Milford Community Fire Department protects the city of Milford from a single fire and EMS station located on U.S. Route 50 near Milford Parkway. The Department is an Incorporated Department, meaning that we are privately ran and contracted by the City of Milford for Fire and EMS services. Milford Community Fire Department Incorporated is governed by a 7 member board that consists of residents and business owners in the City. Even though the Department is private, we work "hand in hand" with the City Government and other City Departments
City of Milford Area: 3.45 Square Miles
Population: Approx. 6,709
Number of Streets: 127
Fire Hydrant Coverage: Entire City
Counties: Clermont and Hamilton
General Location: Approximately 20mi East of Downtown Cincinnati, located along the I-275 loop.
Our annual operating budget today is approximately $1.9 million, most of which is generated by a Fire and EMS tax levy voted in place by the citizens of Milford. The most recent levy voted in to effect was in 2011 at a rate of 10.5 mills. This 10.5 mill levy replaced two separate levies which were 5.2 and 5.3 mills. With the single 10.5 mill levy, the department reduced the generated funding from the two levies by approximately $100,000.
The budget also is supplemented with additional funding provided from ambulance transport insurance billing. The ambulance billing is “soft” billing meaning that medical insurance should handle the billing and not involve residents.
MCFD has personnel on station 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, including a full-time Crew Chief and two full-time Firefighter/Paramedics/EMTs. The other positions are filled with part-time personnel. During the daytime hours Monday through Friday, additional administrative full-time personnel are on station including the Chief and Assistant Chief. During the nights and weekends volunteers and off-duty personnel respond on fire details along with personnel already on station.
Insurance Services Office Rating (ISO Rating)
The City’s fire protection rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a 3. The ISO rating is assessed by an insurance industry consulting agency. The rating scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 being the “best public protection” and 10 being “no recognized protection”.
ISO bases the ratings on many different areas of the fire department and community including but not limited to: effectiveness of 911 communications system, number and type of apparatus, equipment carried on apparatus, location of stations, number of personnel that respond to emergencies, training, and effectiveness of the municipal water system.
Our primary emergency dispatching agency (911 center) is Hamilton County Communications Center. We also are able to be dispatched by Clermont County, Northeast (Loveland-Symmes), and Union Township Communication Centers.
When you dial 911, your call automatically goes to a communication center and they alert us via radio, alpha pagers, phones, and computers. Dialing 911 actually results in a faster response by us than if you were to call the station directly.
Two-way radio communication is via an 800MHz Digital Trunked Radio System with multiple talk-groups available for routine and disaster communications. The Fire and EMS dispatch talk-group audio is “patched” with the tone and voice paging system (on frequency 460.5000 Mhz.) to allow monitoring of radio messages by personnel without a two-way radio.
MCFD also utilizes a UHF system operated and maintained by the City of Milford and MCFD. This is a secondary form of communications for us in the event of a problem with the primary 800MHz system. This system allows uninterrupted operation to communicate with all of the other City Departments.
Part of our communications system is also a Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system utilized by the communications centers. This system automatically sends the appropriate units based on geographical location and number of units to an emergency even if we have multiple emergencies going on at the same time. A typical “first alarm assignment” for structure fires includes one MCFD engine company, two Mutual Aid engine companies, and one MCFD ladder company.