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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.


Next FCFD Board Meeting – February 14 – 7:00pm

The next meeting of the board of trustees for the Fredericktown Community Fire District in on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm.  Meeting location is at our main firehouse, 139 Columbus Road in Fredericktown in the back meeting room.  This is a public meeting, persons wishing to learn more about their fire district and what is going on are strongly encouraged to attend.

Representing you.

Berlin Township – Gary Alverson
Middlebury Township – Mike Gearhart
Morris Township – Dick Kershner
Pike Township – Roger Brown
Wayne Township – Jim Braddock
Village of Fredericktown – Doug Turpen

Each township/village that the FCFD provides coverage for is represented by a trustee/council member that is appointed to the fire board. These are your elected officials.


Am I served by the FCFD?

Am I served by the Fredericktown Community Fire District? This is a great question that we sometimes field in the public at events and during public safety presentations. Here is a map of the district as it is laid out.

The two red dots represent our firehouses, the first being in Fredericktown (built 1980) and the second being in Pike Township on the property of the township house (built in 2013).

We encompass this area of Knox County which makes us the second largest fire district. In addition we cover a small portion of Perry Township in Richland County that is more readily accessible by the FCFD.

Does this mean the FCFD only provides services in this area? No, this is just our primary and “first due” area for our department. In addition to this, we provide mutual-aid to adjoining departments in Knox County, Richland County, and Morrow County when requested. Under agreements with the State of Ohio, we have resources that can be requested anywhere in the case of a large scale disaster.

Map of our District

FCFD Responds to odor investigation

CH411, CH412, R415 were dispatched to the 12000 block of Yankee Street on Saturday at 2:52pm on an odor investigation.

Upon arrival to the scene, crews checked the home with our 4-gas meter, checking a cooking stove. Nothing found and units were back in quarters by 3:34pm

A total of 11 FCFD firefighters and one cadet responded to this call.

Your firefighters training on ice rescue

Firefighters from the Fredericktown Community Fire District took the opportunity on Thursday night to practice their ice rescue skills. Despite the warm temperatures over the last few days, there is still significant ice on waterways in the district. With the ice several inches thick it provided a stable surface to work from, but firefighters know that this ice is not typically the kind that gets victims in trouble.

The training started out in the meeting room back at the firehouse with Lt. Cody Beacom and Lt. Charles Swank both going over the aspects of ice and cold-water rescue. They detailed the types of ice, what to look for, and the methods for pulling victims safely from the water.

With the assistance of the Fredericktown Recreation District, the firefighters used Sockman Lake to setup and area to run their scenarios. Firefighters and cadets all were able to participate in a variety of rescue operations from working with rope bags, reaching for victims with tools, shore tender operations, and taking turns being in the water rescue suits. While the techniques for the most part have not changed, the equipment that the FCFD utilizes have. The department still maintains several of the old USCG “gumby” suits that have little dexterity, but these have since been replaced by a much more sophisticated suit with better protection, and ability for rescuers to work.

The training only lasted a couple hours, but the skills obtained are priceless for the members of the FCFD. While most think that firefighters only rescue persons in the ice and water, over the years the department has been called upon to rescue cows, deer, and dogs from icy water conditions. Within the fire district there are a variety of rivers and streams, ponds, quarries, and two recreation waterways that we respond to. In addition to providing water rescue within the district, the FCFD also provides mutual-aid to other departments around the region. With multiple divers, underwater communications, two boats, and a dive trailer, the district is well prepared for many water emergencies.

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FCFD responds to gas leak

CH411, CH412, R415, E419 were dispatched at 6:24pm on Thursday evening to East College Street in the Village of Fredericktown on an odor investigation.

Crews located a natural gas leak in the yard and Columbia Gas was contacted.

The FCFD had 13 firefighters and two cadets respond to this call.

Who are we?

Who are we? Who are our members? Over the course of numerous articles in the media names aren’t always there, the word “firefighter, or officer, or cadet,” are often used when referring to situations. To really understand how the FCFD functions however, we want you to know a little more.

We are volunteers, technically paid per call according to how the state and federal reporting systems would classify us. We come from a variety of backgrounds, experience, demographic, careers, education, and for the most part what bonds and ties our firefighters together IS firefighting. Outside of the walls of the FCFD we are all employed part/full time in a variety of fields. We have people in maintenance/facilities management, machinists, construction workers, information technology, farmers, truck drivers, security officers, deputy wardens, police officers, those who do general labor/trades, and those who work part/full time fire positions outside of the district. We have an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience that we bring to the table whether in training or on the scene.

