Fire News Ohio, Oct./Nov. 2022

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OHIO Oct./Nov. 2022

Volume 1, No. 5

Story on page 8. -Fire News photo by Richard Parrish

Dayton House Fire Goes to Defensive Attack See story on page 12.


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In this issue... West Market St. Garage Fire Stopped the Warren Fire Department was dispatched to West Market Street for a structure fire. See story on page 6

Building Fire in Lima The Lima Fire Department and American Township Fire Department responded to a building fire on East Spring Street. See story on page 9

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Sunbury Structure Fire Draws a Crowd Multiple DCEMS ambulances and providers were needed to provide support and rehab at a structure fire in Sunbury. See story on page 14

2 Serious After 1-Car MVA & Entrapment The Warren Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Tod and Hoyt Avenues for a single-car MVA with entrapment. See story on page 20

Graduation for Cincinnati Recruit Class 119 The Cincinnati Fire Department held a graduation ceremony for Recruit Class 119. See story on page 27

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Reflections on 9/11 and a Busy Fall Season As I write this editorial, the date is September 1, 2022. This editorial is my October editorial. Sitting at my desk, my mind is reflecting ahead to September 11, 2022. Taking a few moments remembering the day our nation was attacked, it is our duty to never forget September 11, 2001. I remember driving to work on a clear crisp day. The major story on the radio was about a “small” airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center. When I arrived at work, I immediately turned on the news and realized the airplane was not a small plane and my city was probably under attack. Yes, we were under attack. I reflected and shared my recollection with my readers for the past 21 years. Last year, I attended as many memorial services as possible. One year later I find myself thanking many of my photographers who joined me and spread throughout as many communities as possible, capturing photographs of the memorial services. Fire News utilized our photographs in our 9/11 20th Anniversary-Fire News Remembrance and Tribute edition. This magazine was a work of art that remembered all those lost on September 11, 2001, and continued paying tribute to those that passed away over the past 20 years due to illnesses spurred by toxic chemicals generated by the attack. When I pass

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center, it is still common to find an FDNY Firefighter Transport Unit waiting outside of the hospital to bring one of our loved ones back home. As we move into 2023, try to think about something special your department can do to bring peace in our world. Plan on reflecting with your neighboring departments to never forget September 11, 2001. Remember to never forget those that continue to be lost to 9/11 diseases. Never Forget! As the summer months are passing us by and we enter the fall, are you prepared to do your job under different conditions? Already I am finding that the windows on my car are fogging up on the inside, making response a little slower. Before you know it, the inside fog will move to the outside of your car windows, and you will be reminded that winter is not far away. Please take the time to clear off your frosted windows before you respond to a call. Think about the children who are waiting at school bus stops. Use caution while responding through school zones and bus stops. I have seen two students who were badly hurt when they tried to run across a busy street to catch a bus that they were late for. Is your fire prevention program updated with new ideas to bring to the kids in your district?

Yes, September and October are busy times in the fire service. Polish off your ideas and incorporate new activities into your Safety Programs. If you need help, meet with your Fire Prevention Committees to discuss what you can do to embellish your Fire Prevention Program. Remember; if it wasn’t for the beep, you would still be asleep! Change your smoke and CO detector batteries or if you have 10-year detectors, check their dates to ensure that they are still good. Stay safe! - Dennis

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West Market St. Garage Fire Stopped

Recently, the Warren Fire Department was dispatched to the 1300 block of West Market Street for a structure fire. Units arrived and reported a working fire in a garage. The fire was quickly extinguished preventing any spread to nearby buildings. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. This fire was under investigation by officials. - Photos courtesy of Warren Professional Firefighters Local 204

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Apartment House Fire Goes to 2 Alarms

Early on July 24, 2022, the Warren Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest in the Hampshire House Apartments. Upon arrival, crews had a large volume of fire showing from the first and second floor and roof of an occupied eight-plex. Crews conducted fire attack and search operations simultaneously. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm

shortly after arrival. Multiple firefighters were injured and treated at the scene by multiple EMS agencies. No firefighters were transported for further medical care. The State Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire. - Photos courtesy of Warren Professional Firefighters Local 204

