2016 Fund Drive

Each year the department sends out an annual flyer, included with it is the current fundraiser the department is trying to achieve. After conducting evaluations and consulting local recent traffic studies, the department has begun to focus on expanding it’s hazardous incident response capabilities. Funds raised through this fund drive will be earmarked for improving the department’s hazardous response capabilities.

Hazardous Material Capabilities To Be Expanded

“It’s no breaking news that Ohio Township is rapidly expanding, not only in residential and commercial property but also in the amount of traffic that comes through the community.

Crews create an Earth Dam to separate water from diesel after a wreck that caused a semi to leak half it's fuel.
Crews create an Earth Dam to separate water from diesel after a wreck that caused a semi to leak half it’s fuel.

A surprisingly large number of those vehicles carry hazardous materials. Your Ohio Township Fire Department has responded to multiple accidents involving hazardous materials, like when the fuel tanks of a semi were ruptured during a wreck causing diesel fuel to leak on Highway 66. However, our current ability to provide adequate protection to the township is limited, requiring us to rely on outside agencies who may take more than 30 minutes to get on scene.

We have conducted evaluations and consulted recent studies for the potential of a large hazardous materials incident in this area. Given the high number of area, industrial manufacturers and our high volume of commercial traffic, an estimated 24% of the vehicles on our roadways are carrying reportable quantities of hazardous materials. These findings indicate a need for increased hazardous response capability within our department.

Ohio Township Fire Department currently operates at an “Operation Level” for a hazardous response. As such, we are currently only able to identify, isolate and evacuate a situation, but are unable to safely rescue a victim or stop a large spill. This year, your $52 per year or more in support we request from each resident, business, and organization in our response area, will be used to increase our hazardous materials operational capability to the “Technician Level”. At the Technical Level, our increased capability allows us to depend on our own personnel for response and for them to safely attempt rescues and to mitigate hazardous situations.

Members of Ohio Township Fire Department working towards obtaining their Hazmat Operations certification.
Members of Ohio Township Fire Department working towards obtaining their Hazmat Operations certification.

The department has 10 volunteers ready to be fully trained and equipped to the level of Hazmat Technician by Spring 2017 but lack the funding to complete it. After those initial members are trained, our state certified instructors will be able to train the rest of our volunteers at no additional cost. Your donation is an important investment in your Ohio Township Fire Department and our ability to serve the community. Thank you for your support to save lives and protect property in the community.

Thank you for your support to save lives and protect property in the community.”

Show Your Support

Support your Ohio Township Fire Department by donating online through Paypal, all major credit cards accepted.

Your donation will be earmarked for use towards the department obtaining the equipment and training to certify members as Hazmat Technicians.

About Ohio Township Fire Department

Ohio Township Fire Department is a 100% volunteer, 100% of the time fire department. The non-profit fire, rescue and EMS department provides coverage to Ohio Township.

The department responds to almost 400 runs a year related to fires, accidents with injuries and medicals related to cardiac arrests and unconscious patients.

Your Donations Make A Difference

The non-profit fire department relies on your donations to increase the capabilities of the department and our firefighters. The 2016 fund drive will be earmarked to allow the department to obtain the necessary equipment and training to increase the response capability to Hazmat Technician which allows members to safely make rescues and mitigate spills and other hazardous situations without having to wait on outside agencies, which could be 30 minutes or longer.