Safety | The City of Lakewood, Ohio


Safe and getting safer: Maintaining the highest degree of community safety by providing excellent safety services,
promoting resident participation, and expanding effective communication.

In Lakewood, one of the top priorities is not only keeping residents safe, but also helping them feel safe. By using an aggressive prevention strategy — from police and fire to housing — the city of Lakewood continues to keep its focus on safety.


Employees in the Lakewood Police Department preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent crimes, apprehend criminals, recover lost and stolen property, and enforce, in a fair and impartial manner, the ordinances of the City of Lakewood and the laws of the State of Ohio and the United States of America. The Police Department is led by Chief Timothy Malley.


Meanwhile, the mission of the Lakewood Fire Department is “to protect and safeguard life and property from fire or hazardous conditions: to provide emergency medical treatment to those in need.” Under the leadership of Chief Scott Gilman, the department achieves its missions using 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.

Staying safe

By the numbers, excellent safety services, along with engaged participation from residents and neighborhood block clubs (63 in total) have led to Lakewood becoming a safer place in the last five years. Since 2007, Lakewood has seen a 42 percent decrease in crimes of violence, a 14 percent decrease in burglaries, a 45% decrease in auto thefts and 47 percent decrease in robberies. The city has 63 neighborhood block clubs — resident-driven entities helping neighbors work with police and other city departments to ensure safety and security in our community.

Important information on how to avoid being the victim of a carjacking

Curious about a police call, incident or report, please contact the Lakewood Police Department at (216) 521-6773 or email is not monitored 24/7, please use the above phone number if an immediate response is required.

Fire information

  • Fire Fighter/Paramedic Exam+-


    Application packets are available beginning Monday, November 5, 2018 in the Department of Law, Office of Civil Service Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or on the city website beginning Friday, November 2, 2018.  Click here for the application packet.

    The City of Lakewood is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Fire Fighter/Paramedic.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to promptly complete and return the application with all the required attachments.  The first 150 properly completed and legible applications meeting the minimum requirements returned to the Civil Service Office no later than 4:30 pm Friday, November 16, 2018 (or if mailed, postmarked no later than Friday, November 16, 2018) will be accepted for processing and a receipt will be issued.

    A properly completed application includes:

    • Legible application with all attachments,
    • nonrefundable $25.00 fee (in the form of a money order, certified or cashier’s check made out to the City of Lakewood – cash or personal checks not accepted),
    • copy of current State of Ohio Paramedic Certificate or proof of current enrollment in Ohio Paramedic classes (letter from the school only), and a copy of the Ohio Basic EMT Certificate
    • Proof of High School Graduation or GED certificate
    • Valid Ohio Driver’s License (six or more violation points may be disqualifying)

    SALARY:  $51,932.28 current annual starting salary plus benefits.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicant must be a High School Graduate or possess a GED and possess a current State of Ohio Paramedic Certificate OR be currently enrolled in Ohio Paramedic Classes and possess adequate physical ability to perform all duties and utilize all issued equipment under hazardous conditions.  To be eligible for appointment an applicant must meet all above qualifications and have successfully completed all exams (written, physical ability, polygraph, and background investigations).  As a condition of appointment, candidate must provide a valid and current Certificate of Physical Agility from Cuyahoga Community College certifying that the candidate has passed the exam in 5 minutes or less. Following job offer, applicants shall be required to successfully complete a comprehensive psychological and medical examination including drug screen. 

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  At the time of appointment applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age and possess a current, valid Ohio Paramedic Certificate.  Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with a good driving record, six or more violation points may be disqualifying. No person shall be eligible for original appointment on or after the person’s 41st birthday. Appointees to the position of Fire Fighter are also subject to all applicable provisions of law, the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Lakewood and all Departmental Rules and Regulations. 

    EXAM INFORMATION:  Only those who have timely applied and meet the qualifications will be admitted to the examination. Each applicant will be assigned a computer generated random number prior to the exam, posted at the exam for review by applicants, to be used in the event that two or more applicants receive the same total score.  

