Hot, Humid, and Film at 11

Tuesday, June 25 was one of those summer days when you hope that nothing major happens. With the temperatures in the low 90's, plenty of humidity,  and the hottest part of the day, Columbus Fire received a call of a fire in a large warehouse. While it could have been a whole lot worse, this 2-alarm fire would be tough on the firefighters. Box 15 Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 4 to provide cold water, rehab towels, and other support services. During our 4 hour deployment, we were approached by a reporter from Channel 6 to do a story about the effects of the heat on the firefighters. Box 15 was given a prominent role in what they broadcast. It's always nice to have the opportunity to get our story out to the public.


The other shoe just dropped!

Things had been pretty quiet in Central Ohio, as far as run activity goes.  And then the weather turned warm and the fun began.  On Wednesday, the Columbus Fire recruits did their “Night Ops” evolutions.  These are a series of “real life” fire response scenarios including structure fires, downed power lines, breaching security doors, roof ventilation, breaching garage doors and other scenarios.  Box 15 was there to provide rehab services throughout the evening.   Temperatures were in the mid to upper 80’s with moderate humidity.

Then on Thursday, the day started early with Box 15 playing multiple roles at the tri-annual airport disaster exercise, held at Rickenbacker airport.  We began the day early by preparing hydration kits for the victim transport buses.  Then we assisted with feeding more than 200 people, including victim actors, support staff, controllers and evaluators.  Once the victims were positioned in the drill area, we continued to provide hydration to the victims, responders, media and all others involved.  We ended the exercise by assisting with lunch for the evaluators.  In all, we were on scene from 06:30 until 13:30.  During this time, we used more than 400 pounds of ice and dispensed more than 30 cases of water.

Following that, on Friday morning, we went to the Ohio Fire Academy for structure fire evolutions with the Columbus Fire recruit class.  Friday’s temperature started in the low 80’s but had reached 90 degrees before evolutions were completed.  We used 9 cases of water, an additional 80 pounds of ice and 40+ rehab towels.  Shortly after we had returned the rehab unit to quarters, a working fire was dispatched in the City of Delaware.  About an hour into the incident, with the temperature in the 90’s and moderately high humidity, Box 15 rehab 1 was dispatched to assist.  Our crew remained on scene for about 4 hours, serving 65 fire personnel.  

The week closed out with our 3 rehab units on display at the Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus Associations’ annual muster, held at the State Fire Academy.  At the same time, one of our members provided rehab support for 1-Unit on-duty crews at the Columbus Fire Training Academy.


Box 15 Responds into Bn. 2

On May 23 at 0043 hours, Box 15 was requested to respond to the W.G. Grinders store located at 525 Lazelle Rd.. Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 2, Upon the arrival of Battalion 2, the evacuation tones were sounded & the fire went into a defensive mode.In the 2 hours that we were on the scene, we served crews from Columbus, Worthington, Westerville, & Upper Arlington several cases of bottled water - including 1 case donated by a nearby Circle K Gas station, and several Granola bars. Rehab 1 cleared the scene at 0300 hours.


Box 15 Repsonds with Columbus Police

At 1135AM on May 15th, the Columbus Police Department request Box 15 to provide support services for their investigation of an officer involved shooting that left two suspects dead in the parking lot of Columbus Fire Station 19.  Box 15 was on scene for five hours and provided 120 pounds of ice, three gallons of Squincher and granola bars to the numerous officers, detectives, and crime scene techs investigating the incident.

Clinton Township 2nd Alarm

On May 17, at 0057 hrs., units from Battalion 2 responded to a fire at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in the Northern Lights Shopping Center. Heavy smoke was blowing out of the One Dollar store. A standby 2nd alarm was requested. Rehab 1 provided drinking water to crews from Clinton, Mifflin, & Columbus.


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