DARKE COUNTY – The Arcanum and Rossburg Fire Department’s were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office to help update fire equipment.
The Arcanum Fire Department used the funding for the purchase of an extrication tool. The tool consists of a generator which powers the cutter and spreader tools and are utilized when a crash victim is trapped inside the wreckage and emergency personnel is not able to free them. This is the first tool of its kind the department has been able to purchase.
“With us being located near major highways, it is good to have the tools needed to help get a crash patient to the hospital as quick as possible,” said Arcanum Fire Chief Kurt Troutwine.
The new extrication tool is manufactured by Genesis Rescue Systems and cost the department $20,000. According to Troutwine, the other half of the cost was raised by the Arcanum community.
State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers and the Ohio Fire Academy Superintendent Dana Smith visited the volunteer fire departments Friday, July 18.
The stops were two of many on Marshal Flowers’ ‘Listening Tour’ as he travels the state to meet with first responders. The tour is important to the Marshal so that he can thank Ohio’s fire service for being the driving force in last year’s lowest number of fire-related fatalities in 27 years. He then listens to fire service personnel on how his office can better assist them with their needs.
“These firefighters must have the equipment they need to perform their jobs,” said Marshal Flowers. “We want to make sure each responder will be able to serve fully and return home safely at the end of an emergency. This grant will help enable that.”
The grant and loan programs, along with the other services offered by the Division of State Fire Marshal, demonstrate the ongoing partnership at the state and local levels. The support of the Ohio General Assembly and the current Administration has been instrumental in funding these initiatives.
Local fire departments chosen for the grant were selected based on a variety of criteria, including the fire department’s annual budget, annual number of fire incidents and the resident population served by the department.
Pictured from left to right at the Arcanum Fire Dept are Village Administrator Col. Bill Sinnes, Mayor Judith Foureman, firefighter Ben Norrod, Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, Chief Kurt Troutwine, Capt. Ryan Denniston, Lt. Mark Gibson and firefighter Dave Wilson. In front from left to right: firefighter Colin Yost and Capt. Kevin Monroe. (Clinton Randall photo)