Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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General

If you’re having an emergency, call 911. If you need non-emergency assistance from MVFD, please call the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center non-emergency number 937-225-4357.
To discuss EMS Billing, you can call 855-626-9660.
Fire Hydrants in the Miami Valley Fire District are maintained by the municipality in which they are located. Please call either the City of Miamisburg 937-866-3303 or Montgomery County 937-781-2678 to report a problem with a Fire Hydrant.
At this time the Miami Valley Fire District does not offer CPR Classes. For CPR training, we recommend that you contact the American Red Cross at 937-222-6711.

At this time the Miami Valley Fire District does not offer car seat checks.  We  recommend that you install your seat to manufacturer specifications. For additional information, please visit the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. 

Levy

The Miami Valley Fire District (The Fire District) was formed in 2011 after several years of studies and joint meetings between the City of Miamisburg and Miami Township with a goal to provide more efficient and cost- effective fire and EMS service to both communities. This process was initiated after calls from state legislators for local governments to seek opportunities for shared services. The Miami Valley Fire District became fully operational in June 2012 and has continued to serve both communities for the last 10 years, operating on the original budget and revenue stream.

The Fire District has operated since its formation in 2012 from the same annual revenue of ~ $10 million, despite the rising cost of all operating supplies, equipment, and apparatus increasing 29% – 65% over the past decade. The Fire District has been unable to replace or upgrade vital lifesaving equipment, replace outdated fire vehicles, fill personnel vacancies due to retirement or resignation, and replace or upgrade fire stations that are not strategically located to best serve citizens; even as calls for service have increased 29% during that period. In addition, the Fire District closed fire station 51 on Wood Road in 2019 to help ease the burden on the budget. Passage of this new levy will allow the Fire District to hire new employees, open and operate all five fire stations, begin to replace and/or upgrade vital lifesaving equipment and fire/EMS vehicles, and potentially build new fire stations that meet the community’s needs.

Without passage of this levy, Miami Valley Fire District will encounter delays in replacing or upgrading critical lifesaving equipment such as cardiac monitors, CPR devices, ambulance cots, breathing apparatus, firefighter gear, or fire/EMS vehicles. A hiring freeze will be necessary, and it may be possible that the Fire District may not be able to address much- needed fire station improvements/replacements. Station 51 on Wood Road will continue to be closed, and there is a possibility that other stations may be understaffed or temporarily closed. Public education programs that require Fire District presence will be minimized and/or eliminated to cut fuel costs.

The Miami Valley Fire District received 40% more calls for service in 2021 than in 2013. This increase in calls for service means that it takes more fire and emergency medical vehicles and personnel to respond in a timely manner to minimize the risk to life and property. In 2021, over 50% of the calls for service were overlapping, which means that more than two or more emergency calls were taking place simultaneously in the Fire District. Passage of the upcoming levy will allow an increased number of fire vehicles to be placed in service daily by the hiring of additional personnel and opening fire station 51. Also, the additional personnel and fire vehicles will potentially allow for faster response times to different areas of the Fire District due to a closer proximity of vehicles housed at each fire station. This levy may also allow new fire stations to be built in more strategic locations in the City of Miamisburg and Miami Township, which will also assist in potentially decreasing response times throughout the Fire District.

Every resident of Miamisburg or Miami Township, as well as anyone passing through our communities who has a fire related or medical emergency will benefit from the Fire & Emergency Services Levy. This levy covers all aspects of the services that Miami Valley Fire District provides to Miamisburg and Miami Township, which includes structural firefighting, emergency medical services, technical rescue (water rescue, automobile crash rescue, high angle rescue, structural collapse rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue), public fire education, CPR education, commercial building fire inspections, cause and origin of fires, and all maintenance of fire and emergency medical services buildings and vehicles that are located in Miamisburg and Miami Township.

The Fire District has continued to cut operating costs annually to keep the cost for fire and EMS services to the taxpayers as low as possible. The Fire District has taken the following cost-cutting measures: closing fire station 51 on Wood Road in 2019 to minimize overtime costs, delaying upgrades to radio equipment that will be obsolete by 2025, leaving personnel openings unfilled, limiting all non-essential outside/inside trainings, limiting all non- essential vehicle/building repairs, delaying replacement of breathing apparatus that are near their end of life cycle, and delaying the replacement of IT equipment.

No. The Fire District has been operating from the same revenue source and amount since it was created in 2012. The District has cut costs annually to stay as close to the amount of annual revenue and to not overspend the small cash reserves that exist.

Absolutely. The Fire District was created to provide a more efficient and cost-effective service for the citizens of Miamisburg and Miami Township. If the Fire District had not been created in 2012, the citizens of Miamisburg and Miami Township would have collectively spent an additional estimated $10.2 million to maintain the level of service that the Miami Valley Fire District has been able to provide to the two communities for the last 10 years.

Community                        

Total Calls     

Stations       

Annual Budget

Beavercreek Twp./Beavercreek

7,000

5

$19,000,000

Washington Twp./Centerville

8,700

5

$16,000,000

Clearcreek Twp./Springboro

4,000

  3*

$10,000,000

Miami Valley Fire District

9,950

5

$10,000,000

                                     *Clearcreek Twp./Springboro is currently building a 4th station

All residential and commercial property owners in Miamisburg and Miami Township would pay the same millage rate on the value of their property. Currently, residential, and commercial property owners in Miamisburg pay on a 3-mill fire & emergency services levy, while residential and commercial property owners in Miami Township pay a total of 7.15-mills (3.5 mill levy and a 3.65 mill levy) for their fire & emergency services. If the upcoming ballot issue is approved, the current fire levies for both Miamisburg and Miami Township will be eliminated, as well as the money from the general fund that the City of Miamisburg contributed towards the Fire District ($2.6 million) will cease and will be used for other projects in the City of Miamisburg. The current levies will be replaced with a new 11-mill continuous levy, that is projected to last at least 10-15 years.

