Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
The Beavercreek Township Fire Department is collecting toys for Toys for Tots till December 15, 2015 at all four fire station locations. Remember that all toys need to be new, in their package, and unwrapped for the collection barrels. If you have any questions, call Michele Grogean at Fire Administration at 937-426-1213
Rob Young graduated from Kettering Fairmont West High School in 1977. He entered the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the Kettering Fire Department. In 1980, he received his Emergency Victim Care certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance (now called EMT-B). In March 1981, he was hired full time by the Beavercreek Township Fire Department in which he has served for 34 ½ years. That same year, Rob earned his Level 2 Firefighter certification from the Ohio Fire Academy.
In 1982, Rob graduated from the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Paramedic Program and earned his Paramedic certification. He was then appointed to the Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team as the Kettering Fire Department’s liaison. A year later, Rob was promoted to Lieutenant for Beavercreek Township Fire Department and graduated from Sinclair Community College with an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology.
In 1984, Beavercreek Township Fire Department appointed Rob to the Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team; little did he know that hazardous materials would become his forte during his career.
In 1988, Rob attended the Ohio Fire Academy earning his Fire Instructor certification, was appointed to the training division for Beavercreek Township Fire Department, and became the coordinator of the recruit training program. The following year Rob attended the Ohio Fire Academy to be a certified hazardous materials technician. His career to being a Haz Mat guru begins to blossom as he initiated the Beavercreek Township Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Training and Response Program and became the coordinator.
Besides hazardous material, Rob was involved with coordinating live burn trainings for the fire department for a number of years and managed the training and haz mat program budgets.
In 1990, Rob was appointed as an adjunct Hazardous Materials Instructor for the Ohio Fire Academy. He also completed the Educational Methodology Program at the National Fire Academy to become Instructor 2 certified and later completed the Fire Officers Leadership Program at the National Fire Academy.
By 1994, Rob had found his niche in Haz Mat. His knowledge was recognized by the National Fire Academy in which they appointed him as an adjunct instructor for the Haz Mat Program, Emergency Response to Terrorism Program, Safety Program, and Command and Control Programs. That same year, Rob completed the Cleveland State University Instructor Program and the Transportation Test Center in Colorado to become a Hazardous Materials Specialist in Highway Emergencies and Railroad Emergencies.
Once he completed the Cleveland State University Instructor Program, Rob was appointed as an Instructor for the Cleveland State University's Center for Emergency Preparedness.
In 1997, Rob decided to retire from the Kettering Fire Department. He continued to advance his career though with completing the Management Sciences Program at the National Fire Academy and becoming the Hazardous Materials Specialist with Ohio Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue.
Rob’s knowledge of hazardous materials was exceptional in which he began instructing for multiple federal agencies around the country such as United States Air Force, National Emergency Training Center, Department of Homeland Security, Civil Support Teams from the National Guard, and the FBI.
In 2000, Rob expanded his knowledge by completing training with the Office of Domestic Preparedness and received a Weapons of Mass Destruction Technician certification and in 2004 completed the Office of Domestic Preparedness: Chemical Weapons, Biological Weapons, and Bomb Schools. In 2011, he completed the Department of Homeland Securities "Advanced Incident Command Systems" program.
Rob’s knowledge didn’t go unrecognized. He received the Firefighter of the Year in 2007 for his expertise and dedication to the Haz Mat program with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department. He also received the Beavercreek Township Fire Department Meritorious Service Award for initiating and sustaining the Hazardous Materials Program in 2010. Rob has received numerous EMS Unit Commendation Awards for exceptional service in patient care as well as a Fire Unit Commendation Award for the large fire at Mallard Landing Apartments.
Rob has also received appreciation awards such as the Deployment Service Award for deploying to South Dade County Florida from the Beavercreek Fire Department to assist with the Hurricane Andrew Disaster in 1994. He also was honored at the National Fire Academy where his name is on the walkway to the National Firefighters Memorial for his commitment and dedication to hazardous materials education.
His plans for retirement consist of continuing to teach for Cleveland State University and for private chemical companies. We wish you best of luck for a healthy and enjoyable retirement.
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 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.