Automatic mutal aid agreement signed

Swanton Township and the Village of Whitehouse Fire Department recently signed an automatic mutual aid agreement with the 180th Fighter Wing Fire Department for a portion of Swanton Township north of Monclova Road.

There has been a mutual aid agreement in place for some time, however this makes it an automatic response, according to Jeff Michael, Swanton Township Trustee. If there’s a call, the 180th responds without being called by the Whitehouse Fire Department.

The 180th Fighter Wing has a fully trained fire department and the latest in firefighting and extrication equipment, Michael said. The Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is regularly called upon to provide aid during area emergencies.

In January 2014, the Swanton Township Trustees contracted with the Village of Whitehouse and Spencer Township fire departments to split coverage. Having the 180th Fire Department located in the township is like having our own fire department, Michael said.

Currently, the 24-member department has six firefighters on duty at all times, trained to deal with structural and aircraft fires, hazardous materials, EMS and technical rescues. “They’re some of the best trained and best equipped in the area,” said Michael. “The 180ths extrication equipment, 4,000-gallon water tanker, and air cart to refill tanks are invaluable, especially in dealing with rural fires and accidents.”

Swanton Township is excited and thankful to have the very best in fire and rescue services that the area has to offer, he added.