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The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-3 Unit received the report of a fire around 1:00 A.M. on Sunday,May 22, 2016 at 601 S. 3rd St. Arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the "D" side of the structure. - See full story on page 31

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Harlan Barrick Community Commitment Awards presented to Johnsville VDFD On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 awards were presented to members of the Johnsville VFD for their long service. Included was the First Annual Harlan Barrick Community Commitment Award, which was presented to Chief Harlan Barrick for his leadership to the department.


Johnsville VFD breaks ground for new station On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 the Johnsville VFD, township trustees and fire board-members broke ground for their long overdue, new, five-bay fire station.

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Ribbons for retired Lieutenant Brian Davis On Saturday, June 11, 2016 citizens from Hilliard and surrounding communities began tying ribbons in support of retired Norwich Twp. Fire Department's Lt. Brian Davis, who had been suffering with stage 4 cancer. JUMP TO FILE# Overall, 200 ribbons 070816114 were tied to show support for him during his fight. On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 citizens from Central Ohio attended funeral services for retired Norwich Twp. Fire Department's Lt. Brian Davis at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, after losing his long, hard battle with cancer. A processional to a local cemetery followed the services. - DAN MEYERSBURG




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North Carolina: Joshua Warren Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 16, 2016 Death Date: June 16, 2016 Fire Department: Alexis Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Warren fell ill from a nature of injury still to be determined while onduty and engaged in physical fitness training at a local middle school. Warren was rushed to CHSLincoln Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injury. Hawaii: Clifford M. Rigsbee Rank: Firefighter III Incident Date: June 14, 2016 Death Date: June 16, 2016 Fire Department: Honolulu Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter III Rigsbee was found unconscious and floating in the water immediately after being separated from a jet ski/rescue sled while participating in a rescue watercraft training exercise. The firefighter operating the jet ski jumped into the water to initiate a rescue and with the assistance of others, including a nearby off-duty firefighter, brought Rigsbee to shore where he was rushed to the Straub Medical Center in critical condition. The firefighter/operator of the watercraft, who was also injured in the incident, was treated at the hospital and released. In spite of all efforts, Firefighter Rigsbee, who had suffered a spinal column injury, succumbed two days later while in the hospital. North Carolina: David K. Britt Rank:Fire Chief Incident Date: June 17, 2016 Death Date: June 18, 2016 Fire Department: Severn Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Britt suffered a medical emergency at his home several hours after responding to a motor vehicle crash. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Ohio: John R. Fritz Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 27, 2016 Death Date: June 27, 2016 Fire Department: Austintown Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty at Austintown Fire Station #1, Firefighter Fritz passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Firefighter Fritz ran several emergency calls throughout his shift, and when he did not report to the truck for an emergency medical response, his crew found him in the station unresponsive. Fellow responders and Lane LifeTrans Ambulance provided medical assistance but Firefighter Fritz did not regain consciousness.

Pennsylvania: Michael Morgan Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: May 3, 2016 Death Date: June 26, 2016 Fire Department: Garrettford - Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan began feeling ill during or shortly after responding to two fire calls on May 3, 2016. After a brief rest period at the firehouse, Chief Morgan reported for his midnight shift at the Delaware County Emergency Communications Center where his condition worsened and was then transported by ambulance to Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown. Chief Morgan succumbed to his CVA related injuries on June 26, 2016.

Nebraska: Eric C. Speck Rank: Captain Incident Date: June 23, 2016 Death Date: June 27, 2016 Fire Department: Dakota City Fire Department Initial Summary: On June 23, 2016, Captain Speck complained of chest pains while on-scene of an emergency medical call. Afterward, he traveled to the hospital where it was found he had suffered a heart attack. Captain Speck succumbed to his injury on the morning of June 27, 2016, while in the hospital.

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Two-alarm warehouse fire Around 3:30 A.M. on December 14th, 2015 the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire took calls reporting a fire in the 2600 block of Fisher Road. Upon arrival, crews had heavy fire conditions and small propane tanks exploding. The fire was giving off large embers and running the length of the entire building. Apartment buildings near the fire scene were evacuated. A second-alarm was transmitted on arrival, bringing in additional crews. Fire hydrants were very spread out on the complex and water problems were an issue. Extra companies were called, along with BOX-15 rehab and the Columbus Fire Auxiliary. The fire was still burning as off 8:00 A.M.

Firefighters and onlookers get a chance to check out the Cleveland Clinic's S-76 Helicopter.

