Care. Serve. Survive.
Pride in the Patch
The Springfield Fire Rescue Division exists to protect lives and property in our community by providing professional, caring Fire, EMS, and multi-hazard emergency services.
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I promise to care for those I serve and work with, and to promote their safety and welfare.
I promise to accept responsibility for my actions, be truthful, straightforward and candid, and maintain the integrity of the Springfield Fire Rescue Division.
I promise to conduct my professional and private affairs in a manner that promotes public confidence in myself and the Springfield Fire Rescue Division.
I promise, as a responsible citizen and member of the Springfield Fire Rescue Division, to be a good steward of the resources entrusted to me.
I promise to refrain from discrimination of any type and to support the concept of diverse thoughts and opinions.
I promise to be professional, impartial and fair so as to avoid any perception of impropriety or conflict of interest.
Become a Volunteer
How to Volunteer
The City of Springfield, Fire Rescue Division is a full-time, paid Fire Department. We are supported by a group of volunteers known as Box 27 Associates. This organization is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization made up of local, all-volunteer men and women who provide direct support to the Springfield Fire Rescue Division and the Springfield Police Division, as well as various Clark County emergency agencies through contractual agreement. Box 27 Associates was organized on October 22, 1935 and was formed with the goal of furthering the interest of City Firefighters and to aid in Fire Prevention. The name was derived from the street corner Fire Box that was pulled on November 10, 1902 to announce the general alarm for the East Street fires, Springfield’s greatest fire disaster. Throughout the years, as firefighting has become more sophisticated, Box 27’s current focus is to provide refill air, re-hydration, inclement weather shelter, lighting and additional assistance to Firefighters as requested.
Rider / Observer
In order to promote good will in the community and insight to careers in the Fire/EMS Service, students and interested members of the community are offered the opportunity to participate as a Rider/Observer with Division personnel.
Fire/EMS Preceptor Program: Only offered to those individuals that are affiliated with accredited educational institutions, which is under contract with the City of Springfield, Fire Rescue Division. Those approved can actively participate at an emergency scene but ONLY to the level of their training as defined by the affiliated teaching institution and/ore restriction placed by the Fire Rescue Division.
Observer Ride Along Program: The Ride Along Program is open to those citizens that wish to observe our operations. The approved individual(s) may NOT participate in any capacity of an emergency scene or as a representative of the Fire Rescue Division. All Requests for Participation as Rider/Observer are approved/denied at the discretion of the Chief of the Division.
Must be submitted to be considered for a ride along:
Must be printed, completed and submitted in person to Fire Division Headquarters, 350 N. Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio with valid Driver’s License for verification purposes, prior to being scheduled for a ride along:
Release Form – Adult (Age 18 and older)
Release Form – Minor (Under age 18, 9th grade high school student or higher)
For applicant’s reference only:
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The City of Springfield currently bills for EMS Transport Services. All monies recovered are deposited in the Fire Enhancement Fund. The City of Springfield has adopted the practice of “soft-billing” the residents residing in the Springfield City Limits. Although you may receive an invoice, our billing agent will accept the insurance reimbursement as payment in full for such residents and at no time, will any balance be turned over to a collection agency. If you receive a payment from your insurance agency, please submit such payment to the following address:
Ambulance Medical Billing
P.O. Box 9150
Paducah, KY 42002-9150
Springfield Fire Rescue Division
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
The Springfield Fire Rescue Division (SFRD) is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. SFRD is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect.
Uses and Disclosures of PHI: SFRD may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. Examples of our use of your PHI:
For treatment. This includes such things as obtaining verbal and written information about your medical condition and treatment from you as well as from others, such as doctors and nurses who give orders to allow us to provide treatment to you. We may give your PHI to other health care providers involved in your treatment, and may transfer your PHI via radio or telephone to the hospital or dispatch center.
For payment. This includes any activities we must undertake in order to get reimbursed for the services we provide to you, including such things as submitting bills to insurance companies, making medical necessity determinations and collecting outstanding accounts.
For health care operations. This includes quality assurance activities, licensing, and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, as well as certain other management functions.
