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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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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.

Fire in attic damages Laundromat on Sunday

CH411, E419, E413, R415, T417, and G414 were dispatched at 6:16pm on Sunday evening initially to 92 North Main Street in Fredericktown on the report of a commercial fire with visible smoke and fire.   E493, E451, and L491 were dispatched automatic-aid from the Mount Vernon Fire Department and College Township Fire Department as well.

It was determined that the location of the call was at 92 South Main Street, the Rainbo Klean Laundromat and Pizza Dock.

Upon arrival to the scene, units found a single story commercial building with smoke showing from the roof. The crew of E419 stretched an 1 ¾ inch attack line for suppression. Crews gained access to the attic area from the rear of the structure while crews pulled a portion of the ceiling in the Laundromat to check for fire extension as well. Minimal amounts of water were used during the operation.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an equipment failure of the furnace in the attic and the investigation is complete.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 8:15pm.

 

 

 

 

FCFD awarded BWC safety grant for Stabilization System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2016

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

jbostic@fredericktownfire.net

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The Fredericktown Community Fire District recently was awarded $25,002.75 in funds from a Safety Intervention Grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for purchase of a stabilization strut system. The BWC grant request from the FCFD was for a total of $37,337.00, with the fire district kicking in the $8,334.25 matching funds coming from their budget.

“Seeking grants is a competitive process and difficult to attain, but it is an excellent source of funding for our district to provide for our firefighters and the community which we serve,” said FCFD Public Information Officer Jason Bostic.   “We have been successful on many attempts and are fortunate to have been chosen for a project that will increase our safety and our level of operations.”

For not much more than the cost of a very basic and simple system the district, through this grant was able to purchase a much more elaborate system that is adaptive, expandable, and has few limits.

“This grant has so many benefits, especially from a safety perspective. Our previous stabilization tools we made ourselves due to budgetary restraints. It is great that we will be able to replace those with a system that is manufactured for specific needs and come with tested safety ratings,” said Fredericktown Community Fire District Chief Scott Mast.

Department members have long realized the need for such a system to be in place, but the cost of a quality system that can cover the needs of the district was cost prohibitive. Through research, training, and hands-on use, the district identified manufacturer Paratech as the preferred company of choice. Paratech has a significant history and is a leader in stabilization systems, lifting systems, support, and other areas of the fire/rescue industry.

“This expands our mission greatly beyond just simple stabilization, to lifting, trench rescue, high angle rescue, structural stabilization, and more. The system is expandable and we can build and grow from it. We will now have a vast array of ways to approach situations,” said Chief Mast.

This stabilization system however isn’t just available to the FCFD. Through mutual-aid, any department that would request us to respond would have access to equipment thus further making the donation more beneficial. A system of this size and configuration is something that you might find on a metro fire department rescue or on a specialized unit.

“Most departments have a small degree of stabilization devices that they can utilize, but usually on a minimal basis. Some scenarios might require us to call in 2-4 departments from out of the area, further delaying a rescue,” said Chief Mast. “We feel very fortunate that our project was chosen, a project of this size is something significant that we could not afford.”

Finley Fire Equipment of McConnelsville, Ohio was chosen as the vendor for the project, with the district working through Rescue Manager Dalan Zartman. Zartman is also President of the professional training company, Rescue Methods. Working together a solution was identified, and the post purchase training will also be provided to the fire district as a part of the purchase.

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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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

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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Amity Fire damages home on Saturday night

The Fredericktown Community Fire District was dispatched at 8:32pm on Saturday night to the 20000 block of Fredericktown-Amity Road in Pike Twp. on the initial report of a garage 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 additional 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. Additional reports while en route to the scene indicated that this was a residential structure fire.

Upon arrival to the scene by Chief Mast was that there was “fire coming from the garage, and heavy smoke from the remainder of the house.”

The first arriving engine company was from Station 450 who made an initial attack on the fire. Other additional incoming companies stretched additional 1 ¾” attack lines, completed a search of the structure, extinguished remaining fire, and ventilated the residence.

An estimated 5000 gallons of water were used in total to extinguish the fire.

A lengthy period of time was involved on scene due to difficult overhaul operations to locate further fire within the structure.

The fire is actively being investigated at this time and was turned over to the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office on Saturday night.

The home was not occupied at the time of the fire, and was called in by a neighbor. The family lost three dogs and two cats in the fire.

There was no damage estimate to the home.

The FCFD had a total of 16 firefighters respond to this call. In total, four engines, three tankers, two rescues, and two grass trucks responded to the scene. All FCFD units were in service 12:15am.

 

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:
FRONT ROW:

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

BACK ROW:

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

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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