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Although it still says Fire Department over our doors, your Pierce Township Fire Departments has evolved far beyond the volunteer fire department established in 1956. 

In addition to fire suppression and emergency medical response, our dedicated Firefighter EMTS and Paramedics are crossed-trained in disciplines such as water rescue, hazardous materials response, National Incident Management Systems, life safety inspections, and fire investigations.  Several have specialized training in the fields of rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, and terrorism awareness and response.  With on-going training to maintain proficiency, modern equipment, and advances, our goal is to provide the finest possible services to our residents and visitors 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Fire Department is currently rated at a 4/4y with the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO), a rating achieved by only approximately 7,000 fire departments out of 30,000 in the United States.

The Fire Department serves a population of approximately 16,000 residents averaging 2,300 emergency details annually, and has a response area of approximately thirty-seven square miles, including the unincorporated areas of Pierce and Ohio Townships.  With three elementary school campuses, the Ohio River, rural areas and farms, residential neighborhoods, and various commercial properties; our 62 dedicated men and women serve our community from two fire stations.  We have 9 Fire/EMS personnel on duty per day to serve you, with additional response resources available through mutual aid agreements, should the need arise. 

When not responding to emergencies, our members are active in our schools through fire prevention and education initiatives, servicing and maintaining fire hydrants, conducting commercial life safety inspections and pre-incident surveys, instaling smoke detectors, conducting car seat installations, teaching CPR and First Aid, maintaining our stations and equipment, and striving to support, build,  and better our community. 

Our stations:

Station 44- Headquarters
950 Locust Corner Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Office number- 513-752-6273
*Please DO NOT call this number in an emergency. Please call 911.

Station #45
2877 Mount Pisgah Rd.
New Richmond, OH 45157
Office number- 513-553-1757
*Please DO NOT call this number in an emergency. Please call 911.

Meet the Staff

Craig Wright

Craig Wright

Fire Chief

(513) 752-6273

Chief Wright has over 20 years of experience in the fire service, working in several communities and in several different capacities throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.  He is a graduate of the Bethesda North Paramedic training program, graduate of the Ohio Fire Academy as a Firefighter II, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, EMS continuing education instructor, Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, and a Fire Officer III. 

He is a member of:

  • Clermont County Fire Investigation Team
  • Ohio State Firefighters Association
  • Ohio Fire Chiefs Association
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • The National Association of Fire Investigators

Chief Wright serves as the Safety Director for a local outdoor festival and serves on the Board of Directors for Frontier Friends, a local non-profit charity.  He is a graduate of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Lead Clermont leadership program.

Chief Wright and his wife Melissa live in the Amelia area have two children.

Gary Auffert

Gary Auffert

Assistant Fire Chief

(513) 752-6273

Assistant Chief Gary Auffart is a resident of Pierce Township and has over 20 years of experience in the fire service. He started his career at Newport Fire/EMS Department in 1996 and promoted through the ranks eventually becoming the Fire Chief. He served the department for 19 years with the last two as the Fire Chief. He then furthered his career becoming the first full time Fire Chief for the Fort Mitchell Fire Department which had worked at part time for 16 years. After serving as Fire Chief for almost three years, he decided to retire due to possible changes in the Kentucky retirement system. He was retired for almost one year and decided to come back to Ohio, where he was born and raised, and work in the fire service starting a second career. He began working part time at Pierce Township Fire Department in 2018, promoted to full time Lieutenant in June, 2019 and then promoted, to his current position, as Assistant Chief in December 2019. Chief Auffart holds numerous certifications, is a certified Fire Inspector and has been a Paramedic for over 20 years.

Chief Auffart not only provided leadership to the departments that he served at but was also very active in the communities that he served. He won the Newport Business Association Community Leader of the Year award. He was active in the Newport Schools and at Beechwood school started a program to have interns train at the fire department and become volunteers so that they could pursue a career in the fire service. While at Newport and Fort Mitchell he was active in starting a community garden program. During his tenure at Newport he helped establish the Newport Park Committee and was part on the initial ReNewport program. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Northern Kentucky.

Chief Auffart grew up in Anderson Township where his parents still reside. He currently lives in Pierce Township with his wife Casey and their dog Barkley. His brother is a Lieutenant with the Union Township Fire Department. Firefighting runs in the family. His father, Gary Auffart, retired as an Assistant Chief with Cincinnati Fire Department and finished his career as Assistant Chief at Union Township Fire Department. Chief Auffart is an active endurance athlete and enjoys challenges that these events bring from triathlons to 100-mile trail races. He is always open to whatever the next adventure may be.