Fire Prevention Bureau
The general responsibilities of The Division of Ashland Fire Prevention Bureau include but are not limited to:
- Plan-Review for new and/or renovated construction
- Acceptance testing for fire protection and life safety systems
- Annual Fire & Life Safety Inspections
- Foster Home Fire & Life Safety Inspections
- Group Home Fire & Life Safety Inspections
- Determining the Cause and Origin of fires within the City, and both Townships in which we provide services
- Maintaining all inspection and investigation records
- Public Education and Training
The Prevention Bureau is responsible for the enforcement of the Ohio Fire Code to effectively ensure all commercial properties remain safe for their employees and patrons. Fire inspections are performed by State of Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspectors (CFSI).
Due to enhanced fire codes, diligence in enforcing these codes, and quick response times, there are fewer fires in relation to the development today. Fires are held in check causing less damage than would have been the case without these codes.
Safe buildings are achieved through proper design and construction practices and fire department personnel working closely with property owners to ensure their investments are safe.
- It is important to have a visible numerical address on the structure so it is plainly legible and visible from the street, both during the day and at night. The Ohio Fire Code states the minimum size shall be 4 inches (106.4mm) in height and a stroke width of 0.5 inches (12.7mm). If you have a long access road your address will also need to be there as well. You may purchase address signs from the fire department for the cost of $10.00. These are a green reflective signs that has reflective numbers on both sides if need be. Please contact the department with questions regarding this program.
Evacuation Plan for Private Residence
- If there is ever an emergency at your residence you and your family need to have a plan in place on how to exit your house and where to meet once you have been able to exit. It is suggested you meet in the front yard or in the neighbor's house. This helps first arriving emergency responders to account for anyone that may be still inside the structure. Please see this link on Home Escape Information.
- Smoke Detectors should be installed on every floor of your residence, and in sleeping areas. Detectors should be tested monthly, along with testing cleaned of any debris or dust. Batteries should be replaced twice a year, when you change your cloaks change your batteries. Lastly smoke detectors should be replaced once they have reached 10 years old. Please see this link on Smoke Detector Install and Inspection Information.
- Please see below for helpful links regarding this topic.
State Fire Marshal Cooking Safety Tips
NFPA Cooking Safety Tips
Inspector Contact Information Below
Office Phone: 419-289-6511
Firefighter Chris Schmidt
Firefighter Anthony Coletta
Firefighter Drew Marchand
Office Phone: 419-289-6511
Firefighter Dan Robinson