Use and Disclosure of PHI Without Your Authorization. SFRD is permitted to use PHI without your written authorization, or opportunity to object, in certain situations, and unless prohibited by a more stringent state law, including:
- For the treatment, payment or health care operations activities of another health care provider who treats you;
- For health care and legal compliance activities;
- To a family member, other relative, or close personal friend or other individual involved in your care if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure and you do not raise an objection and in certain other circumstances where we are unable to obtain your agreement and believe the disclosure is in your best interests;
- To a public health authority in certain situations as required by law (such as to report abuse, neglect or domestic violence);
- For health oversight activities including audits or government investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings, and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to oversee the health care system;
- For judicial and administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases in response to a subpoena or other legal process;
- For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when responding to a warrant;
- For military, national defense and security and other special government functions;
- To avert a serious threat to the health and safety of a person or the public at large;
- For workers compensation purposes, and in compliance with workers compensation laws;
- To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for identifying a deceased person, determining cause of death, or carrying on their duties as authorized by law;
- If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ donation and transplantation;
- For research projects, but this will be subject to strict oversight and approvals;
- We may also use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.
Any other use or disclosure of PHI, other than those listed above will only be made with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.
Patient Rights: As a patient, you have a number of rights with respect to your PHI, including:
The right to access, copy or inspect your PHI. This means you may inspect and copy most of the medical information about you that we maintain. We will normally provide you with access to this information within 30 days of your request. We may also charge you a reasonable fee for you to copy any medical information that you have the right to access. In limited circumstances, we may deny you access to your medical information, and you may appeal certain types of denials. We have available forms to request access to your PHI and we will provide a written response if we deny you access and let you know your appeal rights. You also have the right to receive confidential communications of your PHI. If you wish to inspect and copy your medical information, you should contact our privacy officer.
The right to amend your PHI. You have the right to ask us to amend written medical information that we may have about you. We will generally amend your information within 60 days of your request and will notify you when we have amended the information. We are permitted by law to deny your request to amend your medical information only in certain circumstances, like when we believe the information you have asked us to amend is correct. If you wish to request that we amend the medical information that we have about you, you should contact our privacy officer.
The right to request an accounting. You may request an accounting from us of certain disclosures of your medical information that we have made in the six years prior to the date of your request. We are not required to give you an accounting of information we have used or disclosed for purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations, or when we share your health information with our business associates, like our billing company or a medical facility from/to which we have transported you. We are also not required to give you an accounting of our uses of PHI for which you have already given us written authorization. If you wish to request an accounting, contact our privacy officer.
The right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of your PHI. You have the right to request that we restrict how we use and disclose the medical information that we have about you. SFRD is not required to agree to any restrictions you request, but any restrictions agreed to by SFRD in writing are binding on SFRD.
Internet, electronic mail, and the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice on request. If we maintain a web site, we will prominently post a copy of this Notice on our web site. If you allow us, we will forward you this Notice by electronic mail instead of on paper and you may always request a paper copy of the Notice.
Revisions to the Notice. SFRD reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice at any time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to all PHI that we maintain. Any material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities and posted to our web site, if we maintain one. You can get a copy of the latest version of this Notice by contacting our privacy officer.
Your legal rights and complaints. You also have the right to complain to us, or the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the government. Should you have any questions, comments or complaints you may direct all inquiries to our privacy officer.
Privacy Officer Contact Information:
Springfield Fire Rescue Division
350 N. Fountain Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45504
(937) 324-4810 (fax)
Effective Date of this Notice: April 15, 2003
SUBURBAN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES CONTRACTS AND SUBURBAN FIRE DEPARTMENT SERVICES CONTRACTS
The City of Springfield, Fire Rescue Division offers Suburban Contracts to residential and commercial properties not located within the Springfield City Limits. By obtaining such contracts, the owner will receive the benefit of having Fire and EMS Personnel respond to their premise from a station, which is manned 24 hours per day. In addition, some Insurance Companies will offer the property owner a discounted rate on their property insurance for having such contract. The Chief of the Fire Division has the discretion to approve or deny such contracts based on the proximity of the property to our Fire Stations.
The cost of the contracts is as follows:
- Residential Suburban Emergency Medical Services Contract – $150.00 per year plus applicable charges for responses.
- Residential Suburban Fire Department Services Contract – $150.00 per year plus applicable charges for response.
- Commercial Suburban Emergency Medical Services Contract – $150.00 per year plus applicable charges for responses.
- Commercial Suburban Fire Department Services Contract – $500.00 per year plus applicable charges for response.
As agreed in the contract, the owner shall pay the City for furnishing Suburban Fire and/or EMS apparatus and related emergency medical services personnel as follows:
- EACH Paramedic Ambulance $300.00 per hour or fraction thereof
- EACH Fire Apparatus $300.00 per hour or fraction thereof
- EACH Chief Officer $100.00 per hour or fraction thereof
Owner agrees that the decision as to the amount of apparatus required shall rest with the Chief of the Fire Division. Anyone wishing to apply for a Suburban Emergency Medical or Fire Department Services Contract shall contact Denise Keys or Chief Heimlich at (937) 324-7605.