The Beavercreek Township Fire Department Auxiliary is an organization of volunteers formally established in 1995 to provide service to the Department and the Beavercreek community. Auxiliary members:
Plan and execute activities for the firefighters and their families (an annual picnic and holiday party, and baby and wedding showers) to promote a sense of “family”
Provide crisis intervention to fire victims to help them understand what is happening, and to help them begin the recovery process
Provide emergency picture support to on-scene firefighters and emergency responders, principally food, water, and shelter
Early operations depended on personal vehicles and equipment donated by areas businesses, as well as items such as:
Kerosene torpedo heater
They were also dependent on the generosity of neighbors and area businesses for water, ice, and coffee, depending on the weather.
The Auxiliary has since evolved into a better equipped and more highly integrated part of the Department.
In 2002, the Township Trustees purchased a van for the Auxiliary and had it modified by the Township Maintenance Department. It is a self contained rehabilitation unit, stocked with supplies to support emergency responders and fire victims. It’s equipped with a generator for air conditioning, heat, and electricity to power hot pots, the fan, and torpedo heater. The van, formally named Auxiliary 64, is stabled at Station 64 on Indian Ripple Road. Auxiliary members drive it to emergency scenes and training fires, and operate out of it at the scene.
Volunteer Service Performed
Since 1995, Auxiliary members have volunteered nearly 12,000 hours of service to the Department and the community. That service has included:
Attending crisis intervention training
Helping more than 100 families cope after a house / apartment complex fire
Planning and executing family activities
Selling reflective address signs as a community service
Stocking and operating the Auxiliary 64 van
Support to more than 173 house, apartment, and business fires; training fires including the Greene County Fire School; and other emergency scenes
Supporting annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Prevention Week activities, and the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival
Supporting fire levy campaigns
Supporting fire station open houses
Training as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Training Auxiliary members who will use Auxiliary 64 to support emergency scenes