Senate Bill Would Protect Ohio Firefighters From On-The-Job Cancer 2/19/2015


Union firefighters speak out about Middletown layoffs, calling it risky

Every Second Counts: Growing Concerns for Emergency Responders


Fire union ‘very disappointed’ no deal made


Fire Dept.: Middletown hotel fire response affected by layoffs


Fire union rejects city’s offer; layoffs set for Saturday

August 15, 2014

Fire union members decide not to vote on city proposal

August 7, 2014

Fire union to vote next week on revised proposal

August 7, 2014

Will a last-minute deal save firefighting jobs?

July 27, 2014

Middletown might have to lay off firefighters

July 25, 2014

City, fire union looking for alternatives to layoffs

Eleven Middletown firefighters given layoff notices

Even after voters overwhelming voted to support public safety levy, eleven Middletown firefighters are losing their job meaning station four on Tytus will close its doors.

Voters overwhelming support public safety levy

As Furniture Burns Quicker, Firefighters Reconsider Tactics 7-1-12

Diesel Engine Exhaust Classified as a Known Carcinogen by IARC (6/14/12)

University of Arizona Plans Study of Firefighter Heart Disease click here to view article

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New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations

April 28, 2010 -- A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Click here to read the news release.

Conducted by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting and public safety communities, the study results found that four-person fire fighting crews were able to complete 22 essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a typical residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.

The report is the first to quantify the effects of crew sizes and arrival times on the fire service's lifesaving and fire fighting operations.

This and other scientific data in the report will help educate public officials, fire chiefs and other decision-makers on the importance of adequate staffing and deployment with respect to fire fighter and public safety.

Study investigators from NIST and the IAFF announced the results of the study at a press conference at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC, before the start of the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute meeting of top fire safety officials from the across the nation.

Click here for the full report.
The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters grant program.

Read General President Harold Schaitberger's blog,
"Fire Fighter Staffing and  Deployment Study Released"

For more information, contact Lori Moore-Merrell at or (202) 824-1594.

USFA and NIOSH Initiate Study of Cancer among Firefighters 

Contact: USFA Press Office: (301) 447-1853

 Emmitsburg, MD. – The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. "There is a need to have a comprehensive study of the incidence of cancer in the fire service involving objective medical and epidemiological oversight. We have lost too many firefighters from this disease," said USFA Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran. “USFA is pleased to work with NIOSH in this initiative."

Read the rest of the press release

Stopping for Emergency Vehicles - You Tube

The Ohio State Bar Association's Law You Can Use provides general legal information about what motorists should do when a fire truck or ambulance is on an emergency run.

Some interesting informational Facts you need to know:

  • Drivers must stop for fire trucks and ambulances
  • Keep DNR order where emergency squads can find them
  • Ohio Law governs fireworks
  • Ohio Law sets the standards for drivers of fire trucks and ambulances
  • Ohio Law 4511.21.3 requires drivers to vacate lane closet to stationary emergency vehicles

Middletown Firefighter honored at the Syrian Shrine Firefighter Award Ceremony.

On Wednesday, February 7 one of Middletown's Firefighters was honored at the Syrian Shrine Firefighter   Awards.  Lt. Darrell Yater was one of many highly accomplished group of his peers throughout the Tri-State area being honored by the Shriners.  Lt. Yater’s application for nomination was approved by the Shrine Committee making him the first Middletown Fire Fighter to be recognized by their organization.  His nomination is the Falmore “Jake” Houk Leadership category, which exemplifies Lt. Yater’s commitment to the Fire Service in multiple areas over his career.  His experience and leadership will be hard to replace as Lt. Yater is approaching retirement next month. 

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Middletown Firefighters win IAFF Media Award 2006

Middletown Firefighters “Ashkicker” Newsletter wins the IAFF Media award for 2006 in the AFFLIATE PUBLICATION category

 Circulation Under 1,000. Produced by: Chad Wells “Ashkicker” is designed and published by Chad and his wife Tanya four times per year. IAFF Media Awards Flyer