The Ohio Fire Academy and OSU's Department of Agricultural Safety and Health created a comprehensive, agricultural rescue trailer .The forty foot, flat bed, semi truck that was designed by Ohio State University seniors and was developed to train first responders and farmers on how to respond to grain bin emergencies.
"We've never had any but some of the neighboring departments that have had some. They don't happen that often but when they do, we need to be prepared and trained and...
The Washington Twp. Fire Department is using a training simulator on a 40 ft., semi-truck to help firefighters, rescue personnel, and farmers prepare for grain bin emergencies.
"Grain is a biological product, it's not like gravel or sand. It's going to change, expand, it may mold or go out of condition, there could be bugs. So the farmer really needs to protect his investment, he needs to go in and monitor that so when we say, you're going to enter a bin, you need to do...
The Washington Township Fire Department is the second fire department in Ohio to be hosting a free training course on how to respond to grain bin rescue emergencies. This weekend's course is a combination of classroom and hands-on training in a simulation trailer. Farmers and about seven other fire departments around the area will be able to take advantage of the simulation training.
"Saturday classes, we're trying to target that towards the agricultural community and FFA students...
Firefighters battled a blaze at a home near Zanesville on Sunday.
Perry and Washington Township Fire Departments responded to the call around 4:30 p.m. at 3985 Boggs Road. Captain Adam Siddle says the fire likely started in the basement of the home.
"Neighbors called 911 advised that there was smoke coming from the structure and Perry Township got here and attacked the fire did a really good job of knocking it out, very, very small fire and minimal damage to the home,"...
A Washington Township mobile home was destroyed in a fire Monday evening.
The fire broke out around 7:15 p.m. at 113 Eastwood Drive. Firefighters from the Washington Township and Zanesville Fire Departments responded to the scene and worked quickly to prevent the fire from spreading to other nearby homes.
"It always is when you come to the trailer park. It can jump from one to the other," says Chief Gene Hanning, Washington Township Fire Department.
Car enthusiasts turned out to help raise money for firefighters.
Saturday was the Sixth Annual Car Show sponsored by the Washington Township Fire Department. Fireman Jon Hittle says the crowd is smaller than last year but every little bit helps.
"We do pretty good with it. You know right now we've got about forty cars here. Last year it was a little bit more but it helps with the every day supplies we need to keep the fire department running."
The State Highway Patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in an accident Saturday evening.
Trooper Stephen Williams said the driver of a Jeep Wrangler was traveling westbound on Old Wheeling Road when he clipped an underground phone line and a private gas well before crashing into a utility pole.
"The driver was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center for medical treatment, and we do believe that alcohol was a factor in this crash," said Williams.
Mother's Day means one thing for the Washington Township Firehouse...
The department hosted its annual Mother's Day Barbecue Dinner Sunday. Fire Chief Gene Hanning said people stood in line an hour before the doors opened.
"We always have a really good turnout, good support from our community. Right now, it's looking like it's going to be a sellout. We have about 1200 dinners and so probably within the next hour, those will be sold out," said Hanning.
It's time to set up the fire pit and get ready to dig into another Mother's Day dinner at the Washington Township Firehouse.
The department will host their Mother's Day barbecue dinner at the firehouse this Sunday. It's the 43rd year for this event that looks to serve up 1,200 birds along with homemade pies, cookies and other treats, donated by community members.
"I's very important the support of the citizens that come out and buy the dinners, not only now but the rest of...
Communication, a tool that becomes especially important in an emergency situations. So what happens when it fails?
The Muskingum Amateur Radio Association presented their annual field day at the Washington Township Fire Department. The 24-hour demonstration showcased their abilities to set-up communication when there virtually would be none....like in the recent deadly tornado that swept through Joplin Missouri.
"That town was just pummeled and devastated, and their were no...