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Allen County introduces emergency text messaging

Allen County 911 Board and EMA has announced that beginning on May 10, 2022 Allen County will begin accepting text-to-9-1-1 emergency messaging.

Wireless customers can now send a text, up to 140 characters, to 9-1-1 in an emergency. Text to 9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency when placing
a call is not possible: for instance, if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking aloud would put the caller in danger.

Text to 9-1-1 is for emergencies only


EMS report for March 2022

In March 2022, Bluffton EMS has 35 calls for service including:

26 Medical Calls

5 Fire calls

2 Motor Vehicle Crashes

2 Mutual Aid Motor Vehicle crashes

The service transported 19 patients in March.

The Bluffton EMS is an all volunteer (on-call) agency. The EMS Chief is Jan Basinger, [email protected].


Information released for three suspects in deadly Bluffton incident

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three  suspects arrested following an incident that killed a Bluffton Police Department officer.  The names, ages, and locations where the suspects are incarcerated are as follows: Emin Johnson, 20, incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center; Zachary Love, 21, incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center; Dante Tate, 19, incarcerated at the  Medina County Jail. 


BPD warns of phone scams

Issued by the Bluffton Police Department on Facebook, March 23, 2022:


Over the past few weeks we have had several individuals report being the victims of scams that are being done via telephone calls.  Most of these scams are targeting the elderly population.  If you receive a phone call or email from a company (even reputable one's  such as Publishers Clearinghouse) and they ask for money to claim a prize, or ask to send you a check and have you cash it and send money or gift cards back to them, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY.  No legit company will ask you to send money to claim a prize, or send you a check and have you send something back to claim a prize.  If ANYONE asks you to purchase gift cards and send them somewhere IT IS A SCAM!  


EMS report for February 2022

In February 2022, the Bluffton EMS had 67 calls for service, including:

57 Medical Calls

4 Transports

6 Fire calls

48 Patients were transported

The Bluffton EMS is an all volunteer (on-call) agency. The EMS Chief is Jan Basinger, [email protected].


Flood Warning February 17, 2022

Updated 4:32 p.m. / Issued 7:58 a.m. on February 17, 2022 by Bluffton Police Department

4:32 p.m. ALERT: Those residents in flood prone areas should take their normal precautions. There is a potential for flooding.

7:58 a.m. A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Allen County. Flooding over a large area or river flooding is imminent or occurring.

Severity: Severe - Significant threat to life or property

Urgency: Future - Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future

Certainty: Possible (p <= ~50%)