Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department (BTFD) recently promoted three full time Lieutenants and one full time Fire Prevention Specialist. Below is a little about each person.
Leigh Brewer was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Leigh began her career in 1989 with Mad River Township but shortly after was hired full time with Beavercreek Township Fire Department. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995.
Leigh has taught EMS classes for Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. She has been a member of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department Honor Guard, the EMS Training Division, the Fire Training Committee, Safety Committee, and the Public Information Officer and managed the fire gear program. She has led several levy campaigns in leadership roles and a grant writing team that secured a grant to replace the SCBAs in order to be compliant with NFPA standards.
Leigh has coordinated a program through Local 2857 to adopt a family at Christmas every year and provide food and gifts. She has also organized an annual community drive through the fire department to collect items to send to the troops over seas. Leigh has even taught the firefighters and residents of Grand Court in Beavercreek how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs and organized groups from the fire department to work on the Christina Youth Corp’s home makeover project for the Galyon Siamese twins so they could move in with their brother in Beavercreek.
Leigh is certified as a Paramedic, Firefighter Level 2, Fire Instructor, EMS Instructor, Arson Investigator, Fire Safety Inspector, HazMat Technician, Swift Water Rescue, Rope Rescue Technician, Ice Rescue Technician, and Blue Card Incident Management Instructor. She’s completed the Fire Officer 1-4 programs and has an Associates Degree in Fire and EMS Administration.
Leigh has received several awards such as 1993 Beavercreek Township Employee of the Year, Safety Committee Investigator in 2002, BTFD Outstanding Service Award and Great Miami Valley Fire and EMS Council Service Award in 2004, Chamber of Commerce Firefighter of the Year in 2010, Fire and EMS Unit Commendations in 2011, 2012 and 2013, plus a Firefighter Cross in 2013.
Christine Hawker was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Christine began her career as a K-8 teacher at Immaculate Conception School after graduating from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. After 10 years of teaching, Christine pursued a career in firefighting as a volunteer with Washington Township Fire Department where she served for three years. After completing Fire Level II at the top of her class she began working with Beavercreek Township Fire Department in July of 2002 as a part time firefighter and EMT.
In 2005, she was hired as a career firefighter/paramedic and started her involvement in all areas of the department. Christine completed Fire Officer Classes I-IV and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010. Most recently she completed the Ohio Fire Executive Program which is an intensive two and a half year program through the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association.
Christine has managed several programs and has been involved with numerous projects and committees during her career including the GIS project, safety committee, honors committee, EMS bike team, health and wellness committee, Auxiliary liaison, CAD build/install, CAD run card development, dispatch and Pro QA, ISO grading process, street directory, resource manual, SOP manual, interoperability program, EMS proctor, infection control program, insurance committee, peer fitness trainer, union shift representative, uniform committee, Class A inspections, Fairborn joint station project, CERT instructor, explorer program instructor/advisor and honor guard.
Christine was awarded the Purple Heart in 2005 for an injury sustained while working a motor vehicle accident, the firefighter of the year ribbon and the township trustee’s employee of the year award in 2005, the positive accomplishment and outstanding attitude award in 2006, a letter of commendation for her work with the SOP manual and Interoperability Program 2006, academic letter of commendation for completing fire officer I-IV in 2007, outstanding accomplishment for excellence in patient care in 2008, several EMS and fire unit commendations, assisting in the ISO grading process in 2012, and she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2010 for her involvement in the health and wellness program.
Ryan Williams was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Ryan began the fire service as a cadet with the Fairborn Fire Department in 1996, and was hired by the Mad River Township Fire and EMS Department in 1998. Ryan started in Beavercreek Township in November of 2000 and worked to complete his level II firefighter, paramedic and fire safety inspector over the next two years.
Ryan served as an EMS Instructor for nearly 10 years and assisted with frequent medical instruction, protocol skills testing, implementation of the cardiac alert program, the Quality Improvement project and developed the pig lab training. Ryan also reorganized the health and wellness program and co-created a Boot Camp wellness program while also establishing gym memberships for all Township employees.
