8210 Sylvania Ave.
Sylvania, OH 43560
NON-EMERGENCY #: 419-882-7676

Welcome to the Sylvania FIRE-EMS web site.  Our department is administered by Sylvania Township. Our Township and City have a combined population of nearly 50,000 residents and 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 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-ems team provides the residents and visitors to our Sylvania community the best in fire protection, emergency medical services, fire prevention/community risk reduction and public safety education.  Our department also offers a myriad of additional safety and educational services.

On behalf of Sylvania FIRE-EMS, 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 Michael Ramm


Fire Department Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to prevent or 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. We will accomplish this mission through fire suppression, emergency medical response, care and transport, rescue, code enforcement, public education, fire investigation, and professional development training. Our fire fighters:

  • may risk their lives to save a life
  • may put themselves at moderate risk to save property
  • will risk nothing to save life or property that is already lost or destroyed


Honor represents the dedication, trust, and dependability that our fire fighters commit to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions and fulfill their obligations promoting excellence of character and integrity.

Courage the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity and under dangerous and stressful conditions.

Dedication – We are dedicated to family, our department, and the community we serve. We are dedicated to excellence and providing the highest quality of fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the community.

Compassion We are believers in the Golden Rule, which advocates that people should treat others as they would like to be treated. Regardless of the time of day, nature of an incident, or condition of a resident or guest, we treat all people with patience, kindness, understanding, and dignity.

Integrity – We will strive to uphold the highest ethical ideals in our public and private lives. We nourish a culture and environment rooted in a belief that we are guardians of the public’s trust. We uphold the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct, act as responsible citizens and respect the equality and right of others.

Family We are a fire department family. We are committed and accountable to each other because our lives depend on it. We value each member in our organization. We respect those who came before us and will strive to make the organization better for those who follow.

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.

Fire Chief Michael Ramm

In March of 1981 Chief Ramm was appointed to the department as a volunteer fireman stationed at #2 on Central. Chief Ramm was hired full time in 1995 and assigned to station #1 for the first 4 years of his career. In 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to station #4. Then In March of 2013 promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations and stationed at station #64. On March 17, 2017 Chief Ramm became the Chief of the Department. Chief Ramm has an associate’s degree from Owens in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University graduating from both with honors. Chief Ramm also has his Executive Fire Officers training completed through the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association. Chief Ramm likes to pride himself on his ability to lead by example. Chief Ramm will be working with both The Operations division and The Risk Reduction division of the Fire Department. Chief Ramm will report directly to John Zeitler the Township Administrator.

Chief Ramm is married with three children, wife Mary Ann married for 28 years, sons Jason (27) and Cody (26), and a daughter Courtney (18) still at home and graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2017. Chief Ramm is a second generation Chief in Sylvania, following his dad Burt.

Chief Ramm’s main goal is to make the community of Sylvania a safe and enjoyable place to live, visit and raise a family.

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nye

In September of 1989 Deputy Chief Nye was appointed to the department as a volunteer firefighter stationed at #1 on Monroe St. A graduate of the University of Toledo Paramedic Training Program in 1992, Deputy Chief Nye was hired full time in April of 1994 and assigned to station #1 as a firefighter/paramedic for the first 4 years of his career and spent the next 6 years at station #3 on Monroe @ Whiteford.. In August of 2004 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to station #3. He also spent 2 years assigned to station #2 on Central Ave. and the last 10 years prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief at station #1. In April of 2017 he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations and stationed at station #4 on Sylvania Ave. Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief he also served as President of Sylvania Firefighters IAFF Local 2243 for 16 years. Deputy Chief Nye likes to pride himself on his ability to lead by example. Deputy Chief Nye will be in charge of the daily operations of the Fire Department. Deputy Chief Nye will report directly to Chief Ramm.

Deputy Chief Nye is married to his wife Barbara for 29 years with three children, Daughters Brooke (27) a graduate of The Ohio State University and an Executive with Macy’s in Chicago, Chelsea (23) a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is a math teacher in Springfield Township Local Schools and a son Nicholas (19) who is attending The University of Cincinnati. Deputy Chief Nye continues a family history of public service; his father Richard retired as a 25 year Toledo Police Officer and his mother recently retired after 52 years as a Registered Nurse.

Deputy Chief Nye’s goal is to make the Sylvania community a desirable, safe and enjoyable place to live, visit and raise a family.

Fire Marshal Shane Hillard

On May 17, 2000 Fire Marshal Hillard was appointed to the fire department as a firefighter / paramedic. He proudly served at all 4 stations spending most of his time at stations 1 and 4. In 2004 he became a certified fire safety inspector and began assisting the department with completing building inspection.

In April of 2017 Fire Marshal Hillard became the departments full time fire safety inspector. At that time, he began assisting retired Deputy Chief Mike Froelich with all aspects of the departments Community Risk Reduction Bureau.

In March of 2020 Fire Marshal Hillard became what is believed to be the departments first Fire Marshal. Fire Marshal Hillard will oversee the departments Community Risk Reduction Bureau including fire prevention and fire investigations.

Fire Marshal Hillard is a State of Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspector, State of Ohio Fire Instructor, State of Ohio Firefighter II, NREMT-P, and hold certificates for Fire Officer 1, Fire Officer 2, and Fire Officer 3. He also completed both the Basic and Advance Fire Investigation classes at Bowling Green State Fire School.

Fire Marshal Hillard has been married to his wife Mariann for 19 years. Together they have four children, Lainey (18) a graduate of Whiteford Agricultural High School who will be attending the University of Toledo majoring in early childhood education, Levi (16), Ava (15) and Brody (12) all still in school at Whiteford Agricultural.

Training and Safety Officer: Captain Aaron Frye

Captain Aaron M.Frye was hired by the Sylvania Township Fire Department as a Firefighter-Paramedic on August 18, 2003; and has served with all 3 shifts and at all 4 stations during his career in Sylvania Township. As a Firefighter-Paramedic, he mainly worked out of Stations 3 and 4.

Aaron was one of five employees laid off in January of 2007 due to budget restrictions from a failed tax levy. He was recalled to service in July of 2008. Upon his return, he was assigned to Station 3.

He was promoted to Lieutenant April 17, 2011, and is honored to have served with crews on E62.

He accepted the position of Acting Captain effective January 1st of 2015 and was promoted on April 21, 2015. Captain Frye oversees the Fire Training Bureau and serves as the Department Safety Officer. He develops, schedules and implements training activities for all personnel; is working to expand the Officer Development program; responds to emergency incidents and functions as the Incident Safety Officer; and is responsible for implementing an overall safety program for operations; investigates and reviews all incidents involving on-duty injuries, near-misses and vehicular accidents; and coordinates the after-action reviews of major incidents.

Captain Frye is a State of Ohio Fire Instructor, Certified Fire Safety Inspector, an Incident Safety Officer, and certified as both Fire Officer I and II. He has worked within a variety of Fire and EMS positions since 1997 in both Cuyahoga and Lucas Counties, serving with the Olmsted Township Fire Department and the Springfield Township Fire Department. He attended Ohio University where he studied Health Care Administration with a Business and Inter-personal Communications concentration, and is currently working towards furthering his education with a degree in Fire Administration and Emergency Management.

Aaron and his wife Laura reside in the Sylvania community with their 3 daughters.

Jennifer Howard,  Administrative Services Coordinator


Vicky Loeffler,  Administrative Assistant


Fire Department Organizational Chart


The Sylvania Township Fire Department (Sylvania Fire-EMS) 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.

Truck 64

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.

 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



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