Fire & Emergency Medical Services

CFAI Accreditation LogoThe Washington Township Fire Department is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, a distinction earned by meeting or exceeding performance standards in the areas of operations, training, equipment, disaster response planning, human resources, inspections, and public education.

The Department provides fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical services and fire safety/prevention education programs for the residents of Washington Township. The Washington Township service area encompasses more than 26 square miles and includes the City of Dublin and portions of Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties.

Chief Alec O'Connell leads a team of 93 full-time and 48 part-time firefighters at four stations, and an administrative staff of ten who manage Prevention Programs and Services, Training, and Emergency Medical Services.

The Department's four stations are strategically located within the Township to facilitate quick response time on emergency calls to any part of the service area. All operate fire trucks, medic units, and have equipment for land and water rescues and one or more pieces of specialized equipment.

Washington Township Fire Dept (WTFD) Fast Facts

Some interesting facts about the Washington Township Fire Department:

  • Answers more than 4,000 calls annually
  • 70% of calls are for emergency medical services
  • Remaining 30% of calls are for fires & technical rescues (trench, collapse, swift water, ice, high angle rope, auto extrication). The department doesn't keep detailed statistics on the breakdown of fire & technical rescue call percentages.
  • Operates four fire stations and an administration & training center
  • Employs 150 full-time & part-time firefighters
  • All WTFD firefighters are cross-trained in EMS
  • 88% of WTFD firefighters are certified Paramedics
  • Responds to emergencies in under six minutes on average (significantly lower than the national average)
  • WTFD is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, demonstrating oustanding performance in operations, training, disaster response planning, human resources, inspections, investigations, public education, and finance
  • WTFD provides education programs in fire suppression, prevention, emergency medical services, and fire safety to residents, special interest groups and businesses in the township, including the City of Dublin
  • WTFD provides the following additional services to area residents: Car Seat Checks, Home Fire Safety Inventory, Station Visits, Extinguisher Training, Mobile Fire Safety House, CPR & First Aid courses
  • WTFD provides department members to make presentations to local groups through a Speakers Bureau.