After completing Fire Instructor I and II classes at the Ohio Fire Academy, Ryan was named as Beavercreek’s lead Live Fire Training Instructor and has served as the Instructor in Charge for the last 8 years. Directing his career path towards technical rescue and special operations, Ryan obtained his certifications in rope rescue, confined space, trench rescue, auto extrication, machinery rescue, water rescue, ice rescue and structural collapse and now serves as lead instructor for all technical rescue disciplines. After being accepted in to Ohio Task Force 1, FEMA’s Type I urban search and rescue collapse team, Ryan became a technical rescue specialist and served with the team for 7 years deploying to New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.
Ryan currently serves as the Operations Chief for the Region 3 Rescue Strike Team under the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. He has received the Firefighter of the Year award, deployment recognitions, the Herman Manapace Award of Excellence, and commendations for both fire and EMS incidents. Ryan is a Fire Officer IV and a senior in his undergraduate program, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration with a certificate in public management.
Randy Grogean was promoted from Fire Prevention Specialist to Fire Marshal. Randy moved to Beavercreek in 1991 to attend Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. In 1992, he started volunteering with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department at Station 2 as a Level 2 firefighter. He soon worked to achieve his EMT certification and began working in the Fire Department’s Part-time Program. As time progressed, Randy worked in two different architectural firms and then as the Commercial Division Director of Pella Windows in Dayton.
In November of 2003, with the recommendation of Deputy Chief Ron Unangst, Randy was hired into the Fire Prevention Bureau as a part-time inspector. His background in architecture and training as a firefighter gave him the experience to seamlessly transition into the Bureau environment. Three years later, Randy was then promoted to a full-time Fire Safety Inspector for the Department.
Since the promotion in 2006, Randy has been involved in a number of building projects within the Beavercreek Community and the Fire Department. Randy assisted with the construction management of Station 61; dealing with an architect that was eventually let go and an incompetent general contractor. In addition, with the assistance of his Bureau coworker Jim Hendley, he completed fire protection system inspections for both the 1st and 2nd phases of The Greene and Soin Medical Center. He as also has been involved in many other commercial and large scale residential developments in Beavercreek.
Inspection of building projects was not the only activity Randy was involved with during his work day. Randy established a Residential Knox-Box Loan Program for the elderly and/or disabled residence of the Beavercreek community. The program was established through a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and allowed the Fire Department to purchase fifty key retention boxes to distribute. In addition, Randy contributed to the 2012 ISO study and assisted the Fairborn Fire Department with the writing of another FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to purchase a fire extinguisher trainer; a device that has subsequently been shared by both departments for at least 7 years.
Other accomplishments include being awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2003 and completing the Management of Fire Prevention Programs at the National Fire Academy in 2009.
Randy is a State of Ohio Professional Firefighter, Fire Safety Inspector, and Fire Instructor. He holds a State of Ohio, Board of Building Standards, Fire Protection Inspectors Certification (which is his qualification for most of his workload) and a National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire and Explosives Certification.
Currently, Randy is the Vice-president of the Southwest Ohio Fire Safety Council (he served as Secretary since 2013) , the Vice-president of the Miami Valley Fire Investigation Association and he is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, International Code Council and the International Fire Marshals Association.
The Beavercreek Police Department is the first Greene County agency to begin utilizing text messaging to improve public safety. Residents can now text “9-1-1” for help, although authorities caution that this additional service is not a replacement for an actual phone call. “Text to 9-1-1 service will enable our citizens to use their mobile devices to send a text directly to our public safety dispatch center in an emergency situation,” said Beavercreek Chief of Police Dennis Evers. However, there are some important ground rules to keep mind: keep text messages short to prevent your cell phone carrier from breaking them up; be succinct and very clear telling what the problem is and your location; and you must spell out words and avoid slang or emojis which can cause confusion. Chief Evers stresses that “texters” must stay engaged with the dispatcher after sending the first text message. “Current mobile device technology isn’t quite to the level where it’s guaranteed that responders will know exactly where you are. It’s vital that you’re able to tell us exactly where you are and what your emergency is so we can reach you and help you with whatever situation you’re in,” says Evers.
“Text to 9-1-1” was developed as a way to enhance current 9-1-1 services enabling people who are hearing or speech-impaired, unable to call during a medical emergency, or who might be put in danger by being overheard calling 9-1-1 to summon help.
