CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – This summer held many changes for the Campbell Fire Department.
In June, the department swore in a new chief. Captain Steve Dubic was promoted. On that same day, the department started responding to emergency medical calls after a local ambulance company canceled its service with the city.
The city had been working with Life Fleet ambulance. Now it is partnered with Lane LifeTrans.
City officials say the move was a good one in the long run, and they are able to respond to calls faster and inform the responding ambulance crews of what is happening so they can prepare.
Chief Dubic says the idea had been in the planning stages for about a year while they arranged for all fourteen full and part time employees to obtain the needed training.
“We’ve averaging sometimes seven, eight, nine calls a day. It just depends, and we are thankful to have Lane Ambulance also with us that does our transporting, but we get there before them sometimes, stabilizing the patient,” Chief Dubic said.
He says any of his employees working at the firehouse are required to have that “fire responder” responder training. Of the total calls the department answered last month, more than half were for emergency medical services.
Two new firefighters were sworn in on the auxiliary side and Dave Harris was promoted to a full-time position in the department.
News masks, air packs and radios were also delivered to the department this summer.