Sidney fire respondes to 4,000-plus calls in 2019



SIDNEY — During the past year, the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services responded to 4,066 calls for service. This is the fourth year in a row that our calls for service have exceeded 4,000 alarms. There were 3,106 EMS calls and 1,144 fire calls. The fire incidents resulted in two civilian injuries, zero fatalities, and two firefighter injuries; and accounted for fire losses totaling $692,040.

Fire Chief Bradley S. Jones has submitted the following report:

The Fire Prevention Division also experienced a busy year, performing 475 fire safety inspections. The division conducted nine fire investigations; two in our township contractual areas and seven within the city of Sidney. Preventing fires and encouraging safe practices are two key components of the division. Over 5,000 individuals, both youths and adults, were served with over 100 different fire safety programs. This included annual educational fire safety programs given to all schools, both public and parochial, in grades pre-K through fifth grade. This year’s recurring theme was “Sleeping with your door closed.”

2019 saw over 5,016 total hours of department training. Personnel participated in medical training with specific classes in; Cardiac, Geriatric and Pediatric Protocol, Trauma, 12-Lead EKG, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and other EMS courses. Fire training included: pump operations, SCBA, search and rescue, and fire ground tactics. Technical rescue training areas including ice rescue, river rescue, swiftwater, trench rescue, rope rescue, vehicle/machinery rescue, hazmat operations, grain bin extrication and confined space.

Personnel attended classes outside the department for Command and Control, Hazmat IQ, TRT – cCollapse/aAuto eExtrication/Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Ops/Confined Space/Trench, fFireworks eEducation, Ohio Fire Code Update, UL FSRI strip mall fire training, Arson Investigators, CAP Lab, Stroke, Midwestern Ohio Arson Seminar, Ohio Fire Executives, Active Shooter, Fire Dynamics Boot Camp, EMS, and Firefighter Cancer Prevention & Mental Health First Aid Classes.

The department welcomed firefighters Ross Kohler, Joshua Waugh, and Ken Battiston, and Jared Pleiman on Sept. 3. They have been a great addition to Sidney Fire and we look forward to many years of dedicated service with them.

In May, Jeff Simon, a 165-year member of the department, was named the 2018 Firefighter of the Year.

The Department helped sponsor the 38th Midwestern Ohio Fire Investigators Seminar in April, and celebrated Fire Prevention month in October. The Nancy Adams Training Center was utilized multiple times for regional training included but not limited to EMS certification training, firefighter certification as well as many regional meetings.