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Cover Story

House Destroyed on Seriff Road

A massive blaze on Seriff Road on August 26, 2022, left one house completely destroyed, but with no injuries to the residents. Around 2230, American Township Fire Department responded to the fire. The fire caused the metal roof at the front of the house to collapse, and crews had to pull the fallen structure apart to fully put out the fire. Although the entire house is being declared a complete loss, no

other nearby structures were damaged and all residents of the house were evacuated. Shawnee Township Fire Department assisted at the scene, and according to the American Township Fire Department, their crews didn’t return to the station until 0400 the following morning. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Richard Parrish

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30 Units Affected by Fire Recently, Sylvania Fire and EMS, along with area mutual-aid, battled a fire in an apartment complex. The blaze gutted the structure effecting over 30-units. The cause was under investigation by officials. - Photo courtesy of Sylvania Fire & EMS

Building Fire in Lima The Lima Fire Department and American Township Fire Department responded to a building fire on East Spring Street recently. - Fire News photo by Richard Parrish

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Lightning Strike on Trailer

On the morning of August 21, 2022, the Willoughby Fire to a lightning strike on a residential trailer. There were no injuries. Department B-shift crews, along with area mutual-aid, responded - Photos courtesy of Willoughby FD

Vehicle Fire on I-74 Green Township Fire crews battling a vehicle fire recently on Interstate 74 around the 15 milemarker. Cincinnati Fire Department’s Engine 20 assisted. - Photos courtesy of Green Township FD

Up Close & Personal

Firefighters from the Thorn Township Fire Department. - Photo courtesy of Thorn Township FR

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Dayton House Fire Goes to Defensive Attack

On July 27, 2022, the Dayton Fire Department responded for a house fire on Lorenz Avenue in Dayton. DFD crews initially made an interior attack, but were pulled out to a defensive position due to deteriorating conditions. - Submitted by Captain Brad French

Three Rivers Responds to Structure Fire

On July 4, 2022, at about 1720, the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office received a call saying a large amount of smoke was coming from a building at a local foundry. Three Rivers, Coshocton and Jackson Township responded. Upon arrival, fire crews discovered a fire in the trash in a recycling building. Water was applied to contain the fire. Later an excavator was brought in to spread out the trash. Assisting on scene was the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, the Coshocton County EMS, and the Salvation Army Disaster Services. - Fire News photo by Jim McKeever

Quick Work Stops Extension

Recently, Elyria Township Fire Engine 117 responded to Sheffield Township for a reported car on fire that had spread to a house. The engine arrived and found a single-family house heavily involved with fire. Engine 117 made a quick offensive attack and prevented the fire from spreading further into the residence. - Photo courtesy of Elyria Township FD

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Multi-Alarm Fire in Lima Razes Apartment Building

Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Shoreline Apartments on the 2200 block of East Elm Street in Lima on June 30, 2022. As Bath units arrived, several other units were already involved in containing very heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the apartments. It took firefighters over two hours to bring the fire under control with assistance from American

Township, City of Lima, Perry Township, Cairo-Monroe Township and Lafayette-Jackson Township. Additional firefighters were called in due to the mid-90-degree temperatures. Units remained on scene for about four hours. Multiple residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross. - Fire News photos by Richard Parrish

Sunbury Structure Fire Draws a Crowd

Multiple DCEMS ambulances and providers were needed to provide support and rehab at a structure fire in Sunbury. Several in-county and several out-of-county agencies were needed to contain the fire but luckily there were no injuries reported. - Photos courtesy of Delaware County EMS

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West Elm Street Fire

On June 22, 2022, the Lima Fire Department was on the scene of a house fire on West Elm Street. - Fire News photos by Richard Parrish

Coshocton Trailer Fire On August 16, 2022, the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a mobile home fire on the 33000 block of State Route 83. The Walhonding Valley Fire Department was then paged to respond. Firefighters quickly stretched a handline and started working on the extinguishment. WVFD was able to handle the situation and canceled incoming mutual aid. Assisting on scene was the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coshocton County EMS. - Submitted by Jim McKeever

