*** Silent Auction ***

Box 15 is offering two (2) seats in the Columbus Blue Jackets Luxury Box for the January 13 CBJ/Phoenix Coyotes game.  Face value for each ticket is $210 – total value is $420.  These are offered for sale via silent auction.  The starting bid is $25 and there is a $5 minimum increase for subsequent bids.  We will continue posting the current bid amounts on our Facebook page.  Bids close at 6 PM, Friday, January 6, 2012.  Submit bids via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Buy Blue Jackets Tickets and Support Box 15 and the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation

Hey Hockey Fans!

Box 15 has tickets are available for additional Blue Jackets games.  We have the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 31, 2011 - vs. Washington Capitals
  • Saturday, January 14, 2012 - vs. San Jose Sharks
  • Saturday, February 18, 2012 - vs. Chicago Blackhawks

To get your tickets, go to www.bluejackets.com/fire and use the promo code firefighter.  A portion of the proceeds benefit both Box 15 and the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation.

We have a winner!  Well, actually 10 winners

The drawing for two seats in the Columbus Blue Jackets Luxury Suite for the January 13 game between the Blue Jackets and the Phoenix Coyotes was held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, December 13.  The winning ticket numbers are: #15, #41, #74, #202, #239, #511, #532, #586, #591 and #752

We are currently in the process of notifying the ticket holders and distributing their game tickets.

Thank you to all who participated!

Get Yours Now!

The days are counting down to Firefighter Appreciation Day, Saturday, December 10.  Plans are finalized for the event, including the buffet luncheon, kickoff party, the hockey game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins and the charity match between the Boston And Columbus fire hockey teams.  Tickets are still available at www.bluejackets.com/fire, use the promo code firefighter.

If you can’t attend, we’re also holding a raffle for 2 luxury box seats for the January 13 Columbus /Phoenix hockey game.  Seats are valued at $150 each.  Tickets are $10 each and there are 10 chances to win.

Tickets can be purchased at Phillips Coney Island on W. Broad St., Station 67 (IAFF local 67), Apex Fire Services, the Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center of from any Box 15 member.

Forty Three of Columbus Fire’s personnel receive promotions.

Our congratulations go out to the 43 Officers who were honored Thursday, September 22 during their promotion ceremony. Included were 2 new Assistant Chiefs, 3 Deputy Chiefs, 4 Battalion Chiefs, 13 Captains and 21 Lieutenants. The ceremony, held in the gymnasium at the Fire Administration Complex was well attended by many family and friends. Box 15 was pleased to provide a short reception in their honor.

Box 15 participates at the Ohio Fire & EMS Expo


Box 15 was represented at the 2nd Annual Ohio Fire & EMS Expo held at the Columbus Convention Center this week. Our sincere thanks go out to the organizers who provided us with the opportunity to market our Breast Cancer Awareness and 9/11 Commemorative shirts. Sales of these shirts are the major source of funding for the operation of our Rehab units. Participation at the Expo also helped us make some other beneficial contacts.


45 New Columbus Firefighters

Congratulations go out to the CFD Recruit Class of 12/27/10. After 32 arduous weeks of training – everything from ropes to ladders to EMS to hydraulics to tools and live fire evolutions, this class of 45 graduated from the Academy on Friday, July 29. They have received their assignments and will report to their respective posts as “rookies”, beginning on August 1.

Box 15 was pleased to have had an active role in their training, having provided rehab support during their live fire training. At their request, we also hosted a small reception following the ceremony. We wish each of them great success throughout their careers.

Film at 6

Box 15 was featured on Channel 4 on Friday, July 22. What started out to be a routine rehab support effort for a hazmat technician class turned into a media opportunity when Channel 4 called. They were interested in doing a story on firefighters dealing with the heat wave. Since we were at the Training Academy, we invited them down to observe how we work, even though it was a training exercise. As luck would have it, a few hours later, they were able to watch Box 15 in action at a working fire on Cleveland Avenue. The video that aired can be seen on You Tube. Our thanks go to the Columbus Division of Fire, Battalion Chief Michael Fowler, Captain William Brobst and many other Division members who helped make this happen.

2011 Awards Dinner

Box 15’s Annual Awards Dinner was held on Sunday, May 1 at Columbus Firefighters Local 67 “Station 67”. This year we were pleased to honor Captain Gregory Lash, house Captain for Columbus Fire Station #1 as the Max Haverman Columbus Firefighter of the Year. Captain Lash has been a great friend to Box 15 over the years and we are extremely pleased that he was nominated. In addition to his duties as House Captain at Fire Station #1, he spends many hours working with the firefighter recruit classes, making sure they receive the best training possible. Greg has received numerous honors and acknowledgments over his 38 year career.

The Larry Parlett County Firefighter of the Year honoree was Lieutenant Chase Bryan of the Truro Township Fire Department. Lieutenant Bryan has received three other honors throughout his career. Chase is always the first to step up when a task needs to be handled. He is a natural leader, serving as the Local 2932 President, he also mentors new and part-time firefighters and has taken the lead in arranging training seminars for all area firefighters.

And this year, we named a “Firebuff of the Year”, the first since 2006, Brett Barber, who currently serves as Vice President (again). Brett previously served as President for 4 years, was VP for 3 years and Trustee for 2 terms. He has also chaired several Committees and has taken the lead in marketing our apparel sales, including the popular breast cancer awareness shirts. Brett handles all the preparation for the Annual Awards Dinner and coordinates our support efforts with the Columbus Fire Training Academy. Brett has been a very active member of Box 15 for 18 years.

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