Ohio Department Out of Service due to Lack in Oxygen
From the front page:
After notifying Reliance Oxygen that the department would be making a vendor change come Jan. 1, the company stripped the entire station of oxygen, Fire Chief James Verbosky told the news station.
Crews were left hoping they wouldn't be called out to service without the key life-saving tool.
"It'd be like a fire truck going to a fire without any hose or any water," Verbosky said. "In the event we have something bad go wrong -- cardiac arrest, somebody having difficulty breathing -- we need oxygen."
Rossford fire received some assistance from Northwood, in the form of two spare oxygen bottles, according to the report.
While they were out of service, mutual aid stepped in, Verbosky said.
"Our mutual aid partners are our friends," he said. "It's nice to know when we're in a pinch we can call them, they can call us, and everything's taken care of."
Rossford's new vendor has since made a delivery and they are fully stocked with oxygen and ready to respond.
The chief says a call has been placed to the Better Business Bureau and WTOL-TV called Reliance Oxygen for comment, but the call was not returned.
Maybe I am reading to much into this, but why would you put yourself out of service due to a lack in oxygen bottles. Maybe it's just terminology. To me, "out of service" means that you are closed. The dispatcher will not notify you of any incidents.
So back to the question? Were they "closed" for fire calls because they didn't have any O2? Silly.
why didnt anyone call me ? :)
Hi everyone ............this is our department, this is was handled mostly by me although on vacation, so the Chief got to deal with it in real time.
we opted to go with a different vendor, to make this short and sweet, Reliance could do what they did, there was NO written contract, but they came and took their cylinders earlier than the agreed upon time. We rented from them...........this is did put us essentially out of business (EMS wise) until we got our new vendor in and got some O2 from our mutual aid neighbor.
We run 2 ALS transports 1 ALS engine co and 1 ALS truck and an ILS engine co.
anymore questons .................holla back !