2018 Annual Report

Fire/EMS

The fire department staffs the fire station with dedicated and professional personnel 24-hours per day. 

Fire department staffing levels:

  • ten full-time firefighter/paramedics,
  • one customer service representative,
  • 30 part-time firefighter/paramedic/emergency medical technicians.

Rescue equipment employed by the department includes:

  • two medic ambulances,
  • one rescue pumper,
  • one fire engine,
  • one Quint fire truck,
  • one support/hydrant maintenance vehicle.

Emergency medical service incidents continued to be one of the priorities of the department and represented 65 percent of the total incident volume. 

Total loss from fire in the community was $315,750.  The department attributes the low number of fire incidents to fire prevention efforts and the fire inspections conducted by fire safety staff.  In a modern fire service, preventing the outbreak and serious spread of fire is considered as essential to public safety as proficiency in fighting fires.

 

 

 

 

Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating

The department received an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 2 as a result of the review of the department’s operations.  The ISO rating system uses a scale of 1 to 10 for its rating system.  If a community has a score of 10, its residents will pay a much higher premium than a community with a lower score.

Current data show there are 43,094 fire departments across the country.  In 2018, 305 departments were rated Class 1, and only 1,482 departments were rated as Class 2.  The other 41,307 fire departments were a Class 3 or higher, resulting in those communities seeing higher insurance costs for their businesses and residents..

Fire Department Funding

After 19 years of funding the department from a 5.5 mill levy, the City proposed to the community a new six mill levy in the spring of 2018.  The levy was approved by the community to fund the operations of the fire department.  Through careful planning and budget controls, the current levy should fund the department through 2030.  The department also receives revenue through the billing of EMS patients who are not property owners in the city. 

 

Public Education

Public education programs are a critical component of a modern fire department as the department strives to prevent injuries and accidents from occurring in the community. 

Fire prevention education available for groups:

  • Safety Center tours,
  • CPR/First Aid classes, and
  • Fire Prevention Week activities.

 

Approximately 68 individual safety programs were offered to 1,212 participants.

  • The Child Car Seat Safety Program taught 141 citizens how to place their children in car seats correctly and properly install the car seats in vehicles.
  • Since the beginning of this program in 1999, the department has instructed over 3,428 individuals in the proper installation of child car seats.

 

The fire department partners with the American Red Cross to supply and install free photoelectric smoke alarms.

  • Began in 2016.
  • Offered with a free home safety check.
  • To date, 502 smoke alarms have been installed in 192 homes.

 CERT

A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was organized in 2012 and educated 28 residents on how to handle emergencies in the event they are first on the scene to a crisis in their neighborhood.  The CERT members are dedicated to assisting emergency services in responding to significant emergencies that affect the region when local resources are exhausted but still awaiting regional, state, and federal resources.  Such large-scale emergencies include tornados, long-term power outages, winter storms, and other natural disasters. 

Additionally, CERT members are responsible for assisting with public education as they work with their neighbors in preparation for disasters and emergencies.  In 2018, CERT members also supported the department with traffic management during the Independence Day Parade and in mock disaster drills.

 

Smart911

AlertHCSmart911 is a web-based program available to the residents of Montgomery to assist with information that is needed during an EMS emergency.  Once a resident registers on the secure website through this link on the City website, the City’s paramedics can quickly, reliably, and securely access the resident’s health history to aid in providing emergency care during a 911 response. 

Smart911 is an abbreviated version of a person’s health history stored on a secure personal webpage.  It includes items such as medications, chronic health conditions, allergies, and doctor’s contact information. 

This service is free of charge and is in partnership with the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.  Learn more at alerthc.org.