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Mentor Fire Department Timeline

1921: Mentor Village purchases first fire truck

1931: Headlands Volunteer Fire Department is organized
 
1933: 71 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
 
1936: 60 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
 
1937: 57 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
 
1940: 48 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
                    12 chicken fatalities
 
1941: 116 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
                     2 fire fatalities

1942: Station#1 on Jackson Street constructed
             53 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
 
1943: 77 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             1 Chicken house fire
 
1944: 107 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             1 Milk house fire
             1 Rabbit pen fire
 
1945: 54 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             2 Chicken house fires
 
1946: 94 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 31, Kirtland Hills Village: 4, Painesville: 1
 
1947: 42 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 21, Mentor on the Lake: 3,
             Mentor Headlands: 2, Kirtland Hills Village: 1, Painesville: 1,
             Willoughby: 1
 
1948: 97 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 33, Mentor on the Lake: 1,
             Kirtland Township: 1, Kirtland Hills Village: 1
 
1949: 93 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 27, Mentor on the Lake: 1,
             Kirtland Hills Village: 3, Painesville: 1, Willoughby: 1
 
1950: 82 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 24, Mentor on the Lake: 2,
             Kirtland Hills Village: 5, Painesville: 1, Willoughby: 1
 
1951: 78 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 22
 
1952: 115 Total runs for Mentor Township Fire Department
             Calls to Mentor Village: 36, Kirtland Hills Village: 1

1957: Chief Fred Smith resigned, RJ Jepson elected chief

1961: Chief Hine was reported to state as Headlands and Township chief

1962: Chief Howells appointed, Station 2: 156 calls

1963: Station 2: 220 calls, Station 1: 288 calls

1964: Station 2: 239 calls, Station 1: 323 calls

1965: 691 total calls
             Station #3 and #4 (prefabricated green and white building on
             Reynolds Rd.) are built

1966: 852 total calls, Stations 3 & 4 now in service

1967: 940 total calls

1968: 929 total calls October: 24hr coverage begins at Station 3 Station 2
             manned 10hrs a day
             October: First six full-time hires: Robert Edmisten, Richard Knopf,
             Carl Lewis, Gary Lloyd, Ken Myllykoski, Frank Steinfurth

1969: 1,350 total calls
             First aerial in-service (Snorkel)
             May 14th: Mentor Professional Firefighters Joined the IAFF as local 1845

1970: 1,487 total calls
             6 additional career firefighters added

1971: 1,536 total calls
             Station #5 open
             Station #4 opens on Reynolds Road
             The vehicle fleet included: 7 pumpers, 3 ambulances, 1 Aerial, 2 grass
             pumpers, 1 rescue truck, and 1 chiefs car

1972: 1,593 total calls

1973: 1,944 total calls
             6 EMT’s on department
             Bomb and Arson Bureau established
             Responsibility for dispatching was assumed from county, contracted to
             also handle Concord Twp. dispatching
             Bartlett Ward employed as first full time mechanic
             Photo lab was placed into operation at Station #3

1974: 2,370 total calls
             6 members completed paramedic training
             15 structures in the City have fire alarm systems
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 227 : #2 - 491 : #3 - 1161 : #4 -             167 : #5 - 1092
 
1975: 2,466 total calls
             Line of Duty Death: Elmer Dilgren, December 13,1975
             27 full-time members
             Hydrant program started
             Busiest department in Lake County

1976: 2,756 total calls
             Stations 2, 3 & 5 have 24hr coverage; Stations 1 & 4 covered 6PM-6AM
             24 arrests made for arson fires
             3 Babies delivered all girls
                   The vehicle fleet included: 5 pumpers, 4 ambulances, 1 Aerial, 4 grass
             pumpers, and 1 chiefs car

1977: 3,181 total calls
             30 full time members
             3 fire fatalities
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 720 : #2 - 488 : #3 - 805 : #4 - 509 : 
             #5 - 659

1978: 3,317 total calls
             2 Babies delivered all girls
             Lake County Arson Bureau began operation

