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Zoarville, OH - On October 15, over sixty first responders from Tuscarawas County met at the Zoar fire station to kick off the 2011 Tuscarawas County hazmat training exercise. The training exercise was designed by members of the Tuscarawas County Hazmat Team, Tuscarawas County EMA, Ohio EMA, W&LE RR and Mineral City VFD to test the inter-operability of fire departments and the hazmat team. All participants met at 8:00 a.m. at the Zoar fire station for registration and briefing of the day’s events. The Ohio EMA, Carroll County EMA and Stark County EMA directors and a hazmat officer from the W&LE Railroad served as evaluators for the exercise. At 8:30 a.m., Patty Levengood, Tuscarawas County EMA Director, kicked off the exercise with a briefing and issued the orders that would be given if a real emergency occurred during the training exercise. Then promptly at 9:06 a.m., dispatchers from the Tuscarawas County 911 center paged out firefighters from the Mineral City Volunteer Fire Department to respond to the railroad crossing at 2637 Tusky Valley Road for a possible hazmat incident involving a train from the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad. The train stopped after being alerted by a passing motorist, who then called the 911 dispatch center, reporting that one of train cars was leaking an unknown substance. The W&LE yard dispatcher notified the train, which picked this particular location due to its easy access from the road. Mineral City E-1501 with Chief Sam Moore and a crew of five along with a Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s cruiser arrived on scene at 9:12 a.m., assessing the situation. Chief Moore used a spotting scope to identify the tank placard which identified the load as 1039 and after reviewing the train’s manifest and follow up with W&LE dispatcher, it confirmed that the tank car contained Ethylpaben, a highly flammable and toxic material. Chief Moore asked for elements of the Tuscarawas County hazmat team and crews from the Zoar VFD, Fairfield Twp VFD, Bolivar FD, Mineral/Sandy EMS and Smith Ambulance to respond. Soon after, the hazmat officer from the railroad arrived on scene to assist with the operation. As the severity of the leak was realized, the Tuscarawas County EMA set up their incident command center in the Zoar fire station. This location was chosen due its proximity upwind from the incident and because it also houses a large kitchen capable of facilitating 250 people per hour. Sheriff Deputies and firefighters gave evacuation orders to residents in nearby Zoarville, who were less than a mile down wind from the incident. The American Red Cross was on hand to assist. If it happened during the week, the incident would include up to 1000 students and staff from Tuscarawas Valley High School.


Team Three Wash down after stopping the leak.

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Additional hazmat team assets and members arrived from Mineral City, Dover, New Philadelphia and Strasburg. Warm and hot zones were set up around the tank car. Dover firefighters inflated a decontamination shelter, while hazmat technicians from Mineral City and New Philadelphia set up the decontamination wash down station. Four hazmat technicians donned Level A chemical suits to recon the scene and to place an

initial containment tub underneath the car to collect the leaking Ethylpaben. Over the next hour, three teams made entry into the hot zone and located the source of the leak. They worked to stop the flow of the dripping liquid from a loose flange on the bottom discharge. Zoar firefighters wearing full turnout gear, and oxygen, assisted by taking equipment into the staging area just outside the hotzone. At the conclusion of the training exercise, the Tuscarawas County EMA provided lunch. A critique of the operation was also held and

evaluators from the Ohio EMA, Stark County EMA and Carroll County EMA graded the incident, which by all accounts went very well. All units that participated returned to service by 2:00 p.m. Additional organizations assisting included the Tuscarawas Valley School District, the Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, W&LE Railroad, Sandy Township trustees, Ohio EPA and the mobile canteen from New Philadelphia Citadel of the Salvation Army. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

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This Horton ambulance was one of eight emergency squads purchased with a grant in 1972 to provide emergency medical services to the residents of Ross County. This squad was in service with the Jefferson Twp. Vol. Fire Department in Richmond Dale. This squad is the last surviving of the eight Horton Ambulances purchased, and was the longest in service, taking it's last EMS call in 1995. It was sold at the Ross County auction in 2010 for $650.00.

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Bolivar, OH. On October 3, firefighters from Bolivar, Bethlehem Twp, Mineral City, North Lawrence, Strasburg and Zoar had the opportunity to train in a donated two story farm house on Hudson Avenue in Beth- JUMP TO FILE # lehem Township, 100611113 just North of Bolivar. The exercise, sponsored by the Bolivar Fire Department, was directed by Chief Shawn Lynch. The live burn allowed the chance to practice skills in a realistic setting. The training exercise was also held in the evening and during cold rainy conditions, which added a realistic touch. The attack crews were intentionally mixed to simulate realistic conditions and to foster team building with mutual aid crews. Rookie firefighters were also paired with veteran instructors, who provided insight and guidance as fires were lit in various rooms and allowed to burn. The final fire was allowed to burn and consume the structure, which will be cleared away for future development. In all, over forty plus firefighters took part in the training exercise which ran from 6 to 11p.m. - DAVID SCHLOSSER


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Toledo crews fights flames and wind A central Toledo home caught fire for the second time in just a few days. Brisk winds and heavy flames caused even more concern the second time around. "One and a half story, wood frame," the first-due engine's officer reported. "Fire from top to bottom." Immediately, crews focused on the occupied and downwind Bravo exposure. The neighbor, who lives in that home, had stepped outside for a cigarette when she heard two bottles

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breaking. Then, people ran from the house next door, she said. Moments later, she noticed the flames. She looked on in a bathrobe as firefighters hosed her home down, worrying out loud about the potential for water damage. Northwest winds around 15 miles per hour sent embers across the neighborhood.

