The dispatcher would then go through a list to figure out which department is closest and that jurisdiction would respond.
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“The difference here is automatic mutual aid, none of that applies,” said Prinz, who has contacted all jurisdictions surrounding West Chester Twp.
Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett said they are already dispatched to automatic second alarms.
“If they are going to initiate an interior attack, they have to drop an automatic second alarm,” he said.
The city already has automatic mutual aid on first alarms with northern Hamilton County communities, something that’s been in place for more than 10 years.
Bennett said, “It’s fine with us” to shift to an automatic response on the first alarm to West Chester Twp. “It’s just a procedural matter,” he said. “It’s nothing new for us.”
Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said Monday’s agreement “will simply formalize a practice that has been in place for many years.”