SERVED BY THE DEER PARK-SILVERTON JOINT FIRE DISTRICT
Services for fire and emergency medical services will come from Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District (DPS) Station 89 starting at 6 AM on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. DPS Chief Denny Meador and the professional men and women of Station 89 will serve the residents of the Golf Manor community.
DPS is no stranger to our community as they have provided mutual aid services to Golf Manor in the past and know the layout of our community, having many existing relationships with a number of our residents. At that time, Village residents and businesses will receive the same prompt and professional support they have relied upon since the Village was incorporated in 1947. There will be no interruption of fire and emergency medical services during the transition.
Golf Manor Village Council unanimously voted to end the Village’s membership in the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District (LMFR) effective March 1, 2022. This decision was made after the Village Administration and Council conducted an extensive 2-year study to evaluate fire protection and emergency medical services provided to the Golf Manor community. The study concluded that the relationship with the LMFR district and the partner communities was not a long-term, sustainable solution for the residents of Golf Manor, either financially or operationally.
Along with the decision to end membership with LMFR, Council authorized and entered into agreement with the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District (DPS) to provide the same services to the Village.
Station 47 on Wiehe Road in Golf Manor will close for the time-being. Village Council and the Administration will continue to evaluate sustainable, long-term fire services for the Village for our future needs. When Council announced this study in April, Mayor Stefan Densmore stated, “Our first priority is always to ensure that our residents and businesses enjoy the same superior fire and emergency medical services they have relied upon for years. Our mission is to provide superior services at the best cost available.”
Working with the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District is a better solution for the Village and it’s residents at this time. We look forward to forging ahead with a positive relationship with the Board of DPS, Chief Meador and the men and women who serve the district so well.
HISTORY OF THE GOLF MANOR FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Golf Manor Fire Department (GMFD) proudly protects the Village with full professional fire and emergency medical services (EMS). We also provide the neighboring community of Amberley Village with EMS/paramedic services and the Ridgewood and Highland/Ridge areas of Columbia Township with fire and EMS/paramedic services.
Our emergency response team operates out of Station 47 located on the west side of Golf Manor located next to the Municipal Building on Wiehe Road. The Hamilton County Communications Center provides dispatch operations with our designation as Station 47.
With an ISO rating of “4,” our area of jurisdiction is primarily residential with some light industry and retail. We operate a public department whose members are on a combination of full-time and part-time personnel.
The origins of the Village can be traced to the formation of our fire department. First organized as a private corporation in 1940, the GMFD offered protection to an unincorporated area of Columbia Township that was known as Golf Manor. Before that time, the City of Cincinnati Fire Department provided fire protection. This however, changed quickly when the City of Cincinnati decided against an annexation of the area, leaving the area with very limited protection.
Residents of the area were faced with the reality that they would soon be offered little in fire protection. Resident volunteers joined together and helped to organize the GMFD. Today we continue to protect much of the original territory of about 3 square miles.
A tribute plaque installed outside the firehouse states, “The Golf Manor Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1940 by a dedicated and selfless group of volunteers who recognized a need and accepted the challenge. For over five decades this department was staffed by generations of highly dedicated residents of our community, In that great tradition volunteers have continued to supplement our force as we progress to meet the needs of those we serve. This plaque is dedicated to all of our volunteers, past and present, and to their families who supported them and our department. No matter day or night, no matter the weather or interruption, you always answered the call. Through your many hours of dedication and sacrifice, often at the risk of life itself, so many have been comforted and countless lives have been saved.”
In 1995 the GMFD entered into an automatic-aid agreement with the nearby Deer Park/Silverton (DPS) Joint Fire District for mutual response to all structural alarms in either area of jurisdiction.
Today, our professional full-time and part-time staff proudly serve residents of the Village as well as neighboring Amberley Village with EMS/paramedic services and fire and EMS/paramedic service to the Ridge Fire District of Columbia Township for over 60 years.