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We are very proud to announce that Al Hasenfratz of the Sylvania Township Service Department has been awarded 3rd place as the Firehouse Magazine – Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) of the year.

Nominations were received from across the United States for this year’s award. The EVT of the Year Award was created in 2004 to recognize the dedication and professionalism of men and women committed to the safe operation of emergency apparatus and support of emergency responders and their communities.

Al has over 30 years in vehicle repair, starting in Sylvania in 2005. He is the Northwest Director of the Ohio Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians. Al is ASE- and EVT- Master certified and serves as an alternate to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1071 Committee. NFPA 1071 is the Standard for Emergency Vehicle Technician Professional Qualifications.
Congratulations to Al for his hard work and dedication to Fire Department vehicle maintenance and repair in Sylvania.

His award announcement from Firehouse Magazine is at the following link:

…the temperature is falling, WINTER is here! With snow & cold outside means we want it warm and fuzzy inside. How we heat our house and use our appliances can mean the difference in a warm and safe house, or one where the fire department needs to respond. Please read our latest tips – on Winter Safety Tips.

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Let’s Stay Safe this winter season!     Winter Safety Tips

On Sept. 10, 2016, a day before the 15 year anniversary of the attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and in the air over Pennsylvania , a piece of the World Trade Center North Tower was delivered to Toledo Memorial Park and set in place to honor area First Responders and all those who lost their lives in these attacks. Fire Departments and Law Enforcement agencies from the area took part in this service. The photos are courtesy of Jeremy Maddux, Firefighter / Paramedic with the Sylvania Fire-Ems.

Never Forget!

Sylvania FIRE-EMS has completed an improvement project at Firehouse #4, 8210 W. Sylvania Ave.

The fire department had all 72 florescent lights in the apparatus bay removed and replaced with just 16 LED lights. These new lights will result in an 86% reduction of energy usage, double the light in the bay and through the energy savings, pay for themselves in 4.1 years. The new lights also carry a 10 year inclusive warranty.

Fast Facts about Carbon Monoxide

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels —gasoline, wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane — burn incompletely.

Equipment and vehicles powered by internal combustion engines are a common source of carbon monoxide. Vehicles running in an attached garage or generators running inside a home or attached garage, can quickly produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. The dangers of CO depend on a number of variables, including the person’s health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body’s ability to use oxygen can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be.

A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.

Low level CO poisoning can often be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning, and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness or headaches. When extremely high CO levels are present, confusion, incapacitation and loss of consciousness can occur within minutes.

Interconnected CO alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. A licensed electrician can install hard-wired interconnected CO alarms, or homeowners can install wireless alarms, plug-in alarms, or battery operated alarms.

Sylvania Township Fire Department officer selected into National Fire Academy

The Sylvania Township Fire Department is better prepared to fulfill its mission of service to the Sylvania community, following an advanced leadership and management training program offered by the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD.

Captain Aaron M. Frye represents the Sylvania Community, the Sylvania Township Fire Department and the great State of Ohio as the only Ohio candidate to be selected as a Charter Member of the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program. It is a multi-year curriculum that introduces rising emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership.

The Inaugural Managing Officer Class (MO-1) consisted of 53 members. These Fire and EMS Officers were selected out of a highly competitive pool of over 300 applicants, and have accepted the challenge to assist in developing this ground breaking program for the future of the United States Fire Service.

Acceptance into the program is the first step towards professional development as a career or volunteer Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) manager, and includes all four elements of professional development: education, training, experience and continuing education. The Managing Officer Program consists of:

•          Five prerequisite courses (online and classroom deliveries in your state).

•          Four on-campus courses at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

•          A community-based capstone project.

A certificate of completion for the program and the designation as a Managing Officer (MO) is awarded after the successful completion of all courses and the capstone project.

The Managing Officer Program can help the first- or mid-level officer/supervisor jump-start professional development early on in their career or volunteer service. The student will build on foundational management and technical competencies, learning to address issues of interpersonal and cultural sensitivity, professional ethics, and outcome-based performance. On completion of the program, the student will:

•          Be better prepared to grow professionally, improve their skills, and meet emerging professional challenges.

•          Be able to embrace professional growth and development in their career.

•          Enjoy a national perspective on professional development.

•          Understand and appreciate the importance of professional development.

•          Have a network of fire service professionals who support career development.

Captain Frye has completed the first module of the two-year program. He has learned advanced leadership and management principles that will support the mission and vision of the Sylvania Township Fire Department, and at the same time preserve the important vitality and quality of life of Sylvania.

The National Fire Academy was created as a result of the landmark document “America Burning” and the subsequent passage of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974. It is estimated that, since 1975, over 1,400,000 students have received training through a variety of course delivery methods. The American public has greatly benefited from the training and education programs provided by USFA and NFA. Countless lives have been saved and property losses prevented as a direct result of this training and education.