Zoar Firefighters assist Cleveland Clinic with Crew Proficiency exercise The Zoar Volunteer Fire Department assisted the Cleveland Clinic with a pilot-proficiency training exercise on 4/19/15 in the village. The crew of Clinic-3, which is based at the Akron-Fulton Airport, practiced an emergency rendezvous at a remote landing zone, designed to simulate an accident site. The exercise began with a call to the Cleveland Clinic dispatch center which set the training evolution into motion. The dispatcher received and relayed vital information on the location of the remote landing zone to the crew of Clinic-3, which had just completed an actual call to Cleveland. The training exercise

JUMP TO FILE #052215111 was developed to test interoperability communications as well as providing the crew an opportunity to become familiar with the surrounding area. Within minutes, Clinic-3 lifted off from the pad at the Cleveland Clinic and proceeded to Zoar. The crew used visual cues and GPS coordinates to locate the 100 x 100 landing zone, which was in a fenced-in lot across from the station. The 80-mile trip from Cleveland to Zoar took just about 15-minutes and during the flight,

Zoar firefighters and Clinic-3 utilized the statewide helicopter landing zone's tactical channel to relay information. Once on the ground, the crew of Clinic-3 went over the key points of the Sikorsky S76 helicopter, with an emphasis on proper approach and loading procedures. In addition, onlookers who gathered to watch the exercise were permitted to view the helicopter and visit with the flight crew before returning to service. This was one of three crew proficiency exercises conducted during the weekend. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

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Holes in floor of structure

The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-3 unit received the report of a fire around 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2190 Sullivant Ave. Arriving firefighters reported heavy fire showing from the "A" side of the structure. After further investigation, crews requested that the fire be made a working fire, assigning additional manpower. Crews located holes in the floor of the structure which renovation had began.

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Mayday called in Columbus The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-1 unit received the report of a fire around 2:40 P.M. on Saturday, 4/25/15 at 3249 Medoma Dr. Arriving firefighters reported heavy smoke showing from the "B" side of two-story residential split, requesting the incident be made a working fire after

JUMP TO FILE #063015128 further investigation. After a transitional attack, crews entered the structure where an event took place, causing disorientation and intense heat. A "Mayday" was de-

clared automatically, upgrading the assignment to a 2-alarm fire. Both firefighters self-extricated themselves by exiting on the "B" side's second-story windows. The Red Cross was requested for the affected residents. - DAN MEYERSBURG

Single-story structure fire on Plainview The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-2 Unit received the report of a fire around 10:30 P.M. on Friday, 5/27/16 at 3698 Plainview Dr. Arriving companies reported the singlestory structure as fully engulfed in flames, declaring a working fire and setting up a water shuttle due to a lack of hydrants in the area. The fire is being aggressively investigated by arson investigators.

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Working fire guts apartment in Coshocton COSHOCTON, OH – On June 7, 2015 at approximately 2:00 P.M., a call came into the Coshocton 911 Center reporting that apartment G10 was on fire at the Heritage Apartments on North Street. The JUMP TO FILE# 911 dispatcher im- 061415120 mediately set off tones for the Coshocton FD with Ladder-301 and Engine-304 immediately responding and en-route to the scene. Engine-304 was first on scene and the Captain radioed Central Dispatch that they had a working fire and requested them to re-page the Coshocton FD for an "All Call" of off duty firefighters. A secondalarm was also toned out to bring mutual aid from the Three Rivers FD, West Lafayette FD and the Jackson Township FD. Several hand lines were stretched and a water supply was established at a nearby hydrant. An aggressive interior attack was established and a quick knock down of the flames followed, but not before the flames reached the attic of this two-story wood frame apartment building. The fire self-vented through the roof and Ladder-301 was setup to attack the flames at the

roof level. The fire also spread through the common attic space to the apartments on either side of G10. Plenty of manpower was on scene and crews were sent into the apartments on either side of G10 to pull the ceilings and extinguish the fire's extension. A firewall in G9 kept the fire from extending further south into more apartments. To the north, the fire was stopped in G11 with a little smoke and water damage into G12. After an extensive overhaul of the attic and roof areas was performed, mutual aid units started rolling hoses and were released. A mother and her 23-month-old daughter were transported by medics from the Coshocton County EMS to Coshocton Hospital for smoke inhalation treatment. They were then released after treatment. The fire was ruled accidental and likely started in a couch on the first floor of G10. Assisting also on scene was the Coshocton County EMS, the Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T. for traffic control and the Cohocton County Sheriff’s Office. Tom Dile from the Salvation Army was also on scene with refreshments. - JIM MCKEEVER

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Ron Morin with his "EMERGENCY!" replica apparatus at an apparatus muster on Long Island in June.


