Advertisement featuring Springfield Fire Chief Sam Hunter and Engine 2's crew at old Fire Station No. 2, which was closed during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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"Springfield firemen resorted to the use of steam shovels to help fight fire in a 100,000 ton coal pile in the Big Four railroad yards, burning since Aug. 1," according to the Mahoning Dispatch of Canfield, Ohio, on Sept. 14, 1917. The "Big Four" was the name used to identify the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Fire Chief — Samuel F. Hunter.
Superintendent of Telegraph — Michael M. Duffy.
Central Steam Fire Company No. 1 — West side of South Fountain Avenue, between Jefferson and Washing ton; H. M. Rankin, captain.
Engine Company No. 2 — East side of North Factory Street, between Columbia and North; C. M. Moffett, captain.
Engine Company No. 4 — Lagonda Avenue, between C, C, C. & St. L. Railroad and Florence; J. Edward Bryant, captain.
Engine Company No. 6 — Southeast corner Mound and Glenn Avenue; E. J. Perkins, captain.
Chemical Engine Company — West side of South Yellow Springs, between Pleasant and Dibert Avenue; William Fanning, captain.
Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 — West side of South Fountain Avenue, between Jefferson and Washington.
Hook and Ladder Company No. 3 — Northwest corner Clifton and Boler; H. T. Evans, captain.
Southern Steam Fire Company No. 3 — Northwest corner Clifton and Boler ; H. T. Evans, captain.
Hose Company No. 4 — East side Lagonda Avenue, between C, C, C. & St. L. Railroad and Florence.
Hose Company No. 5 — South side Main, near Park ; L. L. Metcalf , captain.
Hose Company No. 6 — Southeast corner Mound and Glenn; E. J. Perkins, captain.
Hose Company No. 7 — South side Cecil, between Fountain Avenue and Limestone; Pat H. Lawler, captain.
Hose Company No. 8 — West side South Yellow Springs, between Pleasant and Dibert Avenue; William Fanning, captain.
SOURCE: 20th Century History of Springfield , and Clark County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Edited and compiled by Hon. William M. Rockel, Springfield, Ohio - 1908.
"The chief is continuously on duty; his entire time is given to the city, and all firemen sleep with their ears attuned to telephone calls, responding as quickly at night as to day time alarms," according to Prince's book. "Under the two-platoon system firemen have home privileges impossible under previous conditions ; they have opportunity of knowing their families and sharing in home pleasures appreciated by all of them."
Today, the Fire Division employs a three-platoon system.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
According to an article in the next day's Times newspaper in Washington, D.C., firefighters rescued three students. All the others were at home for the holidays.
The blaze started in a furnace "and by the time the students noticed it the chapel on the first floor was in a blaze," the Times newpaper said. "Efforts to put it out with buckets were fruitless, as the smoke was suffocating."
Underscoring the rapid spread of the flames, the newspaper said Oliver McWilliams, of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, "tried to get out of his room, but was forced back by the smoke." John Sweeter, of Curlsville, Pennsylvania, "was rescued from a second-story window." C.A. Hackenburg, of Pittsburgh, "escaped by crawling out on the rear part, where the firemen took him down."
The seminary - located on the grounds of Wittenberg University, then called Wittenberg College - was rebuilt in 1901.
The late Rev. Willard Hackenberg, Class of 1901, recalled that two students set fire to coal bins at the rear of the dorm:
“What a fire that was! Think of the many tons of coal that were burned. ... The Springfield Fire Department came with great force, but because the water pressure was so low, all the firemen could do was protect the dorm.
"They had to allow the coal and the bins to burn, using all the water on hand to keep the very hot flames from reaching the most important building.”
The article didn't mention the date of the fire.
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This is a Springfield News-Sun photo of a house fire at Southern Avenue and South Plum Street on Oct. 1, 2009. Two families escaped from the flames, the News-Sun reported. Engine 8 is at the hydrant.
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The accident killed Jason Williams, 47, and injured his wife and three children. Brenda Williams, 17, was credit with saving her younger sister and brother, according to neighbors. A neighbor pulled Jason Williams and wife, Frances, 40, from the flames, according to the AP dispatch.
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- According to The Age of Nov. 13, 1961:
In July 1967, rioting in Detroit led to disturbances in two-dozen other cities - including Springfield.
``Springfield, Ohio, reported its first racial incidents, with rock throwing and tossing of fire bombs,'' according to the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia on July 28, 1967. Trouble was also reported in the Ohio cities of Toldeo and Lorain.
By 1967, the civil rights movement of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would be assassinated a year later in Memphis, was losing influence to the ``Black Power Movement'' and its more militant approach to fighting social injustice.
