They're Almost Firefighters!

The current class of recruits are about to graduate and become Columbus firefighters. Commencement is set for January 7, but first they still had a few tasks to accomplish - and Box 15 was there to provide support.

On December 21, beginning at sundown, they were presented with a series of "night operations", including a fire on the roof of a multi-story building, search & rescue in a structure heavily charged with smoke, cutting through metal doors, attic fires, an auto accident with "live" wires down on the auto and more. All were performed under night-time conditions and included being radio dispatched and responding from quarters.

On Wednesday, December 22, less than 12 hours later, they tackled basement/confined space live fire evolutions, with each crew having multiple rotations from attack to backup to RIC and rehab. Weather was below freezing and winds gusted upwards of 25 mph.

Box 15 was on-scene during both exercises, providing cold and hot beverage service, as well as nutrition bars. We setup one of our tents with the sidewalls and a propane heater to provide a protected environment for the rehab sector.

Our sincere appreciation goes to Captain Atwood, Lieutenant Robertson and the rest of the training staff for including Box 15 as an integral part of the training process.

Photos from the training can be seen here.

Wedgewood Village - Again


Shortly after 10 PM on August 5th Columbus fire crews on Battalion 5 responded to the report of a fire in a very familiar complex - The Wedgewood Village Apartments.  Due to the history in the complex and the potential risk to life, the run was quickly upgraded to a second alarm.  This was the third significant fire in the complex this year.  Although one apartment was completely gutted and several others received significant smoke and water damage, fortunately there were no injuries.  Box 15's Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 5.  During the hour and a half that we were on scene, we distributed 2 cases of chilled water.  One prospective member also met us at the incident.