A paramedic’s gift to the EMS world Ron Morin now runs Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Service vehicles on U.S. Route 2 East. A television show in the 1970's got him interested in emergency medical work. “I personally was inspired by the TV series 'Emergency!' to become a paramedic,” he said. In 1982, he was part of the first paramedic graduating class. Morin has now built a replica of Squad 51's apparatus that dominated the television show, racing around the streets of Los Angeles County. This was made possible by purchasing a 1971 Dodge from the Alna, Maine, Fire Department and an original paramedic rescue body in California. The Dodge was used by the A.F.D. as a brush fire unit. While searching for a utility body, Morin said he came across a 1983 vintage medic box on eBay that had been in a shed for more than 15-years.

Morin flew to California and dug the body out of the storage shed. It was loaded it onto a rental truck, and he drove back to Maine. He said the Dodge cab was in “immaculate condition,” with only 7,980 miles on the vehicle. The body, however, required some restoration work. Not to duplicate the LA County Fire Department lettering, Morin has “Lost Angel Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Paramedics” graphics added to the truck. He added, “Lost Angels are lost but not forgotten.” It took about six months to assemble the replica. Locating some equipment became quite a challenge. The “gutter mounts” for the Twinsonic light bar was one of the hardest to find. A Facebook friend was helpful for that find. Most of the equipment in the replica's compartments is from the 1970's and was on ambulances that were owned

in Morin's Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue business. A Pioneer “orange box” Telementry Unit was donated by some friends in New Jersey. He also has a telephone-style radio communications box similar to the one used in the TV show. The original Dodge for the series is located at the LA County Fire Museum. Morin is excited about his new adventure of showing off his masterpiece. The first showing was at the Fire House Grill in Auburn, Maine, in 2015. “Having given more than fortyyears in emergency medical services, I now have the ability to give back, by making the younger generation understand where us dinosaurs of EMS came from,” Morin said.


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Car slams into Dover residence

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Strasburg and Bolivar Firefighters hit flare-ups as high winds hampered firefighting operations.


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Shortly after 1:00 P.M. on 2/28/16 Strasburg Firefighters were dispatched by Tuscarawas County 911 to a structure fire in the 300 block of Wooster Avenue in the Village. Upon arrival, firefighters found that a fully in- JUMP TO FILE # volved wood garage 030116105 had spread to an adjacent one-and-ahalf story brick garage. At this time, a second call for assistance from the Dover and Bolivar Fire Departments was issued. Strasburg Firefighters began attacking the blaze and protecting neighboring exposures with twoand-a-half inch attack lines as the mutual aid crews began to roll. Once on scene, Dover Firefighters used foam to protect several 55-gallon drums of flammable liquid in the larger garage that was in immediate danger of igniting. High wind gusts in the 20-30mph range and exploding aerosol cans hampered fire suppression activities and forced crews to withdraw several times during the attack. Large amounts of flammables stored in the garage provided added fuel to the fire load, which took four hours to fully extinguish. In addition to the loss of the two structures, a motorcycle and a dune buggy were also lost. According to Chief Dan Varner, the owner of the property had been barbecuing when flames ignited the smaller wood structure. Seventeen firefighters from the three departments were assisted by a crews from Smith Ambulance, which provided EMS support as well as officers from the Strasburg Police Department. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

that sent three people to the hospital on 4/28/15 after a 2003 Ford Taurus plowed into an occupied home. The accident occurred at the intersection of East 2nd Street and Crater Avenue at about 7:15 P.M., after the car’s driver went through the intersection and past traffic directional barriers while avoiding a car that had the right of way. Within minutes of the dispatch, Dover’s Rescue Engine-203 and Medic-210 arrived on scene and began treating the two occupants of the car and the home owner, who was within several feet of being hit while sitting in her recliner. Firefighters also pulled a one-and-threequarter inch attack line as a precaution but luckily, was not required. Dover Medic-211 and New Philadelphia Medic-2110 were also dispatched to the scene to assist with care and transport of the injured to Union Hospital for treatment as a precaution. The residence was heavily dam-


