Education is a fundamental part of keeping Concord Township a fire safe community. Fire Safety education is a team effort coordinated by a dedicated Fire Educator and implemented jointly by educators, inspectors and firefighters.

Hands on instructional classes can be tailored to all age levels and to businesses, religious and civic groups, school children, individuals and families. Public events, such as block parties for example, may include a visit by the firefighters with a fire engine and/or rescue squad (as available).

To schedule a general educational program or community event, please contact Ken Weidig, Fire Educator, (440) 350-1856 or via email at kweidig@concordtwp.com.

Prevention Services and Programs

Address Signs

Help us find you! Having your house numbers visible from the street will allow firefighters to respond faster to your call for assistance. Reflective green address signs are available from Concord Firefighters Local 3329. Please send completed Address Sign Order Form  and payments to Concord FF Local 3329, 11600 Concord-Hambden Road, Concord Township OH 44077. You will be contacted when your sign is ready for pick up.

Child Safety Seat Installations

Certified car seat technicians are available to assist you with proper child safety seat installation. An appointment is required for all car safety seat installations to allow adequate time to assist and answer questions. Please call (440) 354-7504 (Station 1) on the day you would like your seat installed and a time will be scheduled for that day, provided a car seat technician is on duty. For additional safety seat information please visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Association website.

CPR /First Aid

According to the American Heart Association, each year over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.

American Heart Association Hands-only CPR AED and First Aid for non- healthcare providers’ classes may be scheduled upon request. For questions or to schedule a group CPR class, please contact: Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Biddell (440) 354-7504 or mbiddell@concordtwp.com.

Fire Extinguisher

When fire strikes, the #1 priority is to get out safely. Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out small, contained fires, but the extinguisher must be the right type and must be used properly.

Concord’s fire educator is available to provide information on purchasing the right type of fire extinguisher, where to put the fire extinguisher in your home, how to operate a fire extinguisher and hands on practice with a fire extinguisher simulator. Classes are available for residents and business; please contact Fire Educator Ken Weidig (440) 350-1856 or kweidig@concordtwp.com for further information or to schedule a class.

Lock Box

When emergencies strike, help is only a call away. However, for those who live by themselves or who have special mobility issues, what happens when they can’t get to the door to let first responders in? A lock box may be able to assist. A lock box is a small metal box attached to an entry door (or other location near an entryway) which holds a key to the door. Only the fire department has the access key to a lock box – this allows the fire department to enter a structure in case of an emergency without causing damage

A residential lock box rental program is available for residents of Concord Township who may be ill, disabled or incapacitated, for example, and who usually do not have someone within their residence who could open the door to responders. The lock box program involves the installation of a rapid access system (key box) for use by emergency workers. This is a courtesy service provided by the department and does not guarantee access to or permanent availability of this program. This program is NOT for commercial use.

For more information and a box application: Lock Box Rental Program or contact Fire Educator Ken Weidig (440) 350-1856 or kweidig@concordtwp.com.

Smoke Alarms

By taking a couple minutes to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and testing them monthly, you could save your life and the lives of your family.  Smoke alarms, when properly installed and maintained, provide early warning when fire occurs. One smoke alarm in a home doubles a person’s chance of escaping a fire.  For the greatest protection, install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside each sleeping area. Also, develop an escape plan that every member of the family is familiar with if the fire alarm does sound. Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure that they are working properly.  Vacuum the dust from inside the alarm at least once every year.  Batteries in battery-operated alarms should be changed twice a year or whenever an alarm chirps to signal low battery power. Never borrow a smoke alarm’s battery for another use. A disabled alarm cannot save your life. In addition, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years or according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

The Concord Twp Fire Dept. offers our senior citizens, handicapped and low income residents free inspection of their smoke alarms twice a year. If you meet these criteria and would like to enroll in this program, please contact Fire Station #1 at (440) 354-7504 or send your name, address and a contact phone number to: smokedetectors@concordtwp.com.

Department Contacts

Matt Sabo
Fire Chief
(440) 354-7503
(440) 354-7507
Ron Terriaco
Deputy Fire Chief
(440) 350-2919
(440) 354-7507
Karen Pirc
Administrative Assistant
(440) 354-7504
(440) 354-7507
Ken Avram
Fire Inspector
(440) 350-1856
(440) 350-1849
John Pitchler
Fire Inspector
(440) 350-1856
(440) 350-1849
Ken Weidig
Fire Educator
(440) 350-1856
(440) 350-1849
  • I live in a multifamily complex. Can I use my grill on my balcony?