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Willoughby Roof Fire

Recently, Willoughby C-Shift firefighters responded to Mentor for a fire on the roof of a building on Tyler Boulevard. Nobody in the business or any firefighters were injured. The cause was under investigation. - Photos courtesy of Willoughby FD

Delaware Co. Touch-a-Truck a Hit

Delaware County EMS shows off some tools of the trade at a recent “Touch-aTruck” event in the community. - Photos courtesy of Delaware County EMS

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Glendale Assists at Forest Park Fire Glendale Engine 45 was dispatched to Forest Park for a fire in a residence. The Glendale crew was assigned to primary search, and searched the house for trapped victims and extension of the fire. - Photo courtesy of Glendale FD

Major Fire Stops Production at a Local Steel Mill On September 3, 2022, the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, received a call that there was a fire in the main part of the plant. Immediately, the Conesville, Coshocton and Three Rivers departments were dispatched. They were advised that there would be a potential hazard if they were to put water on the fire due to the use of acid in the area. As fire units arrived a second alarm was requested. Firefighters started stretching a handline deep into the structure, with 800 feet of hose required. A portable foam system was attached to the end of the hose to fight an acid fire at a piece of steel processing equipment. Before the fire was completely extinguished, a third and fourth alarm was required for manpower. Eventually there were 11 departments on scene. - Fire News photo by Jim McKeever

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State Troopers, Sheriffs Provide Scene Security Recently, Fayette Township Fire District was alerted for an outbuilding fire involving a utility pole. Almost immediately, the call was upgraded to a residential structure fire and the South Point Fire Department EMS Medic 31 was assigned for automatic mutual aid, as well as Chesapeake-Union Township Fire Department was placed on stand-by. Once crews arrived on scene, Station 300 was requested to respond for manpower. Interior crews were able to

stop fire spread with minimal damages to the residence. We would like to thank the Lawrence County Ohio Sheriff’s Office and the Ironton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their assistance in providing scene safety and security after an individual made threats against on-scene crews. Responding crews were Engine 5, Engine 7, Engine 2, Tanker 3, Rescue 1 and Engine 3-2. - Photo courtesy of Fayette Township FD

Whitehouse Starts the Day Off Busy An early morning start for Whitehouse firefighters recently, with a mutual aid request for a water tender from Providence Township Fire. Water Tender 85 responded and pumped around 1200 gallons on scene. - Photo courtesy of Whitehouse FD

Thorn Township MVA Thorn Township Medic 291, Rescue 291, Chief 290 and Truck 291 responded to the intersection of SR 13 and SR 204 to find a two-vehicle MVA with heavy damage to one vehicle, which was partially over an embankment with two occupants trapped. Additional resources were called from Licking Township, Walnut Township and Hopewell Township. After a prolonged and complex extrication both victims were removed and transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to Perry County Genesis Hospital. The crash was investigated by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Additional assistance was provided by Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Jaes Towing & Recovery. - Photo courtesy of Josh Rose & Thorn Township FD

2 Serious After 1-Car MVA & Entrapment The Warren Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Tod Avenue Southwest and Hoyt Avenue Southwest for a single-car MVA with entrapment. Units arrived and reported one vehicle into a pole with two occupants trapped. Warren Fire units used the hydraulic tools to free both patients within five minutes. Both occupants were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. - Photo courtesy of Warren Professional Firefighters Local 204

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Almost in the River

American Township firefighters responded to a commercial vehicle River. Luckily, the driver was uninjured. Ohio State Police were crash on eastbound portion of US-30, just east of Wapak Road. A investigating the cause of the crash. semi went off the right side of the road and almost into the Ottawa - Photos courtesy of American Township FD

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MedFlight 4 Medevac

MedFlight 4, based in Coshocton, landed at a local foundry and transported a patient from an industrial accident to Columbus, on September 1, 2022. Assisting was the Coshocton County EMS,

Three Rivers Fire Department, and Coshocton Fire Department. - Submitted by Jim McKeever

Cincinnati’s Finest on a Hot Day Firefighters from the Cincinnati Fire Department. - Photo courtesy of Cincinnati FD