Dover Firefighters survey the wreckage after a car slammed into a residence.

aged by the car, which came to rest in the living room, displacing kitchen items through the rear wall of the house. Firefighters were assisted on scene by the Dover Police, city utility workers who shut off the gas, water and electricity and crews from De-

sign Restoration, who boarded up and secured the structure. On a side note, this was the second time the residence was struck by an automobile in the past twenty years. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

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Zoar VFD celebrates 165th Anniversary with open house On October 13, 2015 the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department held an open house and truck dedication ceremony at the fire station, which was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Month. What also made this year’s event extra special was that the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department also celebrated it's 165th Anniversary in addition to the new trucks. Over 100 people attended the event, which ran from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Some of the activities included station tours, fire trucks, equipment demonstrations, a MedFlight helicopter display, handouts, refreshments and dedication of the two new trucks, including recognition of the donors who made it possible. In late July 2014, the department traveled to Williamsburg, VA and purchased a 1992 Pierce Arrow 1000 gpm, custom pumper from the James City County Fire Department. The “new” pumper carries a crew of six firefighters and is equipped with a pre-piped deck monitor, 750 gallons of water and is air conditioned. In addition, the pumper was purchased entirely with donations from local businesses, including Whitemyer Advertising of Zoar, Kathy Pietro and Kiko Auctioneers and Realty of Dover, The Lebold-Smith Funeral Home of Bolivar, The Canal Tavern of Zoar and Zoar Community Asso-

JUMP TO FILE #102215109 ciation. Earlier this summer, the department placed a 2015 Ford 4x4 crew cab rescue brush truck into service. The new unit features a 270 gpm pump and carries 225 gallon of water and 8 gallons of foam. It is also unique because the new unit includes the historic Zoar Village logo on the hood and is finished in “Safety Black,” which was a first for the area. The brush truck was purchased through a generous grant from the Reeves Foundation of Dover. MedFlight-4 from Coshocton spent the evening on the ground and was opened for examination. The flight crew demonstrated the loading and unloading of patients and provided some awesome photo opportunities for the kids. Their impressive entrance was almost as spectacular as their departure, which occurred just after sunset. The Zoar Volunteer Fire Department maintains a roster of 18 active volunteer firefighters, eight auxiliary members and is led by Chief Charlie Meiser and six line officers. The Zoar Volunteer Fire Department is a 501c3 non-profit organization that averages 30 runs a year.

The Crew of MedFlight-4 pose for a photo before heading back to Coshocton.




Robert Smith, President and CEO of Smith Ambulance of Northeast Ohio and Smith Funeral Homes, stands with E-1602. Smith Ambulance provided an ambulance for the evening's activities. DAVID J. SCHLOSSER

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The Human Factors, A Contributing Factor In firefighter Injury and Death - Part I STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Crews prepare to search during a training day held in Columbus on 3/20/16.



A rainbow forms as the deck gun is in use during a class on engine company operations held by the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire Auxiliary on 11/15/15.


Crews with lines off during a class on engine company operations held by the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire Auxiliary on 11/15/15.


Two day Water Officer Supply training class attended by roughly 50 firefighters and chiefs from across the state of Ohio on 4/12/15.

This article and the next 2 following articles first appeared when I first started writing this column, Staying Safe, 15 years ago. I repeated it 6 years ago with slight modification, and feel it still holds true today as a leading cause of firefighter injury and death. It can serve as a refresher for senior firefighters and as a safety lesson for newer firefighters. The prime suspect for a majority of all unsafe acts and the resulting injuries and deaths in fire/EMS personnel can be relegated to “Human Factors.” This Human Factor or Human Error category includes many sub categories that contribute to unsafe and dangerous acts at the emergency scene. Included, but not limited to, the following: laziness, lack of concentration, poor judgment and failure to evaluate risks involved, not being prepared, insufficient training, taking foolish chances, complacency, macho or indestructible attitude, accidents don’t happen to me, refusing to seek help, emotions out of control, and the proverbial taking short cuts rather than following standard procedures. It is always easy to blame the equipment, apparatus, or changing fire conditions, but was it really the individual firefighter at fault? Laziness is probably the greatest cause for any type of unsafe act because indirectly it will almost appear as the root cause for the incident to have occurred. Most will deny laziness as the primary cause because of the guilt complex that goes along with being identified as being LAZY. Hey, I got news for you, we all suffer from the same problem and it has a bearing in our everyday life. Who gets up to change TV channels? How about the portable telephone? When I sit down to watch TV I make sure I have the TV remote, but more often then I like, I forget to bring the portable phone. In the height of laziness I hope my wife will come join me, and then I ask her to bring the phone, anything to keep from getting up! I am not alone. Fortunately the aforementioned are not life threatening, but if laziness carries over into our day-to-day chores or when we respond as emergency responders, it can lead to injury. How about cleaning the leaves from the gutters? You put the ladder up and then hug it, getting as close as possible to the rungs while over reaching left and right as far as possible in order to keep from climbing down and repositioning the ladder. When we complete the gutter-cleaning chore what have we saved, having to move the ladder 2 or 3 more times, while giving no thought to our personal safety. You don’t have to fall from a great height to be injured, and the older you get the shorter the distance. Maybe, as one gets older, it would be safer to hire someone to clean the gutters for us. Think about it, if we do the same

