Columbia Township Fire Department
Non-emergency number 440-236-8812
The Columbia Township Fire Department has an operational strength of 29 members that work out of the fire station located at 25540 Royalton Road. The Administrative section consists of Fire Chief Raymond Anthony, Assistant Chief Mike Reyes, Captain Dave Cox, Captain Craig Heidinger, Lieutenant Brett Heidecker, Lieutenant Kevin Barnard, , 12 FF/Paramedics, 2 FF/Intermediates, and 14 FF/Basics 2 FF. All members are divided into six squads that are on a six-day rotation during the hours of 6pm-6am. During these hours the station is not manned so in the event of a medical emergency or fire, 911 will send out a tone over our pagers. At this time the members on duty will respond from home to the station and advance to the scene in the rescue squad or fire engine. During the unmanned hours we receive 38 % of our calls with an average response time from 911 tones to on scene of 11 minutes. However, the station is manned with two fire/EMS personnel Tuesday through Friday from 12am to 6pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and Monday 6a-6p 365 days a year. During these hours we receive 62% of our calls with an average response to on scene of 6 minutes. Primary responsibility of station personnel is to respond to any fire/EMS calls that may occur, in a timely and professional manner. Each day shift is responsible for general maintenance and detailed inventory of an assigned apparatus. Station duties also include general up keep of the station and day-to-day operations.
We currently run with 2 rescue squads, 2 fire engines, 1 tanker with pumping capabilities, and 1 grass fire truck. Besides serving the community with 484 rescue calls and 214 fire calls last year alone, we provide training in CPR, First Aid, fire extinguishers for our residents and businesses. We assist the county with Hazardous Materials, Bomb Squad, Dive Team Rescue and Arson Investigation within the county.
Several years ago we started billing for our rescue calls when transported to a hospital. Most insurance's include in their premiums the cost for an ambulance transport, so it is our policy that when a resident is billed for an ambulance transport that we accept only what your insurance pays and the resident does not get billed for any co-pays or remaining balances. We have started billing in hopes to generate money, without raising taxes, to continue our manned hours and expand our manned hours to serve the community with a quicker response. Statistics show that during manned hours we have a much shorter response time verses when we are unmanned. We are striving to reach our goal of being able to give everyone a quick and efficient response day or night and make Columbia Township a safer community.
Over the last year we have raised $19,500.00 towards our goal of
$24,000.00 to purchase rescue equipment. In March 2009 we upgraded our Rescue Tools (Jaws of Life) as the first stage of our project. The Fireman's Association raised money through fundraiser's such as the car show and pancake breakfast. We also received many generous donations from the community
organizations (Columbia VFW, Columbia Eagles, and Columbia Community Foundation) and residents that helped us reach this goal very quickly. With upgrading these tools it will allow us to serve our community and the people who pass through it everyday. We continue to raise money so that we can complete
the second phase of our project and purchase the remainder of the rescue equipment.
On behalf of Chief Anthony and the Columbia Fire Department members
we would like to extend our sincere thank you for supporting us today and throughout it the year