It’s that time of year again! Santa has been contacted and he can’t wait to come back to visit the kids and families of Lafayette Twp, Chippewa Lake, & Gloria Glens on their own special day. December 21, 2013 the Lafayette Twp. Firefighters Association will be assisting Santa in some pre-Christmas Day deliveries. The best part is, he’ll be riding on Firetrucks instead of the normal reindeer drawn sleigh, as the reindeer need rest before their big day. Gift collection will be held on Tuesday December 17 & Thursday December 19, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. A donation of $5 per gift will help benefit the Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association.
On Tuesday August 20, 2013, Erhart-York Township Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Erhart Road. Per Medina County Dispatch there were “severe injuries”. Little did we know that day, that one of the victims of that accident was one of our very own department members, Chuck Osborne. Chuck has been with LTFD for the past 16 years. He was flown to Metro Health Medical Center and stabilized. Chuck continues to recover from his injuries in a rehab facility. Please consider attending a fundraising event to benefit Chuck and his family. The event will be held on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Medina Chapter of the Izaak Walton League located at 7085 Friendsville RD in Lafayette Township. Activities include a corn hole tournament, chili cook off, 50/50 & Chinese raffles. Food will be on hand for purchase. Beer will be available as well. All proceeds will go to Chuck and his family to help pay for medical expenses. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact either fire station at 330-769-2831 or 330-722-4965
On Tuesday August 20, 2013, Erhart-York Township Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Erhart Road. Per Medina County Dispatch there were “severe injuries”. Little did we know that day, that one of the victims of that accident was one of our very own department members, Chuck Osborne. Chuck has been with LTFD for the past 16 years. He was flown to Metro Health Medical Center and stabilized. Chuck continues to recover from his injuries in a rehab facility. A fund has been set up to help Chuck and his family with medical expenses. Donations can be made to the Chuck Osborne Benevolent Fund at any First Merit Bank location.
On Saturday August 10, 2013 LTFD held its first annual Safety Fair & Open House. Many agencies made this event possible including: The Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Medina County Health Department, Medina County Park District, Medina C.A.R.E County Animal Rescue & Evacuation, Medina County Haz-Mat Team, as well as Best Paws Forward. Approximately 150 people attended the event. Also presentations were made using the LTFD’s Fire Prevention Trailer, as well as a cadaver search demonstration put on by Best Paws Forward. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and we look forward to putting this event on next year!
Lafayette Township Fire Department will hold our first Annual Safety Fair & Open House on August 10, 2013 from 11am to 2pm at LTFD Station #2 located at 5834 Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake! Free food and beverages will be provided! Other acitivites include: Medina County Health Department’s Informational Booth, Bounce House!, K-9 Search and Rescue demonstration by Best Paws Forward, Medina County Park District Safety Info Booth, Medina County Sheriff’s SWAT Vehicle AND MUCH MORE! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! For more info, contact us at 330-722-4965 or 330-769-2831
Each year in May, our Nation celebrates National EMS Week. This week is dedicated to emergency medical technicians everywhere. Here in the community of Lafayette, our EMS team is made up of highly skilled and qualified EMS professionals who dedicate themselves to their community each and every day. On Monday May 20, 2013, the Lafayette Township Trustees will meet in regular session. At this meeting, a proclamation will be rendered from the board of trustees proclaiming the week of May 19-25, 2013 as National EMS Week in Lafayette Township. You are hereby cordially invited to attend this event. Members of Lafayette Township Fire Department will be on hand to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the service they provide to the communities of Lafayette, Chippewa Lake, and Gloria Glens. Afterward, cake and refreshments will be provided and Emergency Medical Technicians will be on hand for an informal “meet-n-greet” session. Both ambulances will also be present and on display. The meeting will be held on May 20, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Lafayette Township Hall located at 6776 Wedgewood RD Medina, OH 44256. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com
When it’s time to “spring forward” and change the clocks on Sunday, March 10, make sure to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms. If batteries were recently changed, it’s still very important to conduct your monthly test of your smoke alarms. It could save a life! Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half?
For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.
It’s important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they’re 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a chirping sound or a power outage.
Reminder: Smoke alarms do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it should be replaced immediately.
CrossPointe Community Church is holding a Valentine Dinner Dance on Saturday February 9th. 100% of the profits will go to the fire department to help purchase auto extrication tools. Tickets are $20.00 each, please spread the word.
Hearts are blazing for the Lafayette Township Fire Department on Saturday, February 9th! A Valentine Dinner/Dance, sponsored by CrossPointe Community Church, will be held to raise money for the fire department. Proceeds will help us to purchase much needed automobile extraction equipment.
Dinner will be served at 6PM, and will include homemade spaghetti, meatballs, salad, breadsticks, dessert and beverage. Live music, provided by the CrossPointe band, will begin at 7PM. Music will be mostly rock ‘n’ roll, for your listening, or dancing pleasure! Tickets are $20, and are available for purchase from either the fire department, or from CrossPointe Community Church. You may either call the church office for tickets at 330-723-9009 or Annie, at 330-807-8148. CrossPointe is located at 7230 Lake Road, in Chippewa Lake.
Recently, the Lafayette Township
Board of Trustees approved a proposal that allows the fire department to increase our staffing hours from 40 hrs per week to 84 hrs per week. Currently the fire department staffs one fire station between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday. Only one fire station is staffed. Station #1 is staffed on the odd days of the week (e.g. 1,3,5,7,9,11 etc); Station #2 is staffed during the even days of the week (e.g. 2,4,6,8,10,12 etc). The stations are staffed with a total of 3 personnel, one firefighter and at least 2 EMTs. Starting February 1, 2013 LTFD will start staffing 12 hours a day, 7 days per week from 6am to 6pm. We will continue to rotate stations on the even and odd days of the week. During the week (Monday – Friday) beginning at 6am 2 personnel will cover the township until 10am when a 3rd person comes in. The township and villages will then be covered by 3 personnel for 8 hours until 6pm. After 6pm, personnel respond from their homes. Lafayette Township began daytime staffing back in 2007 and since then has allowed us to drastically improve our response times during the day. Staffing also allows the fire department to maintain day to day operations and engage in programs such as our daily blood pressure checks.
On January 15, 2013 the Lafayette Township Board of Trustees met in regular session. One of the items on the agenda was the swearing in of 5 new fire department applicants. The applicants were interviewed by members of the department and carefully selected for their back ground and character. The new members include: Andrew Berger who is a recent graduate of Cloverleaf High School and former fire explorer with Lafayette. Andrew is currently seeking his certification as an EMT-basic. Tim Brunenmeister who is a certified paramedic with Westfield Fire & Rescue. Tim also works as a full-time paramedic in the emergency room at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. Dan Guadet who is also a former fire explorer with Lafayette. Dan is an active member in the Chippewa Lake Ski Team and has also served our country in the US Coast Guard. Dan is currently seeking his degree in nursing from the University of Akron. Scott Oring, who comes to us with many years in the fire & emergency medical field. Scott is a former member of Seville Fire & EMS as well as Westfield Fire & Rescue and is currently a member of the Medina Life Support Team. Finally, Deb Juba. Deb also comes to Lafayette with many years in the fire and EMS service. Deb is a former member of Valley City Fire Department & Erhart-York Fire Department. She currently serves as a full-time paramedic with the Medina Life Support Team and in her spare time, teaches EMT-basic students at the Medina County Career Center. We welcome all of our new members to our team and our excited to get to know them and their families as they begin their new positions with us.