There are several reasons why a fire truck shows up when you called for an ambulance; the fire truck may have been returning from another run or is closer than the medic. Another reason is the fire truck brings additional personnel to assist with the two on the ambulance. Our first out fire trucks are stocked with the many of the same life-saving drugs as on the ambulances and an AED, allowing us to start possible life-saving measures quicker.
A shift for an average firefighter is 24 hours, which includes cooking meals. Firefighters pay money out of their own pockets at the beginning of their shift and then will make a quick trip to the grocery store for the day's meals.
Evacuate your home, call 911 from a cellphone or neighbors house. Do not attempt to shut off the gas or pilot light as this can cause a spark and igniting a gas leak.
Evacuate your home, call 911 from a cellphone or neighbors house. We ask that you do not try to ventilate your home before the fire department arrives. If the Carbon Monoxide has been ventilated before our arrival, it can make it hard for us to find where it is coming from and fix the problem.
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The Heath Fire Department has what we call a Mutual-Aid Agreement throughout Licking County. This allows us to call our surrounding fire departments for assistance or vise-versa.
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Firefighters work a 24-hour shift and must supply their own food. They combine their money to purchase food for meals. Often, you will see them at a grocery store in a fire engine. Sometimes they receive a call while shopping for food, which means they leave directly from the grocery store and have to come back later to finish their grocery shopping.
Heath Fire Department will sometimes, depending on the type of emergency, send a fire engine and the ambulance to a 911 call to ensure that the public gets the fastest, most effective and appropriate response. The engine crew is there to assist the ambulance crew in moving the patient from the house and if necessary provide extra help in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. We plan for the worst and hope for the best when responding to a call.
The difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Paramedic is a significant amount of education. A Paramedic goes through more education and training and can provide a higher level of emergency care including invasive procedures (ALS or Advanced Life Support procedures). A Paramedic is an EMT. There are different levels of EMT training: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic. Each level requires more training and education than the prior. At Heath Fire Departmment we strive for the best and most educated personal which is why every Full-time member of the department is a trained paramedic.
In many ways, an ambulance is like a mobile emergency room. The ambulance carries some of the same equipment as the emergency room - and even does the same procedures as the emergency room. Sometimes, a patient needs some medication or a special procedure prior to going to the hospital. Some medical conditions need to be addressed rapidly to ensure a positive outcome for the patient.
During the course of a day it is not unusual for two, three or four calls for an ambulance to come in at the same time. If both of our ambulances are busy we will request an ambulance from the next available township or city. If this needs to happen and the response time would be slower due to an ambulance coming from a further location, a fire engine will automatically be dispatched to provide care prior to the ambulance showing up. This Mutual Aid system works both ways, therefore the Heath Fire Department is commonly dispatched to the other municipalities as well.
On occasion, the fire engine and ambulance will be driving with lights and sirens and then suddenly turn them off--perhaps only to turn into a shopping center parking lot or side street. Be assured that when this happens it means we have received information that the caller or incident is no longer a dire emergency. It is what we call "being cancelled".
Currently there are no special collection days for Household Hazardous Waste in Licking County. Please call Environmental Enterprises (614-294-1300) for details on HHW disposal and fees.
Yes, beginning July 1st, 2022, Ohioans and non-residents may legally discharge consumer grade fireworks on their own property or another person’s property with permission from the property owner. Anyone discharging fireworks CANNOT be in possession of or under the influence of, any intoxicating alcohol or controlled substance.
The following dates are when you may safely discharge consumer grade fireworks:
You may purchase fireworks from any of the licensed sales locations throughout the State of Ohio.
Anyone wishing to make their own fireworks must petition the State Fire Marshal for and be granted a variance to possess explosives, pyrotechnics, or similar raw materials, or to make any fireworks.
Yes, a political subdivision may choose to opt out or place additional restrictions on when a person may discharge fireworks. Please check with your local officials or jurisdictions.