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Fire & Rescue

Welcome to the Defiance Fire & Rescue Division

On August 19, 1872, Defiance’s elected officials approved an ordinance to organize the community’s first fire company, Liberty Company No. 1, under the direction of Chief Engineer John F. Deatrick, Sr. and a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Fast forward 140 years and the Firefighters of the City of Defiance are still dedicated to saving lives and protecting property.  The Defiance Fire and Rescue Division provide fire prevention, fire suppression and responds to medical emergencies within the City of Defiance and Defiance Township. In addition, the Fire Division is contracted to provide EMS services to Noble Township.

The department is currently staffed with 17 career firefighters (with two being the Assistant Chief and Fire Chief) and 10 auxiliary firefighters.  The career firefighters are separated into three platoons, with each shift working 24 hours on with 48 hours off.  The shifts have a minimum staffing of four personnel.

The Division takes a pro-active approach to fire and life safety. Effort is directed toward prevention activities with the purpose of making all buildings safe and the community more safety conscious. The Assistant Fire Chief is in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau.  It is the goal of the bureau to inspect every commercial building once a year.  To try to meet this goal, line firefighters assist the Assistant Chief in performing fire safety inspections.  Not only does this help with preventing a fire, but in the event that a fire does occur, the firefighters are familiar with the building because they have been in the structure when visibility was optimal.  

The Fire suppression, technical rescue and emergency medical services continue to require up-to-date training by the staff.  Each firefighter is required to obtain continuing education credits to maintain their certifications per the State of Ohio.  The Division trains daily to ensure that when an emergency arises they are prepared to answer the call.