Late last year the Parma Fire Department was notified it was the recipient of a $771,396 award from the Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program.
Parma Fire Chief Michael Lasky said the timing of the grant was perfect considering his department was in the process of hiring new firefighters with a test scheduled for Oct. 13.
“We normally give a test every year,” Lasky said. “Then we got word we were awarded the grant, which kicked our hiring process in gear. It was all coming together. “One of the biggest things was most grants we receive there’s a match. This one had no match. And you get the money starting Jan. 1 so, of course, we wanted to hire these guys as soon as possible. We got them going. They were hired on Jan. 3.”
Earlier this month the city swore in eight new cadets as probationary firefighters.
A member of a local fire department has passed away.
The Middleport Fire Department announced the death of Kevin Dailey on Facebook on Tuesday. Dailey died from long-term complications from an accident during which a fire engine rolled over in Cheshire Township in September of 2022. The Middleport Fire Department said that Engine 13 rolled over on Storys Run Road, and Dailey was ejected and pinned under the front of the truck.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
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People living along Pierce Street in Sandusky were evacuated for a short time Tuesday afternoon, after a man shot a woman inside a house, then set the home on fire, before shooting himself, Sandusky police told the FOX 8 I-Team.
Police Chief Jared Oliver said the man was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Oliver said a woman called police saying a man in the house assaulted her and shot at her. She ran from the home and was not hurt. When police arrived the man was on the porch of the home.
“He was armed with a semi-automatic pistol,” the chief said. “He lit the house on fire from the inside. Officers negotiated with him while other officers evacuated neighbors.”
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The Madison Township trustees have decided to reward township firefighters for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The board voted at a special meeting Monday night to designate $75,443 from the township’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds for a $1 per hour premium pay for firefighters who worked during the pandemic and who are still with the department.
The ARPA allocation was determined by the number of hours each firefighter worked and the appropriate payment into their retirement funds. The premium covers firefighters, the administrative assistant and the fire chief.
Fire Chief Ken Justus proposed in November that trustees use ARPA money for a COVID bonus for personnel who worked for the department from March 2020 to March 2022.
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Firefighters in Calcutta received a little extra help Tuesday morning fighting a house fire.
Crews were called to Bell School Road just after 9 a.m.
Fire Chief Dave McCoy said when fire crews arrived, two police officers were already on the scene. He said Sergeant Scott Mick and Detective Greg Smith found a garden hose and were able to put out most of the fire.
“When they can jump in, if they’re available, they do respond to our calls. If there’s something they can always do, and [they’re] constantly on the scene, they’ll always ask. We got a certain group of them if they’re there, ‘Chief, is there anything we can do for ya?'” McCoy said.
No one was hurt in the fire.
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