EATON — At the Aug. 18 Eaton City Council meeting, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Jack Royer updated members on the past year’s activities within his division.
Royer said the past winter was horrible for the department and said they had to battle various emergencies throughout the past 12 months.
There were two kitchen fires at 621 Cedar Circle within a three-month period. Royer said after these two fires, his division had the opportunity to do some public education about minding kitchen appliances and said cooking fires continue to be a problem.
There were also events such as fires caused by malfunctioning Christmas lights, flooded basements, a fire caused by someone using a blowtorch to thaw frozen water pipes and attempted arson. There was also a fire at 212 N. Barron St. caused by a “meth lab gone bad.”
There were also some heavy equipment fires, several car fires and several crash rescues.
In the past 12 months, there were 137 trauma calls, 136 calls for chest pains, more than 90 respiratory distress calls, 76 calls for abdominal pains, 53 calls for altered levels of consciousness, 35 calls for narcotic overdoses and 24 calls for cardiac events.
Royer said the peak of narcotics overdoses was in 2012 with 49 overdoses requiring Narcan use. Narcan is a drug that will counteract effects of narcotic overdoses almost instantaneously.
“It certainly does save a lot of lives,” Royer said. “Unfortunately, it’s not the sole answer to the drug problem.”
Royer said his division averages about 2,000 EMS runs per year and 1,400 transports. Royer said there were 70 cases of dead on arrival in the past 12 months.
Royer said his department was involved with the Eaton Police Division in active shooter training. They also recently sent four employees, including Royer, to Dayton to attend active shooter training. Eaton is part of the Greater Dayton Metropolitan Medial Response System.
Royer said the City of Eaton will be receiving caches that can be distributed throughout the region in the event of an active shooter. The caches consist of four bullet proof vests, four ballistic helmets and four field medic trauma bags.
If there is a shooting, Dayton regional dispatch can be called and four local caches will also be sent to the area to help.
His division will also be beginning railroad emergency training.
Royer’s division has trained 46 new fire officers since 2010. In fall 2014, they will implementing a cadet program and will being recruiting people soon.
Royer said volunteer availability continues to be an ongoing concern and hopes the cadet program will train young people that have ties to the community.
Captain Brian Smith was accepted into the National Fire Academy program and will be completing a two-week training class.
Royer said they will also start the self-contained breathing apparatus replacement this year. The replacement, which will cost about $180,000, will be spread throughout three years.
The department also has a $50,000 radio grant and a $194,000 assistant firefighter grant pending. They received a $4,500 grant from the Division of EMS.
City Manager Brad Collins also reported Eaton has received proceeds from Helen Barnes’ estate sale and said it is suggested that they appropriate these funds equally between the safety department and the recreation department.
Collins also said the city now has automatic payment for the water, sewer and trash bill and said residents can begin signing up for it.
The payments will come directly out of checking or savings accounts.
Finance Director Stephanie Risner said the residents will still get a bill each month that states a payment is not necessary and what date the payment will be taken out of their account. Risner said the first month was tested with city employees and said everything went fine.
Collins reminded attendees that the Farmer’s Market is still taking place downtown from 8 to 1 p.m. on Saturdays until Sept. 13.