Asked Questions (FAQ)
|Is there a charge for fire or medical calls?
Yes. MTFR began billing for EMS transport on October 1st, 2007.
We were one of the last departments in Greene County to do so. For
full details please click here...
|I needed an ambulance; why did a fire engine come too?
On major medical calls, such as chest pain or a stroke, the fire engine
crew provides additional people to assist the medic crew with treating
and moving the patient.
|What hospitals can you transport me to?
While more than half of our patients request to go to Greene Memorial,
we can transport you to most of the hospitals in the area, including
Springfield Regional Medical Centre (formally Community
Hospital) in Springfield; Wright
Patterson AFB Medical Centre; and Miami Valley Hospital, Grandview Hospital, and Children’s Medical
However, critically ill patients are transported to Greene, which
is the closest hospital.
|How does Ohio’s Trauma System affect my choice of
Under Ohio law, seriously injured patients must be transported by
ground or air to a designated trauma centre. The adult trauma
for this area are Miami Valley Hospital and Greene Memorial Hospital.
Children with traumatic injuries are transported to Children’s
Medical Centre, which is a paediatric trauma centre.
|Do you get cats or other pets out of trees?
Generally, no. It is rare to find a cat skeleton in a tree. We recommend
placing the pet’s food in an open container at the base of the
tree and wait for it to come down.
|Do you offer first aid and CPR classes?
Yes. MTFR offers a variety of American Heart Association CPR courses
to the public throughout the year. If you’re interested in a
class, contact us and we can set one up. There is a minimal per person
fee for a class.
|It’s two o’clock in the morning. Why are you
using your sirens?
Ohio law requires that we use both lights and sirens when responding
in an emergent manner. Sorry.
|How can I get a tour of a station?
Just stop by during normal business hours and we’ll gladly show
you around. If you have a large group (5 or more people) please call
us at 767-7842 to set up a tour.
|Do you inspect homes for fire safety problems?
We can if requested to do so by the homeowner. These inspections are
provided for information only.
|Do you guys come from Xenia?
No. We respond from our stations in Yellow Springs and Clifton.
|There is smoke in my house, but no fire. What should I do?
Immediately evacuate everyone from the structure and then call 911
from the nearest phone.
|The tornado sirens are going off; what should I do?
If it is not the 1st Monday of the month at noon, immediately take
shelter in the basement away from any windows or on the lowest floor
in a centrally located area away from exterior walls. The siren is
tested on the 1st Monday of the month at noon; at all other times,
an activated siren indicates a tornado warning.
|What is a tornado warning?
A tornado warning is posted by the National Weather Service when a
tornado has been detected in the area. These warnings are generally
issued county-wide. It is important to realize that even if the tornado
is in another part of Greene County, you must still take shelter.
Conditions here may be conducive to tornado formation.
|My smoke detector is going off constantly, but I do not
see any smoke or fire. What should I do?
Call 911 and follow the emergency dispatcher’s instructions.
|My smoke detector is beeping intermittently. What should
Replace the battery. Smoke detectors beep this way to let you know
it is time to change the battery.
|My carbon monoxide detector is going off. What should I
If any one in the house or building is feeling ill (headache, nausea,
etc.), immediately leave the area and call 911. Otherwise, contact
your HVAC contractor.
|How can I get a copy of an ambulance or fire
Call us during normal business hours at 767-7842 to request one.
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|Miami Township Fire-Rescue is an American Heart Association Community
Training Centre and offers CPR and first-aid courses throughout the year.
Courses are generally taught at our fire station but can be customized and
delivered at other locations. For more information, or to schedule a course,
contact Assistant Chief Denny Powell at (937) 767-7842.
click here for current course information.
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Open burning is the disposal of agricultural or yard wastes or is
burning conducted for certain range management activities. Open burning
is allowed in the unincorporated sections of the Township only; open
burning is NOT allowed within the Village of Yellow Springs. A permit
is required in order to conduct open burning. The permit may be requested
at least one day prior to your burn date by completing a permit application
form and submitting it to the fire department. An inspector will conduct
a site visit prior to issuing the permit. There is a $10.00 non-refundable
fee for this permit.
download this PDF for full details about Open Burning
Bonfires are fires used for ceremonial/recreational purposes. Bonfires
may be no larger than 5' x 5' x 5' and may burn for no more than 3 hours.
Bonfires are allowed in the Township and the Village of Yellow Springs.
A permit is required in order to have a bonfire. The permit may be
requested the same day as the planned bonfire by completing a permit
application form and submitting it to the fire department. There is
a $1.00 non-refundable fee for this permit. Residents of Yellow Springs
who obtain a bonfire permit must notify the
Yellow Springs Police
Department prior to lighting the fire. Antioch College Security must
be notified for on-campus bonfires.
- No burning of any kind is allowed on ozone action days. Check
local TV or radio stations or with Regional Air Pollution Control
at 225-4435 if you're not sure of the days' status.
- All permit requests must be made during normal business hours
Monday through Friday on the proper form available at the fire
department on on-line.
- Residents of the Village of Clifton should contact their local
government officials to determine burn regulations.
- Failure to obtain a permit may result in a fine!
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