The former occupants, who moved about a week ago, had been threatened with a note to "leave town or die," the neighbor said. The same house caught fire over the New Year's weekend, both dispatch and the neighbor said. This time, flames brought the structure down quickly. There were no reports of injuries and no official word on a cause. - BARRETT DORNER


Coshocton, OH. MedFlight 8, based in New Philadelphia, Ohio, flew in their new aircraft to Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty North Carolina : Kinston, George W. Fisher III. 57

Rank: Captain Incident Date:09/22/2011       Death Date: 09/22/2011     Initial Summary: While getting a vehicle serviced, Captain Fisher collapsed from a cause still to be determined and was transported to the hospital where he passed away a short time later. Captain Fisher responded to two fire department calls within the preceding twenty-four hours.

Pennsylvania : Bausman, Keith Gregory Rankin.38

Rank: Lieutenant   Incident Date: 09/25/2011   Death Date: 09/25/2011 Initial Summary: Lieutenant Rankin suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while coordinating a live burn training exercise at Lancaster County Fire School. Several of the 25 county firefighters on hand for the exercise performed CPR and other life-saving measures, but Rankin never regained consciousness. Incident Location: Lancaster County Fire School, Village Road and Lampeter Road (USNG: 18S UK 9415 2740).

Guam : Hagatna, Vince Cruz. 41

Rank: Firefighter II Incident Date: 09/28/2011   Death Date: 09/29/2011   Initial Summary: Firefighter Cruz passed away while onduty from a cause still to be determined. Cruz, posthumously promoted to Fire Lieutenant, was reported by authorities to have responded to a number of emergency calls the fire department answered the previous night.

New Jersey : Cape May, Andrew "Andy" K. Boyt. 45 Rank:Lieutenant   Incident Date:10/03/2011     Death Date: 10/03/2011     Initial Summary: A few hours after working a twenty-four hour shift, Lieutenant Boyt's personal vehicle was observed parked on the side of a local road. Boyt was inside of the vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel. Police, EMS and medics responded, found Boyt unresponsive and started CPR. He was immediately transported to Cape Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Lieutenant Boyt had responded to fire calls within 24 hours prior to his passing. The cause of his death is still under investigation. Virginia : Fairfax Horace "Chris" C. Pendergrass . 49

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:10/22/2011       Death Date: 10/22/2011     Initial Summary: Firefighter Pendergrass was discovered deceased in bed by fellow firefighters at shift change, having passed away during the night in his sleep from a cause still to be determined. Incident Location: Station #41, 9610 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2813 (USNG: 18S UH 0192 8813)

Pennsylvania : Rothsville, Edward Steffy. 71

Rank: Fire Police Officer   Incident Date: 11/10/2011   Death Date: 11/10/2011 Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Steffy responded to a vehicle accident. While directing traffic at the scene, he began to feel ill and sat in the seat of his truck. A few moments later, he went into cardiac arrest and passed away at the scene of the vehicle accident.

New Jersey : Roselle, Jon Young. 50 Rank: Fire Captain   Incident Date: 11/16/2011   Death Date: 11/16/2011 Initial Summary: Captain Young was responding to a fire in his POV when he crashed. First responders performed CPR. He was then transported to the hospital where, a short time later, he passed away. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack while he was driving. Ohio : Lewisville, Gregory S. Baker. 52 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: 11/20/2011   Death Date: 11/20/2011   Initial Summary: Fire Chief Baker responded to a structure fire and while working at a tanker fill site became ill. According to initial reports, Chief Baker was treated by fellow responders who placed him on a heart monitor and called for a medical helicopter. Chief Baker was flown to a Wheeling West Virginia hospital where he passed away several hours later from an apparent heart attack. Incident Location: Skin Creek Road, about seven miles northwest of Woodsfield (Approx. USNG: 17S ME 826 079). North Carolina : Hot Springs, Johnny Lynn Norton. 56

Rank:Firefighter   Incident Date:11/21/2011     Death Date: 11/24/2011     Initial Summary: Firefighter Norton and other members of his fire department were called out for a missing person search and rescue operation. The next day, after the hiker had been successfully found, Norton was at his residence when he was stricken by an apparent heart attack. He was treated and transported to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, where he passed away on the 24th of November. Incident Location: Appalachian Trail in the Hot Springs area. (USNG: 17S LV 37) .

Louisiana : Walker, Scott Osenenko. 45

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:12/03/2011       Death Date: 12/03/2011     Initial Summary: Firefighter Osenenko was engaged in operations at the scene of a residential structure fire, assisting in the firefight and rescue of the occupants, when he suffered a medical emergency. Osenenko was treated at the scene by fellow responders and transported to the Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge where he passed away from his injuries. According to local authorities, none of the residents of the home suffered significant injuries. The fire is under investigation, with an electric space heater reported as a possible cause. Incident Location: 9673 Florida Boulevard, Walker, LA (USNG: 15R YP 0011 7414)

West Virginia : South Charleston, Joey King. 61 Rank: Firefighter   Incident Date: 12/04/2011   Death Date: 12/04/2011 Initial Summary: Firefighter King fell from a bridge and passed away from injuries sustained while at the scene of a reported fire involving railroad ties. Firefighters were trying to use the bridge running over the railroad line as a lookout point to spot the fire, but visibility conditions, due to a combination of smoke and fog, were reportedly near zero when the accident occurred. Incident Location: Steven Wayne Smith Memorial Bridge, US HWY 119 (USNG: 17S MC 3100 3588).

