Box 15 Called Out For Freeway Accident

At 6:13 PM, on Monday, April 11, Columbus Fire received a report of an overturned tractor-trailer onan exit ramp from I-70 to I-270 on the city’s east side. Arriving crews found a semi laying on its sidewith fluids leaking from an overseas container. A hazmat situation was immediately declared and the appropriate companies and support agencies were notified. Box 15 was requested about 2 ½ hours after the initial dispatch. We arrived on scene within 45 minutes and setup a rehab area for anextended deployment. The weather was cold and rainy. We deployed our tent and propane heater, setup for hot and cold beverage service as well as granola bars. Initial companies had not been able to eat prior to the incident and were quite hungry. Box 15 was released about 3:30 the following morning, after providing service to approximately 50 people, including fire, police, EMA and the wrecker and crane operators. During our 5 hour deployment, we used 5 cases of water, 2 ½ gallons of coffee and 60 granola bars.

Box 15 Called to East Side Again

Just before 5AM Friday August 13th, units from Truro and Violet Townships and the City of Columbus were dispatched by MECC to the 1500 block of Brice Rd in Reynoldsburg for a reported fire. Responding units reported a loom of of fire in the sky from 10 blocks away. First arriving units from Truro Township had heavy fire through the roof of a 1 story commercial occupancy, with extension to a similar attached structure in the rear. Box15 was requested just after the working fire assignment, and members responded with Truck 1 from downtown. 2 cases of water were dispensed along with several cereal bars and wet towels. Truck 1 was ready for service at approximately 7:30. This marks the 4th working fire in 4 days for Box15, and with temperatures and humidity continuing in the hazardous levels, we expect there to be more activity in the coming days.

Photos from the incident can be seen here.

Box 15 Heads in with Norwich Township For a House Fire

Box 15 responded to Norwich Township this afternoon around 430p.  The 1st calls came in around 415p of a garage fire that was extending to the home.   NTFD crews arrived quickly but the fire had already gotten into the walls of the house near the garage.  Box 15 crews arrived to find 5″ supply lines stretched @ 2500 feet down the road to battle the fire.

Box 15 crews arrived quickly and set up a rehab area for the crews on the front bumper of ladder 81, we distributed four cases of water, one gallon of Sqwincher and a few granola bars.

Box 15 crews were on scene for two hours and were thanked many times by the crews on scene

Photos can be seen in our account or at the link here.

Box 15 Community Service

February 27 – Box 15 provided rehab services for Cystic Fibrosis Foundations “Battle of the Badges”.  With more than 325 police officers and firefighters – from as far away as Washington D.C. participating, Box 15 played a vital role by staffing hydration stations at all relay points (for climb teams) and at the 40 floor for the solo climbers.  During this deployment, we dispensed 728 bottles of water, used #250 pounds of ice and dedicated 156 hours of volunteer labor to the event.

This is our second year to support this worthwhile event.  We have already committed to CFF for next year.

Box 15 Heads Northeast to Provide Rehab

Box 15 crews responded from Columbus Fire Station #1 yesterday at 740pm, we happen to be holding our regular monthly meeting at the time just one floor above our truck.  Four members of the group loaded the rehab truck and headed out, for a large two story apartment building fire on Chimney Rock Dr in the Little Turtle subdivision of Columbus.

Crews arrived by 815pm and set up a rehab area and quickly served five cases of water to crews from Columbus, Plain Township, Westerville and Mifflin Townships. Because of the unusal cool weather Box 15 crews also set up for warm drinks.  Our crews served about a gallon of coffee to crews.

Box 15 crews were clear of the scene at 1115pm with a final count of 10 cases of water and one gallon of coffee served to ~80 fire crews.

Photos can be seen in our account here:


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