RECOGNIZING PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF FERNALD FIRE DEPARTMENT-HON. STEVE CHABOT (Extensions of Remarks - September 15, 2004)
HON. STEVE CHABOT OF OHIO
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the current and former members of the Fernald Fire Department for their distinguished service in protecting the former nuclear site and the surrounding community for the past 50 years.
Fernald was a major hub in America's nuclear weapons complex during the Cold War. Located about 25 miles north of Cincinnati, in Crosby Township, the site's primary charge was to produce metal uranium-an important and potentially dangerous job demanding skill and courage. The firefighters serving at Fernald share these same admirable qualities.
For the last half-century, the department's men and women-professionals and volunteers-have provided outstanding emergency response service to the Fernald site and the residents of Crosby Township. The department responds to hundreds of medical emergencies and house-fires every year-they made about 300 runs last year alone.
Mr. Speaker, firefighters, like the men and women of the Fernald Fire Department, have always played an important role in keeping Americans safe. That role has never been more vital or deserving of our admiration and respect than in the post-September 11 world. Whether in New York City or a rural community in southwestern Ohio the sacrifice and bravery of America's firefighters is on display every day-running toward the smoke and flames. Saving lives.
Later this year, the Fernald Fire Department will close its doors one last time after a job well done. They will leave behind their equipment and their service to a grateful community.
I want to thank the past and present members of the Fernald Fire Department for their dedication and sacrifice in making Fernald and Crosby Township safer places to live and work.