Mission Statement: The Ross Township Fire Department is an organization of dedicated professionals whose mission is to; Save Lives, Protect Property, Protect the Environment, Provide the best services possible to the community and to treat people nice.
The Ross Township Fire Departments provides fire and emergency medical services (EMS) as well as fire prevention and safety education, and Fire Code enforcement. Services are provided through a combination of part-time and volunteer fire fighters who operate out of two fire stations strategically located in the township. Station 101, is located in the southern end and Station 102 is located in the northern end of the township. Two firefighters are assigned to each station seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, part time personnel are assigned to work from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Sunday night through Thursday night from the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., one station is staffed with two firefighters and one of those firefighters is a paramedic. If there is a back up squad run we rely on volunteers to take that run. This includes fire runs which are supplemented by volunteers. Some nights, the stations are staffed with volunteers who spend their volunteer time on station.
CHIEF CREATES STRATEGIC PLAN - Fire Chief Steve Miller has created a strategic plan for the Ross Township Fire Department. The plan is written to cover a five year stretch from 2011 through 2015. It details the existing and forecasted costs for the department's essential operations, administration and capital equipment. In addition, it predicts the additional services the department will have to provide if the Township continues to grow as expected. The strategic plan is intended to be a living document which means that it will change through the years along with the needs of the community. The Chief invites you to read the strategic plan and provide important feedback. Click here to read the RTFD Strategic Plan.
FIRE PREVENTION - The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for administering fire safety education, fire cause determination, inspection of business occupancies, and fire code enforcement. A great deal of the public contact achieved by the Department is a direct result of the Fire Prevention programs such as annual building inspections. These programs check code compliance and proper life safety standards. The Division is lead by Captain Chris Johns. In addition to Captain Johns, all personnel assigned to the part time staff carry a great deal of responsibility of assisting in the Fire Prevention mission of the Department. The Department continues an aggressive posture towards fire and life safety inspections of all commercial occupancies on an annual basis. Approximately 220 inspections were completed at the fire company level during 2010. These inspections included day care facilities licensed by the State of Ohio, inspections of newly opened businesses, and occupancies requiring Ohio Fire Code permits. Our programs are here to serve you so please let us know if we have not met your needs by calling (513) 863-3410.
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FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY TIPS - Preventing fires is a year-round responsibility for adults and a positive family activity, especially during fire prevention month. Get in the habit of changing your smoke detector battery regularly. The end of Daylight Saving Time this month presents a good opportunity to change your clocks and change your batteries, too. Make fire prevention a family habit throughout the year. Check the web site for a complete list of safety suggestions. For more info, call the Fire Department at (513) 863-3410.
Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven. This is the number one cause of house fires in Anderson.
Keep cooking areas clean and clear of materials that could catch fire, such as pot-holders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging.
Give space heaters plenty of space. Space heaters should be at least three feet away from anything that could burn. Always make sure to turn heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Solid-fueled heating equipment, including chimneys, chimney connectors, fireplaces, and wood or coal stoves should be inspected by a professional every year and cleaned as often as necessary. This also applies to all other types of fueled heating equipment, including central furnaces and space heaters.
Lit candles should be monitored constantly by an adult and extinguished when adults leave the room or go to sleep. Never leave children alone with burning candles. NFPA recommends against allowing children to have candles in their bedrooms.
If there are smokers in your home, make sure ashtrays are large and deep and won't tip over. Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before discarding them in a trash can.
Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach.
Do not use any electrical device with a loose, frayed, or broken cord.
In homes with small children, receptacle outlets should have plastic safety covers.
To reduce the risk of electrical shock, install GFCIs (ground-fault circuit-interrupters). GFCIs shut off faulty electrical circuits and equipment more quickly than conventional fuses or circuit breakers. The devices are inexpensive and can be hard-wired into your home's electrical system by a professional electrician.
Unwanted electrical arcing, often occurring in damaged wires or cords, can generate high temperatures and cause a fire. AFCIs (arc-fault circuit-interrupters) protect against fire by continuously monitoring the electrical current in a circuit and will shut off a circuit when an unwanted arcing fault is detected.
