Springfield Township, Clark County, Ohio
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Springfield Township, Clark County, Ohio - One Fire Department, 3 Stations. Springfield Township has a population of 12,237 per the 2010 census. Springfield Township Fire Department avererages over 2200 calls per year. EMS calls are the most common, 39.6%, followed by auto accidents, 16.5%. Building fires are only 6.5% of total calls per year and car fires are 2.6%.

Other typical calls include illegal burns, automatic fire alarms and grass fires. In the last five years there have been four civilians injured in fires and one death. There were two Firefighters injured in the past four years. Property losses are recorded for structure fires only and do not include other fires and in the last 4 years average dollar loss to property was $559,560.00 which includes contents as well as damages to structures.

EMS Run Data

EMS runs for 2014 totaled 1541. EMS response times in 2014 averaged 7 minutes, 13 seconds. With 24 hour EMS staffing at Station 2, beginning in December, 2014, the average response time was reduced to 5 minutes, 59 seconds.

EMS runs for 2015 totaled 1,831. The average response times for both stations was 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

EMS runs for 2016 totaled 1,955. The average response times for both stations was 6 minutes, 03 seconds.

Our 3 Fire / EMS Stations

Fire Chief: John Roeder

Chief John Roeder has been a lifelong resident of Springfield Township residing in the Township for over 57 years. John stated his career in the Fire Service with the Springfield Township Fire Department in 1975, as a Volunteer Firefighter at the Garden Acres Station. John progressed through the ranks serving as Captain and Assistant Chief. John served as a State Fire Instructor for many years on the department. John was appointed Fire Chief over Springfield Township in June, 2004. John is currently employed as the operations manager for the Ohio Edison company where he has worked for over 35 years.

John and his wife Cari have been married for 35+ years and have two sons, and three grandchildren. His two sons, Steve and Adam both of whom served as officers for the Garden Acres Station. Steve served as Captain and Adam is currently a Lieutenant.


Deputy Chief: Dave Nangle

Deputy Chief Dave Nangle grew up in the City of Springfield and graduated from Springfield South High School in 1985. He moved to Springfield Township in the summer of 1986 and began his fire career as a reserve member of the Springfield Township Fire Department (Beatty Station) in the fall of the same year. Dave was certified as a firefighter in 1987 and certified as an EMT in 1988. Dave progressed through the ranks of the department and held the rank of Chief (Beatty Station) when the township was still three separate organizations. After many years of discussion all three fire departments in Springfield Township were brought under one Chief in 2004 and Dave was assigned his current rank of Battalion Chief the same year under the command of Chief John Roeder. Dave is a certified Firefighter / EMT-Intermediate, Hazmat Tech and a certified Fire Instructor. For the past 13 Years Dave has been employed with the Harrison Township Fire Department in Montgomery County as Lieutenant (assigned to C-Shift). Dave is currently serving as the President for Harrison Township IAFF Local #3552 and has done so for the past 9 years.

Dave and his wife Melissa have been married for 16+ years and have three children, two sons (Jordan and Dylan) and a daughter (Ashley). Dave has also been blessed with two grandchildren (Ashton and Mila). In his spare time Dave enjoys fishing and outdoor activities with his family and also is an assistant coach for the Shawnee Little Braves (6th Grade) football team.


Chief Dave Fairbanks

Chief Dave Fairbanks oversees all department maintenance and communications functions. He is a life long resident of Springfield Township. Dave started his career with Springfield Township Fire Department Garden Acres Station in 1974. He came up through the ranks with Springfield Township serving as Lieutenant, Captain and Asst Chief. Dave has been a member of the Ohio Emergency Vehicle Technicians since 1982. He is a State Certified Fire Inspector. Dave worked for Cummins Bridgeway for 33 years and is now self employed doing diesel emission cleaning.

Dave and wife Angie have been married 38+ years and have two children, Micheal and Tracie, both married with families. Dave and Angie have three grand children with two additional on the way. Daughter Tracie and Son in Law Gary are both Springfield Township Fire firefighters running from the Garden Acres Station 72.


Chief Rick Hawbecker

Chief Rick Hawbecker oversees all department administration and fire prevention functions. He stated his career in the Fire Service with the Springfield Township Fire Department in 1986, as a Volunteer Firefighter at the Rockway Station. Chief Hawbecker is a certified Firefighter / EMT-B and is also certified in Swift Water Rescue, Hazmat Technician Level and a State Fire Inspector. His past employment includes Store Manager and Supervisor for Domino's Pizza and Store Manager for Papa John's Pizza and is currently employed as a Fire and Life Safety Officer for The Springfield Masonic Community.

Rick and his wife Laura have been married for 17+ years and have three children, two daughters and a son. In his free time Rick enjoys restoring old cars and playing video games.


Chief Tony Davis

Springfield Township Battalion Chief 1: Tony Davis

Battalion Chief Tony Davis joined the Springfield Township Fire Department in 1996. Chief Davis has served many roles in Springfield Township and in Clark County. Tony is a past Vice President of the Clark County Fire Chiefs Association and has served as the Clark County Fire Academy Coordinator at Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center 2002-2008.

Chief Davis is currently employed as the Direct and Regional Coordinator to the State Fire Marshal. He is a State Fire Instructor at Clark State Community College and is a career firefighter for the Harrison Township Fire Department in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Chief Davis is a proud husband and father to wife Brandi, son Hunter, and daughter Toni Rae.


New Medic Unit for Township

Springfield Township Fire Department placed their new 2014 Horton Medic unit in service on August 26, 2014. The Trustees authorized the unit in 2013 to replace 1995 Medic unit. Springfield Township Medics serve the Township residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Station 1, the Beatty Fire Station.

Photo above shows the new Medic Unit along with the 2014 Springfield Township Trustees and Fiscal Officer.

Dial 911 in an Emergency

In an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately from any wired or wireless phone. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance.

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm is constantly on alert for fire and smoke. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Test and replace your smoke alarm batteries every Spring and Fall when the time changes.

Fire Property Loss Stats

  • 2009 - $370,000 Loss
  • 2010 - $1,145,000 Loss
  • 2011 - $123,800 Loss
  • 2012 - $226,800 Loss
  • 2013 - $413,500 Loss
  • 2014 - $129,000 Loss
  • 2015 - $119,550 Loss
  • 2016 - $336,500 Loss

Children's Fire Safety

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Rockway Fire Safety, Nov. 2014