Division of Fire

Annual Fire Hydrant Testing Begins May 1st

The City of Lakewood Division of Fire’s annual fire hydrant testing program begins on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Testing will be done on weekdays through June 15th.  Annual hydrant flushing is necessary to assure proper hydrant operations during fire emergencies.

The testing may cause temporary discoloration of the water supply and residents should check the color of their water before washing clothes to guard against discoloring fabrics.  After a few hours, the sediment will settle and the water should run clear again.  While the water may appear unsightly, discoloration is due to the release of built-up mineral deposits present in all water mains.

Residents with questions about the fire hydrant testing may call
(216) 529-6607 after 9:00 a.m. on weekdays.

Mission Statement

"To protect and safeguard life and property from fire or hazardous conditions: to provide emergency medical treatment to those in need."

The mission statement of the City of Lakewood, Division of Fire is accomplished under the leadership of Chief Scott Gilman, through a fire and medical rescue delivery system consisting of fire prevention, fire safety education, fire and medical rescue operations and hazard abatement. There are 88 members of the Division of Fire, organized as the staff or support function and the line or operations function.

Reminders from the Fire Department

Did you know that it is illegal to drive over a fire hose?

This hose line was driven over while firefighting operations
were taking place on W. 117th.

The Lakewood Fire Department is asking drivers to be aware of the dangers of fire department operations and the risks of driving over a fire hose. Driving over fire department hose lines can endanger the lives of both citizens and firefighters. A damaged hose line can hamper firefighting and rescue efforts by interrupting the flow of water. In addition, many items can be damaged by driving over a hose line. This includes damaging the hose line itself, the fire engine’s pump, the underground water main and even your vehicle. Please be aware of firefighting operations, especially at night and avoid the roadway in that area.

4511.73 Driving over unprotected fire hose.

(A) No streetcar, trackless trolley, or vehicle shall, without the consent of the fire department official in command, be driven over any unprotected hose of a fire department that is laid down on any street, private driveway, or streetcar track to be used at any fire or alarm of fire.
(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Did you know your numeric address posted on the front of your home is an important component of the fire, EMS, and police response?

Posting your numeric address in a visible area assists in promoting a quick response

According to the 2011 edition of the Ohio Fire Code, Section 505.1, states “New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.”

The Lakewood Fire Department appreciates your help in assisting with a timely response by posting legible and visible address numbers on your property.

The staff function is comprised of Fire Administration, the Fire Prevention Bureau, and the Mechanics Division.

  • The Fire Administration handles the business end of the division, ensuring that firefighters and paramedics are properly equipped to provide outstanding service. It oversees the daily operating procedures and acts as liaison for the public.
  • The Fire Marshal and Fire Inspector make up the Fire Prevention Bureau, which is responsible for fire investigations. They also conduct all high-hazard target inspections - schools, day care centers, high-rise buildings and industrial operations - and re-inspect all commercial properties cited through the fire company inspection program. Fire safety education programs are provided by the Bureau annually to Lakewood students - in the spring, during Severe Weather Safety Week, in the summer through the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children safety house tour, and in the fall during Fire Prevention Week.
  • The Mechanics Division is responsible for the preventative maintenance and repair of the emergency vehicle fleet and the three fire stations.

The line function involves three frontline fire companies and three medical rescue squads.

  • Station #1, located at 14601 Madison Avenue (at Warren), houses Truck #1, an 105' aerial pumper, an advanced life support ambulance Squad, and an Assistant Chief's vehicle available for immediate emergency response.
  • The primary responsibilities are fire/rescue and medical response operations. However, firefighters also respond to hazardous conditions such as gas leaks, downed power lines, and chemical emergencies. Engine Companies perform commercial building inspections, building pre-plans, and in the spring, annual hydrant testing and maintenance.
  • Station #2, located at 18124 Detroit Avenue (at Kenilworth), and Station #3, located at 12567 Clifton Boulevard (east of Nicholson) each house an Engine and an advanced life support ambulance Squad.
  • All Division of Fire personnel are trained in the use of automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition, all Paramedics are advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certified. They are required to remain knowledgeable of current medical issues, and skilled in the use of modern medical equipment.
  • EMS personnel conduct Community Education training programs throughout the year, including CPR classes for lifeguards and coaches, and AED training for staff at defibrillator sites. There are currently 22 AEDs strategically located throughout Lakewood, at sites where significant numbers of people congregate and are at highest risk for cardiac arrest, such as athletic facilities and senior centers.
  • Fire Personnel:
    • Total Members: 87
    • Paramedics: 12
    • Firefighter/Paramedics: 39
    • Firefighter/EMTs: 11
    • Firefighter: 25

Did you know that a Fire Museum was established in 1994? It is located at Station #1, displaying over 100 items, including tools from the past and present, used by most fire departments. We welcome group tours of the museum and any of the three fire houses.

For an informative article about the history of the Lakewood Fire Department, read One horse-drawn wagon was city's first fire unit by Dan Chabek. This article appeared in the Lakewood Sun Post May 11, 1989.

The wide range of duties performed by Division of Fire personnel and the training required to perform these duties may not be well-known. Our service to the community involves responses to motor vehicle accidents, home lock-ins and lock-outs, public assistance requests, carbon monoxide investigations, water and cliff rescues, hazard investigations, and false alarms. We also participate in the West Shore Hazardous Materials Response Team, providing support to, and ensuring support from, our neighboring communities of Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park and North Olmsted, should an environmental emergency arise.

While serving a population of approximately 52,000, within 5.5 square miles, we responded to 1,828 fire & various other calls and 5,321 emergency medical calls in 2013. We take great pride in delivering high-quality services to the community, and hope our dedication is evident each time we come in close contact with residents and visitors alike, during fire and medical emergencies in homes or on the streets of Lakewood.

Check your smoke detector monthly,
have a fire escape plan, and practice it.