- The Bryan Times, Bryan, Ohio - April 12, 1971
Friday, May 15, 2009
"He knows that he helped mommy and he called the squad for mommy," said his mother, Lori Wolf, who was quoted by The Dayton Daily News. "We're very proud of him."
The boy's father - employed by a private ambulance company - was at work. The parents taught Tyler how to dial 911.
Following is a transcript - from Dayton Daily News archives - of Tyler, fire dispatchers Rick Williams and David Storer, and police dispatcher Ann Eubanks:
WILLIAMS: "What's wrong, son?"
TYLER: "Mommy fall."
WILLIAMS: "Did mommy fall down?"
WILLIAMS: "What's your name?"
EUBANKS: "Is it Tyler?"
EUBANKS: "How old are you?"
EUBANKS: "And your mommy's right there and she fell down?"
WILLIAMS: "Is his daddy there?"
TYLER: "No. At work."
WILLIAMS: "Did his mom ask him to call?"
WILLIAMS: "Tyler, you stay here on the phone, OK?"
(IN THE BACKGROUND: Williams then asks fellow fire dispatcher Storer to pick up the call while he sends an engine and emergency squad to the home.)
STORER: "Hi, Tyler. How are you?
WILLIAMS: "Tyler, go ahead and talk to this man for a minute, OK?"
STORER: "Hi. We're going to send the emergency squad and an engine out there, and they'll talk to you and take care of your situation, OK?"
TYLER: "No. My dad not going to be here."
STORER: "Why isn't he?"
TYLER: "Because he's working 24."
STORER: "Just your mother's there?"
TYLER: "Yeah. (Unintelligible)."
STORER: "Tyler, stay here on the phone, OK? We want to keep talking to you. How old are you, Tyler? What are you, about seven?"
TYLER: "Mommy! Mommy!"
STORER: "Is your front door unlocked so that the firemen can come in?"
TYLER: "Yeah. No. It's locked."
STORER: "Do you know how to unlock it so that the firemen can help your mom?"
STORER: "OK, because the firemen are on their way up there, OK?"
TYLER: "Mommy! Mommy! Bye."
STORER: "Don't hang up now."
WILLIAMS comes back on the line and says, "Hey, Tyler. What's your mommy doing now?"
TYLER: "Laying down."
WILLIAMS: "Did she hurt her head or something? Did she bump her head?"
STORER comes back on the line and asks, "Are her eyes closed?"
STORER: "OK. We're going to need you to unlock the front door for the firemen, OK?"
WILLIAMS: "Don't do it right now. We'll stay on the phone with you until the firemen get there, OK? They'll be there in just a little bit. It doesn't take them very long."
TYLER: "Can I put the phone on the chair?"
WILLIAMS: "No. Don't put the phone on the chair right now. You just stand there and hold it. Are you standing there holding the phone?"
TYLER: "No. I'm sitting down."
WILLIAMS: "You're sitting down. OK. Is your last name Wolf?"
WILLIAMS: "Where's your dad? Is he at work?"
TYLER: "Yeah. He's working 24 today. His name Barry Wolf."
WILLIAMS: "His name is Barry Wolf and he's working 24? Do you know where he works? Do you know what company he works at?"
TYLER: "He don't work at company no more. He work at Med Trans."
WILLIAMS: "He works at Med Trans. Hey, Tyler. Go over and open the front. I want you to go over and open the front door, then come get back on the phone."
(IN THE BACKGROUND: There are three knocks on the door. Tyler asks, "Yeah. Who is it?" He unlocks the door after the firefighters identify themselves and ask him to show them where his mother is. One firefighter then picks up the phone.)
FIREFIGHTER: "Hey Rick. You there?"
FIREFIGHTER: "OK, we're here, bud."
WILLIAMS: "Is it real?"
FIREFIGHTER: "Yeah. Bye."
Eight teachers and 275 pupils were safely evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, demonstrating the value of regular fire drills.
The Springfield Daily News reported that when the alarm sounded teachers ``did not know it was a real fire'' and ``headed their charges out of the building before they realized the building was aflame.''
Coincidentally, an earlier school by the same name was destroyed by fire in February 1858.
Four years later, a fire at the Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago claimed about 100 lives, leading to sweeping changes in school fire safety across the U.S.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2011
Photo: Ohio Air National Guard
Senior Master Sgt. Douglas Drum, 178th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, participates in major accident exercise in April 2008. The Ohio Air National Guard provided aircraft firefighting and rescue service at city-owned Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport until 2011. The Springfield Fire-Rescue Division replaced the military firefighters.