Today we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the 3,000 lives lost 🇺🇸
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Today we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the 3,000 lives lost 🇺🇸
We had so much fun at last night's Story Time! Thank you to everyone who came out. We hope you enjoyed a nice evening in Painesville Square.
Once Covid-19 restrictions lift, look out for more info on our Open House to show off our new truck. It's never too early to start recruiting the next generation of firefighters! 🚒🚑
If you took any photos, be sure to send us some of your favorite and we'll share them 📸
Story Time with the Fire Department! 🚒
Safety Tips: Have a Clear Path to Your Exists
A reminder that Aug 7-9 is Tax Free Weekend in Ohio! That means the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
👕 Clothing priced at $75 or less
✂️ School supplies priced at $20 or less
📚 School instructional material priced at $20 or less.
For more info: https://tax.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/tax/home/news/sales-tax-holiday
FYI for those who attend the weekly events in the Square
📣 IMPORTANT UPDATE 📣 The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) has advised that all Lake County municipalities postpone their remaining events due to rising Covid-19 cases in the county. Painesville will be cancelling its Wednesday night Painesville Concerts in the Park series and Friday night Painesville Car Cruise Fridays series to comply with the new directive.
The Painesville Farmers Market, which is hosted every Thursday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., will remain operational as it is a registered Ohio farmers market that provides food to central Lake County. Fall 2020 events, like September’s Movie in the Park and End of Summer Block Party, will be put on hold until further direction is given from the LCGHD.
Per the Ohio Department of Health:
Beginning July 23 at 6 p.m., citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public.
Masks must be worn at all times when:
➡️At an indoor location that’s not a residence.
➡️Outdoors, when unable to keep 6 feet social distance from those not in your household.
➡️When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, car service, or private rideshare.
This order only requires those who are 10 years old or older to wear a mask. In addition, excluded groups include:
➡️Those with a medical condition or disability.
➡️Officiants at religious services.
➡️Those actively exercising or playing sports.
➡️Those actively involved in public safety.
➡️Those who are actively eating or drinking.
Very proud to serve such a unique and historic city 🇺🇸
We are so excited to share this incredible news! 📣 🙌 Thank you to the Downtown Painesville Organization for all their hard work and especially Tara Carlson for leading the effort.
For the full story, go to our website: https://bit.ly/2CCRGDk
Our local businesses always support us and we are proud to support them back!
We are excited to present another edition of our Painesville Behind the Scenes video series! We're all about community and supporting local business, which is why we are featuring Painesville’s three oldest businesses: Gartman Model Bakery, Painesville Elevator Company, and Joughin Hardware #SupportLocal #PainesvilleProud
Over the past few weeks alone, we have put out two minor fires due to fireworks in the city 🔥
It is currently illegal to set off fireworks in the state of Ohio. *IF* you choose not to follow these laws, please at least keep everyone's safety in mind:
- Never allow children to handle fireworks
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material... not easy in a city layout like Painesville
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks
- Better yet, don't set off fireworks in residential areas!
👎 Sparklers Are Dangerous 👎
Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.
Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
Just a friendly reminder about setting off fireworks within Painesville City. Thank you and have a safe 4th of July holiday.
Thank you Family Dollar store on Richmond Street for your kind donation!
We would like to say THANK YOU to the Family Dollar store located at 179 Richmond St. for their candy donations to the Painesville Police and Fire Departments!
The Painesville City Fire Department is proud to announce the arrival of the City’s new aerial ladder truck. The Sutphen SPH100, features a 100 foot ladder with a large bucket capable of carrying 1,000 lbs.
The new purchase comes after the late 2019 discovery that PCFD’s 1990 Sutphen 90 foot aerial ladder truck had developed serious frame corrosion issues. Coupled with other costly repairs, the City took the truck out of service permanently for safety reasons. Through collaboration with Painesville City Council, the City’s finance department and the 5-year Fire Equipment Levy, PCFD was able to set up a finance plan to purchase the new truck.
The Sutphen SPH100 features many new and exciting features including a state of the art hydraulic/electric generator, multiple LED scene lights, an enclosed cab with room for six firefighters, a 360 degree camera system that is viewable from the cab, and multiple compartments to safely store all equipment. The truck can pump over 1,500 gallons of water per minute to nozzles on either side of the ladder bucket. The new truck will offer PCFD much greater capability at commercial and industrial fires, as well as operations at the many multi-story buildings and home residences in Painesville.
