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Genoa Township Fire Department
7049 Big Walnut Road
Galena, Ohio  43021

 EMS Billing

EMS billing is in effect in Genoa Township. Township residents should not be billed for services. If you should receive a bill from the Genoa Township Fire Department, or have any other issues with EMS billing process, please contact Chief Gary Honeycutt at 614-568-2040.


 Improved Fire Insurance Rating for Genoa Township


The ISO (Insurance Services Organization) has recently completed a re-analysis of Genoa Township’s fire suppression delivery system. The results of the evaluation showed a marked improvement.

The ISO, an independent company, provides information about a community’s fire risk to insurance companies. ISO rates and evaluates over 48,000 communities across the United Sates.

The ISO utilizes a rating scale of 1 to 10, with a 1 being the best rating. The rating is determined by data collected and reviewed regarding emergency communications, water supply, and the fire department. The improved rating places Genoa Township in the top 7% of fire departments in the country.

What does this mean for our residents?

Insurance companies utilize these classifications in determining commercial and homeowner’s premiums. In general, the cost of fire insurance in a community with a low classification is lower than a community with a higher one, assuming all factors are equal.

Genoa Township’s rating reduced form a 5:9 to a 3:3X. The 1st number in a split classification applies to properties within 5 road miles of a fire station and 1,000 feet of a hydrant. The 2nd number is the class that appliers to properties within 5 road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a hydrant.

Once the data is entered into insurance companies system, homeowners should contact their carrier to seek a reduction in premium. Again, not all, but most carriers use ISO classifications.  

Genoa Township Fire has been diligent in seeking a reduction to this rating. Gary Honeycutt, Fire Chief

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 Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (“Kidde”) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. Click HERE for a copy of the recall.
This replacement program was initiated because the units may not perform as designed following a power outage. A power outage may cause a malfunction of the smoke alarm.  Affected smoke alarms are Kidde alarms with model number i12010S manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarms with model number i12010SCO manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014 and model number KN-COSM-IBA manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

 CPR Classes Availbale

Genoa Township Fire offers CPR certification and re-certification at no charge.  Contact Captain Johnson at or 614-568-2040 for more information. 
Your home may be highly susceptible to a fire during an electrical storm. The Genoa Township Fire Department has responded to multiple house fires caused by failure of the natural gas piping from lightning. The pipe that is susceptible to failure is known as Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) and has been installed extensively in houses built in Genoa Township after the mid 1990’s. 
CSST is a low cost alternative to black iron pipe. CSST is easy to install. However, because CSST is very thin, it is very susceptible to failure from an electrical arc. A lightning discharge, either directly to the house, or in the vicinity of the house can cause an arc which compromises the integrity of the CSST. The leaking natural gas is commonly ignited by the heat of the electrical arc resulting in a fire.
In 2006, due to the high number of fires, CSST installations were required to be electrically bonded and grounded. Bonding and grounding CSST, although it does not eliminate, reduces the likelihood of a fire from CSST failure. The bonding and grounding requirement however was not retroactive so homes built without the bonding and grounding remain more at risk of fire.
CSST generally can be identified by its bright yellow protective jacket (black in color is also now available). CSST is run either in the basement or attic to all gas operated appliances. It is not to be confused with the short (less than four feet in length) flexible gas supply lines used to connect moveable gas appliances.
The Genoa Township Fire Department recommends the following:
  1. Have a licensed electrician make repairs to a CSST installation that is not bonded and grounded immediately.
  2. Verify the installation and operation of at least one smoke detector in the vicinity of a CSST installation (basement or attic).
  3. Call 911 if you believe your house has been struck by lightning.
  4. Call 911 and evacuate the house if you suspect a CSST fire. Turn off the gas outside at the meter if you are able.
Bonding and grounding CSST does not eliminate the possibility of a CSST fire; it reduces it. The only 100% effective correction is to replace the CSST with rigid black iron pipe.
Genoa Township Fire Department offers a free CSST inspection to township residents. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an evaluation, please contact Fire Marshal Craig Skeel at or 614-568-2040.

Genoa Township Fire Department, led by Chief Gary Honeycutt, consists of 42 highly trained personnel, 36 certified as firefighter/paramedics and 6 as firefighters/EMT-Bs providing emergency medical services, fire suppression, rescue, Haz Mat, fire prevention and public education to the residents of the township and neighboring communities.  Genoa Township Fire Department’s primary response area is 21.5 square miles and provides automatic aid to eight neighboring townships and three neighboring municipalities.
Our Mission is to promote fire safety awareness in the township and respond in times of fire, accident or other emergency to preserve lives, property and the environment
October 1994

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