Employee spotlight!

This month we would like to spotlight firefighter Joe Barnes. Joe is a lifelong resident of St. Bernard and has been married to his wonderful wife, Christina, for over 25 years. Joe and Christina have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Joe started his career with the St. Bernard Fire Department in March of 1990 and has served as an EMT and paramedic. He will soon be promoted to fire engineer.

Joe is currently one of two members who repair and maintain our 186 fire hydrants throughout the Village. Bringing hydrant repair and maintenance in-house has saved the Village thousands of dollars over the last few years.

Joe is also very involved in the community outside of his service to the Fire Department. He has coached for many years in both the schools and community leagues. Joe is a pre-marriage counselor for St. Clement Parish and serves as a Eucharistic Minister.

Arson Training

If you saw smoke today around Mitchell and Vine, no need to worry. Our department was conducting an Arson Investigation class. This class allows our fire inspectors to understand the flow path of fire and understand how, why, and where it started. This knowledge is vital for determining if a fire is arson or not. These inspectors/investigators are trained to rebuild the fire scene and search for signs of foul play. Even if a fire is not deemed arson these skills allow us to find the source of a fire. This training was also a multiagency training including Norwood Professional Firefighters and St. Bernard Fire Department.

Live Burn Training

This past week St. Bernard Firefighters took part in a multi-agency training at the Cincinnati Fire Department training center. Alongside firefighters from Montgomery and Madeira/ Indian Hill, firefighters took part in multiple evolution’s including a residential structure fire and an apartment fire. St. Bernard firefighters fought through the bitter cold and the overnight ice storm to complete their mission. These training’s are imperative to building the best fire department that we can.