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, assistance with alarm installation and free alarms as supply permits.

If you would like assistance with your smoke alarms, please contact Fire Station #1 at (440) 354-7504 or send your name, address and a contact phone number to: [email protected]

Smoke Alarm Facts

Smoke Alarm Information for Deaf or Heard of Hearing

Department Contacts

Matt Sabo
Fire Chief
(440) 354-7503
(440) 354-7507
Mike Biddell
Deputy Fire Chief
(440) 350-2919
(440) 354-7507
Karen Pirc
Administrative Assistant
(440) 354-7504
(440) 354-7507
Doug Rought
Fire Inspector
(440) 350-1856
(440) 354-7507
Brien Spangenberg
Fire Inspector
(440) 350-3234
(440) 354-7507
  • 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?

    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.

    OFC 307.4.3 Portable Outdoor Fireplaces: Shall be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15′ of a structure or combustible material.  Not permissible on a combustible balcony of a multi-family unit.

    OFC 308 Gas Fired Open-Flam Cooking Devices: Must be at least 10 feet from  structure when in a multi-family dwelling; no storage of gas cylinders in multi-family dwellings; no grills allowed on decks or balconies of multi-family dwellings

  • 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.