Fire & EMS
Fire & Emergency Services
(TCFES) is the provider of emergency medical, fire and all hazard service in Tipp City and Monroe Township in Miami County Ohio. We respond in a 30.8 square mile area inhabited by approximately 18,000 people. The staff responds to all hazard emergencies including but not limited to: agricultural, residential, business and industrial settings. Transportation hazards include I-75, CSX railroad and the aviation corridors of Dayton International Airport.
Since 1874, the Tipp City Fire Department has provided this high level of service to the community. In 1975, Tipp City EMS was created and operated independently from the fire department. In 2018, prompted by a tragic unforeseen circumstance, City Council chose to hire a Chief of Emergency Services. We have been working together as one team since March of 2019. TCFES is in a transitional time period for our organization.
We exist to serve our citizens in their time of need. We provide fire, EMS, and all hazard response to the communities. Our personnel treat & transport customers to most regional hospitals including a level 1 trauma center, a burn center and a pediatric hospital. Our actions are guided by the Greater Miami Valley EMS Council protocols.
The staff includes a full time Chief and Assistant Chief, 42 part time, and a local resident volunteer employees who answered over 2,017 calls for service in 2020. The majority of our personnel, 29, are dual-certified by the State of Ohio in Fire and EMS. We currently have 15 paramedics on the roster. Part-time employees are limited to 30 hours per week on average. Part-time employees previous to the Affordable Care Act were able to work unlimited hours. Brandon Amburgey, DO is our Medical Director. Part-time and full-time staff members stay in the station while on duty.
Emergency Services is comprised of 3 ambulances, 2 engines, 1 platform ladder, 1 rescue, 2 tankers, 1 grass rig, 2 gators and several utility vehicles. Ambulances become ALS or BLS dependent on the staffing for the day. TCFES’s goal is to have paramedic level service as much as possible. We respond from the station called “Westside” at 520 W. Main Street. Our average daily staffing is 4 personnel, working to raise to 5 personnel. We work together and have response plans to automatically dispatch the appropriate apparatus to all incidents. The volunteers, primarily local fire personnel, are key to our manpower on fires and supplement manpower when needed on EMS type incidents.
TCFES is composed of a dedicated group of women and men that are paid per hour volunteers, on-duty dual-certified personnel and 2 full time firefighters. Cross staffing personnel is new to TCFES. In 2020, the city council authorized personnel to respond using both their fire and EMS certifications. Our response is based on the first needs received from the customer.
Local volunteer firefighters are grouped into three divisions of firefighters who are on call from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. These groups of personnel respond to any single resource incident that needs attention. On-duty personnel are the primary responders from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and supplement all responses regardless of the time of day. All firefighters report for duty on reports of structure fires and incidents that require multiple apparatus. The three groups of firefighters rotate on a weekly basis. On duty personnel are scheduled within department and city policy. EMS does not currently have volunteer members.
If you are interested in learning about becoming a firefighter or EMT please stop by and see Chief Haller or any member for more information.
Fire Prevention, Education & In the Community
Tipp City Fire & Emergency Services (TCFES) Assistant Chief (AC) operates the Fire Prevention section for the department. Assistance is provided by personnel that are Ohio certified fire inspectors. The inspectors conduct routine inspections of area businesses for all hazard and fire protection. The inspectors will provide consultation services upon request. They work with the Miami County Building Department and State of Ohio frequently on new and renovation construction projects in all of Monroe Township and the City. TCFES also conducts plans reviews as required.
TCFES also actively promotes fire and all hazards safety education to area schools, community groups, and businesses. Adults and children are invited to stop by the Fire & EMS Station for tours or just to see the trucks. Advanced notice is appreciated but not necessary. We participate in numerous community activities each year including but not limited to; Safety City for incoming Kindergarten students, Safety Days at Voss Honda, High School athletic events, multiple community events and the annual 3 day Mum Festival.
The EMS Auxiliary operated sponsors our education team. The Auxiliary is a 501C3 charitable organization which uses donations to teach CPR and First Aid training that reaches many citizens each year. We have certified car seat installation members with the ability to provide free car seats and instructions via Ohio Buckeye Buckles. If interested in obtaining more information contact Heidi Jones at 937-607-9082.