Fire Department FAQ
What kinds of trucks does the fire department have?
Ambulances—We have 3 ambulances that are all advanced life support equipped and they respond to emergency medical calls and motor vehicle accidents. The ambulances also go on service calls, inspections and other related events.
Engines—We have 2 engines. Engines respond to fires, service calls, carbon monoxide alarms, alarm activations, motor vehicle accidents and other fire related calls. The engines also go to inspections, block parties and fire prevention activities.
Ladder—This is a mid-mount Ladder/Tower. It has a 100’ reach. The platform will support the firefighters as they rescue people and fight fires with the elevated streams This truck will respond to structure fires, commercial fire alarms and special rescues. As you can see, it is a versatile truck.
Rescue—We have a rescue truck that responds to special rescue situations, water rescue and ice rescue incidents. Grass Fire Truck—We have a grass fire truck for off road field fires.
Utility Truck—We have a pickup truck that is our utility truck. We use this truck for various tasks including plowing our parking lot, carrying special equipment and personnel to and from the scene and other tasks.
Command Vehicles—We have 2 command vehicles. These are manned by the Chief and Assistant Chief and are utilized for large or complex incidents. They are also equipped as first responder units. In the event all of the ambulances are out or all crews are out and there is another medical call, these units can respond and assess and stabilize victims until mutual aid ambulances arrive.
How do I contact the Fire Department?
Emergency—If you have an emergency, you can call 9-1-1, the Avon Police Department or you can call the Fire Department Emergency Line. Your best option is to call 9-1-1. All 9-1-1 calls are answered by Lorain County 9-1-1 and they will be able to locate you in the event you cannot speak or are in a dangerous situation. All of the above options will get you the emergency assistance you require.
Non-Emergency—You can call the fire department at (440) 934-1222. Please be advised that there are times when the station is not manned due to a major fire call or multiple emergency calls, so if you have an emergency call one of the emergency numbers. If you stop up at the station and you have an emergency, there are intercoms and emergency phones that you should use to get emergency help.
Stop by and see us. If you would like to see the fire station, meet the firefighters or look at the trucks, feel free to stop up and see us. We will make every effort to welcome you and give you a tour, keeping in mind that emergencies do take precedence. Please be patient when you ring our door bell. The station is rather big and it may take us a minute or two to walk all the way from one end to the other. We check all the doors on the way to where your at so we don’t miss you.
Does the Avon Fire Department respond outside of it’s jurisdiction?
Yes, the Avon Fire Department is involved with, and participates in, the Lorain County Mutual Aid Response System. It is vital for us to be able to help other departments and they help us in our time of need.
How many firefighters are on duty?
Currently there are 8 firefighters on every shift with the minimum number of firefighters being 6. There is also an administrative staff consisting of the Chief, Assistant Chief and Dispatcher.
What are the work hours of the firefighters?
Firefighters work 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. The administrative staff work Monday through Friday for 8 hours a day.
What duties are performed by the firefighters while on duty?
First and foremost is to respond to emergency calls. Whether they are a request for an ambulance at someone’s house, a fire call to a business or a motor vehicle accident, firefighters are always prepared to respond at any moment.
Firefighters start their day by checking each apparatus to ensure each and every fire department unit is ready to respond. A thorough check of each apparatus is performed on particular days. We want to thoroughly check each truck for fluid levels, tire pressures and fuel status.
After the daily and weekly checks, firefighters and their officers will go out and perform fire safety inspections of businesses or perform maintenance on the hydrants. In the afternoon, firefighters and their officers will perform training evolutions. These range from engine and truck company operations to EMS skills and knowledge. The late afternoon is for personal study, physical training (personal workout), dinner and reflection on the day.
No matter what the firefighters and officers are doing at the station or around in the city, we are always ready to respond. If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact us.