    WRITTEN EXAM:  6:15 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Lakewood High School Cafeteria, 14100 Franklin Boulevard, Lakewood, Ohio. Enter through the front door that directly enters into the cafeteria off of Franklin Boulevard. Parking will be available in the parking lot across the street on Franklin Boulevard. Check in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and all applicants must show valid ID at check in.  There will be no inspection of exam papers. Minimum passing score to be placed on the eligible list is 70%. The Commission reserves the right to change the time, date and location of the test. 

    PHYSICAL ABILITY EXAM (AT APPLICANT’S EXPENSE): Cuyahoga Community College’s (CCC) physical ability test (PAT) completed in five minutes or less. Certificate must be valid and current at the time of appointment. If you do not possess a certificate verifying this, contact CCC at 216-987-5429 or 216-987-5060 for scheduling. Next session is 11/25/18 deadline to sign up is 11/20/18 at 4:00 p.m.

    Additional credit:  For Residency credit applicants must file a completed “Release of Information from Municipal Income Tax Files” signed by the Municipal Tax Department. A DD214 must be filed for applicants to receive credit for Active Military Service. If you are a current employee with the City of Lakewood, note that on your application and we will verify with Human Resources.


  • Lakewood Fire Department+-

    For more about the Lakewood Fire Department, please click here.

    With 16,000 building structures in Lakewood’s five-square mile area, the Lakewood Fire Department has three fire stations. And has some of the fastest response times in the state.

    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.

  • Fire Department FAQs+-

    Q:        My insurance company wants a copy of the Fire Investigation Report for a recent fire at my home. Who do I contact?   

    A:        Call the Lakewood Fire Prevention Bureau at (216) 529-6660.  

    Q:        Where should I put smoke detectors in my home?   

    A:        The fire department recommends smoke detectors on every level of the home and in all rooms used for sleeping. 

    Q:        How far is a hydrant from my home?  

    A:        All properties in Lakewood are within 300 feet of a fire hydrant. 

    Q:        Does the Lakewood Fire Department give out smoke detectors? 

    A:        The City of Lakewood does not currently provide smoke detectors. The landlord is responsible for providing smoke detectors in all rental units and carbon monoxide detectors in all buildings with 5 or fewer units or apartments that have their own furnace. 

    Q:        I was transported to the hospital by the Lakewood Fire Department and have a question about my bill. Who do I contact?   

    A:        Call the billing agency, Lifeforce Management, toll free at (1-800) 770-4767. If the bill has gone to collections please call the City Finance Department at (216) 529-6097. 

    Q:        Who can inspect my child’s car seat for proper installation and use?   

    A:        Contact the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center and Safety Store hotline at (216) 844-2277 for a current list of inspection stations near you. (The Lakewood Police and Fire Departments DO NOT have inspection stations or certified technicians to perform this service.) 

    Q:        I need to renew (or get) my CPR/AED certification. Who do I contact for information on classes offered? 

    A:        Call the Red Cross at (1-800) 733-2762 or go to:  to register for a class. 

    Q:        Where can I drop off my aluminum cans for recycling?   

    A:        Each Lakewood Fire Station has an outdoor bin to collect for the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation, 365 days a year. 

    Q:        I need an inspection for day care license, adoption or to become a foster care provider. Who do I call?   

    A:        Call the Lakewood Fire Prevention Bureau at (216) 529-6660.  

    Q:        What is the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for Lakewood?  

    A:        The ISO rating for the Lakewood Fire Department is Class Two (2). 

    Q:        Do you have any information on how to be prepared in the case of an emergency? 

    A:        Yes, the Lakewood Fire Department has created an Emergency Preparedness Guide which should answer all of your questions and keep you ready for an emergency.  The guide may be found on the city website at the following link:

  • Ambulance Billing+-

    EMS Payments and correspondence should be mailed to: City of Lakewood P.O. Box 74603 Cleveland, OH 44194.

