Published: Friday, 03 March 2017 22:13
Written by Martha Trese
FCFD awarded State Fire Marshal grant for radios
The Fredericktown Community Fire District recently was awarded $28,722.04 in grant funds from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for the purchase of MARCS radio equipment and service fees. In total through the grant the FCFD will receive two additional mobile radios, nine portable radios, spare batteries, a bank radio charger, and all required costs of equipment for installation. The grant requires no local financial match from the fire district.
“The department is very appreciative to have been awarded this grant. The items that this grant funds will greatly enhance our communication capabilities in some of our specialized vehicles that we were previously unable to outfit, and to further personal communication capabilities,” said FCFD Chief Scott Mast.
This grant will allow the FCFD to install a mobile radio into its rescue boat and firefighting ATV to improve incident communications. Portable radios will be assigned to apparatus to ensure incident command and line firefighters have sufficient communication as needed. The fire district was provided with MARCS radio equipment through a regional grant last year, however this will further meet needs of the department.
“We strive to seek out and work for grants that benefit our firefighters, which in turn ultimately benefits the citizens we serve,” said FCFD Public Information Officer Jason Bostic. “We have seen great success in grants that allow us to provide some of the finest equipment possible at low to no cost.”
In 2016, fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies in Knox County transitioned to the MARCS radio system that uses a network of digital radio towers and networked infrastructure throughout the State of Ohio. The system allows a greater interoperability between agencies and over a much longer distance.
State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers announced on Thursday morning that the FCFD was one of 165 departments awarded from 25 counties in throughout the state. In total, this grant provided $3 million in equipment to promote better communication between agencies around Ohio.
“The operational costs associated to communications are continuing to increase with the advancements in technology. Securing a grant such as this helps ease the financial burden in conjunction with improving the overall safety of our firefighters,” said Chief Mast.
The Fredericktown Community Fire District operates from two stations within the 115 square mile district in northwest Knox County. Fire and rescue services are provided by a team of 25 firefighters with varying levels of experience from the basic 36-hour to the 240-hour professional firefighter certification
Published: Friday, 03 March 2017 05:38
Written by Martha Trese
MOUNT VERNON - With March upon us, Knox County residents look forward to warmer weather, St. Patrick’s Day, and filling out their March Madness brackets. March is also known for another important reason: it’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Gambling opportunities have grown in Ohio with casinos and racinos (race tracks with video lottery terminals) opening across the state. In addition, residents can play the lottery, bingo and daily fantasy sports.
In Knox County, Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties and Pathways of Central Ohio have joined the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) in sharing information so that community residents, parents and young people understand what responsible gambling looks like and what to do when gambling stops being fun and starts to become a problem.
What are some signs of problem gambling?
*Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses.
*Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble.
*Restless or irritable when not gambling.
*Borrowing for gambling.
*Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts.
*Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling.
“Although a small percentage of people will develop a gambling addiction, those few people who develop a gambling addiction may cause pain and damage to numerous lives,” explained Kay Spergel, Executive Director at Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties. “We make sure that quality services are available for prevention of problem gambling and for treatment when it is needed. Problem Gambling Awareness Month helps us get the word out.”
A number of resources are now available for people faced with problem gambling behavior in themselves or a family member. Pathways of Central Ohio’s 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline offers referrals for gambling treatment in Knox County, as well as help with other concerns that can be impacted by gambling, such as housing, food, employment, financial counseling, etc.
If you believe that someone you love has a gambling problem, some simple steps can get a conversation started:
* Talk in a comfortable, private place where you won't be disturbed or distracted.
* Keep it simple and straightforward; focus on your concern for the person and behavior.
* Be specific about how the behavior is affecting others.
* Be clear about expectations.
* Allow the person to respond, and listen without passing judgment.
Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties and Pathways have partnered to offer a website, playitsafeohio.org, that has resources available including safe gambling tips and where to get help.
For more information about problem gambling services in Knox County, contact Pathways of Central Ohio any time of day at 2-1-1 or 1-800-544-1601. You may also text your zip code to 898211 to reach Pathways from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Calls and texts are confidential.