CHANGES COMING TO CITY FIRE PREVENTION CODE - EFFECTIVE JAN 15, 2015
WIth approval of City Council, the Oberlin Fire Prevention Code has been amended to include the new 2015 International Fire Code and the 2011 Ohio Fire Code. Interested parties may access the new IFC codes either by web link (in right column) or by printed code book available at Fire Station, City Building Department, or Oberlin Public Library.

ARE YOUR PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER?
September was National Preparedness Month (NPM) month. The month is past - but is your family prepared to: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”
For details about National Preparedness, visit: www.ready.gov/september #NatlPrep

STRATEGIC PLANNING
The Department continues work on its five-year strategic planning process that will guide our community services into the future. Plan Update June 2014 .  
Read the plan document. 

FIRE CODE AND PERMIT FEES REVISED
Fees for fire code operational and construction review have been revised (04/08/2014). Under this revised program, fees (based on the size of an occupancy or structure) will be charged for all inspections performed by the Fire Department. View new fee schedule and requirements at Permits.

SELF- INSPECTION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED
In conjunction with the revised fire inspection program, the Fire Department has implemented a Self-Inspection program for eligible property owners and primary leasees. Learn more about this program at Self-inspections

FIREFIGHTER OF YEAR - 2013
Oberlin firefighters held their annual holiday and awards party on December 9, naming Lieutant Ben Ryba as the 2013 Oberlin Firefighter of the Year. Ben was selected for the award for his enthusiasm, devotion and teamwork. Congratulations, Ben. See FFY

CITY USES CODE RED NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
The City of Oberlin uses a community notification system called Code RED. This system allows individual residents and business owners to add cell phones, email, and texting to their preferred method of receiving messages from the City. Read more about CodeRED under our Quick Links listing.

OFD RECEIVES FEMA GRANT
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.


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 fire station.

OUR FIRE STATION IS GOLDEN LEED
The Oberlin fire station has received the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for our renovation/expansion, completed in April 2011. View our green building project at Expansion/ renovation of the Fire Station.

INTERESTED IN FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION?
Sparky
HHThe 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.

C.E.R.T. TRAININGlogo
The 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 property.See CERT or contact the Lorain County Office of Emergency Management at (440) 329-5117 for information.

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