FCFD spends Sunday on diver training

Divers and tenders with the FCFD took advantage of the afternoon to fit some dive training in at Knox Lake. Continuing to familiarize and work with the tethered communications and gear to stay mission ready.

Temperatures at the bottom were 38 degrees and decent visibility (4 foot) until the bottom got stirred up. After which, it was referred to as looking like chocolate milk. The ability for the diver to see even their hand in front of their face at that point is almost impossible.

We train in this because this is the type of water we are going to see. Visibility of nothing and needing to be comfortable with it.

The FCFD is one of two departments within the county with a dive team. We have two large recreational bodies of water within the district, along with it many ponds and quarries. We will go where we are called and have provided our services outside the district and county many times.

#TRAINHARD #DOWORK #VOLUNTEERSTRONG

Quality service and partnerships keep us going…

Firefighters were on station on Wednesday working with Howell Rescue from Kettering, Ohio to perform preventative maintenance on our hydraulic rescue tools from Genesis.

The FCFD operates R415 out of station one with a slightly larger compliment of tools (cutters, spreaders, combi-tool, several rams, and plenty of accessories. E413 operates out of station two in Pike Twp with a slightly smaller set of equipment, but both systems are compatible.

All of the hydraulic equipment was purchased through grant money from a highly competitive grant called the Assistance to Firefighters Grant from FEMA.

YOUR firefighters on station today working with vendors to make sure that equipment is kept up and ready at a moments notice.#VOLUNTEERSTRONG#FCFD#RESCUE#HOWELL#GENESISTOOLS#DOWORK

Taking time…taking care of our fleet

Members taking a little extra time tonight while enjoying the weather to clean up our apparatus and keep our fleet looking top notch. While tonight these trucks may be clean, we won’t hesitate to get these things dirty and put them to work.

We have some of the finest equipment through solid planning, saving, and teamwork in getting what will serve the community the best. Our past fireboards, chiefs, officers, and firefighters have paved us a solid path to success and we pride ourselves in what we have here at the FCFD.

Opening lines of communication

Firefighters were out in the community last night speaking with our local village council. With the changes to the makeup of the board of trustees, we wanted to open lines of communication, provide an opportunity for them to ask questions of our operations, and to let them know of our concern of the rumor of the discussion of a merger (with EMS) that are out in the community.

We have been able to answer a great number of questions over the last month or so as our members have been attending local meetings. Both public and elected officials have been active in numerous conversations.

Our doors are open, this is YOUR fire department and we enjoy serving this community.

Here is the link to the Mount Vernon News – http://mountvernonnews.com/article/2017/04/18/fredericktown-firefighters-against-merger-with-ems/

Ohio 13 MVC injures two, closes highway on Monday morning

CH411, R415, E413, G412, G414 were dispatched the area of Ohio 13 just south of the bypass at 7:37am Monday morning on the report of a motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival to the scene, two vehicles were found off the roadway, one with moderate damage and the other heavy damage; both with persons trapped inside. Due to the number of vehicles and damage, a rescue was requested from the Mount Vernon Fire Department, who responded E491 and CAPT491 to the scene.

Medflight was dispatched to the scene for the patient within one of the vehicles.

Crews from FCFD began working on the car with the heavier damage to provide a means of extrication for EMS of their patient. Crews from MVFD worked on the other car, and then came over to assist.

The roadway was shut down due to the number of vehicles on scene and to allow law enforcement time to conduct their investigation. The scene was turned over to the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 9:01am. The FCFD had seven personnel respond to this call.

 

FCFD clarifies article on staffing

FCFD clarifies Staffing issue

A recent article from the Mount Vernon News was published regarding the FCFD exploring paid staff. The district would like to clarify that this is in the concept stage at this time and that no plans have been finalized or submitted to the board of trustees. Adequate response times are a concern across the United States and a factor that holds true in demographics similar to Fredericktown.

The officers of the FCFD have been discussing these needs and evaluating measures that will augment the already strong volunteer backbone that the district has maintained for many years. The goal is to provide a proactive solution to the response during the daytime hours, while still relying on the volunteers to respond to those calls as well is extremely important. Our members have been a part of this conversation, and in doing so has kept a positive and supportive tone around the department.

