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Firefighters stand ready to help TFD

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Departments from around the region stand ready to help Toledo in the wake of the tragedy, especially during the funeral services. During any crisis, fire departments have what's called a mutual aid pact, meaning other departments provide equipment and manpower to the department in need. It will be no different as the Toledo Fire Department and the families bury our fallen heroes.

Oregon fire chief Ed Ellis says his heart breaks for the families and the Toledo Fire Department, "Sometimes a set of circumstances comes together you can't do anything about and this is the end result." Ellis has been with the Oregon Fire Department for more than four decades, "We lost two bothers in this incident and the big things now are to honor their memory, take care of their families and learn from it." During Ellis' tenure as Chief, Oregon has not lost a firefighter in the line of duty but he says there have been close calls, "All we can do is use our training and do the best we can. Hopefully we bring everyone home every day."

Along with other departments around the region Oregon is ready to help Toledo, "We'll take over protection duties and allow them to grieve and go to the funeral services. If Toledo requests it, we fill the stations during the funeral. We will man up our equipment and our firefighters and go to their stations and fulfill that obligation. They would do that for us if we requested it." Ellis says stepping in to help is not only a commitment to each other it's a commitment to the community, "No matter how sad we feel we still have to maintain protection for the public. The fire and EMS calls are not going to stop because we are burying our fallen brothers and someone has to answer the calls." Chief Ellis says Toledo has helped his department in times of need. The mutual aid pact in our region covers a number of counties including wood, Ottawa, Fulton and Lucas.

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