These roundtables are held in various parts of the state and provide an opportunity for firefighters and community members to share information with task force members. The task force will then be tasked with making recommendations to improve the sustainability of the volunteer fire department in Ohio.
The purpose of these regional meetings is to solicit additional input from the volunteer firefighter community regarding the issues and challenges they face every day throughout Ohio.
These meetings are free and open to the public. For those unable to attend meetings in person, virtual attendance is available online.
Ohio has 1,180 fire departments and approximately 70% of all fire departments in the state are volunteer-provided. These dedicated volunteer firefighters usually hold full-time jobs, but are called upon to respond to emergencies.
Historically, a volunteer fire department’s community response is primarily influenced by staffing, training, and funding levels, so it must have full support to protect its communities.
Earlier in the year, Governor Mike DeWine convened the Ohio Volunteer Fire Department Task Force to study and make recommendations to improve volunteer fire departments in Ohio. The task force consists of 25 members from across the state representing local volunteer fire departments, municipalities and state agencies.
Visit the State Fire Marshal’s website at com.ohio.gov/fire for a complete statewide listening tour schedule and to learn more about the volunteer task force and its mission.