things at the emergency scene in order to save energy and footsteps, the risk of injury and death are far greater than being unable to change the TV channel. Are we wearing all our protective equipment, or have we forgotten or misplaced an item in the excitement? If we have, the chances are we are not going back to get it. How many times have we used the tool in hand as a poor substitute for the correct tool simply because it requires going back to the rig to obtain it? How often do we stand on a chair, table, or bed, or whatever else is available, to pull a ceiling with a halligan tool when a 6 foot hook is the preferred tool for the job? It is almost impossible to maintain ones balance walking on a bed, let alone perform some physical activity. How about ladder placement and height? Do we reposition the ladder, or get a ladder of

greater length when it is the safe thing to do, or do we make do and hope nothing goes wrong. There are times the IC gives a specific assignment and we immediately come up with a better idea, usually one that reduces physical exertion and therefore easier to perform. Officers and Incident Commanders should be aware of counter proposals and their effect on the safety of personnel. The task may be made easier, but will it be as effective and safe? Counter proposals are usually shortcuts that eliminate a safe method of performing a task, and may become the contributing factors to injuries and death, and they generally start with being lazy. We know better, but laziness is driving us so therefore we overlook the added risk. To be continued next month. Till then, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Chaplain’s Corner: 911 Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

The three-digit telephone number "9-1-1" has been designated as the "Universal Emergency Number" for citizens throughout the United States. This “magic number” provides them with fast and easy access to emergency assistance. What a relief it is when our citizens hear the distant yelp of sirens as Emergency Services respond to their call for help. A sigh of relief and hope stirs in the heart of the patient as you arrive on scene. A full arrest, TC, physical rescue, pediatric problem, drowning, emergency child birth or other trauma finds the patient and loved ones in perhaps the worst situation of their lives. Upon arrival of an incident, Firefighters can see the desperation of a patient but simultaneously a look of confidence as they trust in the skill and professionalism of their rescuers.I’m thankful

God is with you on every call. And I’m also thankful that, when people require emergency assistance, God sends you. You are the answer to someone’s prayers! But have you ever cried out to the Lord during a difficult time in your life or that of a family member? A struggle in life. A trying time with your children, sickness or disease, a bitter divorce, financial collapse or perhaps a pain in your heart accumulated over the years due to a series of disappointments and discouragements. Have you ever looked up and cried out for help (911)? Due to God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God hears, cares, and responds to His children in a time of need. In a crisis situation we can look to Jesus Christ with confidence that His expertise is sufficient to meet the need and calm the storm in our lives.Bible verse: “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:4).Don’t ever forget that we all have immediate access to emergency services. All we have to do is “call Him up.”


Smoke showing in Columbus The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-3 unit received the report of a fire around 1:40 P.M. on Saturday, 3/28/15 at 2820 Stavley Ct. Arriving firefighters reported smoke showing from the "A" and "B" corners, requesting the incident be made a working fire. With an aggressive interior attack, the crew of E-23 reported water on the fire in the bedroom area. The Red Cross was requested for the affected residents.



