The Sheffield Township Fire Department will conduct their annual preventative hydrant maintenance and testing beginning May 15th from 8 am until 4 pm and will continue until the beginning of June. Crews will begin at the east end of town and work their way west. If your water appears discolored, run it until the water becomes clear. Please keep the area of the hydrants clear.
Our department has answered 713 calls including EMS, Fire, and various service requests this year. We have continued our quests to obtain grants for equipment. The state of Ohio has awarded us $2,700 for the purchase of non- consumable EMS equipment which we will use to keep our ambulances equipped and give our members the most advanced tools to assist them in saving lives. Our department has also applied for a Federal Grant to obtain a new fire hose; unfortunately, the grant was not approved. The Fire Department also has two members preparing to attend Fire Academy in the fall. We will continue to research ways to obtain updated equipment and training to lessen the burden on our residents.
As we approach the fall and winter months we would like to pass on a few safety tips:
Please be alert of Motorcycles they will remain
on the road as long as weather permits and as we all have seen in the news there is an increased number of motorcycle accidents and deaths lately.
Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure it is clean and safe.
Do not forget to change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you turn your clock back on the first Sunday in November.
Test your carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors monthly to assure proper performance.
Remember that it is illegal to burn leaves and yard waste in the State of Ohio. Small fire pits consuming clean seasoned wood are permitted as long as they meet state fire code regulations and they do not create a nuisance for your neighbors (smoke in their windows, hot embers flying onto their property, etc.). If we receive a complaint our crews will either extinguish the fire or request that the fire be extinguished by the homeowner.
Do not use candles in Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns; it is much safer to use flashlights or LED imitation candles.
Assure that your kids Halloween Costumes are made with flame retardant materials.
Assure that all holiday lights, decorations, and extension cords have been tested by an organization such as Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratory and are in good working order.
As always, plan multiple escape routes, safe places, and meeting places with your children in case of an emergency. Teach your children how and when to dial 911 and how to stop, drop, and roll.
House Bill 187 was signed by the Governor on May 31, 2016 and becomes effective on August 31, 2016. This legislation establishes Ohio Revised Code 4765.52, which permits EMS certificate holders to provide care to dogs and cats within the following guidelines.
• The law applies to all EMS certificate holders (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic).
• Only dogs and cats are referenced in the Bill. The law does not authorize care to any other animals.
• Medical care for dogs and cats should only be performed in the course of an emergency medical response, fire response, or response to aid law enforcement. The law does not apply to a call for EMS care for animals and, furthermore, does not require EMS organizations to respond to calls for animal assistance.
• The scope of practice is not expanded for care to animals. The certificate holder is only authorized to perform the corresponding form of medical services that could be provided to a human patient including:
-Opening and manually maintaining an airway;
-Giving mouth to snout or mouth to barrier ventilation;
-Managing ventilation by mask;
-Controlling hemorrhage with direct pressure;
-Administering Naloxone if administering Naloxone has been authorized by the medical director and the drug is administered either in accordance with a written protocol established by a veterinarian or pursuant to consultation with a veterinarian.
• Immunity applies to EMS certificate holders when providing care to dogs and cats under the same circumstances as when providing care to human patients.
• Veterinarians who assist EMS certificate holders with medical services to a dog or cat have the same level of immunity as medical directors who assist with EMS matters.
*This document has been prepared for informational purposes only. As always, certificate holders and EMSOs should consult with their legal counsel for advice.