Our fire department protects 12.7 square miles in our community which has the largest population in Medina County. Our area includes interstate highway (I71), residential and wooded areas, light industry, warehouse, commercial, retail, Brunswick City School District and park areas with ponds and lakes.
Our department is tasked with EMS, fire suppression, prevention, and fire education. The majority of our calls are request for emergency medical assistance requiring Basic and or Advanced Life Support. We are the First Responder for all life safety concerns in the City.
All of our firefighters are trained to the highest level within the State Of Ohio, and are also certified Paramedics which are required to maintain their certification with the State Of Ohio. Several hours a year are dedicated to hands-on-training with equipment, through classroom work and in hospital clinical rotations.
We operate under Southwest General Medical Control, and we transport to our local Southwest General Emergency Room, Southwest Main Campus, Medina General Hospital (Cleveland Clinic) and Kaiser Hospital in Parma.
We are the First Responders in our community and provide mutual aid assistance for specialized services in other communities. These include fire investigation, hazardous materials, confined space, rope rescue, dive and swift water rescue, trench and structural collapse rescue and also provide paramedics for the swat team. The department also has members on the Project Life Saver team. These specialized teams all take tremendous dedication and countless hours of specialized training from our department members.
The daily duties of firefighters include: responding to emergencies, training, physical fitness, equipment maintenance and repairs, station maintenance and repairs, daily station duties, paper work and documentation. Other duties might include the following: fire inspections and prevention, giving fire education classes, flushing city fire hydrants, hose testing, station tours, community events and assisting residents with questions and problems when they’re not sure who to call.
The Brunswick Division of Fire evolved from a volunteer department in 1960 to part-time and in 1996 established the beginning of a career department. Since 1996 the Division has continued to hire full-time personnel to meet the ever-increasing needs of the growing City.
During the 1970's the City of Brunswick was one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Today, although the growth is not as rapid as it was years ago, it still continues. Commercial development brings additional visitors into our city. The increased visitor population causes increase in traffic throughout the community. Essentially, this continued growth translates to ever increasing requests for service from the Division of Fire.
Based upon a recent survey conducted of communities with similar population bases, the City of Brunswick spends $87.69 per person based upon our operating budget and population base. Similar sized communities spend between $80.42 per person and up to $377.87 per person.
Our administration consists of a Fire Chief and Assistant Chief which work five eight hour days. We also have two part time Clerical personnel.
Our current staff consists of twenty-one full time Firefighters, Paramedics also referred to as Fire/Medics. Each shift has a Lieutenant which are also Firefighter Paramedics. There are three shifts of eight Fire/Medics working the traditional 24 hours on and 48 hours off to provide Brunswick with 24/7 coverage.
We also have two part-time personnel. One is the Fire Inspector and the second one assists with the daily operations.
The City tries to maintain a minimum staffing of SIX (6) Fire/Medics daily on each shift which provides three (3) Fire/Medics at each Fire Station. These members can staff a front line Medic unit or a front line engine depending on the request for service.