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A Dresden firefighter prepares his gear for entry DAN MEYERSBURG

Heavy smoke and fire The Columbus Division of Fire alarm office received the report of a fire at 3236 N. High St around 10:10 p.m. on October 31. The first in companies reported heavy smoke and fire showing in the second story of the structure. Crews declared a working fire and quickly went to a defensive mode, knocking down the fire and making entry to complete the job. The first floor suffered significant water and heat damage while the second floor appeared to be gutted.


Fire and heavy smoke damage Adams Mills home Adams Mills, OH - On Saturday, September 10, 2011, at about 12:15 a.m., an Adams Mills resident called 911 to report the basement of his home on fire. The 911 dispatchers paged the FCV Volunteer Fire Department, Conesville FD, as well as the Dresden, to the Virginia Township Road 296 home. First units on the scene reported heavy smoke coming from the home. After a quick investigation, the incident command reported that they had a working fire. An entry team was formed. They moved quickly into the home and into the basement. The basement was very hot and the heavy smoke was a large issue. The firefighters worked their way to the flames and

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knocked them down with a hand line. As the entry team worked their way back out of the home, another team was ready to take their place. Smoke was still present throughout the house, so positive pressure fans were put into place to aid in the smoke removal. Also, an electric smoke ejector was set up in the basement to help push the smoke up and out. After ejecting all of the smoke out of the home, the firefighters were able to perform some overhaul and check for extension. The

cause of the fire remains under investigation. The firefighter crews from both fire departments worked well together and their quick actions saved the home from being a total loss. Also contributing to the saving of the home and possibly a life, was that fact that the homeowner had working smoke detectors in the home. The detectors woke up the homeowner and allowed him to report the fire sooner. Also assisting on scene was a medic crew from the Coshocton County EMS. The homeowner was checked out for possible smoke inhalation. - JIM MCKEEVER

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Youngstown’s bravest battle triplex Youngstown, OH. At 7p.m., Youngstown Fire took a call for a possible structure fire at 3144 Pine Hollow Drive on the Southeast side of the city. The first due engine reported fire and smoke showing from a three story triplex. Crews searching the first floor found a male victim unresponsive. The victim was removed and transported to a local hospital. Two additional engines and one additional EMS unit were requested along with fire control and arson. The second and third floor apartments were unoccupied at the time of the fire. The cause is unknown at this time.


Lieutenant (father) Jack King, Jr. and Firefighter (uncle) Jason King pose for a family picture with future firefighter Jackson King for Jackson's first birthday. Both men are active firefighters for the Green Springs Rural Volunteer Fire Department in Green Springs, Ohio.


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National memorial service honors Ohio’s fallen firefighters Emmitsburg, MD. The 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honored two New Jersey firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2010. They are among the 72 firefighters, who died in 2010 and 17 firefighters, who died in previous years who were remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Lieutenant Joseph M. McCafferty, age 59, of the Lancaster Fire Department died on January 16, 2010, after he collapsed while in command of a residential structure fire on January 2, 2010. Firefighter Gregory A. Northup, age 55, of the Gallipolis Fire Department died after becoming ill while standing by at special work detail on September 3, 2008. Firefighter Leo A. Powell, age 74, of the Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack within 24 hours of responding to a brush fire on April 3, 2010. Firefighter Ryan Neil Seitz, age 26, of the McArthur Fire Department died after being struck by debris from a ruptured pressurized tank at a brush fire on September 24, 2010. Firefighter/Driver Sammy R. Smith, age 64, of the Village of Antwerp Fire Department died in an apparatus accident while transporting patients to the hospital on July 20, 2007. Lieutenant Edward D. Teare, age 53, of the Independence Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack within 24 hours of a fire department training exercise on March 31, 2010. Firefighter Daniel C. Wilson, age 58, of the Jerusalem Township Fire Department died on October 23, 2010, after suffering a heart attack within 24 hours of responding to an EMS call on October 20, 2010.The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security sponsored the official national tribute on October 16, 2011.

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As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2010, 72 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations. More than 6,000 people, including members of Congress, administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters attended the event. Families received flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. participated in this national tribute. Many fire departments across the country also conducted simultaneous services, lowered flags to halfstaff, sounded sirens and observed a moment of silent tribute. For the first time in Memorial Weekend history, departments and local places of worship were invited to participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, a national moment of remembrance, to honor those who died in the line of duty. For more information on Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters visit: For a complete list of fallen firefighters honored visit About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. - National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Ellsworth firefighters teach fire safety Ellsworth, OH. The Ellsworth Fire Department held its annual fire prevention week safety day at the Ellsworth elementary school on October 14. Members of the department explained the use of firefighting gear to the children and also gave them a tour of the department's ladder truck and ambulance. The children were then led through a smoke training trailer and taught what to do if they are ever in a

