Blanchard Township Fire Department

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It is with great sorrow that we report today the passing of Retired Arlington Fire Chief Tom Kroske, who answered his final alarm on Christmas Eve, 2021 at the age of 83.

Chief Kroske served the Village of Arlington and Hancock County for over 47 years as a firefighter, Secretary-Treasurer and Chief of Arlington Fire Department. Chief Kroske was also a member and secretary of the Hancock County Firefighters Association, the Hancock County Fire Chief's Association, and member and secretary/treasurer of the Northwest Ohio Fire Chief's Association.

Rest in peace brother and we will take it from here.


Merry Christmas from all of us at Station 400.

Great training by Great instructors

Great training by Great instructors

Mark your calendars for the NOVFA Fire School. One of my favorite events!

2022 NOVFA Regional Fire School
March 12th & 13th, 2022
Penta Career Center

Regional Fire School Committee will be mailing out this year brochure mid-December

Online registration goes live first of January...


From all of us at Blanchard Township Fire, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


You probably don’t have enough room at the dinner table for all of us, so please read this if you are frying a turkey so we don’t need to join you.

Prayers to our brother and family.

Prayers to our brother and family.

In memory of former Delaware Township Firefighter Michael Kimmell. Michael answered his final alarm on Monday, November 8th at the age of 63. He was a seven year veteran of the Delaware Township VFD. Rest in Peace Brother

Thank you Prism Propane for your generous donation, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you Prism Propane for your generous donation, it is greatly appreciated.

Prism is proud to support Blanchard Township Fire Department.

Dave is a valuable part of the Prism team and Chief of Blanchard Township Fire Department.

Your bravery is not taken for granted. A first responder is a real life superhero. Thank you Dave and to all the first responders.

Close your doors before you doze.  Proof is in the pictures.

Close your doors before you doze. Proof is in the pictures.


It’s Crash Responder Safety Week November 8-14, 2021 - Remember to always Move Over, Slow Down and Pay Attention for every flashing light, every time. It just may save a life. #CRSW

National First Responder Day.

National First Responder Day.

National First Responder Day.

Change your batteries and get smoke detectors

Change your batteries and get smoke detectors

A smoke detector woke a family early this morning when their kitchen trash can caught fire.
Everyone successfully escaped the smoke filled house and called 911. Crews quickly extinguished the fire before it extended to the rest of the kitchen. The cause is under investigation. Smoke detectors save lives! Please make sure your detectors are in good working order.


Please join us for our last drive-thru breakfast of the year!

October 24th, 2021 from 9 am until 1 pm.

We will be serving Scrambled Eggs, pancakes, and breakfast sausage.

This will be a Free Will Donation event and we look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Thank you!


October 23, Halloween parade in Benton ridge. Line up at 3:00, down by the fire station. Parade at 4 pm. Trick or Treat to follow.

Taking Applications

Taking Applications

Taking Applications

Photos from Weston Township Fire Department - Official's post

Photos from Weston Township Fire Department - Official's post


Station 400 new grass truck


At 4:24pm this evening, your Liberty Township Fire Department was called out to a corn field fire on County Road 9. While enroute to the call, we were advised the the fire involved standing corn. With 15 mph winds this evening, we called mutal aid from Rawson and Jenera (Southwest Fire district) and Blanchard Township. While working our fire, dispatch advised that Blanchard Township had their own bean field fire at County Road 20 and 51. We all worked together and sent units to assist Blanchard with their fire. Blanchard Twp asked for more assistance from Mt Cory and Gilboa Fire. Both fires were handled with minimal truck issues. We would like to thank Southwest Fire district and Blanchard Township Fire for their help tonight. Great team work by all!!



Big thanks goes out to station 500, Liberty Township station 700, Mt. Cory, station 800, Rawson, station 1000, Jenera and Gilboa Fire, for assisting us on a field fire today. Much appreciated.


We have been granted funding for third and final project that we applied for through federal money through the AFG FEMA. This will get us a brand new truck to take care of our township and help surrounding townships. Special thanks to Mickey Smith our grant writer. If any department needs a grant written Mickey is the man to go to. 



Meeting will be held at the Arlington Fire Department on September 14, 2021 at 1900 hours.

Funeral Committee meets at 1830 hours.

Masks and social distancing suggested if not fully vaccinated.


Please stop by the Hancock County Firefighters' building, meet the firemen that are serving you. Here is the schedule of when each department is scheduled to be there:

Wednesday - Sept. 1st / Allen Township and Appleseed EMS
Thursday - September 2nd / Southwestern Hancock (Mt. Cory-Rawson-Jenera)
Friday - September 3rd / Blancahrd Twp and Vanlue
Saturday - September 4th / Arlington Fire Dept.
Sunday - September 5th / Findlay Fire
Monday - September 6th / Washington Township and Findlay Fire Department


Great communication


Beginning August 19 through August 30th, both Oregon City Schools and Cardinal Stritch will be starting classes.
Time to refamiliarize yourself with the school bus laws. 🚌

Great News for our Department and Community.

Great News for our Department and Community.

Great News for our Department and Community.


Practice the basic skills until they are the advanced skills. Stop being strictly results oriented and be process oriented!


Honoring our Lifetime Associate Members, Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Fire Safety Services, Mr Emblem, Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness, Sutphen Corporation, and United Fire Apparatus. We thank all our department and associate members for their continued support.

These plaques have been sent to the Lifetime Members.


102 Coleman Rd
Benton Ridge, OH


(419) 859-2205


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On August 21st, several families joined for a cookout, games, and the largest Slip 'N Slide in Benton Ridge! Thanks to Blanchard Township Fire Department for making the Slip 'N Slide possible.
The 2021 Liberty-Benton Senior Parade was a success! 🎉 We would like to thank: Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Blanchard Township Fire Department, Liberty Township Fire Department, and all students, staff and community members who joined us in celebrating the Class of 2021! 🎓 #WeAreLB Photo credit: Jeff Simons
🚒 Check out our recent delivery 🚒 Blanchard Township Fire Department recently took delivery of their new Rosenbauer! THANK YOU Blanchard Township Fire Department for choosing All American Fire Equipment and Rosenbauer for your new Pumper
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your department. We hope for a speedy recovery after today’s fire From the Holgate VFD
The Blanchard Township Fire Department in #Ottawa, OH, took delivery of a #pumper with a 1,000-gallon tank on a Sutphen Monarch heavy-duty custom chassis. #firefighters Sutphen Corporation
We extend a huge thank you to the Liberty Township and Blanchard Township Fire Department firefighters for making a special visit to see our Liberty-Benton kindergarten students this past week during fire prevention month! #WeAreLB Close contact for presentation only.
Blanchard Township Fire Department Engine 411
I am trying to find an email for Blanchard Township, but this is as close as I could find on the internet search. Can someone help? I was at Schwartz Cemetary off of Township 89 this Tuesday and noticed the rope holding the flag had broken and the flag was on the ground. I picked it up an tied it to the cleat on the flagpole. I wanted to report the issue so that it could be fixed.