PCFD personnel are currently training with the new truck, which is scheduled to be put in service in July 2020. “Just like when you buy a new vehicle and have to get used to it, so do firefighters with a new truck,” said Chief Tom Hummel. “It’s a very large vehicle, so we train extensively on it before we bring it to an actual emergency situation. We want to make sure all our firefighters are comfortable and familiar with the apparatus before they have to use it to save lives.”
PCFD is excited to show off their new aerial truck to Painesville residents and thank them for their continued support of the Fire Equipment Levy. Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, PCFD plans on hosting a public open house at the fire station to showcase the new apparatus. Look out for more information in the coming months on PCFD’s page and www.painesville.com.
Painesville Police Department
There are many rumors swirling around Painesville right now and I want to clarify what is happening.
• The Painesville Police Department has been notified of a planned, peaceful protest scheduled today at 2:00 p.m. in Painesville Square. The city is NOT on lockdown. We encourage everyone to exercise their constitution right to protest. We are on the scene to ensure the safety of everyone.
• The Painesville Police Department has policies and training in place so what happened in Minnesota does not happen here. We train our officers on the dangers of positional asphyxia. We train our officers to never put knees on the neck. Our policy is to get suspects up as quickly as possible. We never try to force a large or tall person into a vehicle with inadequate room. We call for an SUV or PCFD vehicle to transport. All officers are trained for deadly force situations and we strongly support crisis intervention training for officers.
• PPD also prides itself on having one of the most diverse police department’s in Northeast Ohio, with multiple African American, Hispanic and/or women officers.
• Our officers and administration also takes pride in being strongly connected to the community we serve in. We have a long-standing relationship with the African American community and Hispanic community in the City of Painesville. We are closely connected to all children through the Painesville City Local Schools system and we are often invited to events and services in these communities.
We are always open for discussion and encourage residents to reach out to myself or other members of the department with any concerns they may have. Please be safe and respect the city we call home.
Congratulations to PCFD Firefighter Paul Algier and his wife, Peggy, for being named foster parents of the year! 👏👏👏
Foster Parent 2019: Paul and Peggy Algier
The Algier family have been licensed as a foster family for nearly three years. During that time, they have cared for six children; three of which who have had severe special needs. The Algier family are laid back, friendly people who work well with children. They have spent weeks in the hospital when children have needed a medical procedure done, made countless trips to downtown Cleveland for follow up appointments and work well with the multiple service providers who are in their lives to best serve the children in their care. Their communication is stellar as oftentimes they are communicating to several different people to ensure the children are getting all services they deserve and that each of their providers is talking to one another when planning for the child’s next step in treatment. Their own children are very much a part of the team and support their parents, siblings and the foster children who enter the home with love, acceptance and help!
During their time as foster parents, the Algier family understands the importance of birth family. With all the children for whom they have cared for, the Algiers have attempted to build and maintain good relationships with the families in order to keep connections to the children who were once in their home and to be a support to the family ongoingly.
The Algier family’s dedication to children (especially those with high needs), befriending birth parents and their diligence in working with all community service providers well is a testament to foster parenting and why they are the Foster Parents of the Year 2019!
The Month of May is nationally recognized as Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Annually, we set aside a day each year to recognize and celebrate our 45 Lake County foster families with dinner, gifts and awards; however, this year we were unable to gather as a group due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Despite this, Lake County Department of Job and Family Services would like to recognize and send our gratitude and thanks to our families who care for children who have suffered abuse and neglect and help guide them through these difficult times. Of special note, Lake County Department of Job and Family Services would like to recognize and congratulate Paul and Peggy Algier as our Foster Parent of Year for 2019. Their work with children and birth families alike was noticed by agency staff, other foster parents and community service providers. Please LIKE this post to show the Algier family as well as all foster parents your support for all that they do to help children.
PCFD is not only the first on the scene to a call for "baby not breathing," we are also community advocates for safe sleeping environments for infants and young children.
The Lake County General Health District, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, provides a free Graco Pack ‘n Play or a Cribs for Kids® Cribette for income-eligible families (while quantities last). The purpose of this program is to reduce infant mortality in Lake County due to unsafe sleep practices such as co-sleeping with an infant, items in the crib, or the infant being placed to sleep in an incorrect position.
With education and proper practices to reduce risks, the burden of infant mortality can be reduced. Please visit www.lcghd.org/cribs-for-kids for more information. And remember, LCGHD is a little busy right now with Covid-19 operations, so please be patient.
