Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
The BTFD Auxiliary, the all volunteer division of the Fire Department, has been serving the entire population of Beavercreek Township since its inception in 1995. Our members have spent over 6,500 hours in volunteer service to our Community. We have traditionally provided Emergency Scene support which includes firefighter rehabilitation and victim assistance as well as Social activities for the firefighter and their families. The Auxiliary helps create a sense of cohesiveness and family in the BTFD and provides support at all public events for the Fire Department.
We are excited to announce that this year our mission will be increasing. In April, we trained 12 of our members in emergency First Aid/CPR and AED use. They will, as private members of the community, be able to assist residents in distress until the paramedics arrive. Additionally, our first 20 FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members completed their training in June. The CERT is our newest initiative to improve our ability to help our community in times of a major event such as a tornado, blizzard, or wind storm. CERT members are trained with the idea of neighbors helping neighbors in an emergency. CERT members will do an initial damage assessment in their assigned quadrants and ensuring their family and neighbors are safe. From that point on, our members will become force multipliers for our active duty firefighters. They will be trained in basic triage, search and rescue, and how to secure utilities among other functions. They will be able to assist our active duty firefighters by taking over non-critical tasks such as admin duties, communications and things as simple as assuring that first responders receive adequate food and hydration while they work around the clock to protect the community. This team will be deployable wherever they are needed.
The Auxiliary this year has almost doubled in size to 46 members with the majority of the new members interested in providing emergency on-scene support and CERT participation. Our membership consists of firefighter's family members, retired firefighters, former fire victims and other members of the community, many of whom are veterans of the US Military. We have a diverse base of people and knowledge which help to create a dynamic organization. The Auxiliary is always seeking new ways to help our fellow Beavercreek citizens in both the incorporated (city) and unincorporated areas of our township.
We support the fire department open houses in May and October as well as the Popcorn Festival and the Fire Department Old Timer's breakfast, honoring our past firefighter members. This year, we are also sponsoring the second annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in August at Peace Lutheran Church. In 2014, the totals for the blood donations were about 22% above what the Blood Center had anticipated. This event is just another way for the Auxiliary to provide support to our entire community.
On May 19, Fire Chief David VandenBos and the Beavercreek Township Board of Trustees hired Eric McComas and Joe Trick as career fulltime firefighters. They both will be great assets to the department and we wish them the best of luck in their career. Below is a little about each firefighter:
Eric McComas is from Dayton, Ohio where he graduated from Carroll High School. He earned his firefighter and Paramedic certifications from Sinclair Community College. Eric has been serving the community of Beavercreek as a firefighter since August of 2013. He has also been serving in the Ohio Army National Guard for the last seven years and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in June of 2014. Eric is certified as a level two firefighter, rope rescue and ice rescue technician. Eric is committed to protecting and serving the citizens of Beavercreek as a firefighter/paramedic, while one day hoping to use his leadership abilities and experience to better serve the department and community by becoming a Lieutenant.
Eric has two brothers, one sister; parents are Sherri and Jack McComas. His wife is Christina McComas and his son, Levi, who was born on August 30th 2015. Eric is a resident of Beavercreek and proud to be accepting the position of a full-time firefighter, representing the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Joe Trick was born and raised in Beavercreek and graduated from Carroll High School. Joe received his levels 1 and 2 firefighter and EMT-Basic certifications from Sinclair Community College. He became a part time member of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department in August 2013. Since being a member of the Department, Joe has become a certified Rope and Ice rescue technician and has become a certified Paramedic. Joe plans on earning his Associates Degree in Fire Science someday.
He looks forward to having his full time career here in the community that he grew up in.
The position of firefighter is one rich in tradition, pride and honor; not only in the fire service but the society as a whole. The firefighter is a role model, and the one others turn to in a time of crisis. Here in the Beavercreek Township Fire Department we expect our firefighters to be among the best trained and highly proficient professionals serving the members of our community with integrity, pride and compassion. Our firefighters are most often the first impression we make as an organization.
On March 23, 2015, Bobby Symes was hired as a career full time firefighter to fulfill the integrity, pride, and compassion of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. Below is a little about Bobby. We wish him the best of luck in his career.
Bobby Symes attended Sinclair Community College’s Fire Academy and received his level 1 and 2 fire certifications. Bobby attended the Miami Valley Career Tech Center to obtain his EMT-Basic and Paramedic certification. He began his fire career in 2011 with the Sugarcreek Township Fire Department as a volunteer and was hired part-time in September 2012 with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. Bobby is trained in Ice rescue technician, Water rescue operations and Haz-Mat Operations. Bobby has earned one EMS unit citation for a Cardiac Arrest Save. Bobby is currently engaged and is planning a wedding for this coming August. Bobby intends to return to school to get his degree and to continue to furthering himself in his career. When Bobby isn’t working he’s enjoying music, singing, playing guitar and piano or playing any type of sport.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department (BTFD) held their annual Service and Recognition Dinner on Friday, January 16, 2015 to recognize individuals for their exceptional accomplishments for 2014.
