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Below are recent news items and events happening at Beavercreek Township Fire Department.

Beavercreek Fire Wins Battle of Badges Blood Drive News Release

Call it a competition so close, it was good to the last blood drop. A late flurry of firefighter-friendly votes avoided a deadlock and gave the Beavercreek Township Fire Department another victory in the fifth annual Beavercreek Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Aug. 6 at Peace Lutheran Church.

The final three donors of the blood drive checked “Fire” on their ballots before dropping them into the fire hydrant cookie jar that serves as the ballot box. It helped the firefighters edge their rivals 47-43, the closest finish since the Beavercreek Police Department’s only victory in 2016. It was the firefighter’s fourth win in five years. “It makes it kind of fun!” Pat Cochran said about the close vote. Pat organizes the Battle of the Badges with BTFD Auxiliary volunteers and Peace Lutheran Church blood drive coordinator Dan Jessup. She was happier about the strong turn-out of donors than scoring another win for the fire department.

Their blood drive challenge helped Community Blood Center register 97 donors, including 85 donations and nine first-time donors to reach 101 percent of the collection goal.
“It gives us an opportunity to talk about it. That’s the biggest thing,” said BTFD Chief David Vandenbos who is a regular donor at the Battle of the Badges. “If anything, it gives people a reason to come out. I fall into that category!”
“It’s a great community event to get people out,” said BPD Community Engagement Officer Mark Brown, who greeted donors and colleagues before making his own donation.
“Not only is it a friendly competition with us, but the whole community wins because we get people out and giving blood. It really is a good thing for us to interact with our community, making friends, making contacts in community and getting to know our citizens basically by interacting with them.”

Donors conversed in the Donor Café, eating cookies, donuts and firehouse chili from the BTFD’s annual chili cook-off. “It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe,” said contest winner Alex Ferguson. “It tastes like Skyline, so it’s something different.”
For the donors, the vote is always a tough choice. Several donors checked both “Fire” and “Police” on their ballots. One donor voted for the firefighters and wrote on the ballot, “Saved my house from burning down… Beavercreek Police are nice!”

“I’ve got a brother who is a retired Dayton firefighter and now his son is a firefighter,” said Beavercreek’s Carol Gentry who made her milestone 100th lifetime donation Monday. “I’ve got to go with family.”
“Fire” was an easy choice as well for Beavercreek mom Jaime Jones, who donated with her 10-year old daughter Jordan at her side. “I’m with the fire department because they can’t give me speeding tickets!” she said. “Once is enough!”
BTFD Battalion Chief Dave Young summed it up after chatting over chili with Deputy Chief Scott Dorsten, and visiting Officer Mark Brown as he donated. “It’s a good competition, and it’s good for the blood drive.”

News Release by:
Mark Pompilio
Public Relations/Marketing Associate
Community Blood Center
349 S. Main St., Dayton OH 45402
937.461.3412

Active Threat Training

This past June, the Beavercreek Township Fire Department participated in the eighth consecutive joint Active Threat training with the Beavercreek City Police Department. The goal is to prepare crews, both Police and Fire, to respond to and mitigate all the needs and hazards associated with an Active Threat incident. The training puts the crews in a position to practice in “real-to-life” scenarios all of the skills and knowledge they have and need for these unique incidents. picture

As more information is made available each year, the scenarios used are adapted, as well as the knowledge and skills, then taught to the crews. This year, the training consisted of four, eight-hour days where crews were taught and tested through both lecture and practical scenarios. The crews completed three full scale scenarios in which they were required to work with the law enforcement officers to mitigate all the needs demanded by an Active Threat incident. The scenarios included community volunteers that were dressed and had a professional apply moulage to look like trauma victims to give realism to the crews.

As the training grows each year it is not possible without the many partners that assist in this event. The training is hosted by the Beavercreek City Police and the Beavercreek Township Fire Department; with participation from Fairborn Police, Kettering Fire Department, Premier Health Partners, Kettering Health Network, and the Beavercreek City School District who graciously gives use of their facilities. The training this year was another success with lessons learned and experiences gained. Both the Beavercreek Police and Fire Departments look forward to next year’s training.

