ADMINISTRATION - Ross Township Fire Department is led by Chief Steve Miller, O.F.E. Chief Miller started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Millville Fire Department in 1978. Miller was appointed Captain of the department in 1982 and held that position until 1992 when he was appointed Chief. Chief Miller was employed at the Department of Energy Site Fernald as a Senior Firefighter Response Specialist from 1987 until 2004. During that time Miller took advantage of the opportunities that Fernald provided to him to advance himself in the fire service. Chief Miller obtained his professional fire certification, became a state certified fire safety inspector, a state fire instructor, hazmat specialist and is BERT Certified. Chief Miller was one of the original members of the Hamilton County USAR team and was a member of the Ohio Task Force One USAR member for a brief time. Miller obtain the full time position of Chief of the Ross Township Fire Department when Ross and Millville Fire Departments merged operations in 2004. Miller attended the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate from the Class "9" of the Ohio Fire Executive program through the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. He is a member with the National Fire Protection Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, the Butler County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Ohio Firefighters Association. He believes strongly in community service and sees that as a strong commitment by the personnel of the Ross Twp Fire Dept. Chief Miller is married to his wife Alisa and they are the proud parents of Ashley and Chris Miller.
OPERATIONS - Ross Township Fire Department (RTFD) is a combination department that covers 36 square miles and protects 9,000 citizens. The department employs one full time chief, 27 part time firefighters/EMT’s, 26 volunteer firefighter/EMT’s and provides services from two stations located at the northern and southern borders of Ross Township. The department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire inspections, and fire prevention. The department holds an Insurance Service Office (ISO) combination rating of 4/8B in Ross Township and a rating of 3 in the Village of Millville. The rating of 4 in the township only applies to structures that are within 1000 feet of a hydrant. A rating of 8B applies to structures beyond 1000 feet. 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.
TRAINING - Training of the Ross Township Fire Department provides firefighters with constant operational training. Firefighters receive a variety of general training courses including driver operator training, SCBA, equipment, general firefighter practices, natural gas emergencies, and hazmat situations just to name a few. Our firefighters also get occasional training on subjects such as homeland security classes through FEMA, some of which are now required for all firefighters, arson investigation, landing zone operations for helicopter transport. Live Burn training is also conducted whenever we get the opportunity. There is no better way for new recruits to get actual on the scene training under controlled situations, not to mention the fact that seasoned firefighters are in a never ending learning process.
Training is never complete for a firefighter! New technologies and methods of operation create a constant need for training, whether in the classroom or on the fire ground.
COMMUNICATIONS - In 2009, Butler County began use of a state of the art voice communication system. The Butler Regional Interoperable Communications System, a digital 800MHz Motorola Astro 25 system, was built to meet the APCO Project 25 standard for radio system interoperability. Fourteen tower sites in and around our county provide the coverage and capacity needed to support our public safety and governmental users. The system was designed to support the voice (and future data) communications for Butler County as well as all the local municipalities and agencies that will use it for their primary public safety communications. The system was built by the Butler County Board of Commissioners and is operated by the Butler County Sheriff. It supports all 14 law enforcement agencies, 23 fire and EMS agencies, and numerous other government and public service agencies. It has been sized to provide future support to public works, public health, hospitals, transportation and schools. The system will provide improved emergency response to the region's 330,000+ residents by allowing public safety agencies to immediately share information and intelligence during routine operations and natural or man-made disasters. Regional communication is an essential component of emergency planning and response.