Second Alarm on N. 20th Street

At 4:39 on Monday, June 11, Columbus fire crews responded to a call on N. 20th Street and upon arrival, found two wood-frame duplex structures heavily involved in fire.  A second alarm was immediately declared due to exposure concerns for an additional occupied duplex.  Approximately 10 minutes into this incident, a second working fire was declared only a block away, on Miami Ave.  Crews from staging from the 2nd alarm were quick to respond and handle the second fire.  Box 15 with a crew of 2 arrived on scene within 45 minutes.  We provided 3 cases of chilled water and distributed 4 dozen donuts, provided by Bn Ch. Gaal. 


Ready – Set – Go

On Saturday June 10, Box 15 was there to provide services during the 5K Race to support Mifflin Township Lieutenant Torres.  Lieutenant Torres is on track to become Ohio’s first leg amputee to return to full duty.  The run was organized by his fellow firefighters to provide financial assistance for his medical expenses.   Box 15 with a crew of three provided misting fans, a portable generator, ice, water, tent and chairs.                          


Find ‘em, Save ‘em

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-6, firefighters from Prairie, Pleasant and Franklin Townships participated in “Vent – Entry – Search” training at Prairie’s training facility.  Box 15 was invited to provide rehab services during the three days of evolutions.  One Box 15 member also served as the search “victim”.  During the entire exercise, we dispensed 9 cases of bottled water, 6 gallons of Sqwincher, used 60# of ice and several rehab towels.  The three departments all provided generous cash donations to offset our expenses.

On Tuesday, we also were on scene with Columbus as their current recruit class underwent “Saving Our Own” drills at the Training Academy.  We used a dozen rehab towels and 40# of ice, while serving 2 gallons of Sqwincher and 5 cases of chilled, bottled water.



Petroleum Plant Fire closes busy highway

At approximately 0645 on the morning of Saturday June 2nd Columbus Division of Fire companies, along with companies from the City of Whitehall and Mifflin Township were sent to a Waste Oil Reclamation Refinery just south of Port Columbus International Airport.  This facility has been the source of several previous multi-alarm fires and hazmat calls. On this date a valve to an above ground storage tank failed, resulting in a fire that produced smoke that could be seen miles away. Shortly after the incident was declared a working fire, it was declared a working hazmat incident and firefighting operations went into a defensive mode. Columbus Police also shut down a ¾ mile stretch of East Fifth Ave in both directions.  Columbus Fire’s Hazmat team was already at another incident, so a hazmat response was delayed until off duty personnel could be called in to staff a backup rig. Box 15 was called about 45 minutes into the incident and Rehab 1 arrived with a crew of 3 within the hour. Fortunately, it was a sunny clear morning with temperatures in the 60s, so the efforts of fire companies were not exhausting. After  a backup valve was closed and petroleum products in the line was able to burn off, the situation was contained and Box 15 was able to clear after being on the scene 1 ½ hours.

3 Days plus a Heat Index above 100 = 6 Fires

Memorial Day weekend was forecast to be hot and humid, so Box 15 scheduled crews to remain in service from 11:00 until 19:00 hours for all 3 days.  And it turned out to be the right move.  On Saturday, Rehab 2 responded with Columbus and Franklin Township firefighters to a fully-involved modular classroom at a school in the southwest area of the city. This was followed a couple hours later by a well-involved condominium in the far north area of the city.  An additional Box 15 member who lived in the area provided initial rehab support until the truck arrived on-scene.  Between the 2 fires, we used 4 cases of bottled water.

On Sunday, with the temperature sitting at 93 degrees and humidity at 50%, Rehab 1 took their first of two runs at 17:20 hours.  Jackson Township had a basement fire in a single family dwelling.  We provided 15# of ice for chilling rehab towels and a case of chilled water.  We then proceeded to far east Columbus on another condominium fire.  Arriving just before 18:30 hours, we immediately setup with chilled towels and water.  When this fire was dispatched, most of the firefighters were just sitting down for dinner.  We supplied Granola bars to help until they could return to quarters. Totals for the day were 50# of ice, 16 rehab towels, 20 granola bars and 5 cases of water.

Monday – Memorial Day saw 93 degrees again.  The humidity brought the heat index to 107.  Rehab 2 was again in service and responded to a 3-bay detached garage fire with auto inside, followed shortly by a single family dwelling that suffered major damage from a propane grill fire in an enclosed carport.  We used an additional 4 cases of water serving firefighters with Columbus and Franklin Township.


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