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March 2015 Firehouse Flashes The various committees that oversee the operation of the firehouse and all of its functions have been hard at work having meetings and making decisions about the year ahead. All of our members are encouraged to volunteer for a committee that interests them such as the budget committee, festival committee, membership & recruiting committee or safety committee. Many members are on more than one committee and get busier during certain parts of the year such as the folks on the Turkey Raffle committee while others are busy year round like the folks on our building maintenance committee who are responsible for keeping our firehouse in good working order. This includes garage doors, drains, lighting, floors, etc. Doing laundry is likely part of your weekly/daily routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association, you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional. Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum. Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you. Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks. Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly. Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer. Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed With spring weather replacing the cold of winter this month (hopefully), it is a good idea to review your severe weather action plan. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall tress for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. You may not think that you have what it takes to be a firefighter or and EMT, but we’d bet that you have something to offer. Are you handy? Are you good at writing, accounting, auto repair, website design, driving a truck, sewing, organizing events or getting donations? We have a job for you! Please call 589-3583 to find out what we have to offer to someone like you with a few hours a month to spare and the desire to help your community. As always, please stop by WWW.GHFD.ORG for more information about your volunteer fire department as well as info on how to join! Have a safe month!

a word from the chief

chief-spaethWelcome to the official website of the Greenhills Fire Department. Our department is rich in pride, professionalism and tradition. One of only a handful of volunteer fire departments in Hamilton County, Ohio, we pride ourselves in the fact that we are the only volunteer company in the county that is truly 100% volunteer. Not one member, including the chief, receives any compensation of any kind for our service to the community, hence our slogan of “100% Volunteer 100% of the time”.

Our members serve with dedication and the desire to provide the best in basic medical emergency care and fire suppression services. We habitually work alongside our neighboring fire departments that have full-time paid fire departments and we have established a great reputation with them as well-trained and competent firefighters and EMT’s.

As a twenty-seven year veteran of the fire department, it has been my honor and privilege to be the chief since 1997 and to lead such a great group of dedicated men and women who are your neighbors, people you can count on in your time of need.

In the times we currently live in, hopefully our citizens will find it refreshing to have such a great group of people who have kept a positive influence on the great Village of Greenhills and the people we serve. When people are having a bad day and call 911, it is our job to respond and use our training and experience to mitigate your problem in the safest way possible for our responders and for the public we serve.

We are always looking for new members. We recruit self-motivated men and women with a drive to serve their community and who are willing to dedicate themselves to the fire and EMS service. While there is no pay, the rewards are often priceless. There are links on this website that put you in contact with us to learn more.

We hope you enjoy our website and get an idea of what we are about. The great citizens of Greenhills have provided us with the overwhelming support that is necessary for our continued existence. This is not something we take lightly and work hard to maintain a high standard of service which will hopefully exceed your expectations should you have the misfortune to require our services.

Yours in Fire and Life Safety,
Tony Spaeth
Fire Chief

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