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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

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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. 

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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:



Winter Weather Driving and Emergency Kit

Driving in winter can be dangerous, especially with rapid changes in road conditions as the weather changes. With this in mind here are a few safety tips for driving on snow covered or icy roads:

1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.

5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

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FEMA recommends that motorists should keep an Emergency Kit in the vehicle. This kit should include:

1. a shovel

2. windshield scrapper and small broom

3. flashlight and spare batteries

4. battery powered radio and extra batteries

5. water

6. snack foods

7. matches

8. extra hats, socks and mittens

9. a first aid kit with a pocket knife

10. necessary medications

11. blankets

12. tow chain or rope

13. road salt or sand

14. booster cables

15. emergency flares

16. fluorescent distress flag

For more information on Winter tips visit:



December 24, 2013 7662 Neff Road Fire

 At 1319 hours, VCFD was dispatched to a reported recreational vehicle (RV) on fire at 7662 Neff Road. Additional calls to 911 reported the burning RV was close to a garage attached to a house. VCFD upgraded the alarm to a second alarm for a structure fire due to the proximity of the fire to the garage. VCFD Engines 11-1 and 11-2 responded along with the second alarm companies including Brunswick Engine 1, Erhart Engine 51-1, Litchfield Engine 41-1, Litchfield Squad 47-2, Medina Medic 1, and Grafton Tender 172. The first unit on scene was Medina County Sheriff Unit 110 and he reported that the RV fire had spread to the attached garage and that a fire hydrant was located in the front yard of the residence. Engine 11-1 began an offensive attack in the attached garage to stop the fire spread to the rest of the two story house. A second line was stretched to attack the RV fire with eventually four hoselines in operation on the fire. The fire was contained to the garage and the RV despite temperatures in the 20’s and winds out of the west gusting to 28 mph. The homeowner also helped his cause by closing up the garage doors prior to the arrival of VCFD which slowed the spread of the fire. During overhaul, a section of the drywall ceiling struck a VCFD firefighter on the helmet. The firefighter was transported to Medina Hospital where he was treated and released. The Medina County Sheriffs Office provided traffic control during the fire. The Medina County Fire Investigation Unit was summoned to conduct an investigation of the fire. Damages are estimated to be more then $150,000. The last engine cleared the scene at 1539 hours. VCFD would like to thank our mutual aid companies for their assistance at this fire. 

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