(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around the Firehouse is a listing of basic information on fire department runs in Meigs County, Ohio. The information is a brief summary of the fire deparment response to calls as well as other information such as fundraisers or other firehouse news. Fire departments that would like to have their information listed should contact the Meigs Independent Press. Email cbr.mip@gmail.com to have your information included.)

June 2, 2018
Middleport Station 10 was alerted for a one car rollover on Brownelle Ave in Middleport Village. Ladder 16, Rescue 17, Meigs EMS, and Middleport Police Department responded. Once on scene, found a pickup truck that began on Middleport Hill and rolled over the embankment and toward Brownelle Ave. The driver was entrapped and units used the hydraulic rescue tools to remove the roof of the truck to remove the patient. EMS air lifted the patient to a trauma center.

June 3
Pomeroy Station 1 Crews responded to 2 calls for assistance.
Call 1: Crews responded to a two car accident on State Route 7 southbound near Howell Hill Road in Salisbury Township. Upon arrival, finding one vehicle had hydroplaned and lost control, causing it to strike another vehicle. The vehicle continued off the roadway, coming to rest on a nearby embankment. Pumper 1 and 3, along with Rescue 4, responded to the 1pm accident. All occupants were out of their vehicles with no injuries reported. One juvenile was transported by Meigs EMS to Holzer Meigs ER. Also responding was the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Call 2: Crews were advised of a tree down on Hiland Road, near Union Avenue in Pomeroy village. Upon arrival, one lane was blocked by the tree. Crews removed the tree and cleared small debris from the roadway.

June 4
Pomeroy Station1 responded to one call for assistance. At approximately 2:58pm, crews responded to a motor vehicle accident where one vehicle struck several parked cars on East Main Street in Pomeroy village. Upon arrival, a van struck vehicles beginning at Bartee’s Photography, and ended up in front of Crystal’s on Main. Pumper 1’s crew secured the vehicle which struck the parked cars, and placed absorbent on the ground for fluids that were leaking. East Main Street was closed in one lane while crews cleared debris and waited on a tow truck. No injuries were reported by the driver of the van, or occupants/pedestrians in the downtown shopping district. Responding to the call were Pomeroy Pumper 1 and Rescue 4, Pomeroy Police, Meigs EMS, and 33 Auto Towing.

June 5
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to a lifting assistance call on Forest Run Road in Salisbury Township. Rescue 4 responded to the scene to assist Meigs EMS.

June 6
Middleport Station 10 was alerted to South 2nd Ave for a gas leak. Engine 12 responded. Contractors hit a gas line while digging. Station 10 remained on scene until Columbia Gas fixed the line.

June 7
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to one call for assistance. At 11:09am, Ladder 2 and Pumper 3 responded to East Memorial Drive for a fire investigation. Upon arrival, crews found smoke blowing from the air conditioning vents. Upon investigation, it was determined the building’s cooling unit had malfunctioned. Crews turned off the power to the roof units and ventilated the structure. All personnel working in the building were safely able to evacuate the structure with no injuries. Crews turned the scene over to the maintenance crew and returned to quarters.
Racine Station 2, Engine 23 dispatched to Southern High School to establish an aeromedical landing zone for a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle.
Rutland Station 4 was alerted to Set Up a landing zone at the Meigs Elementary School for Squad 44 and Medic 2. Engine 42 respond to the scene with a total of 10 members. Units were on scene for approximately 35 minutes before returning to quarters.

June 8
Racine Station 2, Engine 23, Engine 21 and Truck 24 dispatched to Lebanon Township for a farm machinery fire. Prior to FD arrival, the tractor had been disconnected from the implement. Units were on scene for approximately 90 minutes and returned to quarters.

June 9
Racine Station 2,Engine 23 and Truck 24 alerted to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of SR 124 and old SR 338 in Portland. Driver was ejected from a motorcycle, and a separate FD unit handled landing zone duties at the Portland Community Center before returning to quarters.