Congrats to Capt. Frye!

the following story is from the Toledo Blade – Our Town Sylvania!

Sylvania Township mechanic holds niche position

Al Hasenfratz 1 of 615 in U.S. to hold 2 master certificates


With 30 years of experience working in vehicle maintenance, mechanic Al Hasenfratz has found his niche as a fire-apparatus technician with the Sylvania Township Fire Department.

“Since 1979 I’ve been working on vehicles in one form or another,” Mr. Hasenfratz said. “So it’s been about 30 years, but only 10 years with fire trucks. But I’ve done cars and trucks and heavy construction equipment. Then I landed here and it’s a pretty good fit.”

Mr. Hasenfratz is one of only 615 mechanics in the United States and Canada to hold master certificates with the Automotive Service Excellence group and the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission.

He’s one of four mechanics in the Sylvania Township service department and the only one qualified to work on fire trucks. His background and training makes him valuable to the fire department.

“The thing about fire trucks are, in our business — firefighting and even fire rescue — the piece of equipment has to work first time, every time,” Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski said. “One of things that Al has done is made sure our equipment works first time, every time. The guys in our department have a lot of confidence in him. When he says it’s ready to go, they know it’s ready to go.”

In February, Mr. Hasenfratz was invited to serve on the committee to review the national F5/​Aerial Apparatus test at a commission conference in Orlando. There he helped review statistical data and write questions to improve the test.

“That group composes tests for fire-engine mechanics to give them a national certification or level,” Mr. Hasenfratz said. “A lot of places use that to hire qualified people.”

Mr. Hasenfratz is also on the board of directors of the Ohio Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians and goes to annual training at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.

“Al uses vacation time to do that,” Chief Kowalski said. “He goes on his own time to do that and I think that is very admirable for someone to keep that up and keep that certification up.”

Last year, Mr. Hasenfratz was appointed to the National Fire Protection Association 1071 committee, which oversees professional-standards documents for technicians.

“It is a document that spells out professional qualifications for fire-engine mechanics,” Mr. Hasenfratz said. “So people that want to hire a fire-engine mechanic can use that document to select the people that would fit in that category.”

As new technology has developed over the past 10 years, Mr. Hasenfratz has kept up with his certifications and adapted how he deals with the fire trucks.

“I’ve been working here in the department for 37 years and I can’t recall knowing anybody from the shop that has a better understanding and ability to problem-solve than Al,” Chief Kowalski said.

A Day in the Life of the Sylvania Fire Department

You may wonder what your Sylvania firefighters do all day. We would like to give you a glimpse inside the daily life of a Sylvania firefighter with our three part series “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE SYLVANIA FIRE DEPARTMENT“.

**News from the Ohio Department of Public Safety**

The Safer Ohio Initiative, which incorporates a comprehensive strategy of emergency preparedness to enhance the state’s readiness before an incident happens, during an incident and after an incident occurs is being fully implemented with the announcement of the new Safer Ohio Phone App, a component of the Safer Ohio Initiative.

This App has the “See Something, Send Something” function, which allows people to report information and send photos of suspicious activity to Ohio Homeland Security.

Also available on the multi-functional App is a button for connecting with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, a function which dispatches the Ohio State Highway Patrol or other law enforcement officer to a non-emergency traffic situation, and connection with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s OH-GO application for real-time traffic reports throughout Ohio.

The free App is available for both Android and Apple devices, and we strongly encourage you to download it today. A new video tutorial to assist you in navigating the App is now available at the following link:

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The Sylvania Township trustees have adopted the 2011 Ohio Fire Code. With the adoption of this code, the Sylvania Township Fire Department will start requiring a permit and charging fees for certain activities.

Permits will be needed and fees charged for tent and burn permits as well as for plan review for building construction, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and commercial kitchen hood suppression systems.

The fire department will also be charging non-compliance fees for commercial building inspections. The initial fire safety inspection will not be charged. If fire code violations are found, a return re-inspection is required. If the fire code violations are found corrected, there will not be a fee. If the violations still exist, a $50.00 fee will be charged. When fire inspectors return again and the violations continue to exist, another fee is charged and the fire department will contact the prosecutor’s office to start legal action.

The fire department will also charge for malfunctioning fire alarm systems. After 3 responses to a malfunctioning fire alarm within a one year time period, any subsequent responses that are determined to be a system malfunction will be charged.

All charges are at the discretion of the Sylvania Township Fire Department.

The fee schedule and permit applications can be found at the fire department’s web site:

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Fire Department Review Documents
Fire Department Review (Updated 7/11/2014)
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