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Tuscarawas County holds annual Safe Kids Day Firefighters from the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department participated in the 2015 Tuscarawas County Safe Kids Coalition’s “Safe and Healthy Kids Day," which was held on 5/17/15 at the Kent State –Tuscarawas Campus in New Philadelphia. This year marked the return to the Kent State Campus after a two year run at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. Over 500 people attended the annual event, which featured various emergency, community, civic and social service agencies in a fun-filled, family oriented program that focused on summer safety. The Tuscarawas County Health Department, which was responsible for the event, distributed bicycle helmets to children who stopped by their outdoor display and participated in their Bicycle Rodeo. The public safety JUMP TO FILE# sector was well-rep- 051915107 resented by Medic units from Smith Ambulance, New Philadelphia’s 102foot Tower and police cruisers from Dover and the Ohio Highway Patrol. University Hospital’s critical care helicopter stole the show when it made it's grand entrance at 2 P.M. The Zoar Volunteer Fire Department returned again and presented their popular “Friendly Firefighter Program," which teaches families fire safety tactics. Over 200 people attended the sessions that ran back to back from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. During the Friendly Firefighter segment, children met a friendly fireman who was dressed in street clothes and watched as they went through the process of donning their turn-out gear, until fully dressed and on air as the narrator talked about the importance of each article of clothing and equipment. Once the firefighter was fully dressed, they got down on their hands and knees and crawled around the darkened room, simulating a search so that children could see and hear what they look and sound like. The friendly firefighter also took time to greet the children and remind them not to hide during a fire and that they should always go to them because they are the good guys, there to take them to safety. Children were also given pencils, stickers, pens and various fire safety activity sheets and pamphlets that reinforced the programs message. Firefighters Ted Dennison, Justin Hayhurst, John Malcolm and Laura Kollar participated in the program. It was also the 13th year that the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department has taken part in the “Safe and Healthy Kids Day” with their “Friendly Firefighter” program. The Safe and Healthy Kids Day is held annually in the spring with support from the New Philadelphia Kiwanis’s Club, Tuscarawas County YMCA, Kent State University, Smith Ambulance of Northeast Ohio and the Tuscarawas County Health Department. - DAVID SCHLOSSER


Justin Hayhurst demonstrates the donning of turn-out gear while John Malcolm narrates.


University Hospitals of Cleveland provided a medevac helicopter for the event.

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Working fire on Queensbridge Drive The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-1 Unit received the multiple reports of a fire around 3:00 A.M. on Saturday, 3/22/16 at 1732 Queensbridge Dr. Arriving units reported heavy smoke while enroute and immediately upgraded the assignment to a working fire. The first arriving engine hit the main body of fire in the front room of the first-floor "A" side. The fire had extended into the bedroom on the second-story in the master bedroom. All companies extinguished the stubborn fire and completed overhaul.


The 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade was Chief Paxton's final parade as chief. He would be leaving the department after serving for 31 years.

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser


Fire upgraded to a fourth-alarm The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-1 unit received the report of a fire around 4:00 P.M. on Friday, 5/1/2015 at 600 Marion Rd. Arriving firefighters reported heavy fire showing from the center yard of a recycling center, with a high wind driving the blaze that was started with a discarded cigarette. During a previous fire at the same recycling center, firefighters again attempted to remove palettes containing paper and plastic, but the wind still drove the fire faster than fuel could be removed from the fire. Deputy Chief Cannell carried out command of the initial and ad-

JUMP TO FILE #063015130 ditional attacks from a Columbus Police Department helicopter, as Box-15 was added to the run card to assist with rehab. The incident actively continued for another seven days. The EPA was brought in to monitor any environmental affects from the run off of water used to extinguish the fire. All units combined brought this incident to the level of a 4-alarm fire. - DAN MEYERSBURG


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"Damien Danis has been a correspondent for the NJ edition of 1st Responder Newspaper since our very first issue in 1993. He has been a member of the Saddle Brook Fire Department for 25-years, holding the positions of Chief Engineer, Lieutenant and Captain and currently holds the position of Engineer once again. He has been a member of three truck committees and was also Co-Chairman of the department's 100th Anniversary Parade. Damien said, “I have also had the honor of holding the position of President for the New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers Association for three terms.”

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Fatal MVA on Morse Road According to sources, on March 17, 2016 a silver Monte Carlo was racing Westbound on Morse Rd., between Sunbury Rd. and Westerville Road when he lost control of his car, striking a Toyota Camry and Chrysler Minivan. After being transported to the hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries while in the ER. All others were transported to local hospitals, including a 4-year-old who was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital.


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Zoar Firefighters pose for a buddy shot while manning a tanker fill-site during a recent mutual aid call in Bolivar, Ohio.