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fire. After finishing the smoke trailer, the demonstrations concluded with giving each child a bag with fire prevention information to take home and share with their families. "Teaching kids about fire safety is so important" said Lt. Joe

Chizmar, Ellsworth Fire Department's Fire Prevention Officer, "we thank the school for giving us the opportunity to provide this service." Ellsworth is a rural community in northeast Ohio. The fire department is an all volunteer department with thirty firefighters, many of whom are also emergency medical technicians. - CHRISTOPHER BROCIOUS


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Christmas Eve fire in Columbus claims three lives


Jackson Township barn destroyed by fire Coshocton, OH. Jackson Township and Walhonding Valley Fire District received dispatch calls on September 16, 2011 at 6:20 a.m. to a barn fire on Jackson Township Road 55. The first units on scene found a pole barn structure with metal siding fully involved in fire. The firefighters quickly got to work pulling hand lines and removing the siding to allow access to the fire. With the siding removed and the fire extinguished, the only things left was a few poles and the burnt contents of the barn. The structure and the contents were a total loss. The cause of the fire was undetermined. Fire crews were on scene for about two hours.


Basement fire spreads throughout home The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm office received the report of a fire at 1493 N 5th St around 10:20 p.m. on September 16. The first in units reported smoke showing from the basement as additional units began the primary search shortly after a working fire was declared. During the primary search on the second floor, fire extension had spread to the third floor. Crews fought to bring it undercontrol and an investigation continued.

The Columbus Division of Fire alarm office received the report of a fire at 90 Wisconsin Ave. around 11:45 p.m. on Christmas eve. The first in companies declared a working fire with heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor B side of the fire structure and were advised by neighbors the vacant structure JUMP TO FILE # could be occupied. 012511105 The victims were all located on the first floor in one room all together. It was initially unknown what, if any, kind of heating was used. The room was in nearly freezing temperatures as their emotional neighbors gathered near the A side of the structure awaiting word on their status. Neighors could not confirm if the victims were renters or not. As firefighters conducted their search, they initially located two deceased victims. Then about 15 minutes later, a third victim was found. Officials have confirmed the natural gas service had been turned off earlier in the day due to a gas leak. Investigators have confirmed the origin of the fire to be a space heater placed too close to a mattress. The three victims, a four year old boy, his 22 year old mother and a 33 year old male were later identified as the deceased. Investigators believe the 33 year old male may have become overwhelmed by the growing heat and smoke while attempting to remove the burning mattress from the first floor fire structure in an effort to save his family. Neighbors believed the family was paying rent at the address and it has since been confirmed. The electric company has confirmed there was no known customer at the structure prior to the deadly blaze. An electrical line was servicing the structure. Columbus Code Enforcement officials had ordered the property owner Sam Vazirani to vacate the structure in September 2009 after finding electrical and plumbing work performed without proper permits. Additional hazards at the structure include the absence of a gas meter and electrical hazards. A records seach has turned up 23 additional properties owned by Sam Vazirani in Franklin County. - DAN MEYERSBURG


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Firefighters escape flashover The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm office received the report of a fire at 133 Whitethorne Ave. around 8:20 p.m. on October 26. The first in units reported flames extending 20 feet out of the first floor liv- JUMP TO FILE # ing room window 111711109 and declared a working fire. Four firefighters conducted a primary search on the second floor as a flashover occurred. Two firefighters dove down the back stairs as the other two dove out the window. Two firefighters were treated at Ohio State University Medical Center for burns on their heads, necks and hands, as well as possible injuries from the jump. An investigation into the cause of this fire continues.


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As physical fitness programs are becoming more and more popular throughout the fire service, I am approached more and more often with requests of how to get started. “give me the basics”, they often say. “In a nutshell, how can I get this thing off the ground?” Of course, there is no short and sweet answer, but here are some simple guidelines to follow that can help you get started. Since physical training is an integral part of your over-all training program, a qualified administrator should be appointed to oversee all aspects of it. The program administrator is key to establishing and maintaining all aspects of the program and can get the program started by determining what personnel is needed, selecting the appropriate goals and location of the program and by establishing a strong set of SOP’s (standard operating procedures). The fire service is well versed in SOP’s. They are a vital component in nearly every aspect, and physical fitness training is no exception. Here are some basic procedures to include:

Medical clearance by a physician is surely the first step in any safe and effective physical fitness program. Once a physician has cleared an individual for exercise, they should also provide some general information with regard to intensity i.e. mild, mild to moderate, or no restriction. Following medical clearance it is important to follow up with a fitness assessment performed by a fitness professional. Information regarding an individual’s medical history as well as some basic measurements will not only help to provide an appropriate level at which to begin a fitness program, it will also provide baseline data useful to measure progress as the program continues. Girth measurements, body fat analysis and flexibility are among some of the more common tests as well as a task or test for cardiovascular endurance. Using the intensity recommendations of the physician, as well as the information gathered from the fitness assessment, a fitness professional should design an individualized training program for each participant. Such a program should be in writing (with illustrations when possible) and should contain specific exercises as well as information regarding frequency (how often), intensity (how difficult), and duration (length of session, number of repetitions etc). - continued at

On December 18, 2011 around 5:00 a.m., the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire, took calls reporting a fire at 2794 Grosse Point. Upon arrival, crews had heavy smoke and fire along with reports of people trapped. A second alarm was transmitted. Damage was extensive to the building. A five year old and seven year old were found on the first floor, but could not be revived. Box 15 pro-