The awards program began with retired firefighters remembering any fallen firefighters of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department who passed away in 2014.
Next, the Fire Chief David VandenBos awarded individuals with certificates and ribbons that get pinned on to their Class A uniform, much like the military do. Two firefighters were given certificates for becoming Paramedic certified in 2014. There were three firefighters who received the Honorable Service ribbon for their help on converting the fire department over to the new radio system and purchasing and inventorying the new radios to accept the new system. The Fire Chief recognized those firefighters who had 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service with the fire department too.
The BTFD Auxiliary had some recognition too with individuals who responded to a few fires that were in very cold and challenging conditions and These individuals went out of their way to be there to help the fire fighters and the fire victims. There was a member who was awarded for chairing a blood drive called "Battle of The Badges". There were also individuals who were recognized with having 10 years of service and over 50 events with the Auxiliary.
Lastly, the 2014 Firefighter of the Year was recognized which was Fire Prevention Specialist, Jim Hendley. Jim has been with the Fire Department since August 30, 1999. Jim brought to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department a strong background in fire protection systems, plan review, and knowledge of building and fire codes that have benefited this community for the past fifteen years. Jim’s knowledge and experience has proven invaluable in planning of developments such as the Soin Medical Center, The Greene, The Promenade and countless others. Jim’s work has always focused on the safety of the community with a special emphasis on the safety of the firefighters providing service to the community. In addition to his inspection and plan review duties, Jim also investigates fires. Jim is often times the Department’s liaison between the property owner, the fire department and the insurance investigators during the fire investigation process.
While much of Jim’s work is behind the scenes, the impact of that work can be seen everyday by citizens and fire department personnel as they go in and out the various commercial buildings that make up our community. Jim holds the safety of his coworkers, the firefighters of Beavercreek Township, in very high regard. It is that regard that continually drives Jim to ensure that the residents and firefighters of this community are safe at all times.
The evening went very well and ended with Beavercreek Township Trustees complimenting and thanking the firefighters for all the hard work they do for the Beavercreek Community.
Over the course of the last several months, the Board of Trustees of Beavercreek Township, along with Township and Fire Department Administration, reviewed the Township services provided to citizens and guests of Beavercreek Township. As part of that review, the staffing of the Fire Department was examined. After reviewing the circumstances of the Fire Department and after consulting external experts, the Board of Trustees made the decision to migrate the Fire Department from one staffed by both full- and part-time firefighters to one staffed by career full-time firefighters.
Prior to the change, the Fire Department consisted of 27 full-time and 27 part-time firefighters. The newly-constituted Fire Department will consist of 42 full-time firefighters. It was the intent of the Township to hire the 15 new firefighters from the ranks of the current part-time firefighter group.
On December 22, 2014, a group of nine part-time firefighters were hired full time. Below is a little about each firefighter. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their professional careers with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Steve Renacs, has been a part of Beavercreek township since 2008. He is a certified paramedic and is also trained as a rope technician and Ice rescue technician. This year he completed courses and graduated with an associate’s degree in both nursing and technical science from Clark State. In 2013, he was awarded the title of Part time Firefighter of the year. Currently Steve is in charge of research and development for EMS and is the fire gear representative for 1st platoon. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time outdoors, watching football, and caring for his family.
Josh Smith graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2008. He decided to follow in his father’s foot steps and attended Sinclair Community College where he graduated with an Associate’s degree in EMS and received his Level 2 fire certification, paramedic certification and fire inspector certification. Josh has been trained as an ice rescue tech, rope rescue tech, car seat tech, and is a member of the honor guard.
Shane Horne attended Clark State Community College for fire level one and two, and achieved valedictorian of his paramedic class through Bethesda North’s Paramedic Training Program. During his time at Beavercreek he has received two fire unit citations and one EMS commendation. He has been stationed at station 61 where he has received training in several different technical rescue disciplines. In his spare time, Shane enjoys spending time with his family, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting.
John Ostrowske is a native of Uniontown Ohio and has lived in the Beavercreek area since 2013. John received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Akron in 2002. He spent 10 years in the Air Force as a Pararescueman and is currently in the Kentucky Air National Guard. He attended fire school at Sinclair Community College. John has been a dedicated Firefighter/Paramedic for Beavercreek Fire Department since August 2013 and has earned NFPA certifications in Ropes Rescue, Confined Space and Collapsed Structure.
Tim McLaughlin was born and raised in Fairborn, Ohio. He acquired firefighter level 2 and EMT-Basic through the Central Florida Fire Academy in 2010. In 2014, he acquired the paramedic certification through Sinclair Community College. He has received a Fire Unit Commendation in 2012 and an EMS Unit Commendation in 2013. Tim has been with the department since September of 2012 as a part time firefighter.
