Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join Ohio Township Fire Department?

Ohio Township Fire Department is a 100% volunteer, 100% of the time  department. The department provides multiple state Firefighter classes each year in order for you to obtain the certifications needed to be on a fire department.

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How old do I have to be to join?

In order to be a firefighter, the state of Indiana requires you to be 18. Persons under 18 can join the department as a cadet, which allows them to train beside firefighters when appropriate. You can learn more about membership options here.

Why will a fire truck pass me or go through an intersection with lights and sirens and then shut them off and drive normally?

The fire apparatus was likely disregarded or cancelled while enroute. Each nature of emergency has a specific line up of apparatus that respond to the incident; if the first arriving unit determines that additional apparatus are not needed, a disregard will be issued.

Why do I see Ohio Township trucks running lights and sirens outside of the Township?

If you see an Ohio Township Fire Department apparatus outside of the township, the apparatus is likely on a mutual aid move up to assist another department.

Can a firetruck come to my school or event?

Dependent on personnel for that day, it is likely that an Ohio Township Fire Department apparatus can come visit your school or event. To request more information, you may call the fire house at (812) 518-0394 or submit a request on the contact us page.

Where should I place smoke detectors? How many do I need? How often should I check them?

Smoke detectors and alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan and can provide you with an early enough warning to safely get out.

Install a smoke detector inside and outside each sleeping area as well as on every level of the house, including the basement. If the level does not have a bedroom, install it in the common areas like living room and dens. Smoke detectors should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke detectors at least 10 feet from the stove to reduce false alarms.

What type of fire extinguisher should I buy for my house?

Home and business owners most likely need to purchase a Class A-B-C extinguisher. This type of extinguisher is designed to extinguish common fires that include wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires. Even though you believe the fire is extinguished, you should still call 911 to request the fire department to make sure.