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Volunteer Firefighter Task Force Roundtables Set Around the State

Volunteer Firefighter Task Force Roundtables Set Around the State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Task Force on Volunteer Fire Service kicks off its regional roundtable listening tour in northeast Ohio 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., July 27 at the Wayne County Regional Training Facility in Apple 

Creek (Wayne County). These roundtable events will be held in various regions across the state and provide an opportunity for firefighters and community members to share information with members of the task force. The task force will then be responsible for making recommendations to improve the sustainability of the volunteer fire service in Ohio.

The goal at these regional meetings is to solicit additional input from the volunteer fire department community regarding the issues and challenges that they are facing everyday throughout Ohio.

Statewide Regional Roundtable Schedule:
 

NORTHEAST

WED. 7/27

3:30–5:30 p.m.

WAYNE CO. REGIONAL TRAINING FACILITY

2725 S MILLBORNE Rd., APPLE CREEK, OH 44606

NORTHWEST

WED. 8/17

3:30–5:30 p.m.

PENTA CAREER CENTER

9301 Buck Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551

SOUTHEAST

SAT. 8/20

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

HAMDEN FIREFIGHTERS COMMUNITY FACILITY

138 E. RAILROAD St.

HAMDEN OH 45634

SOUTHWEST

SAT. 10/1

10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

WARREN COUNTY CAREER CENTER

3525 OH-48, Lebanon, OH 45036

CENTRAL

WED. 9/28

3:30–5:30 p.m.

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

8895 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

CENTRAL

SAT. 10/8

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

STATE FIRE MARSHAL

8895 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

 

Ohio has 1,180 fire departments with approximately 70% of all fire service in the state provided by volunteers. These dedicated volunteer firefighters typically have full-time jobs but are called upon to assist in the event of an emergency. Historically, a volunteer fire department’s community response is most significantly impacted by staffing, training, and funding levels so they must have full support to protect their communities.

Earlier in the year, Gov. Mike DeWine assembled the Ohio Task Force on Volunteer Fire Service to study and make recommendations to improve volunteer fire service in Ohio. The Task Force consists of 25 members from around the state representing local volunteer fire departments, municipalities, and state agencies.

The Task Force’s recommendation report is due to the Governor by June 2023 – with a statewide listening tour, surveys, and extensive task force and subcommittee work between now and then. The initial focus of the task force is on four areas relating to volunteer firefighters: recruitment and retention, response and operations, financial resources, and training.

These meetings are free and open to the public. Visit the State Fire Marshal’s website at com.ohio.gov/fire to RSVP and learn more about the volunteer taskforce and its mission.
 

The State Fire Marshal is part of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio’s chief regulatory agency. The Department is focused on promoting prosperity and protecting what matters most to Ohioans. We ensure businesses follow the laws that help them create jobs and keep Ohioans safe. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at com.ohio.gov.