1979: 3,754 total calls
             Switched to 4 digit truck numbering system
             2 Babies delivered all girls
             38 full time employees
             2 inspectors added to Fire Prevention

1980: 3,753 total calls
             Station 2, 3, 4, and 5 manned 24 hours
             Station 1 manned 6pm to 6am
             May 17th Great Lakes Power fire $1,000,000 loss

1981: 2,912 total calls (vehicle lockouts now handled by MPD)
             Juvenile fire setters program started
             Lake County Arson Bureau discontinued
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 636 : #2 - 396 : #3 - 760 : #4 - 524 :
             #5 - 596

1982: 2,872 total calls
             June 30th Chief Howells retired
             Chief John Preuer appointed August 9
             Pre-Planning program started
             Paramedic training coordinator started
             3rd engine company added to structure response

1983: 2,982 total calls
             14 Paramedics on department (full & part time)
             39 Full-Time employees
             August: Station 2 squad became ALS
             January: MABAS instituted by Lake County
             1.5 mil fire-rescue levy passed
             Master plan adopted

1984: 3,039 total calls
             Station 1 covered 24hrs
             First 5” hose in service on 1143
             1 ¾ “ hose & automatic nozzles field tested
             Dormitory added to station #1
             Fire Prevention Bureau went from 24 hour shifts to 8 hour shifts
             Squad 1112 was placed at station #1
             ISO rating reassessed improved from 6 to 3
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 677 : #2 - 388 : #3 - 719 : #4 - 533 :
             #5 - 722
             Part Time Firefighters Association formed, first in State of Ohio


1985: 3,106 total calls
             First fully enclosed cabs, Engine 13 & Engine 33
             First full-time training officer, Lt. Steinfurth
             Closed circuit inter-station cable TV network installed, first in Ohio
             200hr. Fire Training course began
             5 inch hose placed on engines 1113 and 1133
             Deputy Chief positions created (2), filled by Sedmak and Myllykoski

1986: 3,389 total calls
             Air 1 in service at Station 4
             PASS alarms purchased
             2 MFD personnel became members of the county Haz-Mat team
             Lotus 1-2-3 being used on the department’s first computer
             95 foot ladder truck replaced 1968 Snorkel
             County Haz Mat program started
             Full time Public Education Specialist assigned

1987: 3,503 total calls
             Explorer program started
             Dive Team purchases 14 foot inflatable boat with motor
             American Heart Association certifies Station #5 as
             a CPR training center
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 876 : #2 - 486 : #3 - 813 : #4 - 673 :
             #5 - 715

1988: 3,540 total calls
             800MHz radios installed in vehicles
             October 5th 9-1-1 telephone emergency number implemented in
             Lake County
             4 wheel drive grass truck placed in service
             September 27th: Dispatch center moved from Station #5
             to Police Department
             Concord Township terminates dispatch contract
             Suburban purchased to act as command vehicle, replaced a car
             45 full time members

1989: 3,772 total calls
             Captains were re-titled as Battalion Chiefs
             One man cots purchased
             Two way intercoms for divers purchased

1990: 3,975 total calls
             September Station #1 at 6975 Heisley Road opened
             Went from ISO class 3 to class 2 rating

1991: 3,962 total calls
             First “Live from 5” broadcast
             February 24th a 2nd Deputy Chief added (Robert Edminsten)
             Kirtland Hills Fire and EMS coverage stopped
             ACBC Fire Safety Trailer first used at elementary schools

1992: 3,967 total calls
             May 26th vehicle fire at 7448 Mentor Ave. produced a fire fatality
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 1117 : #2 - 707 : #3 - 1740 :
             #4 - 938 : #5 - 1492
             First fire fataility in 10 years
             Step van for mechanics purchased

1993: 4,335 total calls
             Integration of part and full time firefighters
             Dive team moved from station #5 to station #4
             Hazardous Materials team started
             CART (Career Area Response Team) recalls began
             54 career members