Liquids like gasoline, kerosene, and propane are highly flammable. Make sure to store these liquids outside the home in a properly ventilated shed or garage. Store them only in small quantities and in their original containers or in safety containers. Never bring even a small amount of gasoline indoors. The vapors are highly flammable and can be ignited by a tiny spark.
In the hands of an adult who knows how to use it, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and minimize property damage by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. But never forget that fire spreads rapidly. Your first priority should always be to get out of the house.
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps," warning that the battery is low. Helpful hint: schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clock from daylight to standard time in the fall.
Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturer's instructions can help keep it working properly.
Replace your smoke alarms once every 10 years.
Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm.
Make sure that everyone in your home can hear and recognize the sound of the alarm and knows how to react immediately.
SAFETY AND EDUCATION TRAILER - In 2008 the Ross Twp. Fire Department received a grant from FEMA for the purchase of a Fire Safety and Education Trailer. This valuable tool assists our firefighters with presenting fire prevention programs to the public. In addition to fire prevention, the trailer can also be used to teach severe weather safety by using surround sound and strobe lights to simulate a thunderstorm. Last year the Ross Twp. Fire Department presented safety programs to children from Elda Elementary, Ross Country Day, Ross Early Learning and Venice Presbyterian Preschool, in addition to numerous Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. The students begin the program in the front of the unit where they view a Fire Safety video that covers such topics as “Stop, Drop & Roll”, “Know Two Ways Out”, and EDITH-Exit Drills In The Home. There is also a phone that the children can use to “call” 911 and report an emergency. The 911 call will go to the control room in the trailer where a firefighter answers and acts as an emergency dispatcher. The second part of the program takes place in the rear of the trailer which is set up like a bedroom. Simulated smoke will fill the room to teach the students to roll out of bed, crawl under smoke to the door and feel for heat. The heated door simulates a fire on the other side, forcing them to use the window as their secondary exit. The Fire Safety Trailer has been an invaluable resource in preventing life saving knowledge not just to children, but adults as well. While the children go through the program, their parents can view the activities on a television mounted in the side of the unit. Our busiest time of the year for these programs is October-Fire Prevention Month. On average the Ross Twp. Fire Department educates approximately 800 children each year, with close to 650 of those in October alone. If you or your organization would like a presentation please contact Captain Chris Johns of the Ross Twp Fire Department at 863-3410.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - The EMS Division of the Fire Department provides 24-hour-a-day Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) care and transportation to area hospitals. We take pride in providing state-of-the-art medical care to our patients.
Service is provided utilizing three ALS-staffed ambulances strategically placed at each of our stations. The EMS division is supervised directly by Assistant Chief Charles Caudill and is supported by Captain Chris Johns and Captain Jim Fletcher. The Department answers more than 800 calls for service annually. A portion of the incidents are judged to be potentially life-threatening emergencies at the time of call to 911, and thus, a fire engine is dispatched from the closest fire station to provide assistance and Basic Life Support until the Advanced Life Support squad arrives. The majority of the Ross Township firefighters are trained to at least the basic Emergency Medical Technician level of training. The department is adding more Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics to the department every year.
Every first out fire engine in the township carries an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest, in addition to their other basic medical equipment. Fire apparatus is also routinely dispatched to all motor vehicle accidents to assist in extricating victims from the vehicle.
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SAFETY - The Ross Township Fire Department has developed and implemented a risk management plan. The goals and objectives of the plan are the following:
To limit the exposure of the fire department to situations and occurrences that could have harmful or undesirable consequences on the department or its members.
To provide the safest possible work environment for the members of the fire department, while recognizing the risks inherent to the fire department's mission
It is the policy of the Ross Township Fire Department to provide and to operate with the highest possible levels of safety and health for all its members. The prevention and reduction of accidents, injuries, and occupational illnesses are goals of the fire department and shall be primary considerations at all times. This concern for safety and health applies to all members of the fire department and to any other persons who might be involved in fire department activities.