It hasn’t let up yet

It’s C-C-C-Cold outside!  Weather forecasters called it a Polar Vortex.  Fire crews called it miserable.  The actual temperature dropping well below zero with wind chills ranging from -15 to -40.  Box 15 invoked our cold weather protocol, staffing at least one rehab unit round the clock and two units during the overnight hours throughout the spell.  The extreme cold was a factor in the rupture of a 24” water main in downtown Columbus, flooding not only the streets but also the basements of several buildings.  Rehab 1 was requested for support of fire and police personnel.  Rehab 2 was moved up to Station 1 to cover any other incidents.  On the 7th, we were requested for another house fire in Dublin.  Rehab 1 initially responded but turned the incident over to Rehab 2 after 3 hours, so the first crew could get some relief.  Rehab 2 remained on the scene for an additional 2 hours. 

Then early in the morning of January 8, we were requested by Norwich Township for another working house fire.  Temperatures were in the single digits but the wind chills were easing.  Rehab 2 took the run and served 35 firefighters during a 1.5 hour deployment.  Later that day, the temperature climbed to about 20 degrees – finally, a break from the severe cold.  A total of 8 runs in for first 8 days of 2014,


2014 starts off busy!

In the first 4 days of the new year, Box 15 has already made 5 fire responses.  On January 2, we were requested by Washington Township for an extra company fire in a large 2-story home.  The weather was cold with snow falling and poor driving conditions.  Two civilians were transported to the hospital with burns.  Box 15 remained on the scene for 3+ hours.  Several hours later, in the height of rush hour, on that same day, we responded to a warehouse fire on the east side of Columbus, but wound up being cancelled by the I.C.  Our unit was delayed by poor weather and gridlocked traffic.  

Then on the 3rd, we were requested for another house fire, this time in Reynoldsburg.  Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 2.  This was the first day of a spell of extremely cold weather with wind chills dropping to -30 at times.  We remained on the scene for 2.5 hours serving approx. 25 firefighters.     

Then 3 hours later, Box 15 responded with companies to 700 Demorest Rd. The fire was declared defensive about ten minutes into the incident. Box 15 was on scene in about ten minutes with a crew of two that was already on the air for cold weather standby in Rehab 2, running out of Prairie Township Station 241. Rehab was set up in front of the fire structure, with help from the crew of Rehab 1 which had responded after clearing from the house fire in Reynoldsburg. Rehab 2 stayed on scene for almost four hours assisting crews who were doing extensive overhaul of the house. Box 15 served hot coffee, water and granola bars to the crews on scene. On a happier note, about two hours into the incident a dog was found wondering around the fire ground, it was a dog from the burning home. It was put into the care of Box 15 until arrangements could be made to take it to OSU to be reunited with its owner, who had been transported from the scene.

This was followed up on the 4th with another extra company fire in a 2-story wood frame multi-family structure on the far east side of Columbus.  That fire began as the result of a plumber attempting to thaw frozen pipes.  The fire extended from the lower level, up through the second floor and into the attic area, damaging 4 apartments and displacing 20+ residents.

Just in time for Christmas

On the morning of Friday, Dec. 23, at about 4:15, Columbus fire units from the 6th battalion responded to a fire in a large multi-family structure on the southeast side.  Upon arrival, station 23 was met with fire raging from a lower level apartment of a 3 story apartment complex.  The fire gutted 2 apartments, damaged 4 additional units and had reached a porch on the third floor.  Box 15 served the men and woman of the Columbus Fire department and the Auxiliary as the temperature was about 34 degrees outside.  We served 1.5 gallons of coffee, 1 gallon of hot chocolate, a case and a half of bottled water and a half box of granola bars during our 2+ hours on scene.

Fire & Ice

In the early morning hours of December 12th 2013 at 2:35, Box 15 responded with companies on a working house fire on Arcaro Dr in Gahanna. A working fire was declared right after dispatch after multiple calls were made about flames through the roof. Upon the first companies arrival they had heavy fire showing from the garage with extension into the house. Crew from Mifflin, Jefferson and Plain Townships and the City of Columbus were on scene. The crews had a hard time containing the fire with flames still pocketing through the roof over an hour into the incident. The cold weather also made for very slippery conditions, and(not mentioning any names) the ice claimed some firefighters. Box 15 served coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water and granola bars. Box 15 was cleared of the scene around 5:30.


Box 15 Elections

Elections were held at tonight's  Box 15 business meeting. The Box 15 Executive Board for 2014 is as follows: Brett Barber will be returning as President, Bob Hess was elected to Vice President, Joe O'Brien was elected as Secretary, Lisa Phillips will be returning as Treasurer, Greg Northrop will be returning as Trustee, and Josh Gibson was elected as Trustee. John Kuczek will be remaining as Past President. 


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