Archive for April 2017

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.