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vided rehab for the crews, as the Columbus Fire Auxiliary assisted full time crews with overhaul and looking for hot spots. Crews were on the scene for over six hours. - JIM WHITE

Line of duty death reported The United States Fire Administration sent a notice of a line of duty firefighter fatality in November. Fire Chief Gregory S. B a k e r , Lewisville Volunteer Fire Dep a r t m e n , responded to a structure fire and while working at a tanker fill site

became ill. According to reports, Chief Baker was treated by fellow responders who placed him on a heart monitor and called for a medical helicopter. Chief Baker was flown to a Wheeling West Virginia hospital where he passed away several hours later from an apparent heart attack. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (Bunker Gear) There have been many advances in Personal Protective Equipment over the past few years, and there are more on the horizon relative to materials providing improved protection from heat, flame, chemical and STAYING biological contamiSAFE nants. In real Chief Henry Camplife however, bell we have to wear what we have presently been issued and wear it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This also includes heeding the warnings that come with the various garments in order to stay safe and out of harm’s way. This also requires adherence to NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. This standard includes DRD, hoods, helmets, gloves and footwear. Maintenance of your PPE is important as the garments pick up numerous toxic contaminants whenever we operate within the parameters of performing our duties, whether it is fire, EMS, or hazmat, there is always the potential for our gear to become contaminated. The only sure way to rid the garments of these contaminants is by washing. NFPA 1851 requires a minimum cleaning of at least once a year in accordance with the garment manufacturer’s recommendations. If your gear is soiled, you should have it cleaned as soon as possible, either in house or sent to an independent professional cleaning service that cleans firefighting gear. A few important excerpts from NFPA 1851 are listed below. The complete standard is 50 pages and a copy of the standard can be obtained from the NFPA. Administration 1.2 Purpose. 1.2.1 The purpose of this standard shall be to establish a program for structural firefighting protective ensembles and ensemble elements to reduce the safety risks and potential health risks associated with poorly maintained, contaminated, or damaged structural fire fighting protective ensembles and ensemble elements. 3.3 Definitions. Cleaning, Advanced. The thorough cleaning of ensembles or elements by washing with cleaning agents. Advanced cleaning usually requires elements to be temporarily

taken out of service. Examples include hand washing, machine washing, and contract cleaning. Contract Cleaning. Cleaning conducted by a facility outside the organization that specializes in cleaning protective clothing. Cleaning, Routine. The light cleaning of ensembles or elements performed by the end user without taking the elements out of service. Examples include brushing off dry debris, rinsing off debris with a water hose, and spot cleaning. Cleaning, Specialized. Cleaning to remove hazardous materials or body fluids. This level of cleaning involved specific procedures and specialized cleaning agents and processes. 4.3 Records 4.3.1 The organization shall compile and maintain records on their structural fire fighting protective ensembles or ensemble elements. 4.3.3 At least the following records shall be kept for each ensemble element: Person to whom element is issued Date and condition when issue Manufacturer and model name or design Manufacturer s ID number, lot number, or serial number Month and year of manufacture Date(s) of and findings of advanced inspection(s) by organization Date(s) of advanced cleaning or decontamination by organization Reason for advanced cleaning or decontamination by organization Date(s) of repair(s), who performed repair(s), and brief description of any repair(s) Date of retirement Date and method of disposal 6.1.3 - The organization shall determine appropriate actions to be taken if an element is found to be in need of cleaning, decontamination, or repair. 6.2.1 - Each individual member shall conduct a routine inspection of their personal ensemble or ensemble elements after each use. The Organization shall establish what constitutes use to at least include each time the element(s) is exposed, or suspected of having been exposed, to damage or to contamination. Maintaining your PPE and wearing it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines will provide you with the best form of protection from the many dangers that confront you on a regular basis as a firefighter. Even when wearing PPE you must always remain alert and cautious to your surroundings, relying on your training and experience. If something doesn't’t look or feel right and you can’t favorably alter the situation, you should get out. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!



Six alarm fire activates six departments to fight million dollar blaze On Saturday morning, September 17, 2011, the Newton Falls Fire District received an alarm at 4:20 a.m. for a structure fire at 38 West Broad Street in Newton Falls. The Newton Falls Police Department arrived just after the alarm and advised it was a fully involved structure fire coming from the apartments located in the rear of the building. The first arriving engine company responded to the rear of the 100 year old, two story brick structure to find the three apartments on the second floor totally involved. Firefighters immediately initiated an attack on the fire to gain access to the interior of the structure.

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A call from command at 4:27 a.m. initiated the MABAS that went to six alarms for additional manpower, engines and two aerial platforms from neighboring departments to assist in putting out the blaze. At 5:44 a.m. with the aerial platforms in place, the decision was made to stop the interior attack on the C side due to extension of the fire into the roof and the dangers associated with the collapse of the floors in the apartments. It took approximately five hours,

45 firefighters and command officers, nine pieces of fire apparatus and 175, 000 gallons of water to bring the fire under control. Three apartments and two businesses were a total loss and a third business received heavy smoke and water damage. Initial findings from the FIU state the blaze could have been started from a cooking stove left unattended. Although, the actual cause is still under investigation. Initial estimates of the loss to the structure and contents could exceed one million dollars. - SAMUEL GETZ JR.

