Contact Information

Emergency Management Agency
22491 Mill Street
Defiance, OH 43512

Julie A. Rittenhouse
Public Safety Coordinator
EMA Director
Loss Control / Risk Manager
LEPC Co-Chair

Patty Ehlinger
Administrative Assistant
EMA Deputy Director
LEPC Secretary, Treasurer,
Information Coordinator,
Workers Comp Coordinator

Ronald Rethmel
Intermittent Maintenance

P: (419) 782-1130
ema@defiance-county.com

Defiance County Public Safety Service

Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

The Defiance County Emergency Management Agency was established in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC 5502) in 1989 to serve as a countywide agency to oversee the planning, response, recovery, mitigation, and coordination of all efforts utilized in major emergencies / disasters.

In Defiance County, the EMA also serves as the coordinating agency and public information arm of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) which maintains, updates, and coordinates laws, records, and training exercises dealing with the storage, manufacture, and transportation of hazardous materials in our community.

The EMA has the responsibility for maintaining the county's Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.) located at 22491 Mill St. in Brunersburg and for establishing a secondary E.O.C. as needed.

The agency is also charged with the establishment and updating of the County's Emergency Operations Plan (E.O.P.). This document is a formal outline of emergency response to all types of emergencies / disasters.

A full time Director, Julie A. Rittenhouse, a Deputy Director, Patty Ehlinger, and an Intermittent Manataintenance Man, Ronald Rethmel, staff the agency.

For more information on emergency management, please visit these resources:

Safety, Loss & Risk Management

Coordinate safety training requests with County Agencies / Public Authorities

Evaluate and review requests from departments on safety concerns / issues

Monitoring and documenting improvements made with regards to safety

Notifies departments of upcoming training, as well as safety corrective measures needed

Conduct County facility inspections

Call for information: (419) 782-1130

In-Service Programs

Public Safety

Tornado & Severe Weather

Storm Spotter Training

Hazmat Awareness

Defensive Driving

Drug-Free Work Place Training

Plus many other programs available! Call (419) 782-1130 for more information.

Defiance County prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs. Defiance County is also an equal opportunity employer.

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