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|Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department
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In today's ever busy world it takes a "special breed" of individual to enter the demanding volunteer
fire service. to attend meetings each week and fund raising events to assist the community in
preventing the ravages of fire. Yes, it does take a "special breed" to repeatedly put his life on the
line for our community.
|Fire Station Address:|
77 South Fourth Street
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756
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In addition under a contract from the county, the department operates a full-time emergency
medical services division with 10 full-time paramedics, 1 intermediate, and 1 basic, two part-time
paramedics, and seven basics, one intermediate, and several volunteers from the fire division as
basics and dispatchers using four advanced life support vehicles and one advanced life support
It takes hours, days, months, and years of dedication and giving of one's self and family to be
known and ranked as "one of the best". It takes a "special breed" to walk and work beside some of
the best, knowing you may not come home to your family. Your long hours, hard work and
dedication are seldom noticed but are expected to carry on the tradition of the Malta &
McConnelsville Fire Department. The tradition of excellence.
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Today the department has over forty volunteer members operating out of a state-of-the-art fire
station utilizing eight modern firefighting apparatus and four lifesaving boats, serving the residents
of two villages and seven townships in Morgan County and one township in Muskingum County.
The Badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross.The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection
and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.When a courageous band of crusaders
known as The Knights of St. John fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they
encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but horrible device of
war. It brought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross.As the
crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha.
When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens would hurl a flaming
torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save
their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.Thus, these men became our first Fire
Fighters and the first of a long list of courageous men. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow
crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one fire fighters wear
today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the
Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.The Maltese
Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Fire Fighter who wears this cross is willing to lay
down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years
ago. The Maltese Cross is a Fire Fighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a
ladder's rung away from death.
|Those frozen waterways may look inviting, but thin ice is a real danger, especially as winter
temperatures continue to rise and fall.
“We’re asking everyone to be extremely cautious and avoid venturing out onto the ice,” said M&M
Fire Chief Gary Woodward.
A couple of brutally cold days left many streams, ponds and lakes covered with a thin coating of
ice, but the return of more mild temperatures means that ice is far from solid.
“If you tempt fate and walk out onto the ice, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but also
endangering the emergency responders who come to your aid,” Chief Woodward said.
Even if temperatures do stay cold, the fast-moving currents in the streams and rivers often keep
the ice thin.
“It may look like fun, but under that thin sheet of ice is deadly frigid water that can kill in minutes,”
Chief Woodward said. “It’s simply not worth the risk.”
According to safety experts, new clear ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick to support a person
of average weight.
Older ice that has melted and refrozen may crack and break even if the ice is a foot thick.
“Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell how strong the ice is just by looking at it,” Chief Woodward
said. “Don’t take the chance. Stay off the ice.”
Anyone on ice that begins to weaken and crack should immediately lie flat and attempt to roll
away, back in the direction from which they came.
Ice of another kind remains a hazard on many Morgan County roads.
“We are asking that after a snowfall, everyone please clean the snow and ice from their vehicles,”
said Chief Gary Woodward.