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Marysville Fire & Police Departments Conduct Trainings

Memorial Provides Soon-To-Be Demolished House for Training Location

Marysville Firefighters and Police Officers will take part in a series of live, realistic trainings to sharpen and enhance the departments’ emergency response and tactical skills.  The trainings will take place at 706 S. Plum St., the location of a house slated for demolition and recently offered to the departments by Memorial Health. 

Members of the Marysville Fire Department conduct search and rescue training on location of a house on South Plum Street on Friday. Memorial Health has provided the house to the department prior to demolition, in preparation for an employee parking area for the hospital campus.

The realistic hands-on trainings will occur several times a week over the next two to three months and will help the first responders to work as a powerful force on a variety of emergency scenes or operations.

“We were very grateful when Memorial Health approached our departments with the offer to lend the house,” commented Nathan Burns, Battalion Chief of the Marysville Fire Department.  “The Marysville Fire and Police Departments have always had a strong, cooperative relationship with the hospital and we appreciate their foresight in seeing and meeting one of our continual training needs.”

Trainings will cover hands-on drills for a variety of tactics, from forcible entry and emergency bailout to search/rescue and ventilation issues.  Burns added, “Having a structure such as this allows our departments to work in real-world environments – not books or simulations at the station. The benefits are immeasurable.”  Burns noted that an invitation to utilize the training area has been also extended to the other Union County Fire Departments as well as the Union County Sheriff’s Office. 

“Seeing as these entities regularly work hand-in-hand together with Memorial for the health and care of our community, providing this house as a training location seemed like the ideal thing to do,” added Chip Hubbs, President/CEO of Memorial Health.  “Demolition would have occurred regardless, but now the structure can serve the community’s first responders before it comes down.”

Burns stated that the training exercises would not damage the exterior of the house in order to preserve the appearance for the neighborhood. However, in the last few days prior to demolition, some exterior damage may occur. There will not be a complete burn of the structure due to restrictions within the city limits.   

The house, scheduled to be demolished in early 2018, will be torn down simultaneously with the demolition of the hospital’s physician wing in preparation for construction of the new inpatient pavilion.  Plans for the property are for conversion into an employee parking area that will allow spaces to open up for patient parking on the continuously growing hospital campus.

During a time when many Ohio hospitals are closing or cutting services, Memorial Health continues to steadily grow its services and locations. Both new inpatient and outpatient pavilions are part of the Memorial 2020 construction project that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the independent healthcare system.