Monday, May 20, 2013
The Cleveland Heights Fire Department won the Excellence in Professional Standards Award.
Cleveland Heights Fire Department was honored with the Excellence in Professional Standards Award by Cleveland Clinic at the 2013 EMS Awards for life saving measures performed on a 3-month old infant in cardiac arrest. Due to their CPR and Advanced Life Support (ALS) efforts they were able to achieve a normal heart rate and pulse by the time the infant was transferred to the hospital. --Information provided by Cleveland Clinic
Friday, May 17, 2013
Fire department takes time this week to use the Ohio Fire Academy's mobile search and rescue trailer
Over 100 firefighters from Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and University Heights took time this week to stop, drop and roll in Ohio Fire Academy's mobile search and rescue training lab. The trailer, which was delivered on a semi earlier this week, has two levels inside: the bottom designed to look like an apartment, and the top consisting of a low-ceilinged maze with several obstacles that could be seen in a real fire. Watch the video above to learn more about the training conducted this week, and next week, watch Patch to hear from one of the firefighters who was filmed going through the maze Thursday.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Six firefighters received the Excellence In Professional Standards Award for their actions during a call in which they resuscitated an infant
Six members of the Cleveland Heights Fire Department were recognized during the Cleveland Clinic's annual EMS awards. Lt. John Thomas and Firefighters Ryan Coughlin, Jacob Newpher, Thomas Huffman, Matthew Urie and John Marjak received an award for Excellence in Professional Standards. According to the Clinic, the award is given to those who EMS personnel who continually perform to the best of their ability and set the standard of professional conduct each and every day they wear their uniform. Specifically, these six men received the award for their actions on a medical call when they resuscitated an infant. The Cleveland Heights Fire Department congratulated their firefighters on their Facebook page. "I am very proud of them and of all of…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Fire Department trains on new power cots, which are expected to greatly reduce injuries to employees during patient runs
The Cleveland Heights Fire Department recently got new motorized cots, which are expected to greatly reduce weat and tear for firefighters during patient pick-up. The three systems - one for each ambulance - cost the city about $112,000 total. One firefighter injury is extimated to cost the city about $80,000. Watch the video to see the cots in action. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Jason Stein has requested a study to see if Cleveland Heights could merge fire departments with Shaker and University Heights
Though no definitive solution has been presented regarding the possible merger of the Shaker Heights and University Heights fire departments, one thing is clear — Cleveland Heights will not be included any time soon. Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken said as much Friday when asked to respond to a Sun News report that Cleveland Heights Councilman Jason Stein has requested that a new cooperative study be conducted to see if a Cleveland Heights-Shaker-University Heights fire department would be feasible. In the report, Stein said he has made the city's interest in a potential merger known over the past couple of years, but "Cleveland Heights remains on the outside looking in." Leiken said the possibility for other cities to be a part of a …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
City Council approves motorized cots that keep firefighters from performing lifts that cause wear and tear on their joints and backs
The Cleveland Heights Fire Department will soon be equipped with new cots that eliminate lifts Chief William Freeman said causes the most injuries for firefighters. "A big thing that hurts us over the years is cuumulative wear and tear," said Freeman. In fact, he said, more of his employees are injured during patient handling than during fires — in the past year, at a rate of at least 10 to 1. The new motorized cots that City Council approved at Monday's meeting take out much of the bending and lifting that wear on firefighters' knees and backs, Freeman said. The Stryker power cots and power loads for all three ambulances in the city come in at just over $111,000. Freeman said that the average cost of one firefighter's back injury to the …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Jason Tait in Atlanta, according to Cleveland Heights Police.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has arrested a man accused of shooting a gun at his ex-girlfriend's car while she was driving and setting her Cleveland Heights home on fire, Jason Tait, 28, was arrested in Atlanta, GA, according to the Cleveland Heights Police Department. A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this month on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson. Tait is expected to be extradited to Cleveland to face the charges against him in the coming days. According to police reports, Tait fired shots at his ex-girlfriend's car while she was driving down Kildare Road at 7:38 p.m. Oct. 27. A witness also said he saw the incident, and Cleveland Heights Police found four spent shell casings on the ground. The next day…
Monday, November 19, 2012
The CHFD wants to provide information for residents through the social media site.
The Cleveland Heights Fire Department has launched a Facebook page. The department is following the lead of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, which implemented the Thursday night "Meet Your Police" program in March 2011 and launched a Facebook page in January of this year. The goal is for police and fire officials to have more interaction with residents. This was discussed when it was first announced that William Freeman, a 20-year veteran on the Cleveland Heights Fire Department, would be the new chief. Freeman, who was sworn in at the end of August, explained the goals of the Cleveland Heights Fire Department Facebook page. "I thought that the page would be an ideal way to post information that affected the residents and enable us…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In the wake of the tragic accident involving Elise and Gregory Lindsay, Chief William Freeman provides carbon monoxide safety tips.
Cleveland Heights Fire Chief William Freeman said in his 20 years with the fire department, he could not recall a death from carbon monoxide poisoning in the city. But he's seen plenty of poisonings and many close calls. "Ninety percent of the time it's not going to kill you. It's going to make you sick," Freeman said. That was until Nov. 8, when he responded to Elise and Gregory Lindsay's home on East Monmouth. The couple and their pets were found dead in the kitchen. Freeman said an old boiler was to blame. "We usually get there in time," Freeman said quietly. He said when he got there, the levels in the basement were still extremely high even though the doors had been open. It indicated to him that whatever happened, it happened quickly…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Cleveland Heights Fire Chief William Freeman says carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
Lindsay Children Recount Life, Love of Parents Elise and Gregory A Cleveland Heights couple and their pets were found dead in their East Monmouth Road home Thursday afternoon. The couple has been identified as Elise and Gregory Lindsay, said Powell Caesar, spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. Cleveland Heights Fire Chief William Freeman said he believes that carbon monoxide poisoning is to blame. The couple, who were in their 60s, were found in the kitchen. The boiler was in poor condition, Freeman said, but the chimneys were clear. Caesar said an autopsy is being performed today to determine the cause of death. Results should confirm the cause by this afternoon. It was reported that a relative discovered the …