On Monday, July 23 at the Sidney City Council meeting, Chief Brad Jones presented eight members of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services' C unit with a Unit Citation for their teamwork in removing a victim from a house fire on June 2.
Fire Prevention Division Services
Fire safety education programs
Fire code inspections/compliance
Counseling programs for juvenile fire setting
Consult with businesses on fire protection/safety
Industrial fire training
Operations Division Services
- calls for service in community
Provides fire suppression/technical rescue services, including fast water rescue, trench rescue, high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue and other heavy rescue including auto extrication
Provides Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation, cooperates with Shelby County Hazardous Materials Response Team
Operates out of 2 fire stations
Operates the Emergency Medical System
Note: All firefighting personnel are cross trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and 20 are certified as Paramedics.
The City of Sidney is well known for its high quality advanced life support
and transport system.
The City currently has a class 4 public fire protection classification from Commercial Risk Insurers-Insurance Services Office.
Provide training throughout the community - CPR, First Aid, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials, Confined Space Rescue, Auto Extrication, Firefighting, Fire and Safety and Survival and Fire Prevention
Sponsors a Speakers Bureau that is available to anyone in the area.
Firefighter of the Year for 2012 is Ryan Heitman.
Ryan has been with the department for 6½ years. His nomination reads “Ryan consistently goes beyond what is expected of him and always volunteers to help other personnel with projects.”
A graduate of Houston High School, he was previously employed by the Dayton Fire Department. A certified paramedic, he is a member of our RIT core group, Hazmat Team, Uniform Committee, and Health & Safety Committee. He is also an IAFF Local 912 Union Trustee and protocol proctor. During his career, Ryan received a Record of Exceptional Performance for his participation in the rescue effort of a ten-year-old trapped in a house fire in 2007; one as part of the extrication crew for a vehicle in Mosquito Creek; one for his involvement at the scene of an auto accident with the driver trapped inside in 2011, and one as part of the initial search team for a victim in a burning house in 2012. Last June he received his Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology from Sinclair Community College.
Ryan and his wife Holly have two boys and reside in the Houston area.
FF Heitman is clearly a credit to the Department and an asset to the entire community.
Notice: Check our MWOAS Web Page at www.SidneyOH.com/fire/MWOAS.html The Midwestern Ohio Arson Seminar is an annual event. The dates for the 2009 Midwestern Ohio Fire Investigators Seminar are March 17-18, 2012 at Sidney Middle School.