Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1. What are the open burning regulations for the City of Ashland? 

Q 2. What are the open burning regulations for Milton and Montgomery Townships?  

Q 3. Who do I contact with questions concerning medical billing? 

Q 4. Does Ashland Fire offer CPR and/or First Aid Classes to the public?

Q 5. Does Ashland Fire offer infant/child car seat inspections?

Q 6. How do I schedule a tour of the fire station?

Q 7. How do I become an Ashland Firefighter? 

Q 8. How long are smoke detectors good for? 

Q 9. What should I do if my carbon monoxide detector is alarming?

Q 10. How large should my house numbers be?



A 1.  You may have a recreational fire if it follows the following guidelines:
- It is used for cooking purposes.
- Wood used must be clean, seasoned firewood or equivalent. 
- The size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
- It is located at least 25 feet from any structure.
- It is not located in an area where conditions could cause the fire to spread. (IE. near a tree line or in tall grass)
- You have an extinguishing agent on-site and available for immediate utilization.(IE. extinguisher, garden hose, water truck, dirt, and/or sand)  

Be aware that if the fire department receives a complaint from a citizen or it is found that the burning is not following the current Ohio burning laws we will ask you to extinguish the fire. 

Please reference the links below for more information on this topic. 

City Ordinance on Open Burning; Recreational Burning; Portable Outdoor Fireplaces
http://whdrane.conwaygreene.com/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=whdrane:OHAshland

Ohio EPA Burning Regulations 
http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/47/facts/openburn.pdf

S
tate of Ohio Brochure 

http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_ForestryLaws.pdf



A 2.
  You may have a recreational fire if it follows the following guidelines:

- It is used for cooking purposes.
- Wood used must be clean, seasoned firewood or equivalent. 
- The size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
- It is located at least 25 feet from any structure.
- It is not located in an area where conditions could cause the fire to spread. (IE. near a tree line or in tall grass)
- You have an extinguishing agent on-site and available for immediate utilization.(IE. extinguisher, garden Hose, water truck, dirt, and/or sand)  

Be aware that if the fire department receives a complaint from a citizen or it is found that the burning is not following the current Ohio burning laws we will ask you to extinguish the fire. 

Please reference the links below for more information on this topic. 

Ohio EPA Burning Regulations 
http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/47/facts/openburn.pdf

State of Ohio Brochure 
http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_ForestryLaws.pdf



A 3. All of our medical billing is now handled by a third party. Below is the contact information:


Medicount Management Inc. 
10361 Spartan Dr. 
Cincinnati, OH 45215 
Phone Number: 1-513-772-4465
Toll Free Phone Number: 1-800-962-1484
Email: info@medicount.com
Website: https://medicount.com

If your an attorney or an insurance company requesting EMS incident reports use the below information:

Contact Person: Annie Campbell 
Phone Number: 1-513-612-3149 
Email: MVA@medicount.com

If they are unable to assist you please feel free to contact the Fire Department Mon-Fri during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and ask to speak to our Administrative Secretary.



A 4. Yes, we currently offer American Heart Association CPR certification/re-certification, First Aid training, and one or two-day American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support in conjunction with Samaritan Regional Hospital. 
     We have classes the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, starting at 6:00 pm located at the fire station. The second Wednesday of the month is Heartsaver CPR and AED classes and on fourth Wednesday of the month the classes rotate between BLS for the Health Care Provider and First Aid. We try to limit these classes to 10 people so we have the appropriate student to instructor ratio.
     Please contact the Fire Department at 419-289-6511  Mon-Fri during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm  and ask to speak to a CPR Instructor to schedule your time. If you need a larger class, ACLS training, or a different time please contact Capt. Gardner at 419-289-6511  Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

These classes are free of charge, but we do accept donations. 



A 5. Yes, the Ashland Fire Department has multiple Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians. They have completed 48 hours of instruction, practical evaluation, and recent continuing education. The techs are available to demonstrate installation and inspect your child car seat Monday thru Saturday by appointment. Please contact the fire department at 419-289-6511 Mon-Fri during the hours of 08:00 am to 4:00 pm and ask to speak to a car seat technician to schedule an appointment.  Also feel free to call and speak to a Technician if you have any questions regarding your child's car seat.



A 6.
 The firefighters offer a tour that leads you through the fire station to see the different trucks, tools, and equipment the firefighters use on a daily basis. You can also see where the fireman cook, eat, sleep, and learn. The firefighters are able to adapt these tours to any age group. There are fire safety films and a fire safety talk that can be given if needed. If interested please contact the Ashland Fire Department at 419-289-6511 Mon-Fri during the hours of 08:00 am to 4:00 pm and ask to schedule a fire station tour.       


 
A 7. We currently only accept applications and test when we have vacant positions. To be considered for employment you most have of your State of Ohio Firefigher II Certification and be a State of Ohio Paramedic upon appointment. We post all of our job opening on our Human Resources page, please see the link below.
   Human Resource Job Openings   
   /human-resources/current-openings-2
   



A 8. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you replace your smoke detector units every 10 years. It is also recommended you change the batteries in these units twice annually. A good time to do this when you set your clocks for the season changes.
      Below are some helpful links in reference to this topic. 

National Fire Protection Association 
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms

Ohio State Fire Marshal 
http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_installCAMPAIGN.pdf



A 9. The first and most important thing to know about Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning. CO is a colorless and odorless gas. CO poisoning can present like other illnesses with symptoms such as headache, nausea/vomiting,  dizziness, chest pain, and/or confusion that can escalate to loss of consciousness and death. If you have any of these symptoms please evacuate your house and call 911. 
      If your detector is alarming and you do not have any of these symptoms shut off all gas burning appliances and ventilate your house by opening windows and doors. If this doesn't stop the alarming please feel free to contact us on our business line 419-289-6511, and we will come assist you. It is recommended you replace these units every 5-7 years depending on manufacturer's recommendations. Also just like your smoke detectors please replace the batteries twice a year.
      Below are some helpful links on this topic.

Ohio State Fire Marshal
http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_CarbonMonoxide.pdf

Center of Disease Control 

http://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm



A10. The State of Ohio Fire Code states the following:

"505.1 Address numbers. 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 or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (101.6 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm). Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure."
   

   You can purchase a house sign from the Fire Department for $10.00. Please feel free to contact the department with your order.