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In the event that crews are out of the station either on an emergency, training detail, safety inspection, or hydrant flushing the dispatcher will either contact the units by radio or send the next closest unit which may be a mutual aid company in the event that all of our units are committed to another emergency detail.
Another advantage of calling 911 is that it automatically transmits the caller location. This may be beneficial if the caller disconnects or the non-emergency event suddenly evolves into an emergency.
Station No. 111 (5170 Princeton Glendale Road)1 Career Lieutenant2 career Firefighter / Paramedics2 part time Firefighter/EMTB or Paramedics
Station No. 112 (6957 Yankee Road)1 Career Lieutenant2 Career Firefighter / Paramedics2 Part-time Firefighter / EMTB or Paramedics
Station No. 113 / Headquarters (6682 Princeton Glendale Road)1 Career Lieutenant3 Career Firefighter / Paramedics3 Part-time Firefighter / EMTB or Paramedics
Additionally, during traditional business hours we have an Administrative Staff that operates out of headquarters consisting of a Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and a Captain.
These arrangements make resources available to Liberty Township at a moment’s notice that would be beyond our budget. Several of our members participate actively in the Butler County Technical Rescue Team, the Butler County Fire Investigation Team, and Ohio Task Force 1 - FEMA team. These regional assets of specialized tools and trained manpower are capable of responding to situations that no single department or agency could afford.
One of the common misconceptions of outdoor weather warning sirens is that of their intended purpose. They are only designed to warn persons that are outdoors of the potential of severe weather and to take shelter and seek definitive info via television, radio, or other means. To design a siren that was capable of alerting individuals inside of buildings would require a unit that was unbearable if not dangerous to be near when outside. The existing sirens were engineered and placed to warn residents in areas such as school yards, parks, swimming pools, golf courses, etc. We encourage residents to purchase one of the many weather alert radios on the market for when they are inside of their homes. Many of these devises can be programmed to only alert for specific regions and can additionally warn of numerous other weather related emergencies in addition to tornadoes. Additionally, there are numerous options available that can be subscribed to (many without cost) that will send alerts to a cell phone or other electronic device. Some of these are provided by local television stations' weather bureaus. Please feel free to contact Fire Chief Ethan Klussman if you have any questions or would like any additional info. Another excellent source is the Butler County Emergency Management Agency. Much work has been completed recently to adopt a consistent countywide policy to guide the activation of the sirens. This is intended to prevent variances in policies between neighboring jurisdictions.
Another concept underway is the formation of a regional IMAT (Incident Management Assistance Team). In addition to first responders responding into neighboring jurisdictions, this will formalize the way command officers respond to fill in assignments within the command structure at large scale incidents outside of their jurisdiction. Liberty Township has always worked well with all neighboring departments as well as local and regional agencies.
In addition to standard mutual aid agreements, we have been very active in the formation and ongoing operation of the Butler County Technical Rescue Team. We currently have a member on the Steering Committee, as well as, 16 technicians on the team including 2 in leadership roles. While we do have some limited specialty rescue equipment, it is impractical for any one department to possess the highly specialized training and equipment to respond to incidents such as high angle rope, building collapse, trench rescue, and confined space rescue.
Another area that we hope to expand on is the participation in the Hazardous Materials Collaborative; with the highways and railroad that passed through Liberty Township, we have a significant exposure that makes it appropriate for us to have an active role on this team as well. Liberty Township stores and deploys one of two Butler County Emergency Management Agency’s Mass Causality Incident (MCI) trailers and Rehab and EMS Gator trailers. Liberty Township Fire Department is an active participant in the Butler County Fire Chiefs’ Association and Fire Investigation Teams.