Our Mission is to prevent or minimize the loss of life, loss of property and damage to the environment from the adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies and natural or manmade disasters. The Brecksville Fire Department is a full time fire department with a staff of full time and part time or volunteer firefighters. Our primary concern and objective is the preservation of life and property.
12 full time firefighters
19 part time/volunteer firefighters
The services that we provide to the community are fire protection and suppression, EMS, Rescue, Public Safety Education, and Fire Prevention. The area of Brecksville that we cover is 19 square miles with a population of just over 13,500 residents. Here at the Brecksville Fire Department we are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to serve the needs of our citizens and all who visit the City of Brecksville.
Working Together with our Police Department and our Medical Direction, MetroHealth
The fire department responds to all reported calls of fire or alarms indicating the possibility of fire. The on duty shift responds to all fire related calls and in the event that more man power is needed a call will be put out for all off duty and volunteer firefighters. Mutual aid agreements are also in place with neighboring communities in the event that even more manpower or equipment is needed for the safety of both our residents and our firefighters.
We respond with an Advanced Life Support equipped ambulance to all calls of medical emergencies. The Brecksville Fire Department has 32 Paramedics and 8 EMTs. Currently the fire department has 3 ambulances. We are under the medical direction of MetroHealth Hospital.
We transport to many hospitals and try to accommodate the patient or family’s request to transport to the hospital of their choice. However, the patient’s condition will determine the closest appropriate hospital to be transported. Sometimes we will call for the assistance of Metro Life Flight for support to transport the critically injured or ill patient to the appropriate trauma center. Any calls for the ambulance should be made by calling 911.
Copies of ambulance reports may be obtained at the Brecksville Fire Department, Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Joe Hudec at (440) 526-2640 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
House numbers that are easy to find and easy to read are one of the best safety features that your home can have. Valuable property and lives can be saved simply by posting adequate numbers where emergency personnel can find them. All homes and businesses should be properly identified with large, easy-to-read address numbers. This makes it easy for emergency vehicles to find the location without wasting time. Numbers should be on the building in a location that is easily seen from the street. They should be at least 4 inches high and in a contrasting color to your house. If you have a street side mailbox, the house number should be visible there as well. In an emergency every second counts, so make sure your house numbers can be seen from the street.
Transport decisions are based upon your condition at the time of the call, your preference, your best interest, the closest appropriate facility and medical direction from the hospital.
We transport to several area facilities including the following:
Our department has mutual aid agreements with many neighboring communities so that calls are handled expeditiously. During the course of a day it is not unusual for two or three requests for an ambulance to come in at the same time. If all of our ambulances are busy, one from the next available town will be dispatched. The mutual aid agreements work both ways; therefore, our ambulances can be dispatched to the other municipalities.
The first reason has to do with having enough staffing to take care of the patient. All of our full time firefighters are also trained as paramedics. There are two-three paramedics on the ambulance and many times when someone is acutely ill they need advanced life support (ALS) care. ALS treatment includes starting Intravenous (IV) fluids, monitoring cardiac rhythms, providing oxygen, administering medications, possibly performing CPR, and/or defibrillating a patient.
The next reason is to have extra personnel from the fire truck/engine to help safely move the patient to the ambulance. Most people that are acutely ill and need an ambulance need to be carried or lifted onto a cot. If the bedroom is on the second floor, or if there are steps outside the house, it may take more than two people to safely get the patient down the steps.
Stay on the line for medical instructions from the dispatcher. If possible, turn porch lights on if dark outside, unlock/open the front door, have someone waiting outside and lock up any pets.
The City of Brecksville Fire Department participates in an EMS billing program and patients who live outside the community are billed for EMS services through our billing company. Residents of Brecksville are “soft billed”, where charges for EMS service are only collected from their medical insurance company. In the event there is a balance due, residents should not receive a bill.
In the event a resident of Brecksville receives a bill of EMS service, please contact the Brecksville Fire Department and ask to speak with Chief Zamiska.
All other EMS billing related questions can be forwarded to:
Great Lakes Billing Associates, Inc.
26380 Curtiss Wright Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44143
Funds generated from EMS billing are used for capital expenditures to support fire department vehicle purchases and other large equipment purchases.
The members of the Brecksville Fire Department are trained in many different areas of technical rescue and heavy rescue. We have members trained in rope rescue, river, and ice rescue. We also have members trained in confined space rescue, trench rescue, vehicle extrication, and many more specialized areas. The fire department is also a member of the S.E.R.T. team. The S.E.R.T. team is a technical rescue team that is composed of 19 communities in the southwest portion of Cuyahoga County. The S.E.R.T. team has a few members on every department that are all trained in specialized rescue, hazardous materials, and fire investigation. The S.E.R.T. team has over 100 members, and we currently have 8 of our firefighters on the team.
This is an assessment of residential living spaces to help identify possible risk factors that may lead to a fall. We then offer recommendations to lower the risk and possibly prevent a fall.
On an average year, one out of three elderly adults will experience a fall. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries. The Brecksville Fire Department would like to help reduce the risk of this happening to our residents.
If you are interested in scheduling an in-home fall risk assessment, please contact Firefighter John Niton by contacting the fire department at 440-526-2640. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm.
For more information on falls prevention, please visit MetroHealth’s information page: https://www.metrohealth.org/geriatrics/falls-prevention
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The Brecksville Fire Department is an ISO 2!
Only 4.7% of Fire Department’s nationwide have an ISO public protection rating of a 1 or a 2.
This rating is used to help insurance companies determine homeowner and business insurance rates.
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