Oberlin Fire Department
430 South Main St.
Phone: 440 774-3211
Fax: 440 774-7809
"As members of the
community, the Oberlin Fire Department is committed to protecting lives, property,
and the environment by providing public education, fire suppression and life safety
services to those we serve".
Oberlin Fire Department has its primary responsibility to the
citizens of Oberlin, with contracted fire protection to New Russia Township. The total
fire protection area is approximately 25 square miles with a population over 11,100. Our
fire protection area is predominantly residential, but includes:
Kendal at Oberlin
FAA Air Traffic Control Center (Cleveland Center)
Mercy Allen Hospital
Lorain County Regional Airport
In 2012, the Oberlin Fire
Department responded to 622 emergency
incidents, with 513 in the city,
74 in the township and 25 mutual aid calls.
Oberlin Fire Department operates 2 engines, 1 pumper/tanker, 1
aerial tower, 2 rescue units, 1 grass fire unit, and a special rescue team from one fire station.
Oberlin Fire Department provides coverage through 3 shifts with 1 on-duty
firefighter, combined with a Fire Chief, an Assistant Chief, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 6
Lieutenants and 21 part-time Firefighters.
International Code Council (ICC)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Lorain County Fire Chiefs' Association
North Eastern Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
Ohio State Fire Fighters Association
International Association of Arson Investigators
Ohio Chapter - Int'l Assn of Arson Investigators
National Association of Fire Investigators
Lorain County Association of Fire Investigators
Lorain County Local Emergency Planning
Lorain County Technical Rescue Response Team
OFD Receives FEMA
Oberlin Fire has been awarded a 2013 Assistance
to Firefighters grant though FEMA in the amount
of $209,674. This grant was requested to replace
all of the department's self-contained breathing
apparatus, worn by firefighters to protect them
when working in fire, rescue and other hazardous
environments. Estimated equipment replacement
cost is $220,709.
Year - 2012
firefighters held their annual holiday and
awards party on December 10, naming Firefighter/EMT
Joseph Smith as the 2012 Oberlin
Firefighter of the Year. Joe was selected for
the award for his enthusiasm, devotion and
teamwork. Congratulations, Joe.
Department continues work on its five-year strategic planning process that will
guide our community services into the future.
Plan Update Nov 2012 .
Read the plan document.
SMOKE ALARMS -
Install, Inspect, Detect
October is Fire
Prevention Month. Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire
fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can
escape. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 385,500
fires occur in residential buildings every year resulting in 3,500 civilian
deaths and 13,250 injuries. When a smoke alarm sounds, it is time for you to
spring into action.
You can prevent
tragedy simply by testing and maintaining your
smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan.
Make sure your home fire escape plan is up to
date and everyone in the home knows what to do
when the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your plan
often. Free smoke detectors are available at the
The Oberlin fire station
has just received the Leadership for Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification
for our renovation/expansion, completed on April 2011.
The official dedication ceremony was held on
August 22, followed by an Open House and tours
of the facility. Thank you all for visiting. View
building project at
Expansion/ renovation of the Fire Station.
Fire Code Permits and Fees
Fees for fire code operational
and construction review have been revised. The Oberlin Fire
Prevention Code now includes the 2012
International Fire Code. View
new requirements at Permits.
Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System
The City of Oberlin
utilizes an Emergency Community
Notification system known as Reverse 911. The system is used to provide emergency or urgent information to residents during emergencies. The Fire Department maintains
the system database. While all resident information is automatically forwarded to the
Fire Department during weekly updates, residents may initiate changes to their
contact information or add cell phones to the listing by completing an
online request or sending a written
R911 Authorization Form to City Hall.
Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and
Homeland Security maintains a Citizens Emergency
Response Team (CERT) program. In the
event of a disaster, trained citizens can react
as teams and provide basic care that will help
limit further injury to disaster victims and
will lessen the possibility of further damage to
call LC Emergency Management at (440) 329-5117
Mobile Fire Training Trailer at Oberlin
The Mobile Fire Training
Unit was placed into service in Oct 2007. The unit was
manufactured by Pro-Safe Fire Training Systems of Nobel, Ontario. Funding for this unit was provided through a
to Firefighters Grant award for $382,755. Read
Interested in Fire Safety Education?
The department has two
important tools available for public education
opportunities - Sparky the
Fire Dog and Sparky's Hazard House.
Both were acquired through FEMA Fire grant funds.
Sparky is a fully
animated Dalmatian dog in a fire truck complete
with red lights and siren. He moves, speaks,
listens, winks, blinks, and even plays music. Sparky will be used
in fire prevention activities including school
tours, pre-school visits, fire station visits,
parades, and Fire Prevention Week. The Hazard
House is an excellent opportunity to learn about
home fire safety. Contact us to discuss how one
of these programs can be schedule for your group
or community activity.
Want to Know How
to Become an Oberlin Firefighter?
for all of the information you'll need about the job requirements and
recruitment of firefighter candidates!
Friday May 10, 2013
On this Site:
Fire Code Forms and Permits
News and Events
City Codified Ordinances
of Privacy Practices
Lorain County Fire
My Safe Home.com
City of Oberlin
State of Ohio
H1N1 (swine) Flu
Jan 27, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security began
replacement of the color-coded alert system with a new
National Terrorism Advisory System. Future alerts will
simply be published as they occur. Sign up for email or
Twitter alerts at:
Homeland Security System:
HERE to get some useful information
for keeping your family safe... and prepared for any type of emergency -
natural or manmade.
There are five Threat Conditions, each identified by a
description and corresponding color. The higher the Threat
Condition, the greater the risk of a terrorist attack. Risk includes both
the probability of an attack occurring and its potential gravity.
Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that
may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and
disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom
and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood
or workplace following an event when professional responders are not
immediately available to help. Contact the Lorain County Citizen Corps
Council at (440) 322-8154 or
for more information.
Permits and Inspections
HERE to get the new
list of Fire Code rates, fees and requirements for permits, inspections,
plan reviews and more! If you're a business owner, builder, event planner,
apartment manager, etc., this is the document for you!