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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Grants for Ohio fire departments in 2024 announced

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) has announced the availability of two grants: the Individual and Joint Equipment Grant an the Training Reimbursement Grant. "We're proud to support Ohio's firefighters through these grants," State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon said. "This funding is a huge benefit to the fire service, especially for our volunteers, allowing them to better protect the communities they serve." The equipment grant can be used for personal protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Those eligible for this grant include departments that serve a population less than 25,000. The 2024 Grant cycle will have a total of $2 Million in funding available with half of these funds being specifically earmarked for volunteer fire departments.
WFMJ-TV NBC 21 Youngstown

Toledo Edison donates safety equipment to Toledo Fire & Rescue Department

VIDEO: Toledo Edison is spreading holiday cheer by contributing to the safety and well-being of the City of Toledo Fire & Rescue Department. Toledo Edison donated nearly 30 voltage detection watches, commonly referred to as V-Watches, to the dedicated men and women serving on the front lines of emergency response. “The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department is extremely grateful for this generous donation of personal voltage detectors by Toledo Edison. These voltage detectors will allow our emergency responders to identify energized power lines, thereby keeping emergency personnel and citizens safe from electrical dangers. Toledo Edison has always been a great community partner to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department, and we appreciate their continued support,” Toledo Fire Chief Allison Armstrong said.
WTVG-TV ABC/CW 13 Toledo

Grandmother, grandson killed in Jefferson Township fire identified

VIDEO: The identities of the victims who were found dead in the aftermath of a house fire in Jefferson Township have been named. According to St. Pius X School in Reynoldsburg, pre-K student De’Andre Berry-Samba and his grandmother Marielda Nangah did not survive an early Tuesday morning fire that destroyed a home in Jefferson Township. In a social media post, the St. Pius school announced it has created a GoFundMe account for the Berry-Samba family, which included Nangah, 71, De’Andre Berry-Samba and two of De’Andre’s sisters, who managed to escape the home. Multiple crews went to the home in the 6600 block of Greylag Street, located in the East Broad neighborhood in Jefferson Township. According to Fire Chief Brad Shull, a woman and her three grandchildren were in the home when the fire broke out.
WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

2 dead in house fire in Martinsville, state fire marshal says

VIDEO: Two people are dead after a fire at a home in Clinton County Tuesday. It happened around 10 a.m. at a home on S. High Street in Martinsville. According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, two people died in the fire. The victims have not been identified at this time. Fire Chief Dan Quigley said the Martinsville Fire Department was the first to arrive. Crews from New Vienna, Lynchburg, Wilmington and Blanchester EMS all arrived on scene as well. Quigley said crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and were able to contain the fire to the first floor of the home. They were not able to specify where the fire began as it is still under investigation. Quigley also said a dog and three cats died in the fire and a fourth cat is missing.
WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati

Hallway Heroes: Green fire medics help mom deliver baby boy in apartment hallway

VIDEO: With two daughters, four-year-old Autumn and two-year-old Roseylnn, life can get a little hectic inside Christine King's apartment in Green. But the frantic activity meter really ramped up on Thanksgiving. The family was celebrating Autumn's birthday when King's third child decided he was just about ready to enter the world one week from his due date. King began experiencing back labor and jumped in the shower, hoping to calm the pain, but then the contractions started to intensify. She called a neighbor over who dialed 911. Green fire medics Lt. Jasen Bryan, Brandon Beeson and Joe Dies responded to the apartment on Mayfair Road. King made it no further than the apartment hallway and onto a stretcher when it became clear that the baby wasn't waiting any longer.
WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland

Wapakoneta Fire and EMS respond to fire incident

VIDEO/PHOTOS: At around 12:35 p.m., the Wapakoneta Fire and EMS received a dispatch call regarding a fire at 101 North Wood Street. The firefighters responded promptly and arrived at the scene within four minutes. Upon arrival, they noticed smoke coming from the front of Thuman Trucking while the back of the building was engulfed in flames. The Uniopolis, Buckland, and St. John fire departments also joined the Wapak Fire and EMS in their efforts to control the fire. Fortunately, the building was unoccupied, and no one was injured in the incident. "Initial attack was here on the alpha side. We pulled two handlines to get a good hook on it. Our following two engines were our arrival in 244 and our engine in 243. The fire was contained approximately within 15 minutes. The rest of the time was due to overhaul," stated Captain Jacob Shook of the Wapakoneta Fire and EMS.

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