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Congratulations to Captain – Shawn Yerian (Canal Fulton & Lawrence Township Fire Department) who received the Ohio Fire Officer of the Year Award

Canal Fulton & Lawrence Township Fire Department
September 22 at 3:30pm ·
Congratulations to Captain – Shawn Yerian (Canal Fulton & Lawrence Township Fire Department) who received the Ohio Fire Officer of the Year Award in Columbus yesterday.

Press Release:

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal and the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS today awarded the fire service’s highest honors to firefighters and fire officers during the state’s 36th annual Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame ceremony.

The ceremony also recognized the fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty in the past year. “We find it important to recognize those who have significantly impacted Ohio’s fire service as
well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline T. Williams said. “We are so thankful for each and every recipients’ actions and service.”

“These awards are a tribute to those individuals and organizations whose overall contributions go beyond their basic duties and responsibilities and who represent the finest traditions of public
service,” said Department of Public Safety Director John Born.


Shawn Yerian, Captain- Canal Fulton Fire Department Captain Shawn Yerian began service as a part-time firefighter with the Canal Fulton Fire Department July 2005. He currently serves as a full- time firefighter/paramedic with the Mansfield Fire Department and is a part-time captain with the Lawrence Township Fire Department.

Yerian has been a leader in improving the services of the Fire Prevention Bureau of Canal Fulton and Lawrence Township Fire Departments and helped bring the Fire Prevention Bureau to a professional level that is well respected in the community.

Captain Yerian was instrumental in implementing the city’s fire explorer program. His vision and innovation with the fire explorers has provided youth an introduction to emergency services, fire department life and unique experiences. He has set standards for performance, training, attendance and community service that maintains a high level of commitment from the explorers. He coordinates trainings with the fire explorers incorporating explorer training with sworn firefighter training and involving sworn firefighters in the instruction of explorers. The trainings allow sworn firefighters to mentor skills and training to the explorers. This relationship provides sworn firefighters leadership opportunities to train explorers and to reinforce their firefighting and EMS skills through sharing knowledge.

Most recently the program was awarded Youth Program of the Year by the National Volunteer Fire Council.

Captain Yerian’s peers says that he leads by example and maintains a high level of performance and training for their firefighters. He continues to educate and develop himself professionally through formal education and by attending local and regional firefighting classes. He holds certifications as a firefighter II, paramedic, fire safety inspector, fire instructor, fire officer I, II, and has recently applied for fire officer Ill certification. He has also applied to take the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Yerian’s dedication to the fire service and his ability to build positive relationships with area fire departments and residents is instrumental in the continued success in community participation and safety in Canal Fulton

Northwest Fire Explorers Post 1854 named National Fire Council’s Junior Firefighter Program of the Year

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NVFC Names Junior and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year

The National Volunteer Fire

Council (NVFC) has announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing achievement in the junior fire service, sponsored by Tyco. A special banquet to honor the recipients of the Junior Firefighter of the Year and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards will take place during the NVFC’s Spring Meeting on May 6, 2016, in Alexandria, VA.

“The nominations received for this year’s awards were outstanding,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “The recipients truly exemplify the best of junior firefighting and indicate a bright future for the fire service. We thank these dedicated juniors and programs for all they do for their communities.”

Award recipients receive a trip to Alexandria to attend the award ceremony, a personalized award, and national recognition. The Junior Firefighter of the Year also receives a $500 scholarship to further their education.

Learn more about the NVFC’s awards program at Stay tuned to the NVFC web site and e-newsletters in May for additional information about each award winner as well as photos from the awards banquet.

The 2016 award recipients are:

 Junior Firefighter of the Year: Brittany French

Hedgesville (WV) 4-H Junior Volunteer Fire Company

A member of the Hedgesville Junior Volunteer Fire Company for eight years, Brittany French has held the offices of Secretary, Vice President, and President. During her junior and senior years of high school she attended the James Rumsey Technical Institute, where she earned her Firefighter I and II, HazMat Awareness and Operations, EVOC, MCI I and II, CPR, and EMT certifications. While attending the Institute, French participated in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state competition, earning second place in two-person CPR and first place with her EMT skills and landing a trip to Nationals.

French is currently enrolled in the paramedic course at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. She recently joined the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department, although through the 4-H structure of the junior program she can maintain membership in both until age 21.

French is a third generation firefighter within the department, so she grew up around the fire station. She spends a large amount of her free time at the department helping with anything she can, including fundraisers for both the Junior and Senior Departments. Outside of the station, French is also actively involved with her church. According to her junior program advisor, Keena Crowell, “She is a leader, and a teacher, and always willing to learn new things.”

 Junior Firefighter Program of the Year: Northwest Fire Explorer Post 1854

Canal Fulton (OH) Fire Department

 The mission of the Northwest Fire Explorer Post 1854 is to spearhead local initiatives and support like-minded organizations that develop both a public purpose (safety, education, prevention) and an internal purpose (teamwork, accountability, empowerment). Through real-world initiatives, these young leaders build upon existing strengths and overcome weaknesses well before many of their peers.

Each year, the Northwest Fire Explorers assist with Fire Truck Day at the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Not only do the Explorers treat burn survivors to a fun “firetruck water fight,” they and the survivors benefit from the personal interaction, new connections, and lasting friendships. In addition, the City of Canal Fulton and the Explorer program offer two fishing camps during the summer for area youth in which Explorers assist in teaching proper water safety and basic first aid.

Explorers also assist with the annual Safety Town event held by the city, providing fire safety information and helping with other components as needed. For the last three years, the group has done a fire alarm drive, providing free pizza to homes with a working smoke alarm and installing working alarms in those that don’t. And just for fun, the Explorer Post hosts a Community Haunted Hay Ride each fall.

In all of their initiatives, Northwest Explorer Post 1854 works to build future leaders in the fire service and community. Says Program Advisor Shawn Yerian, “There is no doubt that the Northwest Fire Explorer program will continue to demonstrate significant civic impact, innovation, and creativity.”

 About the National Volunteer Fire Council

The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at

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City Ordinance 521.08

Whoever violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree. ORC3767,99 (c))

Yard Waste is no longer being accepted behind the Canal Fulton Street Garage.

Accepted Yard Waste Materials: Grass, Leaves, Branches, Stumps, Shrubs, Sod, Christmas Trees (no tinsel).

Unacceptable Materials: Lumber, Pallets, Railroad Ties, Wooden Furniture, Treated Wood, Plastic Bags, Trash.

No materials from businesses will be accepted.

This site is a Stark County Solid Waste District Site. Call 800-678-9839 for more information.