The Jackson Township Division of Fire always has taken immense pride in delivering the very best services possible.

For the past 29 years, since I started my career with this department, Jackson Township has always been a leader and trendsetter for other area departments to emulate. During the years, Jackson Township has had many employees recognized for such awards as paramedic school honor graduates, medal of valor award recipients through the Ohio State Fire Academy and the state of Ohio's Fire Inspector of the Year.

Many people, however, do not know the different specialized responsibilities our department has, such as rescue technicians, hazardous material technicians, certified car-seat installers and arson investigators to name a few.

The fire department recently received its highest Sapperstein survey rating in its history. The department received a 96 percent approval rating from the residents of Jackson Township, city of Grove City and village of Urbancrest for the services we provide.

Additionally, our department was honored last month with recognition at the Ohio Health EMS conference for two outstanding EMS runs. Our crews were selected from an extensive collection of EMS runs throughout central Ohio for excellent service, providing a continuum of care and, most important, a positive outcome.

Our crews were honored for their part in a traumatic motor-vehicle crash and a cardiac-medical emergency. Both emergencies were handled rapidly and the crew's quick response to get the victims to definitive care was well below the national standard time.

The national recommendation for a trauma victim and a cardiac-medical event to be seen in the emergency room is 60 to 90 minutes after the incident occurred. Our members transported both victims to the emergency room where they received the necessary care in less than 30 minutes after the 911 call was received.

Several members of our department attended the conference where they accompanied the individuals whose lives were saved. It was a great honor for our department and community to be selected for this recognition. Having our crews recognized both days of the conference was an exceptional achievement.

This was all made possible because of our dedicated men and women, and the continued support of our community.

Shawn Quincel is the deputy fire chief for the Jackson Township Division of Fire.