensive attack and that the barn was already full involved and collapsed. The crew of E419 stretched our garden lay hose line to begin fire attack and advance around the structure. Incoming crews pulled a 1 ¾” attack line from E419 to work as others pulled roofing material to expose fire.

The structure and contents were a complete loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the FCFD.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 5:44. The FCFD had 14 personnel respond to this call. There were no injuries reported.