1994: 4,719 total calls
             Quartermaster system began
             Fire retardant station uniforms first used
             Technical rescue trailer purchased
             Radio headset installed on all front line engines
             Alpha-Numeric pagers first used
             14 foot aluminum boat purchased
             Dive truck 1147 modified to allow divers to dress while enroute to call
             Pacing capabilities available of each squad
             Employee Wellness Committee started
             Pulse Oximitery available on all squads
             Accountibility system started
             HIT (Hazardous Intervention Team) started
             Explorers began smoke detector instalation program
             Safety Committee started
             Individual facepiece (for SCBA's) program started

1995: 4,879 total calls
             Station #2 at 5025 Corduroy Road opened
             Hazardous Materials trailer purchased
             Technical Rescue team started
             October: Bio-Medical Computer Systems Health and Fitness
             Program started

1996: 6,120 total calls
             February 6th Last part time Captain retired (Richard Jepson)
             Major snow storm produced 505 runs from 11-9 to 11-15
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 1703 : #2 - 889 : #3 - 1854 :
             #4 - 1624 : #5 - 2070

1997: 5,348 total calls
             The vehicle fleet included 34 vehicles: 8 engines, 
             9 ambulances, 2 Aerials, 8 utility vehicles, and 9 cars

1998: 5,622 total calls
             AED’s placed on front line engines
             City wide fire drill was held during fire prevention week
             Lake County adopted Mentors Personnel Accountability System
             January 23rd: Fire fatality at Lake Overlook Dr. fire

1999: 5,838 total calls
             Last part time BC retired (Rollin Scott)
             Thermal Imagers (6) purchased from Bullard

2000: 5,689 total calls
             3rd Deputy Chief added to administration

2001: 5,859 total calls
             Children’s fire safety house opened
             June 1st Chief John Preuer retired
             June 4th DC Tony Sedmak was appointed acting Chief

2002: 6,166 total calls
             Phase 1 (station living area) of Station #5 renovation
             and expansion finished
             February 25th Chief Richard Harvey appointed
             Department Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) was started
             Mentor Firefighters' Historical Association organized and began working
             on The Mentor Fire Museum
 
2003: 6,049 total calls
             Phase 2 (administration) of Station #5 renovation and
             expansion completed
             Department archives started by Matt Henk and Jeremy Szydlowski
             Local 1845 forms Honor Guard
 
2004: 5,992 total calls
             Dispatch center moved into Fire Department Headquarters
             FIU vehicle (1137) placed in service

2005: 6,256 total calls

2006: 6,416 total calls
             Special Services unit (1157) and Bariatric Squad (1182)
             placed in service
             Mentor Firefighters' Historical Association had its first fund raisers:
             Golf outing, Southwest Barbeque and Chili booth (IBIM)
             December: Billing for EMS services began
 
2007: 6,424 total calls
             City donated 1986 Pierce (1154) to the Mentor Firefighters' Historical
             Association for the purpose of it being made into a
             mobile safety engine
             ISO rating was reassessed and raised from a level 2 to a level 4
             Mass Casualty Trailer was placed in service
 
2008: 6,467 total calls
             January 13th: The Mentor Firefighters Historical Association launches
             www.mentorsafetyvillage.com
                   Firehouse software is purchased for compterized reports
             Automated recall system is put in place for off duty responses
                    Hazardous Materials unit #1177 purchased
             Run breakdown by station: #1 - 1848 : #2 - 863 : #3 - 1806 :
             #4 - 1527 : #5 - 1962
 
2009: 6,513 total calls
             January 1st: Firehouse software started for run reports
                   Womens Auxilliary group Forms
             August 12: FF/PM Matt Henk passes away at the age of
             31 from cancer 
 
2010: 6,539 total calls
             Station #5 minimum manning dropped from 6 to 4 personnel
             Water safety class introduced at Mentor Safety Village during class
             visits 
 
2011:  6,964 total calls
              Number of Deputy Chiefs dropped from 3 to 2
 
2012:  7,264 total calls

2013:  7,148 total calls