Collborative Crews Respond to Dryer Fire

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:23 On 10/13/10 at 1123AM, Northeast Communications received a call regarding smoke in the basement of a condo on Stratford Court in the City of Loveland.  The resident had begun to smell smoke, she immediately exited and dialed 911.  A full first alarm compliment was dispatched to the scene.  Upon arrival, crews encountered moderate smoke conditions.  The source was quickly determined to be a faulty dryer.

Chief Otto Huber was in command of the incident with the assistance of IMAT Chiefs Brown and Jetter.  No one was injured in the incident.

Click on the HEADLINE to view more photos from the scene.



Mason FD Dedicates New Station

Saturday, October 9, 2010  A ceremony was held on October 9th to dedicate Mason's new fire station 51.  The new station is located north of downtown Mason at Mason Montgomery & Alliance Dr. Station 51 houses fire, EMS services  and administrative offices.

Mason FD Chief of Department John Moore and Council Members perform ceremonial push back of the engine.

Mason FD Chief of Department John Moore
      and Council Members perform ceremonial
      push back of the engine.

Mason PD Honor Guard raise the Colors.

Mason PD Honor Guard raise the Colors.


Collaborative Training

Tuesday, September 28, 2010  "On September 15th, crews from Sycamore E93, Sharonville E88, Mason Q-52 and Loveland-Symmes T-61 met for the first monthly NorthEast Fire Collaborative drill session. Crews met and reviewed the location of and types of tools on each rig prior to the drill.

The drill consisted of laying a 5" hose from the tower/ladder to the fire hydrant and establishing a water supply. Once that accomplished, the engineer had to ensure water to both the aerial ladder and to a handline. More of a confidence drill, there was no pass/fail - only time spent learning from each other and getting to know each other's apparatus better."



NEFC Use of Technology Spotlighted in Fire Chief's Magazine

Tuesday, September 14, 2010  Recently, Fire Chief's Magazine contacted the NEFC regarding our use of technology to improve training.  Click on the link below for the full article.

Deputy Chief Brian Dowers during Blue Card scenario

Deputy Chief Brian Dowers during Blue
      Card scenario


"Consolidate or Collaborate" by Chief Otto J. Huber

Friday, September 10, 2010  Chief Huber gave a presentation at the 2010 FASNY Convention in Long Island, New York on the formation of the NEFC. Please click the link below to see the full article.




Best Practices and Risk Management Principles

Thursday, September 9, 2010  Click on the link below to read our Best Practices and Risk Management Principles at Structure Fires to Prevent Death and Injury.



NEFC Recognized at IAFC Conference

Monday, August 30, 2010  Fire Chiefs from the Northeast Fire Collaborative attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Chicago last week. Pictured are Deputy Chiefs, Gregory , Rose, Blum and Chief of Department Otto Huber. Chicago Fire Commissioner  Robert Hoff is pictured with Chief Huber and Gregory aboard Chicago’s “ The Victor L Schlaeger” fire boat.

This vessel was commissioned in the late 1940’s and still serves the City well. It is a floating fire station as a company of five live aboard this ship year around.
Not pictured but attended the conference were Department Chiefs Ralph Hammonds and Rick Brown along with Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder.  The Northeast Fire Collaborative was one of seven finalist recognized in the opening session for the Ronnie Coleman Fire Service Excellence Award for innovation in the fire service. The Collaborative was awarded a plaque and a check for 500 hundred dollars.



LSFD Crews respond to MVA

Sunday, August 29, 2010 02:00 The LSFD was dispatched at approximately 02:00 on August 29, 2010 to motor vehicle accident, vehicle was reported to have hit a pole and brought down wires.  Upon arrival the crews found a single car w/moderate to severe front end damage, that had hit and completely severed the pole, breaking the guide wire and some cable TV lines (other wires were hanging low into the street).  Crews assessed the occupants of the vehicle and thankfully all had been wearing their seatbelts, as of the 5 people in the vehicle, only one was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  (CREW:  District-1; Capt Tom Benjamin, Medic-62; FF Dunn & FF Stickley, Quint-63; FF Allen & FF Fox.)



Vehicle Into Blue Ash Restaurant

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1400 NEFC units responded for a vehicle into a building at 9525 Kenwood Road with reported injuries.  Arriving crews found a passenger vehicle had gone through the glass wall of two businesses in a commercial retail shopping center.  Damage to the businesses was primarily limited to the store fronts and a demising wall.  Fortunately, the incident occurred after the busy lunchtime hour and there were no serious injuries.  Blue Ash Police are investigating the incident and there was no severe structural damage requiring stabilization.

Responding units were: E15, M15, 1302 and 1303.  Assistant Chief Greg Preece was the incident commander.



Fire In Blue Ash Office Building

Monday, August 23, 2010 12:30 NEFC units were dispatched to a Blue Ash Office Building during the lunchtime hour for a possible structure fire.  Arriving units found a light fixture in an office suite had caught fire, but was extinguished by occupants using fire extinguishers within the building.  Smoke had filled half of the lower level of the 3-story building while fire damage was limited to the ceiling of the office of origin.  A civilian was transported to the hospital for evaluation after inhaling smoke on the lower level.  Properly operating fire doors prevented smoke from filling the other portions of the building.

The NEFC would like to take this opportunity to remind occupants of office buildings to know where fire extinguishers are located, service them annually and keep fire doors closed; both were important factors in limiting damage at this building.  The building was not equipped with a fire alarm or sprinkler system because it was approved prior to Blue Ash's Ordinance requiring them in all buildings 5,000 square feet or larger.

Responding units were: E13, E87 (reassigned as RAT87), E15, E93, T13, RAT61 (reassigned as T61) and M92.  IMAT units on-scene were: 1301, 1302, 1303, 4001, 6001, 6002, 8601 and 9201.  Assistant Chief Greg Preece was the incident commander.


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