The Grafton Township Fire Department has an operational strength of 25 members that work out of the fire station located at 17109 State Route 83. The Administrative section consists of Fire Chief Bob Richards, Assistant Chief Tim Adams, Assistant Chief Dan Hlas, Lieutenant Chris Sukel, Lieutenant Mike Palmer, EMS Coordinator Becky Mole and Assistant EMS Coordinator Penny.
We currently run with 2 rescue squads, 3 fire engines, 1 tanker, 1 pumper/tanker, and 1 grass fire truck. Besides serving the community with rescue calls, fire calls and motor vehicle accidents, we provide training in CPR, First Aid, fire extinguishers for our residents and businesses. We assist the county with Hazardous Materials, Dive Team Rescue and Arson Investigation within the county.
Several years ago we started billing for our rescue calls when transported to a hospital. Most insurance’s include in their premiums the cost for an ambulance transport, so it is our policy that when a resident is billed for an ambulance transport that we accept only what your insurance pays and the resident does not get billed for any co-pays or remaining balances. We have started billing in hopes to generate money, without raising taxes, to continue our training and to serve the community. With this money raised we have been able to send EMT’s to paramedic school so we can provide advance care on our rescue calls. We also were able to purchase a new ambulance as well.
On behalf of Chief Richards and the Grafton Township Fire Department members we would like to extend our sincere thank you for supporting us today and throughout the year, especially at our 2 pancakes breakfasts that are held on the 3rd Sunday in February and October.