The Union Township Fire Department offers the following services:
The function of public education is to educate the children and citizens of Union Township about fire prevention. The Union Township Fire Department offers fire house tours and demonstrations of vehicles and equipment for educational purposes. The use of a fire safety house is also provided by the fire department as a tool for teaching school age children about the dangers of fire. The fire safety trailer is also available for other community education programs by request. In addition, the fire department offers child safety seat/car seat inspections to township residents. Car seats are evaluated for safety compliance and compatibility.
The Union Township Fire Department continues to be proactive in the area of fire prevention and education, both internally and in the community.The Union Township Fire Department provides, free of charge, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and batteries to township residents.
Child Safety seats
The department evaluates child car seats for safety compliance.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) education is provided to the West Clermont Local School District. Each year, the department trains students and faculty in both of these life-saving endeavors. In addition, the department provides this training to neighborhood and community groups and local businesses. For upcomming CPR and First Aid Classes, visit Upcoming Events.
Fire Event Planning
Fire escape plan training, fire extinguisher training, and other non-emergency training are available through the department.
At your request, department personnel will make a home fire inspection and provide suggestions on better fire-proofing your residence.
The fire safety house is a tool Union Township firefighters use to educate local school children about the dangers of fire. The fire safety trailer also is used for additional community education programs.
Safety inspections are conducted in accordance with the Ohio Fire Code. These inspections are conducted by certified, on-duty fire safety inspectors with the goal of providing a safe occupancy for the business owner, occupants and customers.
Adopt a School
In addition to fire prevention and education, our personnel are involved in the "Adopt a School" program in township elementary schools. The goal of the program is to ensure a fire department presence in the school every couple of weeks for an hour or two. Firefighters participate in activities such as reading to students, becoming involved with a school project or fair, and having lunch with a group of students or a class. These activities also include fire safety education and the crews familiarize themselves with the building layout and the school staff. The education of the students, staff and firefighters will be extremely helpful in the event of an emergency at school, or even at home.
Blood Pressure Checks
Township residents may go to one of the fire stations any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a blood pressure check. This service is also coordinated on a regular basis with Clermont Senior Services at the Civic Center. For information on scheduling any of the above services and educational programs, call the Union Township Fire Department at 528-4446.
4 Easy Steps To Help Save Your Life!
1. Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. Especially near sleeping areas.
2. Keep your smoke detectors properly maintained. Test them at least once a month to insure they are working properly. Replace batteries at least twice a year.
3. Develop an escape plan and review the plan with all members of your family. Be aware that children and elderly people may need special assistance.
4. Practice fire drills in the home. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a fire. Since you may not be able to reach your children during an actual fire, it is important that they participate in the escape drills. They need to know how to escape.
Is Your Home Safe?
It is a question we do not think about very often, but it could mean the difference between life or death! American homes suffer an unwanted fire every 10 seconds, and every 60 seconds they suffer a fire serious enough to call the fire department. Most importantly, every two hours someone is killed in a house fire - that exceeds 4,000 people last year alone. Another 20,000 people are injured in house fires each year. Protecting your family from fire requires advanced planning for what to do if a fire strikes. It also involves learning how to prevent fires from ever happening. Most house fires occur in the kitchen while cooking, but are often extinguished with only minor damage since a person is generally present. The most dangerous fires occur at night while most people are asleep. Most victims succumb to the smoke and toxic gases and not to burns. Fires produce poisonous gases that spread rapidly and far from the fire itself to claim victims who are asleep and not even aware of the fire. Even if they awaken, the effects of exposure to these gases can cloud their thinking and slow their reactions so that they cannot make their escape. This is why it is so crucial for you and your family to have sufficient warning so that you can all escape before your ability to think and move is impaired. More than half of fatal fires occur when people are asleep so test your detector now!
The Life Safety Division provides instruction for cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillation (AED) training for residents and commercial organizations in Union Township. This training is utilized by neighborhood and community groups as well as team coaches and local businesses.
Smoke/CO Detector Program
The Union Township Fire Department is relentless in its pursuit to provide smoke detectors and CO detectors for all its citizens to ensure safety in every home of the township. The fire department works in conjunction with the American Legion and The American Red Cross to provide smoke detectors, CO detectors, and batteries free of charge to its residents.
The function of plan review is to collect and evaluate the commercial business plans for new development and the rehabilitation of existing buildings in Union Township. The fire department works in conjunction with the Clermont County Building Department to ensure that all construction is designed and built to code and is safe for our residents and visitors.
The purpose of conducting life safety inspections of commercial businesses is to promote the safety and well being of our customers and visitors to the township. Every commercial building is inspected annually to ensure that fire safety codes are being enforced. The Union Township Fire Department utilizes the Ohio Fire Code for enforcement purposes. Inspections are also available for foster care and adoption licensees as required by the State of Ohio.
Fire hydrants are one of the most important elements for firefighters during a fire incident.
Within the Union Township Fire Department response area are approximately 2700 private and public fire hydrants that are maintained by department personnel.
In order to ensure that every fire hydrant is in working order, fire department personnel inspect, grease/oil, and flush every hydrant beginning in spring.
During summer months fire hydrants are inspected on a regular basis to remove any obstructions and cut grass and weeds from around the hydrant. In the fall, firefighters check every hydrant to make sure the hydrant is free of water (dry) to prevent freezing during cold weather.
Frozen fire hydrants are a serious problem and cause the hydrant to be inoperable for fire operations.
Fire hydrants are required to be free of any obstructions, including high grass, weeds, and or shrubbery for a distance of 36 inches and should be visible from the street. Many of the fire hydrants are also color coded to indicate their rated capacities in gallons per minute (gpm) flow.
The top bonnet of the fire hydrant, or a reflective band, will be colored light blue, indicating 1,500 gpm or greater; green to indicate 1,000-1,499 gpm; orange to indicate 500-999 gpm; and red to indicate flows of less that 500 gpm.
Repair of public fire hydrants is the responsibility of the Clermont County Water Department, or the Tate-Monroe Water District for some fire hydrants located in the Village of Amelia.
Clermont County fire hydrants are painted red and the Tate-Monroe Water District fire hydrants can be distinguished by their light blue color.
Repairs to private fire hydrants are the responsibility of the property owner.
Fire hydrants that are out-of-service awaiting repair are identified by a large yellow circular disc attached to the front hydrant discharge.
Fire hydrant problems should be reported to the fire department by calling 528-4446.