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To the Residents of the Fredericktown Community Fire District


February 17, 2018
Contact:  Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel:  (740) 485-6790

The following is a letter from Fredericktown Community Fire District, Chief Scott Mast explaining the daytime staffing need and the benefits to the community.  This letter was presented and recommended for release to the public at the most recent FCFD Board of Trustees meeting on February 14.

PRESS RELEASE – Chief Letter to Public 02172018

FCFD handles Statler Road fire in Richland County

R415 was dispatched at 7:59am on Tuesday morning to the 3000 block of Statler Road in Richland County on the report of a motor vehicle fire close to a residence. This was a mutual-aid run for Worthington Township. While enroute to the scene, further information from dispatch advised that it may be near a tank and that no other units were on the way. Lt. Jeremy Moss had Knox County 911 dispatch Fredericktown for a tanker and Richland County was advised to request Jefferson Township for mutual-aid.

Prior to arrival by the FCFD, a township plow truck that was nearby moved the vehicle further away from the residence. This action made a positive difference to keep the flames and heat further away from the house and wooden porch.

Upon arriving to scene, crews found a four door Chevy Silverado fully engulfed in fire partway off the road. The crew of R415 stretched an attack line from the bumper to extinguish the fire with water and foam. All incoming mutual-aid was canceled. Crews pulled the vehicle off the roadway and cleared the scene.

The FCFD had five total personnel respond, with three on the initial truck. All FCFD crews were back in quarters by 10:12am and had cleanup to handle after the call.


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.


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.

FCFD responds to fire in Pike Township

CH411, CH412, E419, E413, T417, G412, G414 were dispatched at 3:30pm on Wednesday afternoon to West Lakeview Drive in Pike Township on the report of a chimney fire. While units were enroute, further information was given that the fire was in the wall behind the chimney and additional resources were requested.

The homeowner that initially smelled and saw smoke in the living room, went outside, finding flames behind the chimney. She attempted to make rescue of the family cat from upstairs but was pushed back by thick black smoke.

Mutual-aid from Worthington Township (Richland County), College Township, and the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District in the form of tankers and engines. A medic from Fredericktown EMS was also requested.

The first unit arriving to the scene found fire coming out of the living room window and marked it a working structure fire. The crew of E413 stretched 1 3/4 “ attack lines and made the initial attack on the fire in the first floor. Crews found heavy contents and a structure was well involved. The crew of E419 went to work also stretching a line to the second floor with other incoming crews to knock the fire down. Firefighters rotated out due to the cold and amount of overhaul work that needed completed to ensure the fire was extinguished.

Water supply operations were setup at a nearby dry hydrant. In total an estimated 6500 gallons of were used. The interior of the residence is a total loss. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

The FCFD had a total of 19 firefighters and three fire cadets respond to this call. There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters, however a family cat did not survive.

All FCFD units were back in quarters by 7:31pm. Crews responded back to the residence later in the evening at a request to check for a re-kindle with nothing found. Firefighters assisted the homeowner with delivering water to them.

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

March 2, 2017
Contact: Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel: (740) 627-1664

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


December 3, 2016

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






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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