Possibly. The homestead exemption allows low-income senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans, to reduce their property tax bills, by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation. The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt up to $25,000 of the market value of their homes from all local property taxes. For example, through the homestead exemption, a home with a market value of $100,000 is billed as if it is worth $75,000.

To see if you qualify, go to the Ohio Department of Taxation website: https://tax.ohio.gov/help-center/faqs/real-property-tax-homestead-means-testing/real-property-tax–homestead-means-testing

*Applications are available on the Ohio Department of Taxation website*

The owner of a property that has an assessed value of $100,000 per the Montgomery County Ohio auditor’s website (www.mcrealestate.org) would pay:

$1.06 per day
$32.08 per month
$385 per year

**This is the total amount that a property owner would pay and NOT in addition to or MORE than what the property owner currently pays**

In order to figure out what this will cost you per month or per year, go to the Montgomery County Ohio auditor’s website at: www.mcrealestate.org, or www.miamivalleyfiredistrict.org and click on “Levy Info”, or https://cityofmiamisburg.com/departments/fire/, or scan the following QR codes:

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       Miami Valley Fire District      City of Miamisburg       Montgomery County

The Miami Valley Fire District was created to improve the cost- effectiveness of fire service, both operationally and financially. Over the last 10 years that The District has operated, it has been able to provide fire and emergency medical service to the citizens of Miamisburg and Miami Township with the same revenue stream that voters put in place many years ago. Within the last few years, the expenses for operating the Fire District have risen to a point that without new funding, it will be forced to make cuts that will impact fire and emergency medical services to the residents. The Fire District Board of Trustees determined that a new levy was needed for The District to provide services at the same level citizens have come to expect and deserve.

70% of the funding generated by this new levy comes from residential and agricultural property, and 30% of the funding generated will come from commercial and industrial property.

No. Voted revenue does not increase as property values increase. The Ohio Legislature stopped increases in voted tax revenue due to increased valuation of property in October 1976. As a result, taxing jurisdictions, which includes counties, townships, municipal corporations, school districts, joint vocational school districts and special service districts such as fire districts are locked into income from the tax valuations in place at the time a levy is passed. Taxing jurisdictions do not benefit by increased property valuations due to inflation unless another levy is passed.

Besides the three levies and general fund transfer, the remaining Miami Valley Fire District revenue comes from billing for emergency medical calls transported to local hospitals, local/state/federal grants, and bureau of workers compensation rebates, which all equals about $1.5 million annually.

There are several ways to receive more information on this levy.

You can contact Fire Chief Brandon Barnett by email: [email protected] or by phone at: 937-560-2114

Or you can go to the Fire District website by going to: https://miamivalleyfiredistrict.org

Or the City of Miamisburg website at https://cityofmiamisburg.com/departments/fire/

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       Miami Valley Fire District      City of Miamisburg       

Fire Prevention

Yes, Knox Boxes are required for every business in Miami Township and the city of Miamisburg.

They can be ordered directly through Knox Box’s website – https://www.knoxbox.com/

Installation location should be near the sprinkler system access (if outside access) and near the front door if no outside access.

Mount the box about chest high off the ground and place a bead of caulk around the top of the box to limit water inside the box.

Alarm contacts for the boxes are not required but encouraged.

Montgomery County Building Regulations (MCBO) handles all building construction plan reviews for the jurisdiction of the Miami Valley Fire District.

The City of Miamisburg handles all building regulations within the City of Miamisburg and the Miami Valley Fire District comments on those plans.

You will submit 4 copies of your drawings to (MCBO) or (MIAMISBURG) and they will send copies to the Fire District for review and comments. This process may take up to (2) weeks or 14 business days. Please plan accordingly.

Montgomery County Building Regulations Website http://www.mcohio.org/build

City of Miamisburg Website: http://cityofmiamisburg.com

We request a Life Safety/Egress Plan with each submittal with detailed egress paths and egress lighting.

Yes – Separate Submittal- Separate Permit MCBO.

Yes – Riser Must Be Configured for Forward Flush Test

Yes – within 75’ of (FDC) Fire Department Connection, Otherwise a minimum of one hydrant within 400’ of every exit in the building.

Pit or on Building is Acceptable if in area where vehicular traffic is present. Bollards may be required. The FDC MAY NOT be placed inside a “Collapse Zone”.

We follow the current version of the Ohio Building Code (ICC) all applicable standards apply as per code and the fire department requests a “Life Safety Plan” for all assembly buildings showing in detail doors, hardware, egress paths, egress path lighting, fire extinguisher locations, and special hazards in the building.

Changes in the project are many times un-avoidable, that being said we cannot pass any inspection that does not match the approved plans. You MUST submit AS BUILT plans. Failure to follow this will result in an inspection fee of $50 that doubles with each successive inspection (per trade). These plans must be on site and have been reviewed and approved to pass an inspection.

Yes, each site plan should also include all the site information and the fire protection information (Hydrants – FDC Location – Pit Location) Fire Apparatus Turn Radii must be shown by using our fire apparatus sample Ladder 54 Turning Radii document on the web site. Your site plan should show all sides of the building that has access to motor vehicles. Remember all Fire Protection systems devices must be protected from vehicular traffic by bollards.

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