Happy 150th Anniversary to the Cleveland Fire Department

Happy 150th Anniversary to Cleveland Fire!

The Division of Fire celebrates its 150th Anniversary of service to the City of Cleveland today. Founded in 1863, the Division of Fire began with fifty-three firefighters, four steam pumping engines, and a hook-and-ladder. Since then the department has grown to the over 772 firefighters and 36 fire apparatuses.


Photo Credit: Ruggero Fatica

The Division of Fire offers various programs to increase fire safety and prevention through the city. The Smoke Detector Program is a partnership with the American Red Cross that provides free smoke alarms, batteries, and installation to all elderly and low income Cleveland residents at no-cost.

The Fire Public Education Unit provides fire education speakers for schools, day care centers, senior centers, employers, and also appears at career days.

The Juvenile Fire Setters Programteaches and provides counsel to Cleveland youth who have incidences of setting fires- no matter how small.

The Senior Power Program is designed to increase knowledge and awareness among older persons in the areas of crime prevention, fire hazards, emergency services and programs for the elderly.

Among these great programs, Cleveland Fire saves lives and protects property. They extinguish and prevent the spread of fires; provide immediate medical care; provide rescues and extrication services; abate hazardous materials releases; and investigate the causes of fires and other emergencies. The Department always responds to alarms with necessary personnel, apparatus and equipment; conducts daily training; maintains apparatus, equipment and stations; inspects/investigates buildings, fire hydrants, fires and division accidents.

Celebrate with Cleveland Fire tonight at Progressive Field and in Gateway Plaza. From 4:00 pm until the end of the Indians game. Click here for more information.

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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