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  • Sometimes, when someone is sick or injured, an ambulance will be followed by a fire truck. Why?

    The fire truck responds on what is known as a Medic Assist. The medic assist response is sent on all calls where Examples of these types of calls include cardiac emergencies, seizures and calls where the medical problem is unknown at the time of dispatch. Typically, the medic assist crew will help get the cot or stretcher into position, setup needed supplies or help carry equipment to and from the house.

  • My neighbor has a red light on their car. I saw someone the other day with a light on top of their car. Why?

    When a call for help goes out, volunteer firefighters respond from their homes, or where ever they might be at the time of the call. Firefighters take an annual emergency driving course and must abide by all rules set forth by the State of Ohio.

  • Why do the fire trucks and ambulances use their sirens at 3 a.m.?

    The Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.45 mandates that any time a fire or EMS unit responds (including volunteer members from their residence) that an emergency beacon (light) and a noise-iminating device (siren) be used at all times. The department's policy echoes this, but also includes wording that states that siren use it is at the members discretion after dark when no traffic hazard is present.

  • When I call 9-1-1, who answers the phone?

    With the transition of dispatching services, our Bellbrook Fire & EMS will begin to provide medical information and pre-arrival instructions over the phone utilizing a concept known as Emergency Medical Dispatch or EMD.

    The Greene Central Communications Center utilizes the highly recognized International Academies of Emergency Dispatch Priority Dispatch system. It is a system that uses key questions to quickly prioritize medical emergencies. The system allows dispatchers to give the caller instructions to assist sick or injured persons until help arrives. Dispatchers may give relatively simple instructions, for example, to control bleeding with direct pressure, or very advanced instruction such as the step-by-step procedure to administer CPR. The dispatcher who takes the initial call remains on the phone when pre-arrival instructions are necessary while another dispatcher will quickly and properly determine the nature and priority of the call and dispatches the appropriate response resources. Additional communications of any information the caller gives is forwarded to the Paramedics until the responding Emergency Medical Service equipment and personnel arrive.

    Callers to 9-1-1 requiring medical assistance should remain patient and make every effort to answer the questions being asked by the dispatcher to ensure that proper assistance and resources are sent to their location.

  • Are there any openings for firefighters?

    We always have openings for volunteer firefighters, EMTs and paramedics! Please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • My question wasn't answered...

    Please e-mail Chief Jim Neidhard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We might even add your question to this page!