In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, West Chester Township is limiting visitors to its offices. Staff is available to answer questions and assist, but please call the appropriate department or general number, 513-777-5900, before visiting. A staff directory is available online. West Chester is maintaining its operations with some modifications for the safety of the public and staff. Public safety services provided by Police, Fire & EMS, and 911 Dispatch will not be interrupted during this time. More details >>
West Chester Township staff is committed serving your needs during this challenging time. Individual department numbers and emails can be found online. Dial the non-emergency police number in West Chester at 513-777-2231, or contact Fire & EMS at 513-777-1133. In an emergency, call 911. Staff directory >>
Fire & EMS Response
The West Chester Fire Department continues its response to the community taking added precautions for the safety of the public and first responders. On calls for service, Fire & EMS crews will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (face shields and/or goggles, face masks, and gowns). This is for the safety of responding crews and for patients. Upon arrival to a home, business, etc., crews may not immediately make entry. When appropriate, they may first make patient assessments from a distance. Patients may be asked to put on a mask provided by first responders before being treated and/or transported for treatment. The Fire Department has cancelled all community outreach programs at this time. More details >>
The West Chester Police Department is prioritizing road patrol units. Administrative duties, outreach functions and non-critical investigations have taken a back seat to putting officers on the street handling the immediate public safety needs of the community. Additionally, West Chester Police is implementing limited reporting procedures to minimize personal contact and possible exposure of citizens and officers in efforts to help stop the spread of infectious disease. More details >>
West Chester Township benefits from a state-of-the-art facility that dispatches police, fire and emergency medical personnel. These 911 dispatchers remain on duty to answer emergency calls from the public. The 911 Emergency Communications Center has a crisis-staffing plan in place to ensure trained dispatchers are always ready to take your call. During this health crisis, those calling 911 will be pre-screened by dispatchers. Please stay calm and provide as much information as possible, including your exact address, any time you speak to a dispatcher by phone.
Township Meetings & Activities
Official public meetings are expected to convene as scheduled, but please visit the homepage of the website and check the web calendar for updates and additional options for being a part of the meeting. West Chester TV broadcasts the live-to-tape meetings on Spectrum and posts meeting videos to Vimeo.
West Chester and local partners have decided to postpone or cancel most upcoming public community events and gatherings. West Chester officials will re-evaluate the status of future events every 30 days. Check back regularly for calendar updates online, or email/call 513-759-7301. View list >>
Volunteer Senior Van Service
Supporting the senior citizens of West Chester is critical at this time as they are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. The Volunteer Senior Van Transportation Service remains available on a very limited basis for critical needs. West Chester residents older than 60 years are eligible for free transportation to critical medical appointments and necessary trips. This program is operated with volunteer drivers who freely give their time and energy to the service, helping as many seniors as possible. Please call 513-759-7208 to schedules appointments at least 24 hours in advance. More details >>
Park amenities remain open to the public for walks, but please refrain from using playground equipment. Restrooms at Beckett Park are available to allow for good hygiene and hand-washing; Keehner Park restrooms will be opened mid-April as usual and weather permitting. Please use caution while enjoying West Chester parks, maintaining safe distance from others and avoiding commonly touched surfaces.
With questions or concerns about rental of Muhlhauser Barn, email/call 513-759-3960.
With questions or concerns about rental of park shelters, email/call 513-759-7303.
In addition to regular visits to the CDC and Butler Health Department websites for information, taking the time to follow your local community communication channels is also important. West Chester will communicate critical information about local response through the Newsroom, an electronic newsletter (subscribe online), and official social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter (@westchestertwp) and Nextdoor.com.
West Chester Township provides regular updates on this developing situation. Check back here each day for news and visit West Chester's OpenData platform for more state and federal updates.
Area fire departments work together to serve during time of crisis
Apart. Not separate.
Emergency management professionals know it will take a team effort to get communities through this pandemic.
Post Date:04/01/2020 7:30 AM
The COVID-19 virus does not distinguish jurisdictional boundaries and regional fire chiefs, medical personnel and emergency management professionals know it will take a team effort to get communities through this pandemic.
Fire chiefs from West Chester, Liberty, Fairfield, Monroe, Deerfield and Mason have developed a work group to share resources and information in order to serve their residents in the best way possible.
“It is not unusual for regional chiefs to work together, but in cases such as this the value of our collaborations really becomes clear,” said West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz. “By sharing protocols and experiences we can reduce effort and focus on patient care and the care of our first responders.”
The work group made up of representatives of northern Greater Cincinnati communities and Butler County EMA Director Matt Haverkos meet regularly by video conferencing to share their experiences and the questions they are hearing from first responders and the residents they serve.
Chief Prinz said they are all working to set good examples of physical distancing and wants the community to know that while we all have to stay apart from one another in these times, our residents are not alone and their fire departments are committed to fight the battle no matter how difficult things may get.
“The crisis ahead of us is far from over and as the situation evolves, there will be challenges to meet,” said Chief John Centers of the Monroe Fire Department. “It’s a scary time, but residents should have confidence that they are served by some of the best first responders who will work together, and will never give up.”
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Shakila Ahmad and Mounira Habli, physician with TriHealth and both members of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati were sure to include WCPD for handmade mask covers. Our officer’s families thank you for helping keeping us safe. @Shakila3k@westchestertwp@TriHealth
Shout out to the wonderful people at Parrillo Performance for caring enough to provide 100 handmade reusable mask for the West Chester Police Officers. Thank you for helping keep our officers safe so we can continue to serve the community. @westchestertwppic.twitter.com/MgGbGCcNt1
Offices are closed today, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Unfortunately, there is no parade this year but check back here around 10 a.m. to watch a virtual ceremony with the VFW Post 7696 West Chester Ohio and American Legion Post 681. http://ow.ly/XIFK50zNMar
SETTING OF THE FLAGS: Although our Memorial Day remembrances may look and feel a little different this year, we will always honor the service, selflessness and sacrifice of our fallen soldiers. http://ow.ly/FWFO50zOtlG