Zachary Jones grew up in Urbana, OH and recently moved to Fairborn. He graduated high school from A.B Graham Academy in 2011. Zachary started his training to become a firefighter/paramedic the summer of 2011 at Clark State Community College, and recently became a paramedic in August of this year. Since being on the Beavercreek Township Fire Department part-time, Zachary obtained his car seat technician certification, joined the honor guard, and received an EMS commendation in 2013. Some other certifications that Zachary has obtained are CPR- Healthcare provider, ACLS, PALS, and Hazmat Operations. Zachary plans on finishing his Associates degree in EMS at Clark State Community College this upcoming summer. When he is off duty some of his hobbies are being with his family and friends, golf, snowboarding, swimming, and shooting.
Chris Fugate got his start in the fire service over 4 ½ years ago working part time with the Washington Township Fire Dept. While still working at Washington Township, Chris also started working part time for the Beavercreek Township Fire Dept. He has been working for Beavercreek now for over 2 years. He attended school at Sinclair community college to obtain his Fire and Paramedic certifications. Since becoming a firefighter he has become trained and certified as a Fire Safety Inspector, Haz Mat technician, Rope Rescue technician, Ice Rescue technician and Engine Driver operator and has received 2 EMS citations. He is currently working towards his associate’s degree.
Chris Bayes began his career in the fire service nearly ten years ago and has tirelessly worked to improve his education and understanding of the job. In the time since, he has attained certifications as a firefighter, paramedic, fire safety inspector, and fire instructor, among others. He has also studied at Wright State University, The National Fire Academy, and currently instructs at Clark State Community College as part of its fire services program. Career highlights include deployment to Mississippi in 2005 as part of a FEMA task force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a meritorious award for life saving actions in 2011. In his free time, Chris enjoys running, reading, and also continues to operate as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown.
Mike Connolly graduated from Xenia High School and then attended Wright State University where he earned a BA in Communications. Michael earned his firefighter level 1 and 2 from Sinclair Community College as well as his EMT-B and Paramedic certifications. He was hired on Beavercreek Township FD in June of 2008. Michael has received EMS awards for his role on critical calls as well as The Firefighter Cross for his actions during a structure fire where he was involved in the initial attack of the fire and then assisted with patient care and transport for a victim removed from the structure. Michael is honored to proudly continue serving his community for the remainder of his career with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs. .One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in a Tornado and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?
First, present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
When participants have completed this training, it is important to keep them involved and practiced in their skills. Trainers offer periodic refresher sessions to reinforce the basic training. CERT teams can sponsor events such as drills, picnics, neighborhood cleanup and disaster education fairs which will keep them involved and trained..
First responders are familiar with CERT and its value to the community. Using CERT as a component of the response system when there are exercises for potential disasters can reinforce this idea.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
Beavercreek CERT coming in 2015 sponsored by the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Watch for further information or contact Auxiliary Coordinator Kate hone at 937-426-1213 or email her at email@example.com. You can also visit https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams to read more about CERT.
Posted on 6.30.2014
The BTFD Auxiliary is excited to announce its affiliation with DHS/FEMA Fire Corps. Fire Corps is a component of the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps program, a national grassroots effort to increase the capacity of Fire Departments through the use of community volunteers. Fire Corps provides resources for departments to utilize volunteers in non- emergency roles so they can develop, implement and sustain programs and services that will help their local department meet the needs of the community.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department Auxiliary, began in 1995, is an all-volunteer organization which provides support to the BTFD both at emergency scenes and social events. Our on-scene team responds to major fire events and provides two distinct service; firefighter rehabilitation and victim assistance. Our teams make sure our firefighters are provided an area for rehab where they receive medical attention from the department medics, food, beverages, and an area where they can sit and cool down/warm up away from the immediate fire area. Our victim assistance team stands with the victims throughout the incident. We help them understand what is going on, act as their liaison with the on-scene commander and help them begin the recovery process. We assist them in contacting their insurance agent, contractors (if necessary) and lodging for the next 24 hours if the residence is un-inhabitable.
Our social activities team is active in planning events for the firefighters and their families to enhance department camaraderie and cohesiveness. Our team routinely hosts wedding/baby showers, picnics, a party with Santa Claus, and other department wide activities.
All members of the BTFD Auxiliary also participate in the annual fire department events like the Open Houses in May and October at the different stations. The Auxiliary participates in the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival and sells reflective house number signs throughout the year.
Our volunteers are community members, firefighter's family members and several previous fire victims. Our members range in age from young adults to retirees. Our volunteers can indicate their own availability based on their other commitments. Applications are available at www.beavercreekfire.org/Auxiliary or by calling (937) 426-1213.
Posted on 3.28.2011
Beavercreek Township Fire Department's website has been updated to included easier navigation, faster uploads, and more publicly available information.