Provide for the protection and preservation of life and property, mindful of acceptable levels of risk, by maintaining the highest standards of emergency medical services, fire suppression, fire prevention, education, and safety programs.
Jackson Township is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2015. It is hard to imagine how different life was in 1815, just a dozen years after Ohio became a state. The fire department has changed a great deal since its founding in 1936 as the Grove City-Jackson Township Fire Department with Olen Rumsfeld as chief.
Back then, our fire department was the only one operating west of the Scioto River outside the Columbus city limits. There was one fire station located on the current site of the Grove City Library where firefighters would meet when called to a fire and respond on a 1922 Reo-Seagrave pumper.
The Jackson Township Fire Department was formed in May 1945, and 11 years later, a new engine house was opened on South Broadway. In 1957, the department put its first emergency squad into service staffed solely by volunteers.
As the City of Grove City, Village of Urbancrest and Jackson Township continued to grow, the fire department constantly adjusted to the shifting population by ensuring fire stations were as accessible as possible to the population. Jackson Township’s grand opening of Station 204 on Buckeye Parkway was May 3, 2014, and firefighter/paramedics have taken about 50 emergency runs per week since it opened.
This much-needed station was the first additional fire station for the fire department since 1978 when Station 203 was added. In our business, response time is critical, and we are now able to better serve our residents. A breakdown of the 2,079 Station 204 emergency responses through Feb. 28, 2015 follows: Fire: 228 (11 percent); Fire/EMS: 379 (18 percent); and EMS: 1,472 (71 percent).
Station 204 also was instrumental in helping the fire department achieve an improved (Level 2) ISO rating putting us in the top 1.5 percent of all fire departments in the United States. This rating helps insurance companies establish appropriate premiums for residential and commercial properties, and benefits Jackson Township residents because insurance companies know that we are able to quickly respond to emergencies throughout
We are proud of our long history of service to our residents and look forward to continuing to exceed your expectations for years to come.
2015 Safety Day
National, state, county and local public safety forces will be represented at Safety Day 2015 in celebration of Jackson Township’s bicentennial from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 2015 at the Grove City High School parking lot. Safety Day will will showcase the skills and equipment of emergency first responders including police officers, firefighters and military personnel. Public safety professionals will offer educational, interactive displays and demonstrations.
- Auto extrication, ladder and rescue operations demonstrations
- Military equipment and displays including touch-a-truck
- Rope rescue drills
- Arson and rescue dog meet and greet
- CPR device demonstrations
The entire family is welcome to come interact with safety professionals. All activities are free.