The Zoar "Friendly Firefighters" take time to pose for a photo during a recent safety presentation. L to R: Justin Hayhurst, Laura Kollar, John Malcolm and Ted Dennison.


Zoar PIO Dave Schlosser and Carl Linder of the Louisville Fire Department and former Zoar Firefighter, stop for a photo.


Coshocton County Sheriff Deputy Dave Stone, who is also a firefighter, lends a hand at the pump panel.

The crew of Medic-3 pose for a photo before lifting off after a recent training exercise in Zoar, Ohio.

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Coshocton firefighters attacking the fire from the rear door.


Power line ignites Coshocton mobile home COSHOCTON, OH – On May 11, 2015 at approximately 12:30 P.M., a call came into the Coshocton 911 Center reporting that a mobile home on South Water St. was on fire. The 911 dispatcher immediately set off tones for the Coshocton FD. Ladder-302 and Engine-304 immediately went en-route to the scene. Ladder-302 was first on scene and the Captain radioed Central Dispatch that they had a working fire, requesting them to re-page the Coshocton FD for an "All Call" to off duty firefighters. A water supply was established at the corner of Walnut and Water Streets at a hydrant. Two hand lines were pulled and charged but firefighters had to wait due a a live power line that was down across the mobile home and arcing in the yard. After being deemed safe, the JUMP TO FILE# firefighters entered 061415125 from both the front and the rear of the home and quickly knocked the fire down. After doing some overhaul and checking for extension, firefighters were able to pack up and head for their station. A handyman had been trying to straighten a power pole near the mobile home and ended up causing the power line to touch the mobile home and ignited the roof. The mobile home and it's contents were deemed a total loss. Assisting also on scene was the Coshocton County EMS, the Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T. for traffic control and the Cohocton County Sheriff’s Office. - JIM MCKEEVER

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Vehicle News

The Holmes Fire District #1 recently placed this 2015 Smith Ambulance recently place this 2015 Ford/Osage The Brewster VFD runs this 2007 Sutphen Monarch Int'l/Braun ALS ambulance into service as Medic 56. ALS ambulance into service as Unit L. 1500/750 pumper as Rescue Engine 158. DAVID J. SCHLOSSER



The Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department recently Smith Ambulance recently place this 2015 Ford/Osage The Beach City VFD recently placed this 2015 placed this 2015 Spartan/ Rosenbauer custom pumper ALS ambulance into service as Unit K. Ford/McCoy Miller Ambulance into service as Squad 136. into service as E-1202. DAVID J. SCHLOSSER





The Colerain Twp. Fire Dept. recently placed this 2015 The Green Springs RVFD recently placed this 2015 In- The Bethlehem Twp. Fire Dept. recently placed this 2015 Int'l/Firovac 1000/3000 Hawk QP Tanker into service as ternational/Firovac 2250 self-loading tanker into service Ford/CET 170/220 Brush truck into service as Brush 145. T-1912. as Tanker 16. PROVIDED

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Quick response saves historic Massillon Cathedral MASSILLON - A call from the pastor of the 139-year-old St.Mary's Catholic Church is credited for saving the structure after he noticed smoke coming from the attic. On Tuesday, 8/4/15 dispatchers from the Stark County RED Center received the call shortly after 12 P.M., which sent Massillon Firefighters along with mutual units from Canton, Jackson Township, Perry Township, Canal Fulton and Bethlehem Township to the scene, located at 206 Cherry Street NE. Due to the size of the structure and the weather conditions, it was evident that this fire was going require extra manpower and rehab services, so at 12:31 P.M., units from the Stark Fire Department Rehab Unit (FDRU), were dispatched to the scene to establish firefighter rehab operations. The total response for this fire would eventually bring five engines, four aerials, four squads and a heavy rescue to the scene as the day progressed. Shortly after arrival, Massillon Firefighters under the command of Chief Tom Burgasser, reported that heavy smoke was wafting from the east steeple as well as the eaves on all four exposures. Crews immediately went to work to extinguish the heavy fire conditions found on the first-floor in the area of the chapel, which was also home to the national shrine of St. Dymphna. Within minutes, the majority of the fire had been knocked down and crews began the long arduous task of checking for extension. Interior crews noted that the majority of the damage was confined to the chapel but due to the wood and stone construction, the sheer size of the structure and numerous voids, extensive overhaul was required to ensure that the fire had not extended to other areas of the church. FDRU Unit-1 arrived on scene at 1:20 P.M after traveling more than 30-miles from it's Alliance base and established the rehab/EMS sector with a crew of five (several of which responded in their personal vehicles), under the command of Chief Officer Steve Clark. By 1:30 P.M., the FDRU was supporting operations

