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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.

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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

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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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Holiday Safety Message from the State Fire Marshal


Proper Precautions Make a Safe, Festive Family Holiday

Cooking is the leading cause of all fires in Ohio and the United States, and Thanksgiving Day can increase the likelihood of such a fire. The State Fire Marshal is reminding Ohioans about the dangers of cooking fires this holiday season.

“The biggest problem is unattended fires. If no one is watching, things can get out of control fast,” says State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. And if you are simmering, roasting or baking, check the food regularly, use a timer and never leave the house while a heating source is on.”

-Marshal Flowers offers the following tips to reduce the 65% of holiday fires that occur due to cooking:

-Have a safety zone: keep children and pets three feet away from the stove and oven.

-Never hold a child or pet while cooking.

-Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

-Keep potholders, oven mitts, towels and anything flammable away from your stovetop.

-Clean food and grease from burners and the stove top. It can catch on fire.

-If you must use a turkey fryer, keep it outside, away from buildings and other structures, such as garages, carports and decks. Never leave the turkey fryer unattended. The turkey should be thawed prior to frying. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

-Keep an ABC multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water on a grease fire. Water and grease are a dangerous combination. Water can cause hot grease to splatter.

- If you are cooking and a fire starts, turn off the heat source, put a lid on it, and Get Out!

In addition, Marshal Flowers encourages Ohioans to have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in each bedroom or sleeping area. Each member of the household should know the home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year. Guests should be aware of the escape plan and the location of any fire extinguishers in case there is an emergency. 



New Engine 11-2

Valley City Fire Department has placed its new engine in service. Engine 11-2 has replaced old Engine 12 which was purchased in 1992. Engine 11-2 was purchased from Pierce for $354,000 including the trade value of old Engine 12. Engine 11-2 is equipped with all of the latest safety features and equipment. This engine is used as our supply engine. It is the second apparatus to respond to a fire and it supplies water to engine 11-1 which is the attack engine. It is also used for all mutual aid fires we respond to.

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Asphalt Tanker Fire/Hazmat in Wadsworth

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1229  On 10/23/2013 at 1229 two personnel from Valley City Fire responded as part of the Medina County Hazmat Team to an asphalt tanker on fire which was leaking liquid asphalt. Multiple fire departments from the area also responded to set up a tanker shuttle. The fire was extinguished and the leak was contained.

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Three Engine's

 Picture of old Engine 12,  New Engine 11-2, and Engine 11-1. Engine 11-2 replaced Engine 12.

From Left: Old Engine 12, New Engine 11-2, Engine 11-1

From Left: Old Engine 12, New Engine
      11-2, Engine 11-1

Old Engine 12

Old Engine 12


MTD Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, October 16, 2013   VCFD personnel attended MTD health and wellness fair on 16 October 2013 to share fire safety/prevention and EMS awareness information and literature with all in attendance.  VCFD members also promoted the County EMA mass notification system for those living in Medina County.  It was estimated that VCFD members met with 200-300 employees over the course of the day.  The VCFD thanks MTD and its employees for the invitation to join them for the day.



All Hazard Team Training

Sunday, October 6, 2013 0800  The Medina County All Hazard Team trained at Smith Brothers on Marks Rd on October 6th 2013. The All Hazard Team is a county wide team which responds to specialized rescues and hazardous situations across the county. Currently the team has 4 main disciplines it is equipped and trained to handle, Hazardous Materials, Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse/Confined Space Rescue. The team members are comprised of members of fire departments from across the county. Four members of Valley City Fire Department are members of the team.

This was one of a series of training's the team has had to prepare for rescuing a person from a grain bin. Grain bin rescues present a variety of unique challenges to rescuers such as, poor access into bin, unsafe atmospheres in the bin, product in the bin, and a lack of safe anchor points for the ropes. Today the training successfully tested the system that was designed over the past few training to complete these rescues.

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