For Residents -- FAQ

Open Burning

Can I burn leaves in my yard?
No. It’s illegal in Strongsville to burn garbage or residential waste, including landscaping debris and leaves.
Is it legal to cook over an open fire?
Yes. Cooking food for human consumption is one of the exceptions to the open burning law. It is also permissible to have a fire to heat tar and for warmth of outdoor workers and strikers.
How about a recreational fire in my back yard?
Recreational fires are permitted in your backyard under the following stipulations: the wood must be seasoned, dry wood and not treated lumber or trash, the fire must be 50 feet from any structure, the fire may not be larger than three feet in diameter and two feet high, a hose or bucket of water should be immediately accessible, and the fire must be completely extinguished when your activity is complete.  We ask that you communicate with your neighbors and discuss your recreational activities. Any fires that are determined to create a nuisance, you will be asked to extinguish. For more on recreational fire regulations, click here.
Violating the open burning law is a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

Barbecue Grills

It’s illegal to use a grill on or below a balcony of an apartment building or multifamily dwelling, or within 20 feet of any structure housing three or more families.

Chinese Lanterns

It is illegal to release into the sky any object that is on fire, including hot air devices commonly called Chinese Lanterns or Sky Lanterns.


It is illegal under City and Ohio law for anyone other than a licensed exhibitor to ignite or possess fireworks. Violators can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and a maximum of six months in jail.

Carseat Installation

Carseat installation is handled by the Strongsville Police Department as a courtesy to residents. Call (440) 580-3230 to set up an appointment to have a child seat checked or installed.

Community Room

Fire Station No. 1 at 11297 Webster Road has a room that is available to the community for meetings. To reserve the room, call (440) 580-3210.

Sharps and Needles

Republic Services offers a sharps mail-back kit residents can order online by clicking here. Residents can also place syringes and other sharp items in a heavy plastic container, like detergent or a 2-liter soda bottle, tape the lid securely shut, write SHARPS on the outside and take it to the city transfer station, located behind the Service Center, 16099 Foltz Parkway, during operating hours. 

CPR Classes

The department offers first aid and CPR classes to the public. For information, please click here.  

Ready Notify

Strongsville is part of Cuyahoga County’s emergency alert network. If you are registered with Ready Notify, you can expect to receive notifications by text, call or e-mail about emergency events, news, closures, water boil alerts, safety messages and other information. NOTE:  As of March 2019, EVERYONE is asked to register with Ready Notify as the county has switched to a new provider, CodeRED. Even if you were already signed up and received alerts, please re-register. 

Residential Lock Boxes

Residential lock boxes are an option for first responders to use in order to gain access to a resident’s house when responding to a medical alert. A small box is mounted on the outside of the building and a key is placed inside. The code to open the lock box is recorded at the Dispatch Center and provided to first responders when they need to access the home. The lock boxes can be purchased from the Strongsville Senior Center, 18100 Royalton Road, at a discounted price. A member of the Fire Prevention Office will be glad to assist in installation and supplying the pertinent information to the Dispatch Center. Click here for more information, or call (440) 580-3225.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Residents, businesses and groups can receive free training on how to use a fire extinguisher by calling (440) 580-3210.

Copies of Medical Reports

EMS records are protected healthcare information and are administrated under HIPAA law. To receive a copy of a medical report, the patient must present proper identification and sign a release of information form. No medical records will be released without proper documentation. For information, call (440) 580-3210.

EMS Billing

The City contracts with a third party to process claims and collect fees from EMS responses. The City accepts what insurance pays as payment in full for residents, individuals who own property in Strongsville, and anyone employed by a Strongsville business. The City has contracted with EMS Management and Consultants in Lewisville, NC. If you have a question about a bill for ambulance service, please call (440) 580-3210.

Aluminum Can Donations

Strongsville participates in Aluminum Cans for Burned Children. You can help by dropping off your aluminum cans at any of the city's four fire stations. Please click here for details.

Station Tours

The department is happy to offer tours of its stations to groups. To arrange one, call (440) 580-3210.

Hydrant Maintenance

​Annually, all public fire hydrants are inspected, maintained and flowed to ensure proper operation.
Residents are reminded that if they encounter rusty or discolored water flowing from their home faucets following this maintenance, they should run only the cold water for a few minutes until it clears.
Areas immediately adjacent to fire hydrants need to be kept clear of any obstructions, such as trees or shrubbery that could delay locating a fire hydrant in the event of a fire. In the winter, residents are asked to shovel snow around hydrants so they are visible and easily accessed.
Residents are also asked to refrain from landscaping around hydrants.

Becoming a Strongsville Firemedic

Civil service tests are administered every two years. Applicants must be 19 years of age to take the test and 21 years of age by the appointment date. No one will be appointed on or after his or her 31st birthday. Applicants must have certification by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II and a paramedic and must pass the Tri-C Firefighter Agility Test.

Fire Safety Trailer

The department teaches children about fire safety by visiting third-grade classes with the fire safety trailer, which is designed to look like rooms in a house to demonstrate fire hazards and how to escape a fire. The trailer becomes filled with artificial smoke and kids are instructed to climb out a window to safety.