Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does Norwich Township use 9-1-1 as an emergency number?
A. Yes. The Hilliard Police Department’s dispatchers answer emergency 9-1-1 calls from residents in the unincorporated areas of Norwich Township and the City of Hilliard. Depending on the call, the dispatcher will either notify the Hilliard Police Department or the Norwich Township Fire Department immediately of the situation.
Q. How do I apply for full time employment within the Norwich Township Fire Department?
A. You may pick up an application at the Norwich Township Fire Department Station 81 located at 5181 Northwest Parkway. The completed application must be returned in person to this same location. A copy of the following documents is also required:
- Ohio Firefighter II (240 hour) card
- Ohio EMT Certification card
- State of Ohio Driver's License
- Driver's abstract
It is the policy of the Norwich Township Fire Department that applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 31, with one exception. The applicant can be 35 years of age with a minimum of five consecutive years of experience as a full time firefighter immediately prior to being hired by Norwich Township. In addition, an EMT-P certification is required for all full time firefighters working 56 hour shifts. The Norwich Township Fire Department has a contiguous county residency requirement. All full time firefighers must reside in Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway or Madison counties within six months of hire and must remain in these counties throughout employment with Norwich Township.
Q. How do I schedule a fire inspection?
A. To schedule an inspection, call the Norwich Township Fire Department Prevention Bureau at (614) 876-7694. Please allow 72 hours prior to your requested inspection date.
Q. How can I get my carbon monoxide level checked in my house?
A. Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Due to this fact, it is very hard to detect the presence of CO in your environment. If you suspect a problem with the level of CO in your home, go outside and call 9-1-1 immediately. The Norwich Township Fire Department will be dispatched and will read the levels of CO in your home.
Q. How do I get a copy of a fire report?
A. Fire Incident Reports are available for a $2.00 fee. Call (614) 876-7694 to request this report.
Q. What is a Knox-Box and do I need one?
A. A Knox-Box, or better known as a Key Lock Box, is a high security key box system designed to give emergency service personnel immediate access to a home. Any home or business in the unincorporated areas of Norwich Township, City of Hilliard or in the unincorporated areas of Brown Township that is equipped with an automatic fire alarm system must have a Key Lock Box installed. The master key to this Key Lock Box will be maintained by the Norwich Township Fire Department, which has sole responsibility to granting access to the home or business. Contact the Norwich Township Fire Department at (614) 876-7694 to obtain a Key Lock Box order form or for more information on the Key Lock Box.
Q. I saw a fire truck at a local supermarket and some of the crew was inside buying food. Why do firefighters use the fire apparatus to tend to non-emergency business?
A. To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, our crews must remain with their fire apparatus during their entire shift. Our crews work 24-hour shifts, and they have no scheduled meal breaks. It is possible that on the way back to the fire station after a call, the crew could stop to pick up food or supplies for their station. They maintain constant radio communication with our fire alarm office and will respond to any emergency, regardless of their current location or non-emergency assignment. They don’t necessarily have to be sitting in the fire station to be dispatched to a call. Very often, our firefighters and paramedics spend long periods of their day running calls, without returning to the station or stopping to eat.