Cumberland Fire District gets upgrades

Cumberland Trail Fire District Lt. Chad Zambori stands the new skid unit installed on the district’s off-road utility vehicle.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Cumberland Trail Fire District recently added new equipment to its life-saving stock, thanks to grant funding from several sources.

Among these additions is new cribbing, obtained through a $4,200 grant from the J.B. Green Team. Lt. Chad Zambori of the fire district said cribbing, timbers used for stability and support when weight is being transferred, proves valuable during many road accidents.

“It’s for any accident where we may need to stabilize a vehicle,” Zambori said. “We had applied for the grant through J.B. Green Team. We received the grant to get a good deal of new cribbing to put in our fire trucks.”

He added that the cribbing was installed in a newer fire truck that is the one sent out first on most of the rescue and fire calls.

“Some of our older (cribbing) will be on our older engines in case we need it there also,” he said. “We were able to put the older stuff on another apparatus in case it’s needed.”

He added that the older cribbing dates from about 2012.

“It replaced lumber that we were still using. We felt that it was inadequate,” Assistant Fire Chief Tim Hall said.

“The new cribbing is able to handle more weight than the older cribbing,” Zambori said, adding that the cribbing also carries an advantage of added safety for a patient. “We would use it to make sure the car doesn’t move while we’re using rescue tools or extracting the patient out.”

The fire district also received five iPads through grants from the Ohio Department of Emergency Management Services. It also received a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a new skid unit.

“We had a grant through the Ohio Department of Public Safety for three iPads for EMS reporting, and we also received two iPads through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources technology grant (of $819). Neither of those grants had a match, that was full grant fundings,” Hall said.

“All of our reporting is all electronic reporting,” Zambori said. “We were able to put (an iPad) on every fire department vehicle and then have iPads for the officers on-station also. That way, any time any of the vehicles respond to any calls, there’s an iPad available to do the electronic reporting.”

He said this allows firefighters to make their reports on the move and stay connected with the hospital they are en route to with their patient.

“It gets done on the way to the hospital,” Zambori said.

“One the report is done, we come back, hit a button, the hospital receives our run sheet,” he said. “We’re able to put pre-plans (in the iPad). We’re able to see where our calls are when we’re dispatched to calls. We have a program where we can see where the call is, and if we have cross-streets, fire hydrants, anything like that.”

The district also received a $7,100 grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a wildfire/EMS skid unit to install in the back of a utility terrain vehicle and better transport patients or equipment through woodlands or over hills.

The department also received a grant of $1,200 through the Community Foundation of Ohio Valley for six ballistic vests.

In all, total grant funds came to $13,300. Hall said the district will continue to seek funding sources.

“The fire district as a whole is continually looking for grant funding that allows the fire district to free up tax dollars and allows us to be good stewards with the tax dollars,” Hall said. “The more grant funding we receive, the less that we have to rely on taxpayers.”