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Feb. 26, 2018
Middleport Station 10 was alerted at 6:12 p.m. for a car fire near a structure on Cook Rd in Cheshire Twp. On scene, found a vehicle with heavy fire showing from the engine compartment. The homeowner was able to drag the burning vehicle away from the structure with another vehicle. Engine 13 extinguished the fire and was able to save the passenger compartment. No injuries reported.

Racine Station 2 one unit was requested from the fire station to a residence on Oak Grove Road, to assist a person whose motorized wheelchair had become stuck in the muddy driveway. The person was assisted to the concrete porch, where the family was able to clean the chair and the patient was able to get back to the house.

March 1
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to several calls due to the high wind that moved through the area. The high wind brought down several trees throughout our coverage area. Crews responded to 3 calls on State Route 733, Children’s Home Road, and State Route 124 in Salisbury Township.
Crews removed trees from the roadway and assisted with removal of a tree from the roadway and clearing debris, as well as contacting the appropriate utility companies.

Racine Station 2, Brush 26 responded to a reported tree down on Bashan Road near Bowman’s Run Road, but upon arrival had found the tree to have been cleared from the roadway. All units returned to quarters. Shortly after return, Brush 26 responded to another tree down near Gathering Waters Campground in Apple Grove and cleared two separate trees from two separate locations while Truck 24 cleared several downed trees from Mile Hill Road. While on these calls, units were alerted to two separate trees down on Morning Star Road, and Brush 26 responded to that area to assist the County Highway Dept. with removal of those trees. Once Morning Star Road was cleared, all units returned to quarters.

Syracuse Station 3 At 6:22 p.m. the Department was alerted to 3rd Street for a guide line broken on a power pole. While Engine-34 and Truck-30 was finishing up the call we was alerted at 6:40 p.m. to a pole and lines down on Roy Jones Rd.
Arriving on the scene we found 2 poles down with a transformer involved. While securing the safety zone Truck-30 was sent to Snowball Hill for several trees down.
At 7:01p.m. Station 3 was alerted of trees down on Forest Run Rd near Gilmore Cemetery. Truck-30 finished up Snowball Hill and responded to this call.
Engine-31 then responded to assist with the call on Roy Jones Rd. Truck-30 returned to Roy Jones Rd after clearing Forest Run Rd.
Due to the wide spread damage AEP was backed up so the County Highway assisted with closing Roy Jones Rd. AEP arrived on the scene and advised residents that because of the extent of damage their power would hopefully be restored by the afternoon of 3-2-18.
While in route back to quarters Truck-30 handled a large tree down on Mistletoe Lane.
All units returned to quarters around 10:15 p.m.

March 2
Pomeroy Station 1 was alerted to a two vehicle head on crash with entrapment on East Main Street near the Waterworks Park in Pomeroy village. Upon arrival, crews extricated a patient from one vehicle and they were transported by Meigs EMS. Another patient was flown from the Meigs ER helipad for injuries sustained in the crash. Crews closed the roadway during extrication and re-opened it after assisting the towing service with vehicle and debris removal. Responding was Pomeroy Pumper 1 & Rescue 4, along with Meigs EMS and Pomeroy Police.

Racine Station 2 Engine 23 and Truck 24 responded to Rainbow Ridge Road in Lebanon Twp. to extricate a patient from a residence and to establish an aeromedical landing zone for MedFlight. Both calls were handled appropriately and all units returned to quarters, clearing a tree from Rainbow Ridge Road on the way.

March 3 
Racine Station 2 was alerted and responded to a reported auto fire on Apple Grove Dorcas Road, just off SR 124. Engine 23 arrived to a fully involved SUV with fire extending into the surrounding brush and was able to do a quick knock down with water and Class B Foam. No injuries were reported, and the scene was turned over to the State Highway Patrol for investigation. All units returned safely to quarters.

March 5
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to a one car crash on State Route 7, between Dead Man’s Curve and Union Avenue, in Salisbury Township. Upon arrival on scene, crews found one vehicle in a ditch with the occupant out of the vehicle.
Responding to the scene was Pomeroy Pumper 1 and Rescue 4, Meigs County EMS, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
One person was transported for treatment of injuries, and the State Highway Patrol is handling the crash.

Racine Station 2 responded to a reported vehicle fire at Shelly Sand and Gravel in Letart Falls. As the fire was actually in the mining area, Brush 26 proceeded to the scene while Engine 23 and Truck 24 staged along the roadside on State Route 124. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a fire had started in the back seat of the vehicle and was extinguished prior to fire department arrival. Units were on scene to take a report and returned to quarters.

March 7
Pomeroy Station 1 was alerted to a one vehicle accident on State Route 833 in Salisbury Township near the Enterprise area. Pumper 1 and Rescue 4 responded to the scene, and found one vehicle that was pulling a motorcycle on a trailer in the ditch. The occupant was able to self-extricate from the vehicle and crews remained on-scene until 33 Auto removed the vehicle and trailer from the ditch.
Also responding to the scene was Meigs County EMS, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

March 3
Rutland Station 4 units teamed up with the American Red Cross to go around the Villiage and install smoke detectors. Units were out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The department installed a total of 150 smoke detectors in the village to residents in need. We want to give a special thanks to the Red Cross for coming out and helping us with this event.