    Before you fire up your outdoor grill again, please think safety first…safety for yourself, your family, your neighbors and your home! Safety first begins by being aware of regulations within your residential community. The following fire codes apply to multiple-family dwellings:

    The 2011 Ohio Fire Code Rule 3 Section 308.14 specifies that charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within ten (10) feet of combustible construction. This would include propane or LPG grills.
    Exceptions:

    1. One and Two family dwellings
    2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.
    3. Where approved by the fire code official, charcoal burners are allowed to be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction where all of the flowing conditions are met: 3.1 The charcoal burners are attended by an adult at all times when in operation. 3.2 Portable fire extinguishers in the type, quantity and size as approved by the fire code official are present on the combustible balconies or at the cooking site located within 10 feet of the combustible construction. 3.3 All nonstructural combustible material must be removed from the combustible balconies or at the cooking site located within 10 feet of combustible construction.
    4. LP-gas cooking devices having an LP gas container with a water capacity not greater than 2 ½ pounds.

    The 2011 Ohio Fire Code Rule 38 Section 3809.10.2 specifies that the storage of gas cylinders within residential buildings, including the basement or any storage area in a common basement storage area in multiple-family buildings and attached garages is prohibited. Gas cylinders are to be stored a minimum of ten (10) feet from all multiple family dwellings.

    If you have any questions and/or comments or if you want someone to speak at your homeowners’ association meeting, please do not hesitate in contacting the Fire Prevention Bureau at (440) 354.7504.

  • The hydrant in front of my house is leaking. What should I do?

    Concord Township’s water is supplied by either Aqua Ohio Water 877.987.2782. Lake County Department of Utilities (440) 350.2070 or Painesville City Water (440) 392.2975. You may contact your respective water company directly to report leaks or contact the fire department. Fire hydrants are owned and maintained by the water companies. The fire department checks the hydrants yearly and sends identified repair requests to the respective water company.

  • May I have a campfire in my backyard?

    Concord Township follows the Ohio Revised Code rules regarding open burning. NO OPEN BURNING is permitted in Concord Township. RECREATIONAL FIRES such as cooking and camp fires are permitted as long as they are in an approved container or cleared area. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause fire spread such as leaves and dry or dead vegetation shall be eliminated prior to ignition. The size of any recreational fire shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. All recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel or garden hose shall be available for immediate utilization. Any open burning or recreational fire that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or order emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous is prohibited. The Concord Township Fire Department is authorized to order the extinguishment by the property owner, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, per Ohio Fire Code 307.3.

  • How do I obtain a copy of the report of my EMS transport?

    EMS records are protected under HIPPA and may be released only to a patient or to a party designated by the patient, with patient consent. Concord Township utilizes the services of ChartSwap, an on-line records exchange service and Emergency Management and Consultants, our billing company, to handle medical records requests. Please visit www.chartswap.com  to initiate a records request.

  • Why are there white lights on some traffic signals?

    Some intersections in Concord Township are equipped with traffic pre-emption devices. As an emergency vehicle approaches an intersection, it activates the pre-emption equipment that controls the traffic signal to safety direct the traffic flow while also allowing emergency vehicles to safely progress through the area. The white light that you see is a confirmation that the pre-emption device has been activated. When approaching an intersection, always follow the direction of the traffic signals. When you hear an emergency vehicle approaching remember to “GO RIGHT for Sirens and Lights”

  • What do I do if the emergency sirens go off?

    The emergency sirens are tested at 11:00 AM on the second Wednesday in January, April, July and October.

    Concord Township officials do not activate the outdoor Emergency Sirens located throughout Lake County. The outdoor sirens are activated by the Lake County Emergency Management Agency to alert residents of possible natural or man-made disasters and national security issues. When you hear the Emergency Siren: Go indoors, close all doors and windows; Tune to local emergency information stations and follow broadcast information; DO NOT CALL 911 – Such calls could hinder response activities; Stay tuned to your radio or TV for further information.

  • Which fire station will respond to my 9-1-1 call?

    When the fire department is dispatched, the fire station closest to you who has available staffing will respond. Simply put, for our response planning we’ve divided Concord Township into quadrants, utilizing Interstate 90 and State Route 44 as dividing lines. Station 2, located at 10154 Prouty Road, responds to the areas that are located west of State Route 44, and areas north of State Route 84 that are east of State Route 44. Station 1, located at 11600 Concord-Hambden Road responds to the commercial areas along Auburn Road (west of State Route 44) and all other areas west of State Route 44.

  • Need emergency assistance? Call 9-1-1

    Concord Twp Fire Department utilizes the dispatching service of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. When you dial 9-1-1, your call will be answered by a trained professional dispatcher from Lake County Central Dispatch center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dialing 9-1-1 is the fastest, most effective way to have us respond to your needs. Depending on your needs, the 9-1-1 dispatch center may send a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy along with fire/ems personnel.

  • How do I contact the fire department for non-emergency issues?

    Station #1: (440) 354.7508; Station #2: (440) 354.7509. Concord Township’s fire stations are manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, when the firefighters are out of the station for incidents, trainings or other events, the station phone lines may go unanswered. Unanswered calls to Station #1 will roll into a voicemail system which is reviewed Monday-Friday during normal business hours. If you are unsure if your needs are an emergency or not, please be safe and call 9-1-1. The trained dispatchers who answer your 9-1-1 call will assist you in obtaining the level of help you need.