Fall Shirt Sale

We will be having our fall shirt sale this Saturday, October 13th. we will be on the 3rd floor west lobby of CFD Station 1 from 0800 to 1400. Come help support your local fire rehab unit.

Apartment Fire

On September 16, 2012, Violet Twp was dispatched to a report of an apartment fire @ 1413 Landsend Circle. The fire soon grew to 2 alarms, and Box 15 was requested @ 1949 hrs.  Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 2 and served approximately 30 firefighters 1 case of bottled water & 1 pot of coffee. Box 15 spent nearly 1 1/2 hours on the scene. Box 15 cleared the scene @ 2236 hrs.

Record setting month

All early indications pointed to a hotter than usual summer in Central Ohio.  If June was any indication, summer 2012 will be one to remember.  For the month of June, we responded to 10 working fires, 4 second alarms and 1 third alarm.  In addition, we had a high pressure natural gas line rupture and were requested to provide rehab for 8 training exercises.  Due to high temperatures and humidity, we also maintained “on station” standby crews for 8 days with one stretch of 5 days in a row.  For the month, we were in service 34 times, logging more than 135 hours.

Thank you to Prairie, Franklin and Pleasant Township FD’s for including us in your 3-day training and for your generous donations!

Far North 3 Alarm Fire

Great way to begin the day!
At 06:00 on June 13th Box 15 responded to the 2nd Alarm fire at 98 Highbluffs Blvd, this fire did go to a 3rd alarm. Firefighters from Columbus, Worthington, and Westerville  arrived to find a large 2 story complex with 6 condo units, and detached garages involved in fire. Arriving units went into defensive mode with Ladder's 33,101, and 111, as well as deck guns and several hand lines.  In total 12 garages and 6 condos were destroyed. Another 6-unit condo building suffered exterior damage from the heat. One Box 15 member who lives nearby went immediately to the scene and established a rehab sector, using supplies he carries in his car.  Rehab 2 also responded to supplement his efforts.  In all, Box 15 was on scene for slightly over 2 hours and distributed 3 cases of water.  A total of 5 members were at the incident.

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                                                               Photos by CFD recruit Ryan Meige

CFD Recruits Attend Night Ops Training

On Monday, June 11, a Box 15 crew of 5 stood by at the Columbus Fire Training Academy on Parsons Avenue, supporting night fire operations training. This is a relatively newer training component that has been added to the new recruit training curriculum. The current recruit class practiced response and fire attack evolutions in residential and commercial settings, simulating fires in a single family dwelling, a warehouse, and a high rise, as well as civilian rescue situations and dumpster fires. Emergency response after dark presents several issues that each recruit will now be equipped to handle once they get to their company upon graduation. We express thanks to Lt. Robertson and the T.A. instructors and staff for the opportunity to practice and train along side the recruit class.


Second Alarm on N. 20th Street

At 4:39 on Monday, June 11, Columbus fire crews responded to a call on N. 20th Street and upon arrival, found two wood-frame duplex structures heavily involved in fire.  A second alarm was immediately declared due to exposure concerns for an additional occupied duplex.  Approximately 10 minutes into this incident, a second working fire was declared only a block away, on Miami Ave.  Crews from staging from the 2nd alarm were quick to respond and handle the second fire.  Box 15 with a crew of 2 arrived on scene within 45 minutes.  We provided 3 cases of chilled water and distributed 4 dozen donuts, provided by Bn Ch. Gaal. 


Ready – Set – Go

On Saturday June 10, Box 15 was there to provide services during the 5K Race to support Mifflin Township Lieutenant Torres.  Lieutenant Torres is on track to become Ohio’s first leg amputee to return to full duty.  The run was organized by his fellow firefighters to provide financial assistance for his medical expenses.   Box 15 with a crew of three provided misting fans, a portable generator, ice, water, tent and chairs.                          


Find ‘em, Save ‘em

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-6, firefighters from Prairie, Pleasant and Franklin Townships participated in “Vent – Entry – Search” training at Prairie’s training facility.  Box 15 was invited to provide rehab services during the three days of evolutions.  One Box 15 member also served as the search “victim”.  During the entire exercise, we dispensed 9 cases of bottled water, 6 gallons of Sqwincher, used 60# of ice and several rehab towels.  The three departments all provided generous cash donations to offset our expenses.

On Tuesday, we also were on scene with Columbus as their current recruit class underwent “Saving Our Own” drills at the Training Academy.  We used a dozen rehab towels and 40# of ice, while serving 2 gallons of Sqwincher and 5 cases of chilled, bottled water.



Petroleum Plant Fire closes busy highway

At approximately 0645 on the morning of Saturday June 2nd Columbus Division of Fire companies, along with companies from the City of Whitehall and Mifflin Township were sent to a Waste Oil Reclamation Refinery just south of Port Columbus International Airport.  This facility has been the source of several previous multi-alarm fires and hazmat calls. On this date a valve to an above ground storage tank failed, resulting in a fire that produced smoke that could be seen miles away. Shortly after the incident was declared a working fire, it was declared a working hazmat incident and firefighting operations went into a defensive mode. Columbus Police also shut down a ¾ mile stretch of East Fifth Ave in both directions.  Columbus Fire’s Hazmat team was already at another incident, so a hazmat response was delayed until off duty personnel could be called in to staff a backup rig. Box 15 was called about 45 minutes into the incident and Rehab 1 arrived with a crew of 3 within the hour. Fortunately, it was a sunny clear morning with temperatures in the 60s, so the efforts of fire companies were not exhausting. After  a backup valve was closed and petroleum products in the line was able to burn off, the situation was contained and Box 15 was able to clear after being on the scene 1 ½ hours.

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