Fayette Twp. Handles HazMat Spill Recently, at approximately 1646, Fayette Township crews were alerted mutual-aid for a tractor-trailer leaking fuel in the industrial park. First arriving crews requested additional resources as well as the county hazmat team. Crews on scene mitigated the release and prevented it reaching any potential waterways, causing environmental damage. The Ohio EPA was contacted and incident command made arrangements for clean-up. - Photo courtesy of Fayette Township FD

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Live Fire Training We recently conducted a live fire training in an abandoned hotel that is to be demolished in the near future. This training was conducted alongside of consultants from Fire and Explosion Consultants (FEC). FEC had their fire investigators set fires in four rooms using common household items. The fires were all conducted on July 19, 2022 and on July 21, 2022, numerous insurance agents and adjusters were given the opportunity to investigate each fire and then were instructed on how the fire actually started. Our department also took advantage of doing roof operations after the fires. - Photos courtesy of Bob Barnes

Morenci, Gorham-Fayette Live Fire Training Morenci Fire Department and Gorham-Fayette Fire Departments drilled on some little live-fire burn training recently. - Photo courtesy of Gorham-Fayette FD

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Fayette Art Festival a Hit Recently, the community enjoyed a parade, park festivities and fireworks at the Royal Bull Thistle Arts Festival, in Fayette. The Gorham-Fayette Fire Department was joined by the Archbold Fire Department, Morenci Fire Department, AlvordtonMillcreek Township Fire Department, Pioneer Fire Department, Springfield Twp., Stryker Fire Department, Brady Fire/EMS Department, and Mercy EMS Division. - Photo courtesy of Gorham-Fayette FD

Warren Local 204 FFs Wish Players a Good Season The Warren Professional Firefighters Local 204 sponsored youth soccer team stopped by the Central Fire Station for a visit recently. They, along with some of the firefighters, posed for a few pictures while visiting. Special thanks to Rick Brummer and all of his players and their families for the donation of water and Gatorade. From sponsoring teams to donating money for equipment and facilities, the union is very active in local youth sports programs. We want all of the youth athletes in Warren to grow and be successful in their respective sports. Good Luck to all of the players this season. - Photo courtesy of Warren Professional Firefighters Local 204

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Looking Back Grain Dryer Fire - 2021 Thorn Township units, along with mutual aid from Somerset-Reading Township, Licking Township, Hopewell Township, Walnut Township, Basil Joint Fire District, Junction City, Bremen-Rushcreek, National Trail, Buckeye Lake Village, and Somerset-Reading Township EMS, responded to a grain dryer fire. No injuries were reported. Being a rural setting, tankers were utilized for water supply. The West Licking Firefighters Association Support 401 responded to provide rehab for crews. - Photos courtesy of Thorn Township FD & Mandy Noll

Congressional Lane - 2021

Two homes were destroyed by a massive blaze on Congressional Lane. - Photo courtesy of Willoughby FD

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Graduation for Cincinnati Recruit Class 119

The Cincinnati Fire Department held a graduation ceremony for careers. Training to be a firefighter is often intense and demanding, Recruit Class 119. They took an oath to serve the citizens of and “Family Day” is an exciting and fun tradition for loved ones to Cincinnati in front of their loved ones and the leadership of the City gather and see what their recruits have been learning. - Photos courtesy of Cincinnati FD and the CFD. It’s an important milestone at the beginning of their