While this new technology is exciting, law enforcement stresses that this is not a replacement for the 9-1-1 phone call. Text messages often can be delayed through relaying cell towers or when you reach one agency but then have to be transferred to the correct agency. Even a short delay like that could mean the difference between life and death. If you attempt to send a text to 9-1-1 and are not within the jurisdictional boundaries of a dispatch center capable of receiving texts, you will receive an automatic “bounce back” message instructing you to call 9-1-1.
The “Text to 9-1-1” service is currently available to anyone with a Verizon, AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, or T-Mobile data plan.
Beavercreek Township Fire Department urges all Beavercreek residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years
Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for Beavercreek Township Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
Time and again, firefighters have seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but they also have seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly. That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Beavercreek residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code®, requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department is hosting an Open House at Fire Station 61, 2195 Dayton Xenia Road, on October 15, 2016 in support of Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign. The event will include Fire truck displays, station touring, equipment displays and demos.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). The Beavercreek Township Fire Department also says smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department would like to acknowledge two of its members who have both retired this past summer. Both of them have made significant contributions to the Fire Department with over sixty nine years of service combined.
On December 1, 1979, Lieutenant Dave Mallonee joined the Beavercreek Township Fire Department as a volunteer and served at Station 4. In 1980, he was hired part time with the fire department but continued to volunteer for the fire department.
In November 1987, Dave was hired as a career firefighter with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
In March 1995, Dave was promoted to Lieutenant by former Fire Chief Paul Hemmeter. During Dave’s career, he was instrumental in the development of the scene accountability system used by the fire department and assisted in writing the original standard operating procedure, and assisted with driver’s training, fire training, served as a member of the Safety Committee and was a member of the Honor Guard for the Pallbearer Team.
Dave has received awards such an EMS unit commendation for a cardiac arrest save, a fire unit commendation for his performance in a highly commendable manner during a structure fire where he pulled a back up line, and the Meritorious Service Award for membership, involvement and being one of the founding members for the Safety Committee. Dave has served proudly for the fire department for thirty-six and half years and has the utmost respect for the department and his colleagues.
On January 10, 1983, Battalion Chief Bryon Betsinger was hired part time with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. On May 15, 1989, he was hired as a career firefighter and promoted to Lieutenant in February 2005. In October 2013, Bryon was promoted to Battalion Chief and was responsible for EMS with in the fire department.
Bryon has been involved with various EMS organizations such as the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Greater Miami Valley EMS Council, Greene County EMS Chiefs, and was instrumental in the development of Rob’s Rescue in which facilitates special needs emergency transportation and care. With the development of Rob’s Rescue, Bryon developed the bariatric program. A medic was outfitted with a stretcher and wrenching system that was made just for bariatric patients. The bariatric medic is housed in Beavercreek and can used with in the county if needed.
Bryon has contributed a lot to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. He developed the infection control policy, the active shooter program in which the Beavercreek Police and Beavercreek Fire Departments train together for the possibility of an active shooter within Beavercreek. This program then developed into a Mass Casualty training in 2015 which included outside fire departments, the Greene County Sheriff’s office, Premier and Kettering Health Networks. He also established the Greene County Standard Operating Procedures for Active Shooter for the Greene County fire departments. Bryon was also involved with the research committee that centered on community paramedicine. Bryon taught for ten years at Sinclair in the EMS program as well.
During his career, Bryon has earned three Firefighter of the Year awards, 1994 and 1995 from The Knights of Columbus and the other in 2001 from the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. In 2012, he earned a Firefighter Cross for entering a fully involved structure to search for two trapped victims. In 2013 he received a Fire Unit Commendation for responding to a structure fire in which a single family residence had heavy fire showing from the garage area.
Bryon had a rewarding career with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. He served for 33 ½ years in total in which he developed new ways we do EMS. He will be missed by all especially his positive attitude and infectious smile. We wish him the best of luck in his new chapter of his life.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year.
EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks, according to James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. Beavercreek Township Fire Department achieved this award which shows they meet evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks. If you would like to know more about Mission:Lifeline, visit heart.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.