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Structure Fire

Saturday, December 20, 2014 1642  At 1642 on 12/19/2014 Valley City Fire Department was dispatched for a Commercial Structure Fire and reported explosion at 5927 Center Rd. A second alarm was immediately requested. The first unit arrived on scene at 1647 and found heavy fire in the rear of the structure. The fire was quickly knocked down before it was able to spread to the rest of the building. The building sustained heavy fire damage in the rear and smoke damage throughout the second floor.

Valley City Fire Department would like to thank the following departments for their assistance at the fire. Brunswick Hills, Brunswick, Columbia, Erhart, and LST.

The Medina County Fire Investigation unit responded to determined the cause and origin of the fire. The cause was determined to be fuel leaking from a gas tank on a vehicle while repairs were being made. The mechanic was in the building at the time of the fire and sustained minor injuries. 

Click HERE for the Medina Gazette Article



Questions and Answers about Ebola

 Questions and Answers about Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak centers on four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, although further spread could occur to neighboring African countries. CDC is sending staff to the affected areas to help bring the outbreak under control. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, because of how the disease spreads.


What is Ebola?

·     Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms appear within 21 days of exposure.

·      People exposed to Ebola are not contagious unless they have symptoms of Ebola:
fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or
unexplained bleeding or bruising.


How does Ebola spread?

Ebola spreads through direct contact with

·      an infected symptomatic person’s blood or body fluids (such as saliva or urine).

·      objects (such as needles) contaminated with infected secretions

·      an infected animal, or by eating infected bushmeat.


Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.


Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola does not spread through food, EXCEPT through infected bushmeat. 

No. Ebola does not spread through water.


Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. People who do not have symptoms are not contagious. For Ebola to be transmitted, a person must have direct contact with a sick person with symptoms of Ebola.


What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. Also, airports in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms. Passengers are required to respond to a health questionnaire. CDC is sending staff to the affected areas to help build capacity of local health care workers and to help bring the outbreak under control.


What is CDC doing in the United States?

CDC has protocols, professional staff, and a strong network of partners to protect against further spread of disease. Airlines report to CDC any sick passengers before arrival, and we work with partners at ports of entry to isolate sick travelers.


CDC provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers/crew and for disinfecting aircraft, and issued health alert notices for travelers and U.S. health care workers on the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients, and how they can protect themselves from infection.


For more information:

·         Ebola updates: 

·         Travelers’ Health:

·         Airline guidance:



Street Fair - Friday

Friday, August 15, 2014   This years Valley City Street Fair is turning out to be another great success. Thank you to all the community members who have come down to support the fire department.

If you have not attended there is still time. We will be open from 12:00-11:00 Saturday and 12:00-10:00 Sunday. The 5K race and 1 mile walk will start Saturday at 5:00.

If you have any questions call the fire station at (330) 483-3811

For more Street Fair pictures click HERE



Myrtle Hill Structure Fire

 On May 28, 2014 VCFD was dispatched to 6188 Myrtle Hill Road for a fully involved residential structure fire.  Fire suppression was conducted defensively, as the structure was fully involved upon arrival. Assistance was provided via mutual aid from fire departments including Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Erhart/York, and Columbia Township.  Additional assistance was provided by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Medina Life Support Team.  An investigation of the fire scene was conducted by the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force.  VCFD would like to thank all mutual aid companies for their assistance with this fire.



Summer Safety Tips

 As the summer is now upon us here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Firework Safety:
• Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices only under adult supervision.
• Appoint one adult to be in charge. This person should know the hazards of each type of firework being used.
• Carefully read and follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.
• Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others.
• Sparkler wires, which can burn up to 1800 degrees, 
 should immediately be placed in a bucket of water to 
 void injury as they remain hot for a few minutes after 
• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound 
 for two or three minutes and seek medical attention when 

Grilling Safety:
• All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used 
 outdoors to avoid fire hazards and toxic gases such as 
 carbon monoxide. 
• Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house 
 siding and deck edges and railings. Also, position the grill 
 far from foot traffic .
• Before using a grill, check the connection between the 
 propane tank and the fuel line. 
• Wear well-fitted clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles 
 and flammable material, such as nylon, should be avoided. 
• Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an 
 already lit fire - the flame can flashback into the container 
 and explode. 
• Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a 
 three-foot ‘safety zone’ around the grill is an effective 
 way to keep both children and pets at a distance. 
• Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach 
 your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an 
 adult immediately. 
• Dispose of hot coals properly - douse all of them, not just 
 the red ones, with plenty of water and stir them to ensure 
 that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or 
 wooden containers. 

Campfire Safety: 
• Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves and never under overhanging trees.
• Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand. 
• Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the  fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
• Never leave campfires unattended.
• It is important to follow the park's rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires



A Safer Ohio App

 Ohio Homeland Security has released the Safer Ohio App. The Safer Ohio App is a free application for Apple and Android phones. The app allows users to take a photo and report suspicious activity.  The app also allows users to contact the Ohio State Patrol and emergency responders.  

The Safer Ohio App is a part of the "See Something? Send Something" campaign designed to encourage the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. All communications under this app are secured and the users privacy is protected. 

The "See Something? Send Something" campaign was derived from the incidents of the Boston Marathon bombing. Law enforcement officials relied on the tips and information from the public to locate the suspects. 



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

 April 26, 2014 10 A.M.- 2 P.M. is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Medina County Residents can get rid of unused medications at designated locations throughout the county.  For information regarding the proper disposal of prescription medications, please click on the links below. Also included in the links are the locations that prescription medications can be dropped off.



Charmin Relief Fund

 On March 19th, 2014, the Valley City Fire Department in Valley City, Ohio received a donation of 960 roll of Charmin toilet paper from the Charmin Relief fund. Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Charmin, set out on a mission to bring relief to firefighters around the country after learning of the hardship at the Detroit Fire Department. The firefighters in Detroit were using their own money to buy toilet paper for their station. The Charmin Relief Project donated 70,752 rolls of toilet paper to the Detroit Fire Department.

Charmin posted an ad on Facebook looking for fire departments in need of toilet paper. The Valley City Fire Department was one of the departments named on the social media network. Soon after, a representative of the Charmin Relief Project contacted the fire department looking to make a donation. Charmin donated enough toilet paper to last 20 members 1 year. Charmin made a donation of 960 rolls of toilet paper to 50 fire departments in 50 states in one day.

The officers and members of the Valley City Fire Department would like to thank Proctor & Gamble and the Charmin Relief Project for the generous donation. This is one department that will definitely “Enjoy the Go"!
Currently, the Charmin Relief Project has donated over 652,000 rolls of toilet paper to people in need.



Marks Rd. Fire

Sunday, February 9, 2014 1203 On February 9th, 2014 VCFD was dispatched to 294 Marks Rd. for a fully involved barn fire. VCFD was assisted by mutual aid from Brunswick Fire Department, Brunswick Hill Fire Department, Erhart/York Fire Department, Grafton Township Fire Department, Columbia Township Fire Department, Medina Life Support Team, Strongsville Fire Department, and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. The Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force Unit came to the scene to conduct an investigation of the fire. VCFD would like to thank our mutual aid companies for their assistance at this fire. 

Click HERE to view more images. 



Medina County Snow Emergencies

 During a winter storm, the Medina County Sheriff can issue an Snow Emergency. There are three classifications of snow emergencies: 

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive carefully.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

For more information regarding Snow Emergencies visit:



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