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Fairfield Township receives WTC steel Fairfield Township, OH. After waiting almost two years, the Fairfield Township Fire Department received a piece of the World Trade Center steel. The steel was received from the New York/New Jersey Port Authority. On Monday, JUMP TO FILE # August 22, 2011, 090211125 four Fairfield Township firefighters including Fire Chief David Downie, Captain John King, Lieutenant Shane Owens and Chaplin Toby Howell departed for the 650 mile trip to New York. On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, firefighters toured Ground Zero and the surrounding area. Firefighters carried four American flags with them to Ground Zero and also visited with the crew of Ladder 10, located across the street from Ground Zero on Liberty Street. Station 10 lost six members in the attack of September 11, 2001. On Wednesday, August 24, 2011, the firefighters reported to JFK Airport Hanger 17 to process the paperwork and wait for the loading of their piece of American history. Upon securing the steel, firefighters began the 300 mile trip to Skanksville, Pennsylvania, the crash site of United Flight 93. Upon arriving in Skanksville in late afternoon, firefighters spent about an hour and a half viewing the crash scene and the temporary Flight 93 memorial before heading back on the road. Firefighters left a signed Fairfield Township Fire Department t-shirt on the memorial fence. On Thursday, August 25, 2011, firefighters completed the last 120 miles of their incredible journey. Over 60 motorcycles from the Ohio Patriot Guard along with fire department apparatus escorted the steel back to Station 111 and a large public crowd including students of Fairfield North Elementary School.


Smoke visible from under the rear of the home by the back door.

House fire near Conesville


The WTC Steel as it approaches Station 211 escorted by the Ohio Patriot Guard

After a brief ceremony, Chief David Downie presented one of the American flags carried to Ground Zero to Aimee Centrullo of the Napier Truck Driving School. Because the department could not use public tax money for this project, Napier Truck Driving School sponsored the trip, which included fuel, road tolls and lodging.

Fairfield Township is extremely proud to have escorted a portion of the World Trade Center back to Fairfield Township. It is our desire to use this steel as our message that “We will Never Forget” the tragedy and loss of life on September 11, 2001. - DAVID DOWNIE

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Zoar firefighters take a moment to pose for a photo at a recent training exercise.

Conesville, OH. Shortly before 4:00 p.m., on September 7, 2011, a call came into 911 reporting a house on fire, and that everyone was out of the home. The 911 dispatcher quickly toned out Conesville, directing them to Franklin Township Road 438B. Conesville Engine 203 observed a good amount of smoke coming from the rear lower portion of the home. Firefighters were able to remove the skirting by the back door and expose the flames to the firefighters hand line and thus knocked the flames down. As mutual aid arrived, the many hands were put quickly to work on removing the remainder of the skirting on the other two

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sides of the rear of the home. With the skirting removed, the firefighters could get into the crawl space and remove the chipboard that was nailed to the bottom of the floor joists that were burnt from the fire. The fire still remains under investigation. Mutual aid fire companies were Coshocton, Three Rivers and Jackson Township. Also assisting on scene were the Coshocton County EMS and the Coshocton County R.E.A.C.T. - JIM MCKEEVER


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House fire in Columbus On August 8 around 3:00 p.m., the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire took calls reporting a fire at 2777 Pontiac street. Upon arrival, crews had a one story house with heavy smoke showing. All occupants were out of the house. Two handlines knocked down the fire, while crews checked for extention and completed ventilation. This was in Battailion 3 area.

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Fire Men, Stories from three generations of a firefighting family

ON THE BOOK SHELF On The Book Shelf by John Malecky

Available from: Price: $10.95 This is a soft cover book measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches and has 279 pages. It is the stories of three generations of firefighters spanning a 30 year period of service. The author is the second generation. He served in three states, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Currently he is a fire protection engineer. These stories, which take up 20 chapters take place in the volunteer ranks, although for a time, while attending the University of Maryland, he rode with career firefighters in a “live-in” program. The stories begin with the author being young and tagging along with his father, who was a volunteer fire chief in New York State. I must say he is a man of my own heart because it was at the ago of 10 that I had decided I wanted to be a fireman. It came from reading a merit badge book on the Firemanship merit badge and successful testing to achieve it. The author had the advantage of being able to respond with his father. My father was not a firefighter although my uncle was, but we both

lived in cities with career firefighters and riding with my uncle to fires was not possible. Anyway, I identify with the author and throughout his 20 chapters, he writes with a professional technique that even though they were volunteers, you would think that he was reminiscing on fires and emergency calls in big cities with career departments (although as mentioned earlier he did ride with career firefighters in Maryland.) The imagery of his writing puts you there with him especially if you are in emergency services. While many of the incidents are fires, many others are vehicle accidents including where life is lost. Having been a battalion chief and knowing what has to be assessed on the fireground, he leaves no question in my mind that he’s “on the money” when it comes to incident command. Of course, not every call goes well. Mistakes are made and things happen when we have no control over them. But the author writes in an honest way and points these things out when stuff goes bad, making this book realistic, not portraying the players as heroes that always win! It has been said that volunteers do not always enter burning buildings, some say because they are not being paid to do it, but in this book they do and the details of their operating under adverse conditions leaves little to the imagination! - continued at

