Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Workers evacuate plant on Mogadore Road after small fire
A fire broke out at ACS Industries late Monday night that forced workers to evacuate the company's manufacturing plant. The Kent Fire Department responded to the fire at 2151 Mogadore Road at about 8:30 p.m. An employee at ACS told Kent Patch no one was injured in the blaze and the workers on second shift were able to quickly evacuate the factory, which produces large machine implements used in the construction trade. He said the fire was contained to a small painting area of the building. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:30 p.m. Kent Police closed Mogadore Road at the S.R. 261 intersection until just before 10 p.m. Firefighters from multiple area departments, including Stow, Brimfield, Ravenna and Streetsboro, all responded. …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A 20-year-old Fairview Park woman was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital Tuesday after rolling off the hood of a moving car.
A 20-year-old Fairview Park woman was hospitalized at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday after being struck by an elderly driver on Summit Street. According to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha, the 71-year-old Kent woman was driving eastbound on Summit and hit the young woman while turning into the Hickory Mills Apartments. The woman was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital and suffered what appeared to be minor injuries, according to the Kent Fire Department. "The accident is under investigation until (a Kent police) officer is able to speak with the pedestrian," said Prusha.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out Patch's highlight reel of the best jumps from this weekend's Fairways at Twin Lakes Polar Bear Plunge event in Kent.
In the name of a good cause, scores of jumpers plunged into freezing water Sunday at the inaugural Fairways at Twin Lakes Polar Bear Plunge. 80 thrillseekers took the plunge, raising over $2,400 for the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Roosevelt High School graduates with an interest in the medical field, the Record Courier reports. Kent firefighters were on hand Sunday in support of Beckett – a Kent fireman who lost a battle with cancer in 2011 – and to ensure swimmer safety. Editor's Note: Special thanks to Josh York, of Bike Ninja media, for the waterproof footage.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Proceeds from The Fairways at Twin Lakes Polar Bear Plunge will benefit the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship fund.
Canon ball, jackknife, or somersaulting swan dive: How will you take the plunge? Next Sunday, the public is invited to grab a swimsuit and make a splash at the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge at The Fairways at Twin Lakes. After a quick icy dip, participants can enjoy homemade chili, live music and compete in the longest drive golf contest, according to David Beck, the event organizer and owner of Twin Lakes. All proceeds from the event will support the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded on a yearly basis to one Roosevelt High School graduate with a fervent interest in the medical field. "We're excited for the opportunity to support the Beckett scholarship and to give the Kent community a fun activity on a cold Sunday …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Invisible Fence donated pet oxygen masks to the Kent Fire Department to save animals from smoke inhalation on Sunday.
The Kent Fire Department has new equipment that might just save your pet's life someday. Invisible Fence, a pet safety company, recently donated rescue oxygen masks to 12 local fire departments, including Kent. The mask donations are part of the company's Project Breathe, a nation-wide effort to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada with the special masks. Firefighters from around the area were in Stow to receive the donations and were trained on how to use the devices. Invisible Fence donated a total of 19 masks to help safety forces efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal. For more information visit www.invisiblefence.com/O2.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Acting Kent Fire Capt. Bill Myers receives commendation, proclamation for pulling injured firefighter from house fire
If not for Kent Fire Lt. Bill Myers, firefighter Bryan Pengal's head-first fall into a burning basement might have turned out much worse. Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey and members of Kent City Council recognized Myers Wednesday for helping pull Pengal out of a house fire that destroyed a house owned by Kent State University on South Lincoln Street last month. Myers, then an acting captain, and Pengal were among the first crew to respond to the fire at 128 S. Lincoln St. at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Manthey said both men advanced into the house with a hose line to find the base of the fire and extinguish it. "As they made their way through the smoke they did not see a section of the floor in front of them was missing," Manthey said. Pengal …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Mutual aid, ambulance and fire calls all increasing in recent years
The electronic tones that echo throughout the Kent Fire Department calling firefighters whenever there's an emergency are ringing more often with each passing year. The department has steadily seen a rise in call volume each year since the 1980s when Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey started as a firefighter for the city. "It hasn’t really fluctuated," Manthey said. "It’s all gone straight up." For the past three years, the department has responded to more than 4,000 calls annually. In 2011, Kent firefighters received 4,105 calls, including fire, EMS, mutual aid and special team responses. That means the department averaged 11.2 calls per day, or about one call every two hours. In 2010, the department received 4,080 total calls. Total calls to …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Firefighters recognized for work organizing training sessions at former Kent State apartments
The badges are pinned, the paper work is signed and today it's official — the Kent Fire Department has a new captain and lieutenant in the ranks. Members of the department congratulated Capt. Dave Moore and Lt. Jamie Samels Monday night on their promotions. Both men were promoted to fill out the vacancy created when Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey left the captain's post to take over the reins of the department earlier this year. Moore previously served as a lieutenant and also is commander of the Portage County Water Rescue Team, which includes members from 11 different police and fire departments and Robinson Memorial Hospital. Samels, a University of Akron grad, has been a member of the Kent department for 15 years. Manthey joked that both…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Dave Manthey to take over as chief of Kent Fire Department
A veteran of the fire service, Dave Manthey will take over as chief of the Kent Fire Department. Manthey, who's spent 33 years with the department, was sworn in as chief Wednesday at Kent City Council. He takes over for former chief James Williams, who retired in August due to health concerns. After Kent Safety Director William Lillich swore in the new chief Manthey thanked city leaders for taking a vote of confidence in him and Williams for his years of service as chief. "In my short time in this position I’ve worked with some phenomenal people, and this city is very lucky to have the group of people leading it that they do," Manthey said. Manthey scored the highest in the civil service test for the chief's position and accepted the job …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Allerton buildings slated for demolition loaned out to Kent Fire Department for practice burns
Members of the Kent Fire Department spent the day training with live-burn scenarios on the Kent State University campus Thursday. The university is opening up buildings in the Allerton Apartments complex that are scheduled for demolition so firefighters can use the empty apartments to train. Training exercises are expected to continue for the next several weeks.