Located just outside of Toledo, Ohio in Lucas County, the Washington Township Fire Department provides EMS and Fire protection to an area located along the Ottawa River, Lake Erie, I-75, and the Michigan border. WTFD proudly employs both pay per call and pay per shift EMT, Paramedic, and Fire personnel trained in EMS, Patient Transport, Fire Suppression, Vehicle Extrication, Hazmat, Water, and Ice Rescue. Providing mutual aid to communities surrounding our township in both Ohio and Michigan, along with increased calls for help, WTFD has responded to a record number of calls in each of the years past, with 500 calls expected this year alone.
Fire protection in Washington Township was first organized in 1919 with a bucket brigade in the Trilby area. Although much of Washington Township has disappeared through annexation, we continue over 80 years of tradition of service to our community shown to us by our brother firefighters from the Point Place, Trilby, Alexis and Shoreland Volunteer Fire Departments. We honor their memory and hope that they would be proud of what the department has to offer today.
The Washington Township Fire & Rescue Department’s mission is to be a leading emergency service organization by:
- Meeting the needs of our community in fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency medical care.
- Utilizing and improving the dedication and skills of our members.
- Constantly improving all our services and operations for the community.
In carrying out the mission, The Washington Township Fire & Rescue Department will:
- Give top priority to firefighter health, wellness and safety.
- Encourage the professional and personal development of our members.
- Work as teams to take full advantage of our skills, knowledge and creativity.
- Communicate openly and honestly to our members and community to inspire trust and confidence.
Station 72 “Can Do”
Chief Ronald Kay was appointed to the Washington Township Fire Department on January 21, 1986. He was promoted to Captain in 1990, Assistant Chief in 1999 and appointed Chief of Department in 2016. Chief Kay brings over 35 years of fire service experience to the Washington Township Fire Department. Chief Kay is a career fire lieutenant with the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department of 33 years and currently serves as one of the departments Safety Officers. Chief Kay attended the Owens Community College fire science program. Chief Kay is a state certified Firefighter II, EMT-B, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Haz-Mat Specialist and nationally accredited Fire Safety Officer. Chief Kay is a 1985 graduate of Whitmer High School and currently resides in the Shoreland community with his wife Kim.
Assistant Fire Chief
Assistant Chief Mike Bailey was appointed to the Washington Township Fire Department on May 6, 2009. He was promoted to Captain of EMS Operations on January 16, 2014 and to Assistant Chief on March 10, 2020. Assistant Chief Bailey brings with him the knowledge and experience amassed over a career in the medical field for over 21 years having worked for Promedica Health System, Pathology Laboratories and currently with Bon Secours Mercy Health System at Mercy St. Vincent. As EMS Chief, he is responsible for overseeing the daily EMS Operations of the department including all training and continuing education. He is able to do so by serving as both the departments’ CE Instructor and CPR Instructor. He also serves as the Health & Wellness Officer for Washington Township.
Assistant Chief Bailey is a State of Ohio FF/EMT, CE Instructor, CPR Instructor, Fire Officer I and graduate of the University of Toledo earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Arts & Letters with an Emphasis in the Biological Life Sciences. He currently resides in the Township with his wife Sherri and their 3 children Michael, Gabriella and Calvin.
Assistant Fire Chief
Assistant Chief Thomas Yunker was appointed to the Washington Township Fire & Rescue Department on March 17, 2010. He was promoted to Captain on January 16, 2014, and to Assistant Chief on March 10, 2020. Assistant Chief Yunker is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the fire department. He oversees Fire Prevention/Suppression, Special Operations and Emergency Preparedness. He is the Chief of Training and the Department’s Safety Officer. He has completed numerous courses at the Ohio Fire Academy, Bowling Green State Fire School, Owens Community College and Four County Career Center.
Assistant Chief Yunker is a state certified Firefighter 2, EMT-B, Fire Service Instructor, Live Fire Instructor, and Fire Safety Inspector. He also holds certificates as Fire Officer 1&2 and Incident Safety Officer. He currently resides in the Shoreland community with his wife Lisa.
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