June 12
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to 2 calls for assistance.
Call 1: Rescue 4 responded to a lifting assistance call with Meigs EMS on Peacock Avenue in Pomeroy village. Crews were out approximately 15 minutes assisting with this call.
Call 2: Pumper 1 and Rescue 4 responded to a report of a two vehicle accident on State Route 33 near State Route 681 in Bedford Township. While en-route, a member of the PFD who was on-scene advised both vehicles were off the roadway and there were no injuries. The member took a report, and remained on-scene until the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived. Pumper 1 and Rescue 4 returned to quarters.

Racine Station 2 Truck 24 was requested to respond to a Racine residence to assist a person who had fallen from their wheelchair. 5 Units responded and assisted the individual and returned to quarters.

June 14
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to Kingsbury Road in Bedford Township for a motorcycle versus deer accident. Pumper 1 responded to the scene to find the bike off the roadway, and the operator with no injuries. Crews were on-scene approximately 20 minutes to take a report before returning to quarters. Also responding was Meigs EMS and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

June 15
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to a report of a two vehicle accident on State Route 33 eastbound, in front of Meigs High School in Salisbury Township. The Pomeroy Fire Department’s Pumper 1 and Rescue 4 responded to find a wrong way driver in a westbound SUV had collided with an eastbound semi-truck. Upon arrival, all occupants were out of the vehicles with no injuries. Crews blocked one lane of SR 33, and secured leaking fluids from one vehicle, as well as removing debris from the roadway. Responding to the crash was the Meigs County Sheriff’s office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Meigs County EMS. The State Highway Patrol is in charge of the crash, with charges pending upon completion of their investigation. One person was taken into custody at the scene.

June 18
Racine Station 2 Engine 23 and Truck 24 responded to a motor vehicle accident – car vs. semi – with injuries on US 33 between SR 124 and Sandy Desert Road. The Engine Company assisted MCEMS with patient prep and packaging, and maintained scene safety for approximately 90 minutes while OSHP conducted their on-scene investigation, then returned to quarters.
Middleport Station 10 responded to the call of a semi truck hit low hanging lines. Appears that the lines got caught between the cab and trailer of the semi and pulled the pole down. This occurred in the area of Pearl St between Middleport PD and General Hartinger Parkway.

June 20
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to the Flood Road in Pomeroy village, on a report of a tree down. Upon arrival, Ladder 2 found a medium sized tree blocking the roadway. Crews cut the tree from the roadway, and cleared the remaining debris. Crews re-opened the roadway and returned to quarters. No injuries or further damage was reported.
Racine Station 2 responded to 3 calls. Call 1:Brush 26 handled a tree in the roadway on CR 124 near the US 33/CR 35 intersection. Units cleared the tree quickly and returned to quarters.
Call 2: Brush 26 responded to several trees in the roadway on SR 124 in the area of Wells Run Road in Lebanon Township. Approximately 15 man-hours were expended during the incident before units returned to quarters.
Call 3: Truck 24 responded to an EMS Assistance call from Medic 2 at a residence on Elm Street. In addition to providing medical assistance, a driver was also provided for transport to a local hospital.

June 21
Station 1 Pumper 1 responded to a call for lines down on Cole Street in Pomeroy village. Upon arrival, crews found a telecommunications that was low-hanging between poles. AEP and Frontier communications were contacted for assistance. Responding was Pumper 1 and Pomeroy Police Department.

June 22
Pomeroy Station 1, Pumper 1 and Rescue 4 responded to a tree across the roadway on Darwin Road (old 33), near the Meigs/Athens County line. Crews cut the tree from the roadway and cleared debris with the leaf blower before returning to quarters. Also responding was the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Racine Station 2 responded to 3 calls.
Call 1: Brush 26 responded to a report of a pole fire on Bald Knobs Stiversville Road near the Richard Road intersection with nothing found on arrival, though power was found to be off to many area residents. AEP was advised and all units returned to quarters.
Call 2: Engine 27 responded to an alarm activation at Southern K-12. Though a faulty detector was reported, a search of the building was conducted and there was determined to be no fire. All units returned to quarters.
Call 3: Brush 26 responded to CR 124 near Sellers Ridge Road for a tree across the roadway with utility lines. As the county highway dept. was already on scene, the situation was handed to the highway supervisor who was contacting crewmen and appropriate utility companies to remove the tree from the roadway. Brush 26 returned to quarters.

