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About the Fire Department

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, instalingl 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.

Scott Light

Scott Light

Assistant Fire Chief

(513) 752-6273

Assistant Fire Chief James “Scott” Light is a lifelong resident of Pierce Township and has worked over 30 years at Pierce Township. Chief Light began his career as a member of the former Pierce Township Volunteer Life Squad in February 1987. At the same time, he worked full time for the Pierce Township Service Department as a Foreman. In 2000, he became the first full time Assistant Fire Chief.

Chief Lights was instrumental in building the addition of the Administration and Police Station onto the current Township Hall, the first Township Parks on Locust Corner Road, and the emergency warning siren system throughout the Township. Chief Light has served on many organizations and associations throughout his career including Clermont County Life Squad Association, Clermont County Life Safety Services Association, Clermont County Pre-Hospital Care Committee and multiple Fire & EMS levy committees. He is also the President of his home owners association.

Chief Light is a 2000 graduate of the D. Russell Lee (now Butler Tech) Paramedic Program and is a Firefighter II, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer III, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rope Rescue Technician and Trench Rescue Technician. He also is certified as an instructor of EMS Continuing Education, C.P.R., First Aid, “Pet First Aid” as well as a graduate of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce “Lead Clermont” program.

Chief Light and his family are all natives of Pierce Township and still reside in the Township. He and his family are very “deep rooted” and continue to be dedicated servants to the community in many aspects.