Each discipline requires training above and beyond that of a firefighter or paramedic. To maintain proficiency in each rescue discipline requires on-going training so first responders are always current on new techniques, tools and equipment.
Washington Township also participates in three regional response groups: the Central Ohio Strike Team, the Northwest Area Strike Team, and Ohio Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue. These three groups were assembled to supplement local response capabilities, especially in large-scale emergencies. As a member of these groups, Washington Township is ensured the support, when needed, from all participating departments.
The Central Ohio Strike Team’s focus is technical rescues. The Northwest Area Strike Team’s focus is hazardous materials responses. Ohio Task Force One focuses on natural disasters. When activated, the group members are responsible to bring to the emergency the part of the inventory of response tools, equipment, and supplies their department maintains on behalf of the team. This allows participating departments to share the burden of purchasing, maintaining and delivering what is needed to effectively address large-scale emergencies.