Nearest Apparatus in Ohio Suburbs Not Always Sent

In Hamilton County (OH), the boundary lines between the city of Cincinnati and the 40 suburban fire departments which surround it are an invisible barrier to faster response, reports Local 12 News.

Whether a raging fire, a car crash, or a medical emergency, response time is absolutely critical. Chief Richard Braun from the Cincinnati Fire Department, “The stopwatch starts the minute you are shot or have a heart attack or a stroke, you only have 6 to 8 minutes and your brain is dying.”

A quick response is more likely in Columbus than Cincinnati, because of how fire and ambulance companies are dispatched. In Columbus and in most of it’s suburbs, the closest fire truck or ambulance goes regardless of jurisdiction.

Assistant Chief Karry Ellis of the Columbus Fire Department says, “So that when you, Joe Citizen, call and say my house is on fire the engine company that’s right down the street and is not in your jurisdiction doesn’t sit there and look down the street and see your house burning and say well it’s not my township or it’s not my city.”

Cincinnati and the suburbs are now talking about automatic response. Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun used to be an assistant chief in Columbus. “That’s what we’re in business for. To have our own little area that we don’t want anybody to come to, those days are gone.”

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