Beavercreek Twp. Fire Dept. Hire Four to Fill Vacancies

Robert Collins began as a volunteer firefighter with Tri-Valley Fire in Zanesville, OH best known for Mad River Mountain. He obtained his Fire Levels 1 and 2 certifications and EMT-Basic certification at Clark State Community College. Robert then attended Rhoades State to achieve his Paramedic certification. Robert has worked full time for the Celina Fire Department and part time with Englewood Fire Department, Union Fire Department and Washington Township Fire Department.picture

Robert enjoys exploring new areas and playing outside with his sons. Robert and his wife love to travel and are working toward visiting all fifty states together.

Robert Shaw, at a young age, knew he wanted to join the fire service and make it his career. His dad was a volunteer firefighter when Robert was young so he believes that is where he caught the “bug.”
Robert started off as a junior “cadet” firefighter while in high school. From there his education and experiences have grown.

He comes from Harrison Township Fire Department where he has been a career firefighter for over 15 years. Robert has also served his local community of Springfield Township for over 17 years.

Robert has attended several schools including Sinclair, Clark State, the Ohio Fire Academy, and the National Fire Academy. He is a Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire and EMS Instructor, Fire Inspector, and Fire Investigator.
Robert and his family enjoy many outdoor activities with their favorite being riding off road vehicles. Robert is looking forward to serving the residents and community of Beavercreek.

Scott Addis is from Springfield, Ohio where he currently serves with the Springfield Fire Division. He has been with the Springfield Fire Division for a little over nineteen years as a Firefighter, Paramedic and Fire Instructor.

During his time with Springfield, he received training and served with the Hazardous Incident Response Team, Clark County’s Haz-Mat Team and as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. His Firefighter levels 1 and 2 certifications were received at the Ohio Fire Academy, paramedic certification at Clark State and Aircraft Rescue Firefighter at the A.R.F.F Training facility at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY. picture

Scott is married and has 3 children, 7-year-old twins, and a 3-year-old son. Scott is excited for this opportunity to serve the community of Beavercreek Township Fire Department.

Chris Gilson is originally from Texas but is currently resided in the Springfield area with his wife, their son, and 3 dogs.
Chris has been in the fire service for a little over 20 years beginning his career in the City of Trotwood. He started there as a volunteer and then transitioned to a part-time position, eventually becoming a fulltime employee before being promoted to the position of Lieutenant.
After serving that community for 19 years, he was hired by the City of Clayton as a fulltime firefighter.

Chris currently holds the certifications of Level 2 Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Live Fire Instructor, Fire Officer 1 & 2, Incident Safety Officer, and a Fire Protection License through the State of Ohio Fire Marshal. He has recently completed his Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science through Columbia Southern University and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Administration with a concentration in Fire Investigation.

Chris’s hobbies include spending time outdoors and traveling to explore different cultures. He enjoys spending time with his immediate family and work family. He is excited for the opportunity provided to him by the Beavercreek Township Fire Department and looks forward to serving this community.

Beavercreek Township Fire Department receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Performance Award

The American Heart Association recognized the Beavercreek Township Fire Department at the June 12, 2017 Township Trustees Meeting achieving the 2017 Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Performance Achievement Award. Beavercreek Township Fire Department is part of an elite group of prehospital agencies in the US focused on not just "high functioning" but also "high quality" STEMI systems of care. They join 627 other EMS agencies in the US and 1 of 60 other EMS agencies in Ohio that are receiving the 2017 American Heart Association Mission:Lifeline EMS Gold Performance Achievement Award. picture

To receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, Beavercreek Township Fire Department achieved a 75% or higher compliance score for each specific EMS quality measure for 24 months. These measures include:

* Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain equal or greater to 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead electrocardiograms.
* Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) equal or less than 90 minutes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported nearly a 21% decrease in the age-adjusted mortality rate from heart attacks in Greene County. The communities served by Beavercreek Township Fire Department should be very proud of their prehospital care professionals. Congratulations to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department on your accomplishment.

Website Updates
Posted on 3.28.2011
Beavercreek Township Fire Department's website has been updated to included easier navigation, faster uploads, and more publicly available information.