Fire Department Applies For Grants, Announces Retirements


At the Health & Safety Committee Meeting Of February 10, 2020, Fire Chief Stempowski reported the department responded to 15 incidents in January. He recently put on the classroom portion of the Emergency Vehicle Drivers Training that is required by all firefighters for the big red trucks every year. They also did an obstacle and ropes course. They participated in the Mill Hollow Winter Days with an ice rescue and equipment demo. They were only able to send a limited crew due to training.

Chief Stempowski stated the Department applied for a grant through the State Fire Marshal’s office for the reimbursement of costs that a firefighter incurred from the Lorain County Fire Academy. They also applied for an equipment grant through the State Fire Marshal’s office for a total of $15,000 in available funds.

The Chief reported that two officers recently completed the NIMS 300 course and are anxiously awaiting to take NIMS 400 in order to remain compliant.

Chief Stempowski announced they had two recent retirements in the department – Frank Day served for nearly 28 years and Jay Cooper served about 20 years.  He wished them the best and thanked them for their service.