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mated 60 plus firefighters operating on scene. FDRU Unit-1 set up an EMS area, deployed cooling fans, misting units and cooling chairs to help cool off the crews on scene. They also distributed 78 bottles of Power Aid, nine cases of water, five gallons of squincher electrolyte replacement drink and six 5-gallon water jugs on the fire ground. They also received and distributed food donations from Dominos Pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings to the firefighters, many of which were just sitting down for lunch when they were dispatched. As crews continued to work looking for extension, it was evident that additional resources would be required. The mobile command unit from the Canton Marathon Oil Refinery Fire Department and assets of the Stark County Incident Management and Assistance Team (IMAT) were requested as well. After several hours of overhaul, Chief Burgasser began the release of crews back into service around 6 P.M. The church sustained heat and smoke damage throughout and all but one of the priceless, one-inch thick stained glass windows survived the blaze. Unfortunately, the window in the chapel was lost along with the monument of Saint Dymphna. Another positive outcome was that the choir chamber and organ were spared and the church only sustained minimal damage to the structure. (Saint Mary's Church is also on the National Registry of Historical Places and is one of the largest churches in Stark County). As of press time, no damage estimates have been reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Author would like to thank Steve Clark of the Stark FDRU for the photos and assistance with this article. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

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Jacob Hiser along with his parents in the memorial garden, in front of the Zoar Station.


Zoar VFD assists with Eagle Scout project DAVID J. SCHLOSSER

Chief Charlie Meiser accepts the new AED from Bob Smith of the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home and Smith Ambulance Service.

Smith Funeral Homes donate AED to Zoar Volunteer FD On June 1, 2015 Robert L. Smith, owner and President of Smith Funeral Homes, presented a new Zoll Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), to the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department. The donated AED will be placed in the station’s apparatus bay for quick access during station and community events held throughout the year. Smith’s presentation comes weeks before several large events, including the Zoar Dog Days, Zoar VFD’s Annual Chicken BBQ and Car Show, Harvest Festival and a Civil War Reenactment, which will bring larger than usual crowds to the popular village. Smith operates the LeboldSmith Funeral Home in Bolivar and Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek, as well as Smith Ambulance Service, Inc. “Thousands of visitors attend the many wonderful events held each year in Zoar and I felt having an AED readily available could make a difference in the event of a sudden cardiac event,” said Smith. “Statistics show that early defibrillation in sudden cardiac arrest greatly improves the chances of a positive

The Zoar Volunteer Fire Department was recently honored to be the subject of Jacob Hiser's Eagle Scout Service Project, which was started in the Fall of 2014. Jacob of Troop-916, based in North Canton, designed and carried out a beautification project which centered around the existing flagpole. Jacob and his team removed several large overgrown bushes and

JUMP TO FILE #081115105 laid out a garden, which included benches to allow a place for visitors to sit and enjoy the scenery. What makes this project extra special is that Jacob is a descendant of Arlene Wyandt Jarvis, who was one of the original Zoarites, who

helped establish the communal society in 1817. During the reception which was held on May 30, 2015 in the station after the dedication, Jacob received his Eagle Scout badge as well as all honors associated with the rank. Congratulations Jacob on a job well done. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

JUMP TO FILE #060415119 outcome,” he went on to add. In addition to the new AED placed in Zoar’s station, Smith also performed an upgrade to the department’s second AED, which is assigned to the first-out engine. The Zoar VFD is fortunate to have two AED’s available to the residents and visitors of the village and nearby Ohio and Erie Canal Trail. Prior to the presentation in Zoar, Smith donated an AED to the Warren Township Community Center in New Cumberland, Ohio. “We have always felt the importance of giving back to the communities we do business in,” said Smith. This is also the second project that Smith has assisted the Zoar VFD with in the past year. Along with other local businesses and community leaders, LeboldSmith Funeral Home contributed towards the purchase of a 1992 Pierce Arrow Pumper that went into service in 2014.



Basement fire on 3rd Street The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm Office-3 Unit received the report of a fire around 1:00 A.M. on Sunday, 5/22/16 at 601 S. 3rd St. Arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the "D" side of the structure. Crews aggressively fought a basement fire, preventing extension to the remaining portion of the structure.


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