The American Heart Association presents Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Achievement Award for implementation of quality care for severe heart attack patients.

Bath Twp. F.D. has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks. 

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI),the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 9-1-1 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and healthcare system.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are

the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”

Program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for STEMI patients.

“Bath Township is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Chief Joe Kitchen. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

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Chief Joe Kitchen 419-221-0550

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency

medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

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The Allen County Fire Chiefs’ Association plans to dedicate the Fire/EMS building at the fairgrounds to the memory of Daryl Styer on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 12:00 P.M.

Daryl was an active member of the Allen County public safety community for fifty years, serving the majority of that time with the Perry Township Fire Department. He held many ranks and positions, including Fire Chief.

He especially enjoyed volunteering his time each year during the Allen County Fair, and therefore, the Allen County Fire Chiefs’ Association, Perry Township Fire Department, and the Allen County Fair Board agreed that naming the building in his honor would be a fitting tribute for his many decades of service.

The ceremony is open to the public.

Contact Information: Chief Justin Roberts (Perry Township) – 419-221-2345

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Fire Destroys Bath Township Camper and Damages Three Homes Early Sunday

The Bath Township Fire Department responded to 1470 Stewart Rd. for a camper on fire after being spotted by a passerby at 4:12 a.m.  Firefighters arrived to find a camper attached to a pickup truck in the driveway and the camper fully involved.  The exterior of the house at 1470 Stewart Rd. was also on fire.  Two other houses located at 1502 and 1506 Stewart Rd. sustained heat damage.  The home is owned by Michelle Sterling, of Lima, and was occupied at the time.  Two occupants, two dogs, and three cats escaped the home that was on fire without injury. 

Firefighters were slowed in fully extinguishing the fire because of a downed active powerline.  AEP was notified and shut the power down approximately 30 minutes later, so firefighters could finish extinguishment.  The fires were extinguished in about an hour.

The camper is a total loss estimated at $20,000 with an additional $15,000 in contents.  The house damage is estimated at $40,000.  The fire is not suspicious in nature and remains under investigation.  The Fire Department was on the scene for about 2 1/2 hours. The American Township Fire Department and Lima Fire Department assisted the Bath Township Fire Department.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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The Bath Township Fire Department responded to 613 Mt. Holyoke St. after receiving a 911 call for a possible garage fire at 6:01 p.m. on August 7, 2021.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from a detached garage.  The garage was unoccupied at the time.  There were no injuries.  The fire was extinguished in approximately eight minutes.

The residence is owned by Bee Wah Lam, of Lima and rented by Dave and Angel Kerby.  The property is insured.  It is unknown at the time of this press release if the renters had insurance. According to the Allen County Auditor’s website the garage is valued at $1,870.  The garage sustained structural damage to one wall, roof, and garage door. 

An additional $1,000 in contents was damaged.  The fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious, and the cause appears to be electrical in nature however no exact cause has been determined and the fire is still under investigation.

The Perry Township Fire Department assisted the Bath Township Fire Department on scene.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire located at 1022 N. McCullough St., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 4:05 A.M. on 6/6/21.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the side of the house with a vehicle parked close to the home which was also involved.
The house is owned by Anthony Davis of Lima, Ohio who was not home at the time of the fire.

The house suffered heat and smoke damage throughout.

It is unknown if the property is insured. Fire department officials estimate the damage at 5,000.00 to the contents and $20,000.00 to the structure.

No fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department, Perry Township Fire Department, and American Township Fire Department were called to the scene for mutual aid.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call the department at 419-221-0550.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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The Board of Trustees of Bath Township have announced that they plan to supplement their current law enforcement protection contract with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office this summer by adding additional deputies during specific dates and times to help deter criminals by having a greater police presence throughout the township.

Although already a safe community, crimes such as thefts from vehicles, home break ins, and vandalism tend to trend upward in the summer months. Therefore, the Board is taking this proactive approach.

Bath residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked, have their homes lit at night, and most importantly, report any suspicious activity to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Sielschott will be available for in-person media interviews to answer questions and/or make further comment, upon request.


Contact information:
Robert Sielschott, Township Trustee: 419-222-2001
Sheriff Matt Treglia 419-227-3535

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Bath Township Fire Department personnel will be conducting spring fire hydrant maintenance and flushing on all township hydrants beginning Monday, May 3, 2021. Testing will last about three weeks.


Residents may notice discoloration of water when the flushing takes place in their neighborhood. If you experience a discoloration of water, turn on your plumbing fixtures until the water runs clear. It is best to run an outdoor fixture, or a cold-water tap in a laundry tub or bathtub first until the water runs clear and then run water from other fixtures.


The fire department realizes that hydrant flushing may cause some inconvenience, however, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for firefighting and to ensure that the hydrants are in good working order. The community’s cooperation with the annual fire hydrant flushing program is appreciated.

Contact information:

Joseph L. Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550
Denny Wilkins, Road Supervisor: 419-221-1797

Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire located at 4890 Stewart Rd., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 12:33 P.M. on 4/3/21.


Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home.


The house is a mobile home owned by Troy and Lori Hooks. Lori and their adult son were home at the time of the fire and escaped with their dog. Lori was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


The house suffered significant damage throughout and is a complete loss. Chief Joseph Kitchen stated that winds at the time were approximately 20mph and hindered extinguishment efforts.


Fire department officials estimate the damage at $10,000 to the contents and $25,000.00 to the structure. Additional damage was done to four vehicles and two motorcycles. The owner does not have insurance.


No occupants or fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department, American Township Fire Department, Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department, and Cairo-Monroe Township Fire Department were called to the scene for automatic aid.


The Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.


The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.


Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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The Bath Township Fire Department is pleased to announce that they have received $26,419.05 in funding from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

The funds will be used to replace a portion of the department’s fire hose and firefighting nozzles. The department plans to upgrade and modernize their hose and nozzle capabilities. This new equipment will replace older hose and nozzle inventory, some dating back to the early 1990’s.

Chief Joe Kitchen said, “This grant will allow us to procure much needed equipment to help our personnel to do their jobs as quickly and efficiently as possible. When seconds matter, this equipment could make all the difference.”

The Department of Homeland Security is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

Contact information:
Joseph L. Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

September 1, 2020

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