Safety officer program MUTUAL AID GORDON WREN

Twenty years ago, it was not uncommon to see headlines in our local daily newspaper like, “Twelve Firefighters Hospitalized in Overnight Fires.” It was obvious that we needed to improve safety at our incidents. In the 1990’s we instituted a safety officer program and asked every department to assign personnel to the safety officer position. We then provided training at the Rockland County Fire Training Center. The Rockland County Association of Fire Districts purchased standardized blue vests, designating the Safety Officers on emergency scenes. We immediately started to see results as our safety officers started to monitor firefighters at emergencies. Some of the more common actions were stopping firefighters from climbing ground ladders that

were not set up properly and letting command know when firefighters went off air in structure fires. The number of transports dropped dramatically, and smoke inhalation cases became almost unheard of. At major fires, it became common to see several safety officers assigned to the various sectors/functions. Eventually, the safety officers formed their own organization. The Rockland County Safety Officers’ Association has refined the program and provides highly trained specialists to protect our firefighters. Below is a link to the Rockland County Fire Training Center November, 2011 Newsletter, produced by Deputy Fire Coordinator and Training Supervisor Peter Byrne. If you gauge an effort by how many firefighter injuries and lives are saved, our safety officer program is a tremendous success! Congratulations and thanks to all of our dedicated safety officers and our chiefs for their support!

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Program closes out successful year; call today for information! Christmas may have passed, but 1st Responder News and the Heroes Mortgage Program plan to hand out gifts long after ‘Tis the Season. 1st Responder News and the Heroes Mortgage Program teamed up last year to offer a mortgage program that provides the firefighter, rescue and EMS community with discounted fees and low interest rates. Scores of fire, rescue and EMS members contacted the program for more information and advice with many taking advantage of the program. To further communicate the benefits of the program and celebrate the success of the Heroes Mortgage Program, they will be attending all of the major trade shows again in 2012 and as an incentive, giving away five free iPads to readers of the leading newspaper in the industry. “For us, this is just another way to give back to the firefighter and EMS community” said Publisher Joseph Belsito. “The Heroes Mortgage Program has been a success and, hey, who doesn’t want a free iPad? We’ve had a lot of fun with this promotion and the feedback has been wonderful. It’s a win-win for everyone.” 1st Responder will give one iPad away to celebrate the Heroes Mortgage Program at every trade show it attends in 2012. There will also be other iPad giveaways during the year. There is absolutely no charge or obligation to enter the drawing for the iPads and readers may do so by simply visiting 1st Responder’s website at To enter the contest, entrants must completely fill out the form and verify their email address has been accurately entered. “We have received a great response about the program and it’s always nice to hand over a free iPad.” said Steven Testa of the Cedar Knolls branch of MetLife Home Loans. “I’m excited that the firefighters and EMS personnel can benefit from this great program. It’s a privilege to work with them and we all look forward to continuing the partnership with these brave men and women in 2012.” Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program will be offered exclusively to members of the emergency services community and their families, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To participate in the program, firefighters, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community.

The program is open to both paid and volunteer members and provides the kind of first-rate customer service these brave men and women deserve. Because MetLife Home Loans is a division of MetLife Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., there are many more benefits available to the emergency services community through this program, including complimentary evaluation of your financial situation. MetLife offers life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance – plus other financial services. You may take advantage of these other products and services, though they are offered separately from the MetLife Home Loans Heroes Mortgage Program and are not bank products. In addition, they are not FDIC insured and may lose value and are not a condition of credit or any of

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Ohio Representative Ronald Gerberry (D-59) congratulates Ellsworth Fire Chief Robert Sternburg.

Two injured in high speed crash Fairfield Township, OH. Two people were injured when the car they were traveling in lost control and smashed into a light pole. The accident occurred on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at around 1:48 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Ohio State Route 129 just east of Bypass 4. The Honda sedan was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to spin out of control slamming into a metal light

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pole. The driver of the vehicle was transported by Liberty Township Paramedics to Atrium Hospital. The passenger was treated by Fairfield Township paramedics and flown to University Hospital by AirCare Helicopter. - DAVID DOWNIE

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Fire vehicles on display at the Ellsworth Fire Department 60th Anniversary celebration.

Ellsworth Fire Department celebrates 60 years of service Ellsworth, OH - The Ellsworth Fire Department celebrated its 60th Anniversary this past summer. The event, sponsored by the Ellsworth Fire Corps, included a display of various fire equipment, educational activities, and a program recognizing current and past members of the department. Local elected officials, including Ohio Representative Ronald Gerberry (D-59), Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-33) and Ma-

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honing County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti were on hand to present commendations in honor of the department's long history of service to the community. Fire Chief Robert Sternburg also honored past fire chiefs, fire fighters and their families during the ceremony.

In addition to the new and antique fire equipment vehicles, including Ellsworth's first fire truck, visitors were also given the opportunity to get a close up view of a STAT MedEvac medical helicopter. The helicopter landed during the celebration and remained on display for several hours. A community bonfire rounded out the evening. CHRISTOPHER J. BROCIOUS

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The Harlem Twp Division of Fire in Galena, Ohio re- The Praire Twp. VFD, (Holmesville, Ohio) recently placed The Dover Fire Department recently placed this 2010 placed E-452 with a 2010 Sutphen Ambassador 70', this 2011 Kenworth/Pierce 1250/1650 rescue-tanker into Spartan 1500/750/30a/20B CAFS Rescue Pumper into 1500-470 30 gallons of foam. service as Tanker/Rescue 302 service as E-203.




