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Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.

What is C.E.R.T?

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 khone@beavercreektownship.org. You can also visit https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams to read more about CERT.

Toys For Tots Campaign

Posted on 10.30.2014
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys at all four of their fire stations. They will collect till December 15, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the collection, please call Fire Administration at 937-426-1213

Beavercreek Township Fire Department Auxiliary Seeking Volunteers

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.

“Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive between Beavercreek’s Police and Fire Departments

On Monday, August 25, 2014, Community Blood Center (CBC), the Beavercreek Township Fire Department and the Beavercreek Police Department will sponsor a “Battle of the Badges” community blood drive. The hours of registration will be from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, Ohio.

“Battle of the Badges” is a friendly competition among our Quiet Heroes – Beavercreek law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies. “Battle of the Badges” is a way to help supplement the blood supply during the summer months. Blood donors are asked to give in honor of their favorite department. Each person who registers to donate blood will be asked to cast their vote for law enforcement or the fire/EMS. All that register to donate will also receive a summer blood donor theme T-shirt.

Why is summer so challenging for blood donations? Summer break puts high school blood drives on hold until classes resume. Family vacations and outdoor excursions leave less time for donating, and vacation schedules at work can mean fewer donors at corporate and business blood drives.

Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.

Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations). Weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call the Community Blood Center at 1(800) 388-4483. Make an appointment by visiting www.DonorTime.com.

Community CPR Program

Posted on 1.2.2014
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department has proudly provided emergency care for our citizens for over fifty years. This level of dedication to our community continues by providing valuable Heart Saver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training to all of our citizens and businesses, FREE OF CHARGE!

In 2013, we offered over twenty classes and trained more than 200 citizens. Our goal is to keep class sizes small and provide more one-on-one attention for students. The class time is spent on both lecture, and more importantly hands-on training to assure students are well trained and comfortable with the skills. Our cadre of instructors has more than fifty years experience teaching CPR and are among the best in the Dayton area.
The Fire Chief, David VandenBos, believes by providing this service to our community we increase our emergency response team by having citizens who are well trained to provide this life saving skill for all of Beavercreek.
There is a small fee required for the American Heart Association (AHA) course materials, but this booklet and the certification card come to less than thirty dollars. This cost is still less than other courses, plus the certification through AHA is valid for two years where others are only valid for one year.

Of course, not everyone needs to certify every two years. However, some employers do mandate employees maintain their CPR certification and we believe AHA provides the best value. Though the average citizen may not need to re-certify every two years, we encourage you do so. Let’s face it, most people don’t provide CPR routinely, and CPR needs to be practiced in order to remain comfortable with these skills.
As mentioned prior, we also provide First Aid training and Healthcare CPR if we have enough demand for them. Both CPR and First Aid classes are scheduled for four hours. Together these classes are eight hours long. Often times we teach it in two sessions in order to meet citizens busy schedules. Further, when providing re-fresher classes for citizens previously trained, class time is reduced.

We should mention that within all CPR classes the use of Automatic Defibrillators (AED) is also covered. Many times we have heard from students these machines can be intimidating. Rest assured, we will make sure you are comfortable with the use of AED’s. Since AED’s were introduced countless lives have been saved. CPR is an intricate part of saving lives when the heart stops working, but coupled with the use of AED’s you can significantly increase a loved one’s chance of surviving.

Our Heart Saver CPR classes are currently offered once a month. Please check our website at www.beavercreekfire.org/CPR to sign up for a class. Once signed up, you will receive an email or phone call regarding the purchase of the book that you will need for the class. If you have any questions please call the Fire Administration Office at 426-1213. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Website Updates
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.