Springfield Fire Rescue Division Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Frantz (right) and another healthcare worker (left) were visited by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine at Clark County's COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Upper Valley Mall. Courtesy Facebook
Members of the Springfield Fire Rescue Division (SFRD) are lending their skills to the vaccination effort hosted by the Clark County Combined Health District at the Upper Valley Mall.
“The men and women of the Springfield Fire Rescue Division continue to be leaders in delivering service to the citizens of Springfield and Clark County by helping vaccinate against the pandemic,” says SFRD Chief Brian Miller. “We’ve identified a need and are proud to step up to help the community in a uniquely tough time.”
The Fire Division responded to requests for help from the Clark County Combined Health District. The clinic at the Upper Valley Mall has received widespread praise for its efficiency, and as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was moving swiftly with making vaccinations available, the Fire Division’s extra hands were a welcome addition.
Three members of the SFRD staff are on hand every Thursday at the clinic to assist in giving the vaccine injections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the space of the former JCPenney.
“The effort will continue through at least April 1, because we recognize the need to help our partners at the Health Department meet the joint mission of a healthy community,” Miller says.
The reception to their efforts has been “outstanding,” Miller says. Members were on-hand when Gov. DeWine paid a visit to the clinic on March 11.