Line firefighters are those that have successfully completed their training requirements (36, 120, 240), probationary requirements, and all required check offs per department policy. Our firefighters are trained at various levels from the Ohio, basic 36-hour class, to the 120-hour (Firefighter I) level, and even the 240-hour (Firefighter II) professional level. Beyond this training many of our firefighters are also trained in extrication, heavy rescue, rope rescue, trench rescues, structural collapse, water rescue, ice rescue, rescue diving, fire instructors, fire safety inspectors, and a variety of other areas.

Our chief is voted upon by the fire board yearly and the Chief appoints the Assistant Chief yearly. Our officers (Lieutenant/Captains) go through a promotion process involving, written knowledge tests, an interview process, and a tabletop exercise before being selected to their position. Officers are required to have the line firefighter skills in addition to others for their position.

Fire cadets are our high school aged component to our family at the FCFD. Beginning with their freshman year in high school they can apply to join the program and then attend a summer long rigorous training program that closely mimics the same Ohio 36-hour firefighter certification. This training prepares them for the duties that they are permitted to perform within their position as a cadet. Our academy also prepares them for the ability to easily complete their initial firefighter training once they turn 18 if they choose to become a firefighter with our district. Cadets are permitted to perform a variety of tasks on the fire ground and in training. They can assist firefighters with getting equipment, setting up ladders, changing SCBA bottles, doing rehab, water supply setup, assisting with public safety events, and a long list of other potential duties. Yearly we attend local schools to recruit new cadets.

YOUR firefighters proudly serving the Fredericktown Community Fire District are:

Chief Scott Mast
Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter
Captain Shane Smith
Captain Tony Schwartz
Lieutenant Cody Beacom
Lieutenant Jeremy Moss
Lieutenant Charles Swank
Lieutenant J.P. Murphy
Lieutenant Kevin Suain
Jason Bostic
Jason Whaley
Bernie Douglas
Heath Kempton
Anthony Reed
Bronson Mast
Carmen Kyle
Andrew McNeil
Hunter McVay
Josh Staats
David Bennett
Dalton Canter
Brayden Mast
Ben Beever
Dale McVay
Ronny Flynn
Seth Popham

YOUR Cadets proudly serving are:

Cadet Lieutenant Rhylee Wilson
Cadet Lieutenant Haley Rook
Mason DeChant
Trevor Fry
Kenzie Gannon
Jayden Hillman
Jacob Rook
Nathan Silliman
Noah Smith
Madison Swick
Lane Swihart
Angelo Tino
Gavin Wilson

How busy are your firefighters at the FCFD?

Just how busy were our volunteers in 2017? Quite busy is the answer, and our busiest year to date statistically speaking as far as runs go. The Fredericktown Community Fire District responded to a total of 259 calls. This resulted in a total of 2811 hours of combined time for all our members. This number of hours does not include training and continuing education that members attended outside of the FCFD.

Of those runs, some of the highlights to the responses were the following:
Building Fires – 13
Vehicle Fires – 2
Trash/Waste Fires – 14
Assists to EMS – 6
Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries – 25
Search for missing person – 4
Extrication from vehicles – 6
Ice/Water Rescues – 3
Gas leaks (Natural Gas/LPG) – 4
Carbon Monoxide Calls – 4
Downed power lines – 18
Motor Vehicle Crash (General Cleanup) – 27
Assist Law Enforcement – 3
Dispatched / Cancelled Enroute – 58
False Alarms – 7

Outside of the 259 calls listed above, our members performed countless hours of maintenance, work around the station, continuing education, attended workshops, conferences, seminars, hands on training, and so much more. They provided fire safety and prevention discussions and events around the fire district as well as tours at the firehouse. Our firefighters were part of tabletop and hands on exercises. Your firefighters held another successful fire cadet recruiting throughout local schools, conducting a training academy over the summer. Firefighters have been out in the community training with our trucks, familiarizing new members with the area, and staying on top of issues within the district. Egg hunts, parades, attending local meetings, assisting the community with other special events, and answering the call.

This by no means encompasses everything that our firefighters handle throughout the year, but it’s a great snapshot.