Veteran Paramedic Promoted to Lieutenant/ New Firefighter Takes Oath
Garfield Heights Firefighter/Paramedic Thomas Nemeth was promoted to the rank of lieutenant during a recent swearing-in ceremony. The 37-year-old is a 14-year department veteran. He fills a rank made vacant by a recent retirement, according to Fire Chief Thomas Nemetz.
Also sworn in, was Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Creque. The 28-year-old has experience with the Streetsboro Fire Department and Life Fleet Ambulance Service. He fills a vacancy also made available through a recent retirement.
“Both of these men will provide quality service to our residents and I am proud they are members of our department,” Nemetz said.
Firefighters Receive Grant for New Gear
Garfield Heights firefighters are equipped with new gear that meets National Fire Prevention Association standards thanks to a $92,427 federal grant. All 43 department firefighters received a complete set of gear that includes a coat, pants, helmet, boots, hood and gloves. The city paid 10 percent of the cost of the equipment, which totaled $10,269. “The new gear arrived just in time as our present gear will be 10 years old and outdated according to NFPA standards,” said Fire Chief Tom Nemetz.
The chief also reported that an additional $24,120 was awarded to the city by the Department of Homeland Security and will be used to purchase thermal imaging devices that are used during fires to locate trapped and/or injured people and a generator to operate rescue equipment. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program helps firefighters and other first responders buy protective equipment, vehicles and gear. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said the funds ensure firefighters here and throughout the country have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely.
Fire Lt. Dave McKee said the fire department has applied for another grant to purchase a new rescue squad.
Ranking Firefighters Take Oath of Office
Garfield Heights Fire Lt. Tom Lisy, a 23-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of captain during a swearing-in ceremony Dec. 29 at Fire Station No. 1 on Turney Road. Firefighter Joe Warner, a 12-year veteran, was promoted to lieutenant.
Capt. Lisy became a firefighter in 1988 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1993, the youngest person ever to achieve the rank in department history. For the past 20 years, he has been an integral part of the regional HazMat team. He received a Heroic Achievement award for risking his life to rescue a man trapped and unconscious inside a gasoline storage tank. In addition to firefighting duties, Lisy will be in charge of training for the fire department.
Lt. Warner was hired in 1999 and is following the career path of his father, Concord Township Fire Chief Mike Warner, president of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association. Lt. Warner has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Lakeland Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership from Bellevue University. In addition to firefighting duties, Warner will be responsible for maintenance of the 1,300 fire hydrants in the city. He also is a part-time Concord Township fire lieutenant.
Pictured from left, Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova, Fire Capt. Tom Lisy, Lt. Joe Warner and Chief Tom Nemetz.
Garfield Heights firefighters showed their commitment to raising awareness for breast cancer research by purchasing and wearing pink shirts during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured, from left, are firefighters Brian Mihal, Scott Arcangeli, Rich Koblin, Jonathan Havel, Dennis Cain and Lt. Tom Lisy. City firefighters also raised money for the Susan G. Komen fund.
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For non-emergencies call 216-475-4053
The Garfield Heights Fire Department consists of two stations. Station One is located at 5115 Turney Road and Station Two is at 4585 East 131th Street. In addition to fire fighting and emergency medical services, the Fire Department provides many services including fire safety inspections, public education and miscellaneous services such as pulse readings and CPR classes.
- Emergency Preparedness - if anyone in the City of Garfield Heights needs information on preparing for an emergency in their house/business they should contact the Garfield Heights Fire Prevention Bureau at (216) 475-4043
- Periodic inspections of commercial buildings
- Inspections of residences, upon request
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for groups
- First aid training for groups
- Carbon monoxide presentations for groups
- Fire safety presentations for groups, schools, etc.
- Fire extinguisher training for employers, groups, individuals, etc.
- Fire Station tours for schools, groups, etc. (by appointment only)
- Rescue squad standby for special events
- Meeting rooms available for small groups
- Carbon monoxide (CO) investigations for residences or businesses