On a normal day, Pvt. Kathy Rickheim considers herself to be one of the guys. But Tuesday was anything but normal.
She was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department.
Badge No. 1 is presented to the most senior firefighter or firefighter-paramedic on the job. Rickheim joined the department in 1988 and received her paramedic certification in 1990.
She said she never imagined getting this badge, even after nearly 32 years in the department.
"It's a tough job and I've never had a position outside of working on the line. And, I do consider myself a role model to stick it out every day, every third day to come to work and being that it is such a tough job, yes females can do this job," Rickheim said.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, City of Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma Fire Chief Mike Lasky have announced that the Parma Fire Department will be awarded $1,051,073.80.
The funding was awarded through a competitive grant application through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The Parma Fire Department will use the funding to hire eight new firefighters.
“It is my privilege to announce the Parma Fire Department has been awarded more than a million dollars to invest in the hiring of eight new fire fighters,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Whether it is a fire, a flood or a car accident, we depend on first responders such as those at the Parma Fire Department to keep us safe. I am pleased to have worked with Parma Fire to ensure the City received the financial support it needed to hire professional first responders."
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Being a firefighter or a paramedic is more than responding to emergency situations.
For the Canal Fulton Fire Department, it’s about providing services and resources to help keep the community safe.
The Fire Department will received the 2019 Ohio Fire Department of the Year Award this afternoon for its dedication and service to the community during the Ohio Hall of Fame Fire Service and Ohio Fire Awards ceremony.
In Ohio’s 88 counties, 11,050 departments were eligible for the award.
Canal Fulton firefighters serve an estimated 5,500 residents. Through an agreement with Lawrence Township, Canal Fulton provides joint service to another 13,382 residents. Together, the departments responded to more than 1,300 incidents in 2018.
“It’s a small-town community,” said Capt. Shawn Yerian.
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A fire department in Coshocton County was awarded over $285,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said Tuesday $287,670 is for the recruitment and retention of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program at the Jackson Township Fire Department.
“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Jackson Township have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”
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City Council approved spending almost $3 million to build a new fire station on Sharon Valley Road, but two council members said they couldn't support the expenditure until they see a plan to staff all four stations in the city.
Jeremy Blake, D-2nd Ward, a mayoral candidate running against incumbent Republican Jeff Hall, and Sean Fennell, D-7th Ward, voted Monday night against the ordinance, which provides for $2.95 million of bond anticipation notes to pay for site preparation and construction of the station.
The other eight council members, including six Republicans and two Democrats, voted in favor of the ordinance. The city administration has argued the station is needed because the area has the slowest response times, and has grown, with new schools, sports venues and housing.
Fire departments from all over the country have flocked to Fairborn to study fire and firefighter safety.
Underwriters Laboratories, a fire safety research group, has conducted fire experiments in Fairborn since Sept. 13. Their final experiment will be on Thursday, a researcher said.
Fairborn Fire Chief Dave Reichert said this week’s study was one of the first done on a commercial building. “Fairborn has the ability to impact firefighting worldwide,” Reichert said.
A number of different fires were lit in the old Skyway Shopping Plaza on Kauffman Avenue, which will be demolished after the study and become the city’s new public works facility. Fairborn, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Beavercreek and Goshen fire departments helped put out the fires.