Quick Thinking Prevents Apartment Fire from Spreading

A mother of three recently took action during an apartment fire that saved the lives of her children, herself, and possibly others. Shortly after cooking a meal, Antunisha Bradley left her kitchen to check on her children in the bedroom.

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Soon Bradley’s fiance’ had entered the room to alert her of a fire in the kitchen that was quickly spreading.

Bradley immediately gathered up her children and fled the 8th floor apartment unit as smoke rapidly filled the room.

Bradley later stated to Fire officials that “I closed the door to the apartment because I didn’t want smoke to fill the hallways.” Once informed that her actions may have resulted in the fire not spreading beyond her unit she stated, “I wasn’t aware of that, but I’m glad that I did it.”

As a result of the fire, Bradley has become adamant about preparing a fire safety escape plan and practicing it with her family.  She plans to make sure that she always have working smoke detectors in her home.  The Cleveland Division of Fire applauds Antunisha Bradley for taking the steps she did to prevent the fire in her apartment from spreading and encourages all citizens to follow her example and consider the following:

Those who live in a high-rise apartment or condominium building or staying in high-rise hotels need to be prepared in the event of a fire. It is important to know the fire safety features in your building and work together with neighbors to help keep the building as fire-safe as possible.

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  • For the best protection, select a fully sprinklered building. If your building is not sprinklered, ask the landlord or management to consider installing a sprinkler system.
  • Meet with your landlord or building manager to learn more about the fire safety features in your building (fire alarms, sprinklers, voice communication procedures, evacuation plans and how to respond to an alarm).
  • Know the locations of all available exit stairs from your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are clearly marked, not locked or blocked by security bars and clear of clutter.
  • If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm on your way out to notify the fire department and your neighbors.
  • If the fire alarm sounds, feel the door before opening and close all doors behind you as you leave. If it is hot, use another way out.  If it is cool, leave by the nearest way out.
  • If an announcement is made throughout the building, listen carefully and follow directions.
  • Use the stairs to get out—never use the elevator unless you are directed to by the fire department.

Escape 101

  • GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke or a disability, STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out.
  • CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
  • Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time. Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

Mayor Jackson Addresses Declining Use of Force in Cleveland Police

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson delivered a presentation to the public and members of the media that highlighted the declining instances of use of force by officers of the Cleveland Division of Police throughout his tenure as Mayor. In that presentation, Mayor Jackson outlined actions that he and his administration haven taken to reduce these incidents and presented future plans for continued reform.

Mayor Jackson Addresses the Decrease in Police Use of Force

Mayor Jackson Addresses the Decrease in Police Use of Force

View the full presentation here.

Some of the historical actions taken by Mayor Jackson include:

February, 1993 – Council members Fannie M. Lewis and Frank G. Jackson introduce legislation to ban the use of the choke-hold.

October, 2004 – Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) starts for officers, instructing them on techniques to de-escalate situations with mental health issues and those impaired by alcohol and drugs.

January, 2006 – Reforms to Cleveland Police Use of Force Policy, clearing the backlog of deadly force investigations pending in the City Prosecutors office. Appointed a special prosecutor to oversee deadly force investigations, implemented a tracking system to ensure these and all future investigations were completed.

2008-2009 – A Central Booking is established to receive all prisoners at the Justice Center, where trained medical and corrections personnel are ready to help those  individuals in need.

2010 – Cleveland Division of Police implements comprehensive vehicle pursuit policy.

Oct. 19, 2012 – The Police Executive Research Forum (an advisory to the United States Department of Justice) provided the City with a list of recommendations following its review of police practices and policies regarding the use of force. Overall, PERF said, it “found Cleveland Division of Police policies and procedures sound and comprehensive.” The city enacted all twenty-seven of these recommendations.

View The Police Executive Research Forum findings and recommendations here. 

These policies and procedures implemented by Mayor Jackson throughout his tenure have resulted in declining use of force incidents, arrests, and calls for service.

Since 2006:

  • Calls for service to police have been reduced by 22%
  • Arrests by 22%,
  • Less Lethal Force by 54%
  • Deadly Force by 48%



Moving Forward

While the polices implemented by Mayor Jackson have resulted in a significant reduction in use of force and overall arrests, there is still more work to be done.

This January, the City of Cleveland became the largest municipality in the United States to outfit its police force with body-worn cameras. The cameras were deployed in January 2015, beginning with the First District, and will be city-wide by June 2015.

In addition to the body-worn cameras, the Division of Police is revamping the way it approaches hiring and recruitment in order to create a police force that is truly representative of the community that it serves. A continuing applications process, new minimum qualifications, and a revamped psychological examination are just some of the areas that the Mayor and his administration have targeted for change.

View Mayor Jackson’s full presentation here.





Cleveland Kennel Now Open on Sundays

The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce that the Cleveland Kennel will now be open on Sundays to the general public for adoption and reclaiming services beginning February 1, 2105.


“The addition of the Animal Adoption/Volunteer Coordinator, as well as shifting around some of the Animal Control Officers schedules made this possible,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison. “I feel very confident that the added access to the dogs in the kennel will definitely help reunite more lost dogs with their families as well as increase adoption opportunities. This is another step forward for the animals of Cleveland.”

Cleveland Kennel is located at 2690 W. 7th Street in Cleveland and will now be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Questions about the adoptable dogs at the kennel can be sent to: citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us or a voice message can be left at 216-664-3476. Dogs currently available for adoption can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/cacfbavailabledogs

Stop down and meet your new best friend.