Since the 1996 annexation of the Towne Mall area, Middletown has provided fire suppression services for a small portion of Franklin Twp. under a contracted rate per fire run for the unincorporated area of the township adjacent to the city. The unincorporated area under contract is bordered by the Butler/Warren County line, Manchester Road, Interstate 75 and Coles Road.
According to a staff report by Fire Chief Paul Lolli, during the annexation process, an agreement was negotiated between the city and the township that resulted in the city receiving the former township fire station on South Dixie Highway. Another provision of this agreement called for Middletown to provide suppression duties to portions of Franklin Township formerly served by this station. At the time, the township paid the city $300 for each fire run.