Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services
"Our mission is to protect the lives, property and environment of the people who live, work and travel in Strongsville. Our dedicated, highly trained, professional firefighting paramedics provide safety to the residents and businesses who call Strongsville home. We make available the highest levels of fire suppression and emergency services that the community endorses.
The emergency services we provide include Emergency Medical Services (paramedics), hazardous material intervention and technical rescue (rope, confined space, structural collapse and trench rescue). We offer CPR and First Aid training to businesses and residents. Our firefighting paramedics train hard and work hard. We are committed to excellence and proud to serve the community of Strongsville." -- Fire Chief Jeff Branic
Fire Damages Home on Heritage Trail
A resident at 18903 Heritage Trail called 911 at 6:32 p.m. Sept. 17 to report a house fire after seeing a small fire out the rear door. He attempted to extinguish it with a garden hose, but the fire was rapidly growing. He immediately alerted the other occupants to evacuate the house. Shortly after his call, several other 911 calls came into the Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center.
The first Strongsville fire unit arrived on scene at 6:39 p.m. to report moderate smoke showing and heavy fire at the rear of the house. The homeowner reported that all occupants were out of the house. Fire crews immediately went into aggressive fire attack mode by deploying two fire attack lines; one to the rear of the house to knock down the majority of the flames and the other to the second floor.
Fire crews from Strongsville, Middleburg Heights and North Royalton spent time chasing the fire through the attic and wall and ceiling spaces to ensure complete extinguishment. The fire was declared under control at 7:43 p.m.
Strongsville Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded with 13 firefighters on two fire engines, a ladder truck, a medic unit, and a command vehicle.
There was major structural damage to the roof, where the fire was most intense, with total damage estimated at more than $250,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the improper handling/disposal of smoking materials cannot be ruled out. There were working smoke detectors in the home, but they did not alert the occupants because the fire was mostly outside the structure and above the living space.
October is Fire Prevention Month and Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind all residents the importance of fire safety. Smoke detectors are the single most important life-saving devices. Smoke detectors must be installed on every level of the home and in every sleeping area. Smoke detectors provide first warning giving building occupants the chance to escape the fire and its deadly byproducts. Every home should have an escape plan and a family meeting place; it should be practiced at least once year. Residents are welcome to call the Strongsville Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention, at 440-580-3225 to get more information of home fire safety.
Strongsville Remembers 9/11
Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services led a 9/11 remembrance ceremony outside Fire Station 4 to mark the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of 2,974 people, including 343 firefighters and 73 police officers.
The ceremony included “tolling of the bell,” a signal that honors firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony was broadcast to all four Strongsville fire stations, allowing all to participate. Fire Chief Jeff Branic said the annual ceremony, which started at 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, is timed to coincide with the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City.
“We will never forget,” Branic said.
Strongsville Firemedics Break MDA Record
Strongsville firefighters raised $15,159.58 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with their Fill the Boot campaign over Labor Day weekend -- the most they've ever collected, said Firefighter Matt Kasza, the department's MDA chairman.
Firefighters were out in front of the stations and at SouthPark Mall over the Labor Day weekend seeking donations for MDA, which uses the money for research and at to help local patients.
The firefighters thank the community for supporting the fight against muscular dystrophy.
Firefighters Called to Vehicle Fire on I-71
The photo above shows what Strongsville firefighters saw when they responded to a vehicle fire on Interstate 71 near the Ohio Turnpike June 25.
The driver had noticed some mechanical problems and pulled off the road. The vehicle began to smoke and then flames were seen.
It took about 700 gallons of water and foam to extinguish the fire, Assistant Chief Jack Draves said. Seven firefighters responded with one command car, one fire engine and one squad.
The vehicle and contents were valued at $40,000.
Strongsville is served by a staff of 59 highly trained firemedics who provide fire suppression, emergency medical services and technical rescue within the 25-square-mile community.
Under the direction of Fire Chief Jeff Branic and Assistant Chief Jack Draves, the department delivers advanced life support services with state-of-the-art equipment, operating from four fire stations spread throughout the city’s four wards.
The department serves as a clinical education site for EMT and paramedic students from Southwest General Health Center, Parma Community General Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College and several career centers. Six Strongsville firemedics maintain state certification as paramedic instructors and are frequently called on to assist with classes throughout Northeast Ohio.
Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services is a member of the Southwest Emergency Response Team (SERT), a 19-community organization that operates specialized teams in hazardous materials, technical rescue and fire investigation.
The department also trains Strongsville’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of volunteers who assist safety officials during large-scale emergencies, and provides first aid services at many of the city's community events.
The Office of Fire Prevention also provides non-emergent safety services in the form of inspections, plan review and public education.
Emergency Dispatcher: 911 or 440-238-7333
Fire Prevention: 440-580-3225
Strongsville Fire & Emergency Services
17000 Prospect Road
Strongsville, OH 44149
The values of Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services:
HUMAN LIFE – Our top priority
SERVICE – Our reason for existence
EXCELLENCE – Our goal
INTEGRITY – The basis for trust
ACCOUNTABILITY – Personal and professional
INNOVATION – For creative problem solving
EDUCATION – For growth