OPEN HOUSE - OCTOBER 11th
In honor of fire prevention month, Oberlin Fire will be holding an open house on Saturday, October 11 between noon and 3 pm. Firefighters will be displaying fire apparatus and fire/rescue equipment, along with an opportunity to tour the fire station. This event is co-hosted with an open house at Oberlin Municipal Light & Power. Come join us for some conversation and light refreshments.
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - SEPT 2014
National Preparedness Month (NPM) starts are on September 1st! This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” Take action by participating in America’s PrepareAthon! on or around September 30. Each week also has a preparedness them. Check them out.
• Week 1 – How to… Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.
• Week 2 – Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.
• Week 3 – How to… Build an Emergency Kit.
• Week 4 & 5 – How to… Practice for an emergency.
For more details about National Preparedness Month visit: www.ready.gov/september #NatlPrep
PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER TEST RE-SCHEDULED
The City of Oberlin is accepting applications for the position of PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER. Candidates will be selected from an eligibility list established through an open, competitive examination consisting of a written and an agility which will take place in September 2014. Applications are available at www.cityofoberlin.com and at Oberlin City Hall, 85 S. Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074.
FIRE CODE AND PERMIT FEES REVISED
Fees for fire code operational and construction review have been revised (04/08/2014). Under this revised program, fees (based on the size of an occupancy or structure) will be charged for all inspections performed by the Fire Department. View new fee schedule and requirements at Permits.
SELF- INSPECTION PROGRAM TO BE IMPLEMENTED
In conjunction with the revised fire inspection program, the Fire Department will be implementing a Self-Inspection program for eligible property owners and primary leasees. Learn more about this program at Self-inspections
FIREFIGHTER OF YEAR - 2013
Oberlin firefighters held their annual holiday and awards party on December 9, naming Lieutant Ben Ryba as the 2013 Oberlin Firefighter of the Year. Ben was selected for the award for his enthusiasm, devotion and teamwork. Congratulations, Ben. See FFY
CITY IMPLEMENTS NEW NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
The City of Oberlin has implemented a new community notification system called Code RED. This system replaces the previous Reverse 911 system and allows individual residents and business owners to add cell phones, email, and texting to their preferred method of receiving messages from the City. Read more about CodeRED under our Quick Links listing.
OFD RECEIVES FEMA GRANT
Oberlin Fire has been awarded a 2013 Assistance to Firefighters grant though FEMA in the amount of $209,674. This grant was requested to replace all of the department's self-contained breathing apparatus, worn by firefighters to protect them when working in fire, rescue and other hazardous environments. Estimated equipment replacement cost is $220,709.
SMOKE ALARMS - Install, Inspect, Detect
October is Fire Prevention Month. Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 385,500 fires occur in residential buildings every year resulting in 3,500 civilian deaths and 13,250 injuries. When a smoke alarm sounds, it is time for you to spring into action.
You can prevent tragedy simply by testing and maintaining your smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan. Make sure your home fire escape plan is up to date and everyone in the home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your plan often. Free smoke detectors are available at the fire station.
FIRE STATION GOES GOLD
The Oberlin fire station has received the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for our renovation/expansion, completed in April 2011. View our green building project at Expansion/ renovation of the Fire Station.
INTERESTED IN FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION?
The department has two important tools available for public education opportunities - Sparky the Fire Dog and Sparky's Hazard House. Both were acquired through FEMA Fire grant funds.
Sparky is a fully animated Dalmatian dog in a fire truck complete with red lights and siren. He moves, speaks, listens, winks, blinks, and even plays music. Sparky will be used in fire prevention activities including school tours, pre-school visits, fire station visits, parades, and Fire Prevention Week. The Hazard House is an excellent opportunity to learn about home fire safety. Contact us to discuss how one of these programs can be schedule for your group or community activity.
The Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security maintains a Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. In the event of a disaster, trained citizens can react as teams and provide basic care that will help limit further injury to disaster victims and will lessen the possibility of further damage to property.See CERT or contact the Lorain County Office of Emergency Management at (440) 329-5117 for information.
Want to Know How to Become an Oberlin Firefighter?
Click HERE for all of the information you'll need about the jobrequirements and recruitment of firefighter candidates!
Annual Report 2013
CodeRED Authorization Form
Fire Code Forms and Permits
Lorain County Fire Training Academy
Notice of Privacy Practices
The City of Oberlin keeps residents and businesses informed of emergency and other time-sensitive information that may impact your safety through CodeRED, a high-speed emergency notification solution provided by ECN.
Within the new CodeRED system, residents will have an opportunity to receive notifications via telephone, cell, text and email. Messages regarding evacuations, police activity, missing children, boil water notices will advise you of immediate action or precautions.
It is important that you register and keep your contact informatio up to date.
Click on the CodeRED icon above to register. This secure, customized Community Notification Enrollment page allows you to add or update your contact information to ensure you will be included when a message is sent.
THERE ARE NO CURRENT ALERTS
On Jan 27, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security began replacement of the color-coded alert system with a new National Terrorism Advisory System. Future alerts will simply be published as they occur. Sign up for email or Twitter alerts at: DHS NTAS
Homeland Security System: Disaster Preparedness
Click HERE to get some useful information for keeping your family safe... and prepared for any type of emergency - natural or manmade.
There are five Threat Conditions, each identified by a description and corresponding color. The higher the Threat Condition, the greater the risk of a terrorist attack. Risk includes both the probability of an attack occurring and its potential gravity.
International Code Council (ICC)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Lorain County Fire Chiefs' Association
North Eastern Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
Ohio State Fire Fighters Association
International Assn of Arson Investigators
Ohio Chapter - Int'l Assn of Arson Investigators
National Association of Fire Investigators
Lorain County Association of Fire Investigators
Lorain County Local Emergency Planning
Lorain County Technical Rescue Response Team