June 23
Station 1 responded to 3 calls for assistance between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Call 1: Station 1 responded to a report of a potential one car rollover with unknown entrapment on State Route 7, near State Route 124 in Salisbury Township. Upon arrival, the operator lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the ditch, the occupant was out of their vehicle with no injuries. Responding to the scene was Pomeroy Pumper 1 and Rescue 4, Meigs County EMS, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Call 2: Station 1 was alerted to a power pole/line fire on State Route 733 in Salisbury Township. Pumper 1 and 3 responded to the scene with AEP and found an arcing line between Forest Run Road and Wills Hill Road. Pumper 1 stopped to offer assistance to AEP Ohio, and Pumper 3 returned to quarters.
Call 3: Station 1 was alerted for a two vehicle accident on State Route 33 westbound near the State Route 733 off ramp near Five Points, in Salisbury Township. Upon arrival, crews found it was a one vehicle crash caused by a blown out tire. The vehicle sustained heavy damage, as a result of striking a roadway sign post. Fortunately, all occupants were un-injured and out of the vehicle. Crews closed one lane of traffic and placed oil dry on leaking fluids. Crews were released after approximately 30 minutes on-scene. Responding was Pomeroy Pumpers 1 and 3, Meigs County EMS, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Meigs 911 placed a call to ODOT concerning the damaged signs and posts.

June 24
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to a fire alarm investigation on Bailey Run Road in Salisbury Township. Pumpers 1 & 3 responded but were cancelled by units on-scene who advised it was a faulty detector, and the resident was unable to contact the alarm company due to a phone outage. Personnel took a report and advised Meigs 911 about an address issue. Crews were out approximately 25 minutes on this call.

June 28
Pomeroy Station 1, Rutland Station 4, and Middleport Station 10 were alerted to a working structure fire on Mulberry Avenue in Pomeroy village. Upon arrival of crews, heavy fire conditions were found on the front porch and front exterior of an unoccupied residence at 173 Mulberry Avenue, with other nearby exposures threatened. Personnel alerted the neighbors to evacuate their residence while Pomeroy Pumper 1 used their deck gun to knock down the heavy flames. Pomeroy Ladder 2 was positioned to use the aerial ladder and hand lines, while Pumper 1 established a hydrant connection near the old Sugar Run Mill. Crews from Station 1 and 10 made entry into the residence to perform an interior attack. A quick knockdown was made and crews from Stations 1, 4, and 10 performed overhaul, ventilation, and secured utilities as personnel extinguished any remaining fire. No injuries were reported by any first responders on-scene. Responding to the scene were 30 firefighters, and the following apparatus: Pomeroy Pumpers 1&3-Ladder 2-Rescue 4, Middleport Engine 13-Rescue 17, Rutland Engine 42-Rescue 44, Meigs EMS, the Pomeroy and Middleport Police Departments, and American Electric Power. The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate the blaze.

June 29
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to 2nd Street in Pomeroy Village to assist Pomeroy PD in helping an individual that had fallen while trying to get from their car to their wheelchair. Units on scene decided the individual needed medical attention and called EMS, who then transported the patient to Holzer ER.

June 30
Pomeroy Station 1 responded to Gold Ridge Road in Bedford Township for lifting assistance with the Sheriffs office.
Racine Station 2 sent a crew and Engine 21 to the Southern Ohio Medical Center in Scioto County as part of a statewide mutual aid activation to supply water to the hospital. Units logged approximately 14 hours in service for the call, and returned safely to quarters the next morning.