Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Justin Richards was born and raised in the outer limits of Springfield, Ohio on a small farm. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 2005 and attended Clark State Community College. Justin obtained his firefighter certifications in 2012 and his paramedic certification in 2014. Prior to working in the fire service, Justin spent five and half years working for Sutphen Corporation building fire apparatus. In 2013, he began working part time for Pike Township Fire Department and in 2014 started working part time for the City of Vandalia Fire Department. In 2015, he was hired full time for the Sidney Fire Department.
In his free time, he likes to fish, hunt, and shoot. Justin is looking forward to serving the community of Beavercreek Township and the surrounding areas and being a valuable asset to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department has recently hired four full time firefighters and promoted one to Lieutenant. Below is a little about each firefighter.
Ben Bochenek has been a life long resident of Beavercreek. Ben attended Beavercreek schools and graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2011. After high school, he attended Sinclair Community College where he earned his Firefighter Level 2 and EMT-Basic certifications. In August of 2013, Ben was hired part time with Beavercreek Township Fire Department. Ben continued attending Sinclair Community College where he earned his National Registry Paramedic certification in December of 2015. Ben’s reason for joining the fire service is to better serve and give back to his community. When off duty, Ben enjoys fishing, biking, water sports and spending time with family and friends.
Justin Davis is originally from Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from Fairbanks High School in 2003. Justin attended Miami University on a football scholarship where he majored in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. Prior to making the career change to join the fire service, Justin worked as a personal trainer while being an apprentice at his uncle’s chiropractic office. Justin attended Butler Technology Career Development School where he received his Firefighter Level 2 and EMT-Basic certifications; he later attended Sinclair Community College and obtained his Paramedic Certification. Prior to joining the Beavercreek Township Fire Department, Justin was employed with the City of Vandalia Fire Department and Sugarcreek Township Fire Department. In his free time, Justin enjoys working out, boating, golfing, and spending time with his beautiful children.
Ryan Allen is from Tipp City, Ohio. He began working in a warehouse right out of high school but had ambitions about becoming a firefighter ever since he was very young. Ryan wasn't happy with his warehouse job and realized that he needed to make a change. He decided to go to college and put himself through fire and EMS school. Ryan is currently attending classes at Sinclair Community College and will graduate with his associate's degree in Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science Technology at the end of this semester.
Ryan has experience working part-time at numerous fire departments around the Dayton area, such as Washington Township Fire Department, Sugarcreek Township Fire Department, Trotwood Fire & Rescue, and Harrison Township Fire Department. He obtained a full-time job at Richmond, Indiana Fire Department a little over a year ago and has continued to work part-time at Harrison Township Fire Department. It wasn't long before he realized he missed living close to all his family and friends and decided to obtain a full-time job back in the Dayton area. Ryan has earned numerous certifications such as Firefighter Level 2, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Ice Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, and SCUBA diver. Some hobbies of his include bicycling, running, working out, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, reading, swimming, and learning.
Nathan Dewey is from West Milton, Ohio. He graduated from Milton Union High School and attended Wright State University for two years after high school. Nathan worked various jobs after attending Wright State and soon after decided on going into the fire and EMS career. He was always interested in becoming a firefighter and paramedic. Nathan enrolled in the fire and EMS program at Sinclair Community College and earned his Fire Level 2, Paramedic, and Fire Instructor certifications. He began his career with the West Milton Volunteer Fire Department in 2003 where he currently is a Lieutenant and a training officer. Nathan worked for Union Township Life Squad from 2003-2011 and achieved the rank of Captain. In October 2011, he began his full time career with the City of Springfield Fire Department.
Nathan has received a couple recognitions such as Firefighter of the Year in 2012 from West Milton Fire Department and a life saving award from the Union Township Life Squad in 2008. During Nathan’s spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. He also loves teaching at Clark State Community College.
Matt Clark was promoted to Lieutenant to fill the vacancy of a Lieutenant who will be retiring in June. Matt Clark is currently serving as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Beavercreek Township Fire Department where he has been employed since May of 2000. He began his fire service career shortly after high school in 1998 as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Fletcher Fire Department and Brown Township EMS.
Matt is a second generation firefighter. His great grandfather was a firefighter in Waterbury, Connecticut through 1941. Matt attended the Ohio Academy in 2003 where he achieved his Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspector. In 2011, he received his Incident Safety Officer Certification.
Matt has been a member of the Safety Committee since 2008 as well as a member of the Honors Committee since 2010.
In 2012, Matt achieved his Advanced Vehicle Rescue Technician Certification from Bowling Green State Fire School and his Certified Hazardous Materials Technician from Cleveland State University.
Matt was instrumental in the apparatus radio overhaul project which he received an Honorable Service Ribbon in 2013. He also received the Beavercreek Township Firefighter of the Year Medal in 2013.
Matt has been awarded numerous Emergency Medical Service Unit Commendations for his role in cardiac saves. Also, in 2000 he received a Fire Unit Commendation for his part in the Xenia tornado response.
Some of Matt’s interests and hobbies include fishing, cooking, camping, family game nights, hiking with his boys, teaching, and volunteering at his church (South Brook) on the safety team.
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.