New equipment for Rio Fire Department


RIO GRANDE — Rio Grande firefighters took inventory and tested new breathing apparatuses Tuesday for the department after being purchased with grant money from the Ohio Development Services Agency.

“I’m proud of our people for how hard they worked to get that grant and thanks to Tim Hemmerick for his hard work and the fact we have a levy is how we could afford what we had to pay,” said Rio Grande Mayor Matt Easter.

According to volunteer firefighter Tim Hemmerick, the village purchased 16 packs which compromise breathing gear, masks and air bottles. Four of those units also contain thermal imaging cameras so a firefighter can navigate smoke-filled rooms. Each of the units have a shelf life of around 15 years.

Hemmerick said Centerville received $93,229 and Rio Grande received $100,000. Hemmerick said Centerville likely put money towards rescue tools, turnout gear and hoses. Rio Grande intended on purchasing the breathing apparatuses. The devices are commonly used Hemmerick once served with the Dayton Fire Department and lends his grant writing experiences when able.

Firefighters worked with Fire Safety Services coordinators to size masks and make certain air intakes were properly flowing before being used in the field. Hemmerick said even if a mask was not properly fitted on an individual’s face, it was important to make certain the pressure airflow was greater than that of the air outside the mask to make certain now smoke was being breathed.

Rio Grande and Centerville were of only 49 Ohio communities chosen to receive local government innovation grants.

Hemmerick said the Rio Grande department is in the midst of creating its tactical response team. Given more funding and equipment, the new units could potentially be used to track firefighters in structures.

The department submitted for the grant in October of 2016 and received word they would be receiving the funding in April of this year.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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Rio Grande Volunteer Firefighter Paul Cochran, right, stands with Paul Merryan of Fire Safety Services, left, as they test the fits of breathing masks for firefighting.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_DSC_0408.jpgRio Grande Volunteer Firefighter Paul Cochran, right, stands with Paul Merryan of Fire Safety Services, left, as they test the fits of breathing masks for firefighting. Dean Wright | Daily Tribune
Tests new breathing apparatus for firefighters

By Dean Wright

deanwright@aimmediamidwest.com