Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.
Posted on 10.24.2013
On October 3, 2013, the Beavercreek Township Fire Department promoted a Battalion Chief and Lieutenant and hired a full time firefighter. With the recent retirement of Battalion Chief Greg Connors, this left a vacancy for his position. The fire department conducted interviews with four qualified candidates which made the decision extremely tough. In the end, the department chose Lieutenant Bryon Betsinger. This now left a Lieutenant opening in which Firefighter Steve DuBois was promoted to. Nick Hoagland was hired as full time firefighter from being part time to fill the full time position. Below are bios about the individuals who filled these positions.
Bryon Betsinger (pictured below on the right side) was born in St. Charles Missouri to a military family. In 1972 his family moved to Wright Patterson AFB. In 1978 they moved to Beavercreek where Bryon attended Carroll High School and graduated in 1982. In January 1983, Bryon joined the Beavercreek Township Fire Department as a volunteer at station #3. He became a part time employee for the department from 1984 until 1985. In 1985 he received his paramedic education from Good Samaritan Paramedic program.
In May of 1989, Bryon was hired fulltime and assigned to station 64. At this time he received his certification as a professional Fire Fighter and Fire Safety inspector.
Shortly after, Bryon became responsible of the department’s street directory and the records and reports book for retired Captain Ron Unangst. He also became a Juvenile Fire Setter Educator where he helped manage the program and then eventually took the program over.
In 1999 Bryon became the departments Infection Control Officer and developed the Infection Control program. He was also a member of the departments Safety Committee. In 2001 he obtained his EMS instructor certification and in 2002 started teaching at Sinclair Community College in the EMS program. Bryon is also currently a BLS and ACLS instructor.
In 2004 he became the Beavercreek fire department’s EMS Training Program Coordinator in which he was responsible for the training program as a Continuing Education site for the State of Ohio and for the EMS Trainings held for the department.
In 2005 Bryon was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to station 63. In 2007 he became one of the original members of Rob’s Rescue which addresses the Special Needs population in need of emergency response. In January 2012 he was transferred to station 61.
Bryon has received many awards and commendations which include:
Currently, Bryon lives in Beavercreek with his wife of 26 years, Sheryl. They have 3 adult children Bryon James who currently works part time for our department, Matthew who works for Goodwill and Randy who is pursuing a career in Law Enforcement and one daughter Elizabeth who is attending Beavercreek High School and dances for Madonna’s School of Dance. In Bryon’s spare time he likes to camp and get on the lake with his family on their boat to fish and swim.
Steve DuBois (pictured in the middle) was born in Stuttgart, Germany but was raised in Massachusetts until his adult years. In 1981, he joined the Army National Guard as a Combat Infantry Medic. After two years of service with the National Guard, Steve requested an active duty assignment with the United States Air Force. In 1984 he was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Squadron as a Medical Specialist.
After joining the USAF already trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Steve went into the Emergency Department. Once there, his peers spoke of the “awesome trauma calls downtown.” This sounded good to him so he began volunteering with the Huber Heights Fire Department. They trained Steve as a fire fighter through the old 1-A fire fighter course in Vandalia, Ohio.
In 1986, Steve received his certification as a paramedic from Clark Technical College. After one year of service with Huber Heights, he began working for the Mad River Township Fire Department. Along the way Mad River became Riverside and Steve became the EMS Lieutenant. Steve remained working there until January 1999. In February 1999, former Beavercreek Fire Chief Auberzinsky helped recruit Steve to start working for Beavercreek Township Fire Department as a part time employee. Steve then went on his final USAF deployment post 9/11 and returned to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department about six months later. He was allowed to test for a Beavercreek Career Firefighter position in May 2002 and will be forever grateful for that opportunity! In 2003, Steve retired from the USAF as a Master Sergeant.
Since picking up his unit number “58” on 27 May, 2003, Steve has been an Infection Control Officer, CPR Community Coordinator, EMS Shift Trainer and Car Seat Technician/Coordinator.
Finally, he was accepted to represent the Beavercreek Township Fire Department working for the Ohio Task Force One FEMA Team in 2007. Steve was assigned to OH-TF1 is as a Rescue Specialist, and most recently took on a new assignment as a Medical Specialist.
Other educational achievements for Steve include: National Registered Paramedic, Level II Fire Fighter in 1997 from Sinclair Community College, Fire Officer I – IV, Fire Inspector and EMS Instructor. Steve has received several awards such as a Fire Commendation, 2 EMS Commendations and 10 career years of service. Outside of the fire department, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and going on camping trips.
Nick Hoagland (pictured above on the left side) was born and raised in Miamisburg, OH and graduated from Miamisburg High School in 2001. In 2006, Nick graduated from Eastern Kentucky University where he received a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Medical Care and Fire Science and also received both his EMT-Basic certification and paramedic license.
After college he worked for the city of Winchester Fire Department in Kentucky. He received his Level II fire certification in their fire academy. Nick worked there for approximately one year and then returned home to Miamisburg.
He began working part time at Beavercreek Township Fire Department in February 2008. Since then Nick has been a part time shift representative, reconfigured the first in bags, and is certified to drive and operate all BTFD fire apparatus. Nick has received two fire unit citations, two EMS unit citations, and the firefighter commendation medal.
Nick has been married to his wife Ashlee for two years, has a step daughter Anna Bella who is seven, and has a son Luca who is one. He enjoys playing and watching sports, taking outside training courses, and spending time with his family.
Posted on 1.22.2013
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 2012, we offered over seven classes and trained more than 75 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!
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.