The addition of staffing is not a new topic. The potential daytime scenario of need started over a year ago with the board, with more formal work being done over four months ago. We have an excellent membership at Fredericktown, we want to examine methods that will protect that aspect, and improve responses while being fiscally responsible.

We greatly appreciate the continued trust and support from the citizens that we serve and we are seeking a solution that will be carefully thought out and well received.

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

 

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If these pages could talk…

If the pages of this fire run log from 1975 and 1976 belonging to the Fredericktown Community Fire District could only talk.

They fought fire with less airpacks, water issues, they exrtricated crash victims by different means, and worked through it, along with so much more. While some members may still be alive, there are those that have passed on. The ways that we fight fire have changed, the equipment that we use has changed, our gear is safer, our training better, our trucks state of the art… 

What hasn’t changed at the FCFD you ask? The drive, the passion, the heart, the mission, the people. We live here, work here, and serve here.

#FCFD #VOLUNTEER #DOWORK #FIREFIGHTER #HISTORY

FCFD Responds to Knox Lake Road MVA on Tuesday

R415, E413, G412, G414 were dispatched at 1:46pm on Tuesday afternoon to the 17000 block of Knox Lake Road on the report of a single vehicle MVC with injuries.

Upon arrival to the scene a single vehicle with heavy damage was found against a tree with a patient trapped inside. Due to the extent of injuries a medical helicopter was requested to the scene. Upon arrival of R415 and incoming companies, the vehicle was stabilized and the patient extricated in a coordinated effort using hydraulic and battery operated tools. 

MedFlight transported the patient to a Columbus area hospital.

Crews kept the roadway closed while the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted their investigation and vehicle could be removed.

The FCFD had a total of 14 personnel respond to this call. All FCFD units were back in quarters by 3:32pm.

Easter Egg Hunt – April 15, 2017

The Fredericktown Firefighters Association will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt at our firehouse, 139 Columbus Road. The event will begin with the blast of the airhorns at 10am sharp. Those wanting to attend should arrive 15-20 minutes early in order to find parking and be in place before the hunt starts. The better the weather, the larger the turnout.

As always, our firefighters are very excited to have this event, give back, and meet you!

FCFD awarded State Fire Marshal grant for radios

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2017
Contact: Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel: (740) 627-1664
jbostic@fredericktownfire.net

The Fredericktown Community Fire District recently was awarded $28,722.04 in grant funds from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for the purchase of MARCS radio equipment and service fees. In total through the grant the FCFD will receive two additional mobile radios, nine portable radios, spare batteries, a bank radio charger, and all required costs of equipment for installation. The grant requires no local financial match from the fire district.

“The department is very appreciative to have been awarded this grant. The items that this grant funds will greatly enhance our communication capabilities in some of our specialized vehicles that we were previously unable to outfit, and to further personal communication capabilities,” said FCFD Chief Scott Mast.

This grant will allow the FCFD to install a mobile radio into its rescue boat and firefighting ATV to improve incident communications. Portable radios will be assigned to apparatus to ensure incident command and line firefighters have sufficient communication as needed. The fire district was provided with MARCS radio equipment through a grant last year, however this will further round out the needs of the department.

“We strive to seek out and work for grants that benefit our firefighters, which in turn ultimately benefits the citizens we serve,” said FCFD Public Information Officer Jason Bostic. “We have seen great success in grants that allow us to provide some of the finest equipment possible at low to no cost.”

In 2016, fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies in Knox County transitioned to the MARCS radio system that uses a network of digital radio towers and networked infrastructure throughout the State of Ohio. The system allows a greater interoperability between agencies and over a much longer distance.

State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers announced on Thursday morning that the FCFD was one of 165 departments awarded from 25 counties in throughout the state. In total, this grant provided $3 million in equipment to promote better communication between agencies around Ohio.

“The operational costs associated to communications are continuing to increase with the advancements in technology. Securing a grant such as this helps ease the financial burden in conjunction with improving the overall safety of our firefighters,” said Chief Mast.

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