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Springfield Township Fire Department To Be Recognized as Fire Department of the Year
Posted Jul 23, 2018

The Springfield Township Fire Department has been named 2018 Ohio Fire Department of the Year by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Medical Services and the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal. One thousand one hundred and fifty (1,150) fire departments across eighty eight (88) counties in Ohio are eligible for this award. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, this award honors an Ohio Fire Department that has demonstrated outstanding teaching characteristics and because of these attributes, has made a major impact in fire education in its community and department.


The award will be presented on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in a formal ceremony at the Division of State Fire Marshal in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.


Furthering fire education, the Springfield Township Fire Department conducts a bi-annual fire prevention open house event, Kids Fire Academy summer camp, juvenile fire setters program, college campus fire safety program, firehouse tours, boy and girl scout fire safety programs, elementary school visits with over 1,700 children each year, and fire prevention partnerships with apartment and condominium associations.


For 21 consecutive years, Springfield Township EMS and Fire responses have increased. The run volume makes the STFD the third busiest suburban fire department in Hamilton County. Station 79, located at 9150 Winton Road is the second busiest suburban firehouse in the county.


In 2017, the Springfield Township Fire Department launched a Code Enforcement Division to provide inspection services for zoning and property maintenance as well as fire inspection for business, schools and daycare facilities. With the addition of the Code Enforcement Division, the Department improved its Insurance Service Office (ISO) Class rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2. ISO class ratings can have a significant influence on property insurance rates, especially for businesses. This exceptional rating has been achieved by less than 3% of fire departments nationwide.


STFD received the 2017 Mission Lifeline EMS silver achievement award and was recently awarded a $200,000 planning grant from the Bethesda Inc. Foundation to develop a community paramedicine service model.




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Springfield Township Fire Department Education Programs:

Public Education - Bi-annual Fire Prevention Open House Event, Youth Fire Academy summer camp, Juvenile Fire Setters Program, College Campus Fire Safety Program, firehouse tours, Boy and Girl Scout fire safety programs, elementary school visits with over 1,700 children each year, and fire prevention partnerships with apartment and condo associations.


• Use of Sparky the Fire Dog mascot to promote fire safety



Accomplishments

• Code Enforcement Division - In 2017, the Springfield Township Fire Department (STFD) began a Code Enforcement Division to provide inspection services for zoning and property maintenance as well as fire inspection for business, schools and daycare facilities.


• For 21 consecutive years, Springfield Township EMS and Fire responses have increased (The run volume makes STFD the third busiest suburban fire department in Hamilton County. Station 79 - on Winton Road - is the second busiest suburban firehouse in the county.)


• Improved the Insurance Service Office (ISO) Class rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2.


• Received the 2017 Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Achievement Award


Awarded a $200,000 Planning Grant from the Bethesda Foundation to develop a Community Paramedicine service model


• STFD Division of EMS received a five year approval to operate under the auspice of the Greater Cincinnati Academy of Medicine.


• STFD added twenty (20) new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members


• STFD collected 12,000 pounds of donations to help the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. Donated items were given to Matthew 25 Ministries for distribution.