Washington Township

Chief Alec O’Connell was sworn in as the Washington Township Fire Chief in 2014. O’Connell began his career as a part-time firefighter, advancing to full-time firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief before being promoted to the Fire Department’s top leadership position. Having served the Township for over 27 years, O’Connell has been an integral part of ensuring quality fire and EMS services through the growth of the Dublin area. When not responding to the needs of the fire department, Chief O’Connell is spending quality time with his wife and two daughters.

Founded in 1809, Washington Township contains 27.5 square miles in northwest Franklin County, southwestern Delaware County and eastern Union County. The entire City of Dublin is located within the Township. The Township is part of the greater Columbus metropolitan area.

The Department provides fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical services and fire safety/prevention education programs for the residents of Washington Township.

The Washington Township service area encompasses 27.5 square miles and includes the City of Dublin and portions of Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties.

The Washington Township Fire Department is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, a distinction earned by meeting or exceeding performance standards in the areas of operations, training, equipment, disaster response planning, human resources, inspections, and public education.

Performance Standards

  • Receives nearly 6,000 calls annually – 75 percent are EMS calls.
  • Conducts nearly 2,000 fire code compliance inspections annually.
  • Maintains four fire stations located at 6255 Shier Rings Road, 4497 Hard Road, 5825 Brand Road and 5750 Blazer Parkway.
  • Administration and fire training facility at 6200 Eiterman Road.
  • Employs 116 professional firefighters (including full- and part-time).
  • One of only two fire departments in Ohio that is both accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and has an ISO-1 rating.

Fast Facts on Washington Township

  • 93 percent of our full time firefighters are certified paramedics.
  • One of only 10 accredited fire departments in Ohio and one of only 196 in the world.
  • Average response time is 5 1/2 minutes or less- significantly lower than the national average.
  • We protect $5.6 billion in real estate assets in Dublin and unincorporated areas.
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