Irene Mae, one of our community little ones, sent us a delightful letter! We loved it and the delicious smokies! Stay safe and we hope to see you all as soon as we are able to 😀
We loved being apart of Harvey's Class of 2020 parade! #PainesvillePride
Congratulations to Harvey’s Class of 2020! 🎓 Your community supports you! #PainesvillePride
Hopefully, we'll see you tonight (at a distance) 👍
Starting at 6:00 p.m. today, the Salute to Harvey’s Class of 2020 Car Parade will occur starting at Harvey High School located at 200 W Walnut Ave. The parade route will include W Walnut Avenue to Gillette Street, Gillette Street to W Washington Street, W Washington Street to Liberty Street, and Liberty Street to W Walnut Avenue.
Officers will be directing traffic at the major intersections and roads will fully open once the parade has passed each area. As a reminder, all in attendance should maintain social distancing guidelines. Thank you.
City of Mentor, Ohio - Municipal Government
TRAFFIC ALERT: Standing water on SR-2 & I-90 in East & West bound lanes near SR-615. Please exercise caution!
Please note the Fire Department will remain closed to the public as a precaution for our front line workers. We need to be healthy for when you need us! 👍
Per the Lake County General Health District recommendations, all city facilities will re-open to public foot traffic on June 1
Please keep Liberty Street clear for us, thank you!
For the next 10 days, Huntington Bank will be re-directing the drive thru from Washington St instead of Sterling Ave
Our great thanks to China Post 1, The American Legion, Philippines for their generous donation of 175 KN95 masks. PCFD’s own Firefighter Rob Hendershot is a member of this post. We thank you all for your service to our country, and for your help in protecting those of us on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic 🇺🇸
The Air Force Reserve will be flying over TriPoint on Thursday, May 7 #ThankYou
The 910th Airlift Wing is launching a second ‘Hercs Over America’ flyover on Thursday, May 7, 2020, as a way for our Air Force Reserve family to continue to salute the thousands of healthcare workers, essential employees and other first responders on the front line of the battle against COVID-19.
The 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron received incredibly positive response from its ‘Hercs Over America’ flyover held on May 4, 2020. Since only a limited number of medical facilities could be flown over earlier this week, the 910th built a list of additional facilities based on feedback received from the wing’s community partners and social media followers to conduct a second ‘salute’ flyover.
This ‘salute’ flyover, consisting of two of the 910th’s C-130H Hercules aircraft, is scheduled to take place over the following medical facilities during the late morning hours of Thursday, May 7, 2020.
The 910th’s aircraft will kick off its second ‘Hercs Over America’ over Ohio’s North Shore area by flying over these health care facilities: University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center in Conneaut, Ohio; Ashtabula County Medical Center in Ashtabula, Ohio; University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center in Geneva, Ohio; TriPoint Medical Center in Painesville, Ohio Cleveland Clinic – Euclid Hospital and University Hospitals Euclid Health Center in Euclid, Ohio and Cleveland Clinic Hill Crest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
The C-130s will then head to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio; Summa Health Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio; Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio; Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio; Aultman Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio; Salem Regional Medical Center in Salem, Ohio and East Liverpool City Hospital in East Liverpool, Ohio; UPMC Jameson in New Castle, Pennsylvania; UPMC Horizon – Shenango Valley in Farrell, Pennsylvania and Sharon Regional Medical Center in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
The 910th aircraft will conclude this ‘Hercs Over America’ flyover in the skies of the Mahoning Valley with flyovers above Southwoods Medical Campus and Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus in Boardman, Ohio as well as Trumbull Regional Medical Center; Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Center in Warren, Ohio.
The 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office will contact each of the locations listed above directly to notify them of the approximate timeframe the flyover salutes will occur over their respective facilities.
As with many Air Force Reserve community engagement flying activities, these flyovers are scheduled to occur during one of the wing’s training missions and will incur no additional cost to taxpayers.
Area residents should be able to see the flyover from the safety of their homes, via media broadcasts or on the 910th’s social media platforms. The 910th encourages maintaining social distancing guidelines during this event. Area residents should also refrain from traveling to hospitals or gathering in large groups to view the flyover.
The Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 910th are proud to serve alongside the first responders and essential personnel in the battle against COVID-19. These selfless Americans on the front lines of COVID-19 response remind us that we are all in this together and we can rise to meet any challenge with unrivaled spirit and commitment.
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