|SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT
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Welcome to the Sylvania Township Fire Department web site. Our Township of nearly 49,000 residents is located in Lucas County Ohio, which is in Northwest Ohio. Sylvania Township borders the northwest side of the City of Toledo. Sylvania Township, in which the City of Sylvania is also located, is one of the top ten largest Townships in Ohio.
Our department is staffed by career and part-time firefighters 24 hours a day from 4 fire stations located throughout the City and Township of Sylvania.
We always strive to provide the best in professional emergency services from our highly skilled firefighters. Our fire department team provides the residents and visitors to our Sylvania community the best in fire protection, emergency medical services, fire prevention and public safety education. Our department also offers a myriad of additional safety and educational services.
On behalf of Sylvania Township Fire Department, I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to visit our web site. Please feel free to contact us at any time; we are here to assist you.
Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski
Fire Department Mission Statement
Our Mission is to prevent and minimize the loss of life and property damage from fire to our citizens and visitors; to provide high quality emergency medical services; to mitigate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters; and to provide non-emergency support services within our realm of expertise through highly skilled, trained and dedicated personnel.
Devotion to Duty
- We value this organization of men and women who hold devotion to duty above personal risk.
Community - We are committed to working together for the betterment of our community.
Integrity - We will strive to uphold the highest ethical ideals in our public and private lives.
Respect - We value serving the public with courtesy and respect, providing assistance wherever our skills and talents are needed.
Sincerity - We will count sincerity of service above personal comfort and convenience.
Safety - We value the safety of our personnel and our public.
Education & Training - We value education and training for our personnel as well as our residents.
Financial Responsibility - We shall utilize sound management principles to operate in a cost effective manner.
Resources - We value the proper utilization of all resources.
Dedication to Duty - We shall maintain a professional image through promptness, efficiency, and dedication to duty.
The Sylvania Township Fire Department (Sylvania Fire) provides fire and emergency medical response from four fire stations strategically located throughout the community. Fire Station No. 1 is located at 6633 Monroe Street; Fire Station No. 2 is located at 3006 McCord Road; Fire Station No. 3 is located at 5056 Haddon Road, and Fire Station No. 4 is located at 8210 Sylvania Avenue and is the headquarters station.
Personnel staffing is maintained at a minimum of 14 on-duty personnel to deliver services to the residents and visitors of Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania. Staffing is provided by career fire fighter/paramedics, and supplemented by part-time firefighter/EMTs or firefighter/paramedics. The career personnel work a 24-hour shift on-duty and 48-hours off-duty shift rotation, utilizing a three platoon system. The part-time firefighters are scheduled along with the career firefighters, and can work either a 12 or 24 hour shift. Each platoon begins their regular tour of duty at 0700 hours and work until 0700 hours the following day. During this tour of duty, the crews respond to calls for service and accomplish numerous other activities including station maintenance, physical fitness training, job-related training, fire prevention inspections and public fire safety education.
Sylvania Fire operates three Advanced Life Support (ALS) Engine Companies, one ALS Truck company and Lucas County EMS Life Squad #6 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Each fire engine and the truck are minimally staffed with three firefighters at all times, the Life Squad with two.
Note: Sylvania Fire provides the personnel staffing and ancillary support for Life Squad 6, stationed at Fire Station No. 1, through a contractual agreement with Lucas County EMS.
Engines 61, 62 and 63
Three 2009 Fire Engines have been placed in service as Engines 61, 62 and 63, and are located at the corresponding Fire Station location. These engines are equipped with a full complement of firefighting equipment along with basic vehicle stabilization and hydraulic extrication tools as well as advanced life support (ALS) equipment. Our Sylvania Fire Engines serve as the basic service delivery platform that enables our personnel to effectively operate as an “All Hazards” Department. The term, “All Hazards” is indicative of the level of training and equipment immediately available to safely and proficiently operate on emergency incident scenes to control fires, deliver ALS care on emergency medical calls, mitigate hazardous materials incidents and provide emergency response and support to both man made and natural disasters.
A 2010 Tractor-Drawn 100’ Aerial Ladder Truck has been placed in service as Truck 64, and operates full-time as a Truck Company at Fire Station No. 4. As is indicative with our engine apparatus, Truck 64 is equipped with a full complement of firefighting equipment for fire ground service that is typical of truck companies – forcible entry, laddering, search and rescue and ventilation - as well as advanced life support (ALS) equipment. However, Truck 64 is also equipped with a full set of heavy duty hydraulic cutting and spreading rescue tools, heavy duty air lifting bags, heavy duty stabilization struts, emergency lighting and various power saws for cutting, hand tools for prying and forcible entry. Personnel staffing for Truck 64, along with all three Engines, utilizes a minimum of one Lieutenant (or a qualified Acting Lieutenant in their absence) and a minimum of two firefighter/paramedics. Supplemental staffing on any/all of these units is routinely provided through our part-time employees.
Lucas County Life Squad 6
Life Squad 6 is a 2010 transport unit that operates from Fire Station No. 1. Sylvania Fire provides the minimum personnel staffing of two (2) firefighter-paramedics and ancillary support for Life Squad 6 through a contractual agreement with Lucas County EMS as a part of the Lucas County Tiered EMS system. Life Squad 6, as are all ten Life Squads in Lucas County, equipped with the latest in Cardiac Monitoring, and advanced life support EMS medications and equipment to deliver the most advanced, progressive pre-hospital care in Lucas County
PART TIME PROGRAM
The Sylvania Township Fire Department part-time firefighter program provides a supplemental group of trained and certified part-time firefighter/EMT’s or firefighter/paramedic’s to augment our full-time career firefighter/paramedics. The new program evolved from the department’s long standing volunteer and then part-paid program that had been around since the beginning of the fire department. The program is designed to give the department operational flexibility with staffing and help to manage overtime costs. Part-time firefighters work with the full-time firefighters as part of the station crew, respond on all runs and participate in all station duties.
To become a part-time firefighter in Sylvania, you must take and pass the same entry level testing that a full-time member must pass, (which includes the initial written exam, drug and tobacco use evaluation, criminal & background research, physical ability test, complete physical with stress test and an interview with the chief) and successfully complete our department Recruit Training Academy. After completing the entry requirements, part-time firefighters are eligible to be hired as full-time employees when an opening occurs, as long as they are certified as a State of Ohio Paramedic. The part-time firefighters must have a minimum training certification as a State of Ohio Firefighter I, EMT-B and Haz-Mat operations before going onto shift. All part-time firefighters will train with the fulltime crews they work with to gain and reinforce operational proficiency.
If you are interested in becoming a part-time firefighter in Sylvania, an employment application and release waiver is found under the “forms” section of this website. Hiring testing is given every two years.