This coming November, we are asking for your support with our levies. While run volume has continued to rise, apparatus age is continuing to get older by the day. We are asking for your support with a 2.9 mill and a 1.0 mill levy to help replace some very large capital items that we rely on each and every day. Please get out and vote in support of this levy and should you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Rossford Fire Station Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
From all the members of the Rossford Firefighters Association, we’d like to say thank you for your amazing support at our pancake breakfast this morning. We cannot do what we do without your support and we truly cannot say thank you enough.
One of our own was honored on April 18th. Kate Taylor, while she was not representing the department for this award, her abilities to provide CPR to a lay person resulted in a full recovery for the victim and we are grateful for her quick actions and training. Congratulations Katie !
Come out and support the Rossford Firefighters’ Association on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner. The spaghetti dinner will be held at the American Legion in Rossford (145 Bergin Street, Rossford Ohio 43460). Price includes a salad, dinner and a drink. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids under 10. American Legion will have a cash bar open. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with which the winner does not need to be present. All proceeds support the Rossford Firefighters’ Association and its mission to support the community and members of the fire department.
2018 Goals – Through the regular day-to-day budget, we will be working on replacing some outdated 21⁄2 inch hose. Engine 30 will be going in for bumper-to- bumper preventative maintenance; the last time this was done will be four years ago. Engine 29 went in 2017 for the same.
Through no fault of the department, SCBA flow testing did not occur in 2017 and will be done in the first quarter of 2018.
We will continue to try replace items with NFPA recommended replacement life spans. In 2018 the meeting/training room will be getting an overhaul with a new desktop computer and projector.
There are no capital expenditures planned for 2018.
While there is no crystal ball, we will continue to keep the department running smoothly and cost effective while maintaining service.
The Duty Officer program continues to grow and develop as an alternative means for us to serve you. Firefighters who have completed Duty Officer training volunteer to take home Car 30, a repurposed retired Rossford Police car, and respond directly to scenes. The program is designed to improve response times overnight, specifically between 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., and provide a guaranteed responder. We will continue assessing the program and its effectiveness, as well as looking for any additional creative opportunities to improve our service with the resources we currently have.
The Rescue Task Force program has put Rossford Fire & Rescue at the forefront of a nationwide change in the delivery of emergency medical care during critical incidents. Research on active shooter events shows that victims would have been more likely to survive if medical care was delivered sooner. The RTF model allows EMS to work under law enforcement protection in more dangerous areas during large-scale violent incidents. EMS personnel no longer have to wait for law enforcement to stop the violent act to provide medical care.
This training has strengthened the bond and improved the working relationship between the Rossford fire and police departments. Thanks in large part to RTF, emergency services in the City of Rossford will be more effective at any type of incident.
Fire Operations responses are up nearly 50% from 10 years ago, following the overall trend discussed earlier in the report. In 2017, we did not see any major losses due to fires, despite 181 fire-related calls for service.
Of the fire responses that were not false-alarms, the majority were for reported building fires. This includes automatic aid and mutual aid with surrounding communities.
Asst. Chief Ryan Stautzenbach, Capt. Andrew Vascik and volunteer Ben Yoder were recognized for the countless hours they contributed to the Glenwood Road burn. Additionally, Northwood Fire Chief Joel Whitmore, Dep. Chief Randy Roslin, and dozens of their firefighters assisted in preparation.
The months of effort culminated into a weekend of real-world training burns for Rossford and our mutual aid partners. This experience better prepared your firefighters for the ‘real deal,’ as the design of most training centers make it challenging to replicate realistic conditions. More acquired structure burns are in the works for 2018.
EMS Operations in 2017 saw another increase in run volume — following an 8-year trend — with a total of 847 incidents. The most frequent call for service is a ‘lift assist,’ where the patient is uninjured and simply requires assistance off the ground or into or out of a vehicle. ‘Sick person’ is our second most frequent incident, and may involve a variety of illnesses.
2017 brought about a major change to our EMS incident reporting through the implementation of ESO software. This transition improves our service in a host of ways — from improved quality assurance, simpler documentation using Bluetooth and WiFi technology with our cardiac monitors, and direct communication with the hospitals through automatic patient care report sharing. Rossford Fire and Rescue Department implemented ESO on December 1st, 2017.