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR FDSOA 2023 HEALTH AND SAFETY CONFERENCE The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) is Pre-conference events include Health and Safety Officer (HSO) pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 Health and Incident Safety Officer (ISO) 2-day academies, Response to and Safety Conference. The Health and Safety Conference will be Battery Emergencies, Infectious Control, Accident Investigation, a held in conjunction with the First Responder Center for F.I.E.R.O PPE Workshop and The 5 Reads. Excellence (FRCE) Health and Wellness Symposium Schedules are now available at January 17-20, 2023, at the Tradewinds Island, Grand in St Pete’s Beach, Florida. Pre-conferan assemblage of notable and highly-skilled ence programs will be held January 15-16. instructors. General session speakers include Registration for the Apparatus Conference, Dr. Richard Gasaway, founder of Situational held January 8-10, 2023, at the Gilbert Fire Awareness Matters!; Dr. Lori MooreAcademy in Gilbert, Arizona, will be Merrell, US Fire Administrator; and Chief available soon. Dennis Compton, Mesa, Arizona (Ret.). The FRCE has held successful cancer Registration is available for these great and behavioral health symposia over the classes and events. A 10-percent dislast five years and aims to take a more count applies to all registrations until holistic approach with this year’s event. October 31, 2022. We look forward to seeCombining the two events provides for a ing you at one of these great conferences! more robust group of speakers and allows participants to attend both conferences for one great price. There are other significant additions to the Health and Safety Conference in three co-sponsors. F.I.E.R.O., Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) and the Science Alliance, a new community of scientists and fire service professionals dedicated to improving the health and safety of first responders, have all signed on as sponsors of the event to participate in some way and expand the reach of the conference. As firefighter health and safety has become a topic at the forefront of the fire service, including these organizations expands our pool of subject matter experts.

5TH ANNUAL FIREFIGHTER HEALTH & WELLNESS CONFERENCE The 5th Annual Firefighter Health & Wellness conference is coming soon to Beavercreek, Ohio, on October 26, 27 and 28, 2022. The Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference is the most affordable health and wellness conference in America! This year’s speakers include Former Firefighter, Police Officer, Author, and Comedian Travis Howze, Save-a-Warrior Founder Jake Clark, FDNY Deputy Chief Frank Leeb, Retired FDNY Captain Mike Dugan, Retired OKCFD Major Chris Fields, Dr Sara Jahnke, Dr Jeff Burgess, and more! Visit our website to view our entire lineup and purchase your tickets!

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MedFlight 4 Shows Its Colors MedFlight 4, based in Coshocton flew to the pad at Coshocton Regional Medical Center for a public relations event. - Submitted by Jim McKeever

Wintersville Gets Epoxied Wintersville had not had their apparatus room floor epoxy coated since they built their station over 20 years ago and were certainly past due to get it done. They turned to Scott Zubik and the team from Z Worx Construction to repair and epoxy coat the floor. They did a fantastic job and the floor not only looks so much better but is also a lot easier to clean and take care of. - Photo courtesy of Wintersville FR

Hot Dogs with Heroes On July 10, 2022, the staff at the Pleasantville Pool hosted a community event “Hot Dogs with Heroes” and invited the Pleasant Township Fire Department to serve hot dogs to the community. - Photo courtesy of Pleasant Township FD

Drive Sober Campaign a PD/Fire Department Message The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started ran through September 5, 2022. Again this year, the Amherst Fire Department is happy to stand with the Amherst Police Department in supporting this annual campaign. - Photo courtesy of Amherst FD

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State Fire Marshal Announces New Deputy Marshal Richard Sluder Marshal Richard Sluder, the second in command position at the division. The primary responsibility of this role is to assist the Director of Commerce and the State Fire Marshal in directing operations at SFM. “This is a critical role at the Division of State Fire Marshal,” said Marshal Kevin Reardon. “We are excited to have Richard Sluder on board to help us protect what matters most for Ohioans.” Most recently, Sluder served as the fire Chief at the Wauseon Fire Department and as an Instructor at the Ohio Fire Academy. Sluder holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University. “I’m looking forward to getting The Division of the State Fire Marshal started in my new role as Chief Deputy,” said (SFM) announced their new Deputy Fire Sluder. “The Fire Marshal’s Office has a mag-

nificent group of professionals positioned across the great State of Ohio who are always ready to serve the needs of the public. I truly consider it an honor to be chosen to support the mission of the Department of Commerce and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.” Sluder lives in Wauseon, Ohio with his wife Camille. They have four sons: Jackson who served four years with the United States Marine Corps and now attends Ohio State University, and Dalton, Riley, and Colton, all three who serve in the United States Navy. The State Fire Marshal consists of eight bureaus whose mission is to safeguard the public, its property and the environment from fire and related risks through education, regulation, investigation, and enforcement. - Submitted by Andy Ellinger

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