The first-annual Santa Run in Gratis Township started in 2017. We were very grateful to borrow Madison Township's Santa Trailer. In 2018, we realized the Gratis Fire Department needed to provide a Santa Trailer of their own, so the community could always count on seeing Santa at their home. This event helps build trust and community relationships with the Gratis Fire Department, Gratis EMS, and West Elkton-Gratis Township Fire Department as Santa is escorted by these agencies to every home within Gratis Township and the villages of Gratis and West Elkton.
Firefighters serve their communities selflessly. In an effort to pay a small homage to their sacrifice, the Gratis Firefighters' Association provides Fire Department Memorial Markers at the graves of former members of the Gratis Fire Department.
The Gratis Firefighters Association occasionally supports its efforts by selling raffle tickets. Help us help your community, and contact us today for tickets!
Brush 18 responds to all brush and field fires in Gratis Township, the villages of Gratis and West Elkton, and for mutual aid for other communities when requested.
Adequate tires were desperately needed by the department in order to navigate rural, muddy fields and wooded areas.
In June 2019, we donated four new tires to the Gratis Fire Department in order to improve their response to rural incidents.
We partnered with Gratis Fire and Gratis EMS to host "Party in the Park!" on July 13, 2019. This free event brought together the Gratis Township community with their first responders with live music, free food, inflatables, and visits from Careflight and Dayton Children's MICU. Community outreach events are crucial to maintain the relationship between the public and their safety agencies, and we are happy to create new memories with our residents!
We would like to thank Miami Lodge #89 and Gratis Eden Lodge #147 for partnering with us to provide toys and candy canes for all of the children along the Santa Run route!
We were also excited to include additional improvements this year, including a live location tracker for everyone to see Santa on his journey across Gratis Township!