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Fire Department is Named Outstanding Organization

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Washington Township Fire Department has been recognized with the Outstanding Organization Award from the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance which promotes regional cooperation and efficient use of public funds among fire departments.

The award recognizes the Miami Valley fire department that has led the way in providing quality services to the community, with emphasis upon innovation, teamwork and cost efficiencies.

In making the award, the MVFEA Executive Committee pointed to the fire department’s accreditation in 2008 and reaccreditation in 2013, noting that Washington Township is the only combination department in Ohio to be accredited and one of just nine overall.

“Washington Township Fire is a truly outstanding organization,” said Jacqueline Leland, MVFEA executive director, noting that its $139 per capita expenditure is the lowest reported in 2013 by the Miami Valley’s five largest departments.

Captain Michael Guadagno, Chief Bill Gaul and Secretary Karen Clarke of Washington Township Fire Department with Stephen Milliken and Jacqueline Leland of MVFEA.

Accreditation has set the department on a path of continuous improvement in areas that have included dispatching, records management, staffing, response measurements and facilities. The Fire Department achieved improvements while coping with state cuts and property tax losses. Adding to the challenge, the 160-member department now protects more taxable property than any in Montgomery County and protects the second largest population in the county. From 1992 to 2012, fire and emergency medical runs more than doubled – from 2,540 to 6,060.

In a random survey released in 2013 by the Center for Urban & Public Affairs at Wright State University, 100 percent of residents who used WTFD fire or EMS services reported they were satisfied.

 

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