    Please contact the billing agency, Lifeforce Management, toll-free at (800) 770-4767, to update insurance information, or make a payment for an EMS bill.

  • Emergency Preparedness+-

    Useful Links:

    In an effort to improve Lakewood’s readiness in case of severe weather, lasting power outages, fire and other disasters, the City has identified and promotes the following ways to ensure safety and limit property damage during emergencies: Prepare your home, your family, your business and yourself. For starters, check out the city of Lakewood’s Emergency Preparedness Guide.

    • Visit, the federal government’s website designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. offers explanations of how different types of events can affect you, as well as tips on preparing emergency management kits, educating children on the perils of emergencies, filling out family communications plans, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place and readying your small business for disasters. Every Lakewood resident is encouraged to visit now to prepare for emergencies that may arise in the future.
    • Stay updated locally: During severe weather and other events that create power outages, road blockages and city service interruptions, the City will do its best to keep residents updated in multiple ways. These include website updates and press releasesTwitter updatesFacebook posts and occasional televised press conferences on local media channels. You can also sign up to receive information from the city by email. Add your email address here.
    • Get involved in CERT: Lakewood belongs to the Westshore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of trained citizens from Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake who educate and prepare participants for hazards that may impact them in the event of community emergencies or disasters. CERT members receive training in basic emergency response skills, including first aid, fire suppression and safety, light search and rescue and shelter services. They also obtain a better understanding of the hazards facing their homes and workplaces and can take steps to lessen the effects of such hazards. To read more about the benefits of joining CERT, click here.
    • ReadyNotify: Want to know right away when there’s an emergency happening in Lakewood? Think evacuations, boil alerts and road closures. The city of Lakewood has partnered with Cuyahoga County to offer residents access toReadyNotify, a mass notification system to issue emergency notifications to the public. It is similar to the communications systems schools use to notify parents of closures or other time-sensitive information. The system delivers messages to residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message or electronic mail. The system is capable of sending messages to specific communities or the entire county. ReadyNotify is primarily used for emergency notifications, when rapid and accurate information is essential for residents’ immediate safety. To learn more about — or sign up for — Ready Notify, click here.
  • Hydrant Flushing+-

    May – June each year
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Friday

    The Lakewood Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants as an on-going program of hydrant and water maintenance. While hydrants are open, the homes on that block may experience discolored water or a drop in water pressure.

    To alleviate accumulation of mineral deposits within the water mains, thus reducing the incidence of discolored water. Preventative maintenance to make sure each hydrant is in top operating condition.

    Turn off any devices that automatically bring water into your home during flushing hours. Examples: Automatic ice makers, automatic yard sprinkling systems, etc. Avoid, if possible, running water. Examples: Doing laundry, running bathwater, etc.

    Wait one (1) hour after you are sure hydrant flushing is completed for the day.

    Run COLD water from whatever faucet is closest to wherever the water supply enters your house (typically in the basement) for approximately fifteen (15) minutes. It should clear up. If problem continues, contact the Lakewood Water Department at: During Normal Business Hours M-F 7:30am-4:00pm (216) 529-6820.


    The Lakewood Fire Department’s primary responsibility is to emergency responses. Therefore, it is not possible to predict when a street may not be flushed. The hydrant flushing starts on the north section of the city and progresses south.  Additional Considerations: Likewise, hydrant flushing will not take place if it is raining.

  • RX Drug Drop Box Program+-

    Prescription opiates are often the gateway to heroin addiction.  Prescription opiates are commonly found in many medicine cabinets. It is vital that old prescriptions be properly disposed to keep one’s family safe. Pills left unattended in a bathroom or medicine cabinet can be easily taken and misused.

    Please utilize Cuyahoga County’s Rx Drug Drop Box Program to keep your loved ones safe. It’s easy! The Lakewood Police Department has a drop-box location in the lobby of the police department at 12650 Detroit Avenue.


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