Benson Detour

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Benson Detour

Due to Storm Sewer Collapse, Benson Street will be closed in the section between Lory and Bunny.  See the PDF for detoured routes.  This will start approximately the first week of June.

Nemann E. Benson Street road closure and detour

Lt. Grau Retires from the Fire Department

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Lt. Grau Retires from the Fire Department

A long time Reading Fire Department lieutenant is hanging up his gear for good after four decades of service. Lieutenant Tom Grau is calling it a career today after 42 years of service, which includes 8 years in Lockland and 34 years here in Reading.

Lt. Grau came to work for the Reading Fire Department on December 10, 1984. He began his career as a firefighter/paramedic and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995.

Lt. Grau has been involved in fire training for a number of years and has trained many firefighters throughout Hamilton County.   Lt. Grau also has been a member of the Hamilton County Urban Search & Rescue team for 20 years and currently serves as a deputy commissioner.

Lt. Grau has served in many roles over the years with the Reading Fire Department. He has been in charge of vehicle maintenance, water supply, fire equipment and has fulfilled numerous other duties.

Congratulations and best of luck to Lt. Grau!

Spring Service of Fire Hydrants

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Spring Service of Fire Hydrants

Reading Fire Department would like to remind citizens that this is the time of the year for the annual spring service of fire hydrants within the City of Reading.  All fire hydrants are checked and serviced by flowing water through the network of water mains.

What does this mean for citizens?

Safety – It is in the best interest of public safety that the hydrants be checked and verified to be in proper working condition. This ensures the hydrant is functioning properly and available for service in the event of an emergency.

Potentially “discolored” water – The servicing process may temporarily discolor the water and make it look red or brown.  The Reading Water Department & the fire department  acknowledge that citizens may be particularly sensitive to this condition.

Patience please: RFD always attempts to flush the water until it is clear. However, if you notice that your water is discolored, please turn on cold water, preferably bathtubs or showers due to the larger volume, and let run for 5 minutes or until the water becomes clear.  If the water remains discolored for longer than a few hours, please notify the City of Reading at (513) 733-3725.

Awareness: Servicing of the hydrants takes place seven (7) days a week. Please watch for RFD vehicles on streets and move cars if possible.

This process of servicing hydrants takes approximately one month. There is no set schedule. The goal is to complete the entire process in the month of May, but it is also dependent on weather and accessibility.

Smart911 Now Available in Our Area

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Smart911 Now Available in Our Area

Smart911 is now being utilized by the Hamilton County Communications Center (911).  This is a dual purpose system that offers both Notification Services and Pre-arrival Information.

Notifications include weather alerts, civil warnings, evacuation and shelter notifications, and community alerts and updates.  When you create an account you will decide how many of the close to 40 notifications you would like to receive.

Pre-arrival information are things that will be relayed to responding emergency personnel such as medical information, emergency contacts, residence access issues, vehicle information, and pets.  You determine how much information you want to share.

All information is secure and can only be accessed by 911 dispatchers and emergency personnel when you call from a registered phone.  There is no charge for this service.

go to: for more information.

Kidde Recalls Dual-Sensor Smoke Detectors

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Kidde Recalls Dual-Sensor Smoke Detectors

On March 21, 2018, Kidde recalled their dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – model PI9010 (DC/battery powered) with the date code of 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13 and model PI2010 (AC/hardwired) with the date code 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13.
A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. Approximately 452,000 units were sold in the U.S.

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Pool Sign-ups Coming in May

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Pool Sign-ups Coming in May

Pool sign-up for the 2018 season will start May 5th.

Sign-ups will be held at the Haffey Fieldhouse (West St.) on the first three Saturdays in May from 10:00 AM to Noon.  You may also sign up during the week at the city offices at Market and Pike Sts.

Applications now being accepted for full-time Firefighter/Paramedic

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Applications now being accepted for full-time Firefighter/Paramedic

The City of Reading, Ohio Civil Service Commission is testing to create an eligibility list for the full-time position of FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC with the Reading Fire Department. Examination will be 9:00 a.m., March 10, 2018 in the City of Reading Council Chambers located at 1000 Market Street, Reading, Ohio 45215.  Click here for additional information. 

Applications are available online or at the City General Offices, on the second floor of the Reading Municipal Building, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.