Columbia Township Fire Department
The Columbia Township Fire Department has an operational strength of 31 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 and Lieutenant Kevin Barnard. There are currently 19 Firefighter/Paramedics, 2 Firefighter/Intermediates and 10 Firefighter/Basic EMT’s.
Currently we staff 2 members at the station, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to this staffing, members are divided into three shifts that are part of an on call rotation during the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to provide an additional 2 personnel to the scene. When there is a call to 911 for medical emergency or fire, Dispatch sends out a tone over department pagers. At this time, the 2 staff members at station and 2 members on call respond and advance to the location of emergency, with rescue squad or fire engine.
Before we began staffing our station around the clock, our average response time was 11 minutes. Currently our average response time is six minutes.
The primary responsibility of station personnel is to respond to any Fire/EMS calls that occur, in a timely, safe and professional manner. Each shift is responsible for general maintenance and detailed inventory of department vehicles. Duties also include general up keep of the station, day to day operations, and medical/fire and physical training each day.
We currently run with two rescue squads, two fire engines, one tanker with pumping capabilities, and one grass fire truck. Last year, we served the community with 582 EMS calls, 190 Fire calls, 49 assists to neighboring communities and we received 30 assists from neighboring communities. We provide training in the following areas: CPR, First Aid, and Fire extinguishers for residents and businesses. We assist the county with hazardous materials, bomb squad, dive team rescue and arson investigation.
Several years ago we started billing our rescue calls when we transported a patient to the hospital. Most insurance providers include in their premiums the cost of ambulance transport. It is our policy that when a resident is billed for an ambulance transport, we accept only what the insurance pays and the resident is not billed for any remaining balances. We have started billing in hopes of generating funds, without raising taxes, to continue serving the community with quicker response times. We strive to reach our goal of being able to give everyone a quick, efficient response, day or night and to make Columbia Township a safer community.
The Fireman’s association raises money through fundraisers such as the car show and pancake breakfast. We also receive many generous donations from community organizations and individuals that helped us reach our goal.
Chief Anthony and the Columbia Fire Department members would like to thank you for your continued support today and throughout the year!