Wednesday, April 10, 2013
No injuries after construction worker hit main gas line.
Residents and commuters driving down Detroit Road near Mitchell’s Ice Cream April 10 and concerned over a strong smell of gas can rest easy: The break of a gas main line has been contained and Avon Fire expects the smell to dissipate in the near future. The Avon Fire Department was called at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday after construction workers in front of Market Place (across from Pickering Hill Farms) struck a gas main. Fire department vehicles and personnel immediately went to the location and stood by while officers directed traffic. Drivers in the area noted plenty of emergency vehicles and fire personnel in the area. The break resulted in a strong gas odor that could be smelled as far away as SR 83. By 3:05 p.m. fire department vehicles …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Fire Department unsure of cause
The Avon Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire Tuesday afternoon at a Bridle Court home. No one was injured in the fire at 39011 Bridle Court, said assistant fire chief Tim Golay. A man and a dog were in the home when the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m., but both were safely out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Avon, Sheffield Village, North Ridgeville and Avon Lake were on hand. It took less than five minutes to put out the fire, Golay said. It had not spread beyond the rear of the home or to the attic. The fire appeared to have started on or near the back deck of the two-story home, Golay said, and spread to the back of the house. Damaged siding and insulation had been tossed away from …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Successful applicants will be on hiring list for two years.
Think you have what it takes to be a firefighter? Now you can find out. Avon Fire Department is holding a test for a Class I Firefighter/Paramedic at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Avon High School. There is a $20 fee for taking the test. Assistant fire chief Tim Golay said Thursday that, while there are no vacancies right now, there likely will be in the next two years with either retirements or an expansion of the fire department. Successful applicants will be put on the city's civil service list, which will be valid for the next two years, Golay said. Want to apply? Here's what you need to know:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Renewal levies to be voted on by City Council next week
Renewal levies for the Avon police and fire departments could be put up for a vote in the August special election. Avon City Council will be voting in the April 9 meeting on submitting the levies to the Lorain County Board of Elections. Council discussed the levies during Monday's work session. "The quality of services we get from these departments with no increase in these levies in years is impressive," said councilman Bryan Jensen. The levies would be voted on in the August 7 special election. The fire levy is for .5 mills for five years, and will generate about $273,447 per year. The police levy is for .5 mills over five years, and will generate about $369,511 per year. The levies are for what is called "capital assets," such as …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Avon Eagle part of logo on new squad vehicle
The new Avon Fire Department squad vehicle has a touch of Avon Eagle pride. Department captain Michael Emling helped design a new logo for the new vehicle, which arrived at the department on Tuesday. The new logo features the Avon High School eagle in the center with a backdrop of flames. Emling said he worked with a graphic artist to come up with the design, which originally was just the eagle in the middle of the fire department's logo. The flames backdrop was added, along with a reflective border to help the logo stand out even more. Fire chief Frank Root said eventually, all the department vehicles will have the new logo. "Mike did a fantastic job," Root said. The logo worked, Root said, because most of the department lives in Avon. …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Renewal levies will probably be on August ballot
Renewal levies for the Avon police and fire departments are being planned for later this year. The police levy up for renewal is .50 mills, and generates about $380,000 per year. The fire levy is also .50 mills and generates about $275,000 per year. Both levies would be for five years. Finance director Bill Logan said the effective millage rate could be lower. Currently, the police levy collects at .48 mills and the fire levy collects at .36 mills. These levies are not part of the daily operations budget for the police and fire departments, Logan said, but for equipment such as police cars, fire hoses and other "capital assets." Logan is getting the preliminary work done to get the millage rate certified by the Lorain County Auditor's …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Memorial is for firefighters around the nation
The Avon Fire Department's new memorial to fallen firefighters was dedicated in a ceremony on Sunday. While Avon has not lost a firefighter in the line of duty in its 79-year history, chief Frank Root said, he and his department are aware of others that have. Through his own connections with New York City firefighters in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Root understands the importance of honoring the sacrifice. During his speech, Root remembered past Avon firefighters who have died, including Kevin Criss, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2010. Assistant Chief Tim Golay reflected on Sept. 11, and the importance of remembering the first responders who lost their lives that day. "In about one hour and 42 minutes, it was over," he …
Friday, October 7, 2011
What are your weekend plans?
A cherished Lorain County fall tradition is back! The Woollybear Festival is Sunday in downtown Vermilion. Enjoy an old-fashioned parade emceed by Dick Goddard, shopping, entertainment, food, caterpiller races, and Goddard's winter forecast. He'd better not predict that this winter will be as bad as last winter. Need some warmer clothes for the kids, but don't want to break the piggy bank? Check out the Avon Early Childhood PTA Kids Kloset Resale on Saturday at Avon High School for some sweet bargains on gently-used clothes, as well as toys, furniture and other kinderstuff. The weather's going to be glorious this weekend. So get out of the house and have some fall fun outside. There are hayrides and a corn maze at Pickering Hill Farms, and…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Charles Purks taken to Cleveland by LifeFlight
Updated at 4:48 p.m. Sept. 7: An 81-year-old Avon man was treated and released after being taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Tuesday morning following a single-car crash on French Creek Road. Charles Purks was heading east on French Creek Road near Moon Road around 8:44 a.m. when he lost control of his car going into a curve, Avon police reported. The car went off the road, flipped and wound up upside-down in a drainage ditch. There was about six inches of water in the ditch. Firefighters and police from Avon and Sheffield Village worked to extract the man from the car. He had a bad cut on his head, and was a bit dazed but conscious when he was freed. He was taken by ambulance to EMH-Avon, and then taken by …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Avon fire chief Frank Root learned just what the firefighter brotherhood means.
One of Avon fire chief Frank Root's most treasured possessions is a hat he never wears. What makes the hat special is the giver. The hat, embroidered with the initials FDNY and a football, was given to him by one of the many New York City firefighters he befriended in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Root was a firefighter in Elyria in 2001. After the second plane hit the World Trade Center, his father, Frank Sr., who was still fire chief in Avon, called his son to see if he would go to New York with a truck. While they didn't go to New York – so many fire departments just showed up in the aftermath that others were being turned away – he got to know many FDNY firefighters when Elyria's fire department became a sister station with …