The Fire Department provides its citizens with a full array of services. The responsibilities include providing fire and emergency medical services, technical rescue operations, fire prevention inspections, and fire safety education as well as additional duties including the maintenance of the city's disaster plan and early weather warning sirens.
The fire department enjoys a class four fire insurance rating. The Department has current mutual aid agreements with all area departments and is a current member of the Greater Dayton Area mutual aid agreement group.
All members are trained in both firefighting and emergency medical skills but receive additional training and certification in confined space, rope rescue, hazardous materials, and active shooter tactical training. In addition to this the department also operates two specialized rescue teams: a dive rescue and recovery team and a technical rescue team.
The Fire Department has three 24-hour duty shifts with 10 members each, consisting of an Assistant Chief, Captain, and 8 firefighters. The Chief of the department along with an Assistant Chief assigned to fire prevention work a standard 40-hour week. The department has one full time civilian employee who works as the administrative assistant to the Chief.
Ohio Fire Code Update - Consumer Fireworks Discharge Rules (June 2022)
I am pleased to announce that amendments to the Ohio Fire Code (OFC) regarding consumer discharge of fireworks have completed the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) process. These amendments are contained in Rule 56 of the OFC at section 5626 (Ohio Administrative Code section 1301:7-7-56(Z)) and have been filed with JCARR in their final form. These rules become effective on July 3, 2022.
The State Fire Marshal's (SFM) website (State Fire Marshal (SFM) | Ohio Department of Commerce) contains information and resources regarding the new OFC provisions as well as related Ohio Revised Code provisions, including:
- FAQs for Consumers - Ohio's New Fireworks Law | Ohio Department of Commerce
- FAQ for Fire Service - Ohio's New Fireworks Laws | Ohio Department of Commerce
- OFC sec. 5626 | Ohio Department of Commerce: this is an excerpt of OFC Rule 56 and contains only the consumer discharge rules; a printable version of this excerpt is available on this page
- Printable PDF - Fire Service FAQs - Fireworks Law (PDF)
- Printable PDF - Fireworks Law FAQs for Consumers (PDF)
If you have any questions regarding Ohio's new rules regarding the consumer discharge of fireworks, please send a request to our Ohio Fire Code Email (please put "fireworks" in the subject line) and/or contact the SFM's Code Enforcement Bureau at 614-728-5460 or email the Code Enforcement Bureau.
Please check the SFM website often for more information and resources regarding Ohio's new fireworks laws and rules, including a "Fireworks" tab (in the left navigation) that is coming very soon and will contain all fireworks related information in one easy location.
Thank you for your help to keep Ohioans safe while permitting the discharge of fireworks by consumers.