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Fire Department Services

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Fire and EMS Services


Chardon Fire Department provides 24 hour / 7 day fire suppression and paramedic EMS services to the residents that we serve in Chardon City, Chardon Twp, and Claridon Twp.  Our single fire station is staffed around the clock by Ohio certified firefighter/paramedics & EMT's.  Dispatching is provided by the Geauga County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center, with advanced computer aided dispatching (CAD).

Our EMS medical direction is handled through Dr. Andrew Garlisi at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, a Level 3 Trauma Center  (  Aeromedical helicopter support is provided through University AirMed (pictured at left), Metro Life Flight, and Cleveland Clinic Aeromedical.   

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Fire Suppression 


Chardon Fire Department provides firefighting suppression protection 24 hours a day.  The department utilizes 2 engines, 1 tanker/tender, 1 Tower Ladder Truck, 1 Brush Fire Jeep, a utility truck, and an off-road ATV Gator.  Any structure fire results in 3 other departments being automatically paged with CFD.  The City of Chardon has pressurized hydrants, whereas the rest of our coverage area has none, thus a dry hydrant drafting plan is employed for those areas.  Multiple tanker/tenders are brought in from area departments to provide water shuttle operations where pressurized hydrants are not present.

All of our firefighters are trained at the Firefighter 2 Level, involving over 270 hours of training.  Many hold ropes, technical rescue, hazmat tech, and rescue diver certifications.  Several are trained as Arson Fire Investigators.

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 CPR and Public Education


We offer periodic American Heart Association Community CPR/AED, First Aid, and National "Stop The Bleed" Classes, as well as a variety of public education offerings for non-profit community members, churches, etc.  Fire extinguisher training for businesses, emergency preparedness drills, and general site hazard assessments are all offered with prior notice. Businesses should call the UHEMS Institute for company and business courses ( 


Contact Firemedic Ali Haefke at for more details on fire extinguisher or civilian, non-profit CPR training.



Stop The Bleed and Heartsaver First Aid


Chardon Fire Department provides non-profit community education in the national Stop The Bleed initiative ( , designed to help civilians stop major bleeding with tourniquets, hemostatic gauze, and wound packing.  Businesses should call the UHEMS Institute for company and business courses ( 

 Contact Ali Haefke at for further details on Stop The Bleed and Heartsaver Courses.

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Fire Prevention, Inspection &
Residential Knox Box Program

Chardon Fire Department employs a full-time fire inspector, Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Pritt, Sr. (, who works with area businesses and developers to keep our residents safe.  Planned site visits, inspections, walk-thrus, and blue print approval are all part of his job.  He also certifies preparation and ignition of all professional fireworks shows in our coverage area.

Fire alarm and sprinkler testing for area businesses is a big part of his job.  Additionally, he runs a "residential knox box" program for residents and businesses, where a secured key box is made available for situations where the fire department may need to gain access to a house or property quickly, using a special key.

Our full-time fire inspector, Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Pritt, Sr  (, can provide a small residential "knox box" for your home.  This box contains a key to your home, which can only be accessed for fire department personnel.  It can be invaluable in an emergency, and eliminates the need to break windows or doors, in the event of an alarm or emergency.  Contact our fire prevention office today to see if a knox box is right for you at 440-285-4665.


Fire Chief- Chief Justin Geiss:
Fire Inspector/Knox Boxes:  FF Ken Pritt, Sr.:
Community Risk Reduction: FF Ali Haefke -
Webmaster/EMS Captain: Capt John Blauch:


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