COSHOCTON, Ohio – The Three Rivers Fire District, lo- The Mineral City VFD recently placed this FL-M2/South- The Worthington Division of Fire took deliver of a new cated in Coshocton, Ohio, recently upgraded their cur- ern Fire 750/3000 Tanker-Pumper into service as T-1404. 2011 Sutphen 100' 1500-400 tower. rent Utility 4 truck.




The Dover Fire Department recently placed this 2010 The Columbus Division of Fire E-32 took delivery of a The Prairie Twp Fire Dept took delivery of a new 2011 Ford/Braun ALS Paramedic Unit into service as Medic new 2011 Sutphen SPH 100, 1500 custom shield series Pierce Impel 1500-750 Husky CAFS A 30 gal engine-res210. engine. cue.




The South Central Fire District of Fredericksburg, Ohio The Columbus Division of Fire Hazmat Station #4 took The Columbus Division of Fire E-18 took delivery of a recently placed this 2010 Chevy/Braun ALS ambulance delivery of a new 2011 Team Decon NoMAD Global Com- new 2011 Sutphen 1500-750 custom shield series eninto service as Squad 115. munication Solutions Trailer. gine, replacing its 2002 Boise-HME 1500-750..

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The Columbus Division of Fire Hazmat Station #4 took The Columbus Division of Fire Ladder 2 took delivery of The South Central Fire District of Fredericksburg, Ohio delivery of a new 2011 Sutphen SPH 100, 1500 custom a new 2011 Sutphen SPH 100, 1500-300 tower. recently placed this 2010 Chevy/Braun ALS Medic unit shield series engine. into service as Squad 115.




The BST&G Fire District of Sunbury remounted the box The Columbus Division of Fire Ladder 32 took delivery The Defense Supply Construction Center in Whitehall from their 1992 IH Salsbury Heavy Rescue on a 20090 of a new 2011 Sutphen SPH 100, 1500-300 tower. Ohio placed a 2010 Engine Rescue Pierce Arrow XT Spartan chassis. 1500/750 with a Husky Foam System in service.




The Kidron VFD recently placed this 2011 Interna- The Columbus Division of Fire Ladder 26 took delivery The Franklin Twp Fire Department replaced their 1995 tional/US Tanker 750/2500 Tanker-Pumper into service of a new 2011 Sutphen SPH 100, 1500-300 tower. Pierce Dash 1500-1000 with a Pierce Arrow XT 1500-750 as T-74. with a 25 gallon Husky CAFS.




The Strasburg VFD recently placed this 1998 Pierce The East Holmes Fire District recently placed this 2011 The Worthington Ohio Division of Fire replaced their Quantum 2250/750/b foam rescue pumper into service Spartan/Rosenbauer/ Metz 1500/300 100' Ladder-Tower 1994 Sutphen Tower with a 2011 Sutphen Tower. as R-1203 into service as T-8.


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The Columbus Division of Fire E-19 FTFD

Firefighters build custom table


The Columbus Division of Fire E-34 took delivery of a new 2011 Sutphen 1500-750 custom shield series engine, replacing its 2002 Boise-HME 1500-750.

Fairfield Township, OH. Firefighters are a tough group of professionals and require tough tools to do the job. From apparatus to hand tools, our tools are expected to last the test of time. Firehouse furniture is no different. And the focal point of firehouse furniture is the kitchen table. Besides meals, the table is used as a distribution of daily information, training and solving the department and world problems. As any firefighter will tell you, most residential style furniture does not hold up to the rigors and heavy use of the firehouse. Since most firefighters are resourceful and

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skilled in construction and design, they usually find a better way. Fairfield Township Firefighters Jason Agoston, Bryon Bauman and Jacob Oakes decided to replace the flimsy kitchen table at Station 212 with a specially designed and constructed wood table that reflects the tradition of the fire service. The table is constructed of 2x4’s, plywood and oak flooring. It table measures eight feet long and four feet wide, weighing approximately 200 pounds. Two Darling

fire hydrants removed from service are used as table legs. Inlayed into the top of the table are several decals that include the new department patch, engine and Medic 212 apparatus assigned to the station, House on the Hill a reference to their geographical location and 343, in honor of the FDNY members who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The cost of the materials was around $1,000, and was donated by firefighters Agoston, Bauman and Oakes. - DAVID DOWNIE


The Columbus Division of Fire E-7 took delivery of a new 2011 Sutphen 1500-750 custom Shield series engine, replacing its 2004 EOne Hurricane 1500-750.


Unattended fireplace sparks fire DAN MEYERSBURG

The Columbus Division of Fire E-14 took delivery of a new 2011 Sutphen 1500-750 Custom Shield series engine, replacing its 2004 Pierce Arrow XT 1500-750.

The Columbus Division of Fire Alarm office received the report of a fire at 2447 Winona Drive around 4:30 p.m. on December 26, 2011. Arriving units immediately declared a working fire. The homeowner had left the apartment with an unattended fire in the fire place next to their real Christmas tree. She quickly returned less than five minutes later to the structure charged with fire and smoke. It was unknown if the Christmas tree was well hydrated.

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