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Fire Department

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Zanesville Fire Department is to protect lives and property; to provide a variety of professional services and educational programs to our community, wherever called upon.

 

About the Zanesville Fire Department

The Zanesville Fire Department proudly protects 28,000 residents living in an area of 12.501 square miles.  The daytime population of the city is 48,000.  We operate out of three stations that protect a combination of residential, educational, industrial and commercial occupancies.  Our department is a public department whose members are on fulltime paid status.  The department’s Insurance Services Offices (ISO) rating is 3.

The Zanesville Fire Department has been a fully paid professional department since 1879.  The department has three manned fire stations.  Central Station is located at 332 South Street; Station #2 is located at 731 Eppley Avenue; and Station #3 is located at 714 Leonard Avenue.  The department responds an Engine/Rescue (Engine 1), 105’ Aerial Ladder (Ladder 6), Advanced Life Support Medic (Medic 1) and a Command Unit (Command 9) out of Central Station; Engine 2 responds out of Station #2; Engine 3 responds out of Station #3.  Station #3 also houses reserve apparatus, Engine 8 and Tower 5.  The department maintains the technical rescue and hazardous materials vehicles for Muskingum County and Region 8.

The department maintains a total staffing level of fifty-three employees.  The employees are composed of the Chief, Secretary, four Assistant Chiefs, nine Lieutenants, and thirty-eight Firefighters.  The fire suppression/emergency medical personnel are divided into three 24 hour shifts with 48 hours off between shifts.  All non-probationary firefighters are state certified level II firefighters and emergency medical technician basic level at a minimum.  The department also has personnel trained to the state certified paramedic level.  Additionally, we have personnel trained as state certified fire safety inspectors, fire instructors and hazardous materials technicians.

 

About the Chief

 Eric E. Waltemire was promoted to chief of the Zanesville Fire Department on February 6, 2015.  He is the 19th Chief in the history of the department.  Chief Waltemire started working as a police and fire dispatcher with the City of Zanesville in September 1991.  In September 1995, Chief Waltemire was hired by the fire department.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2008; Assistant Fire Chief in June 2011; Deputy Fire Chief in October 2012.  Chief Waltemire is married with two sons.  His education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University, Bachelor of Practical Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute and Associate of Applied Science from Ohio University.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Major Responsibilities/Services Provided

 Fire Department

 We provide fire suppression within the City of Zanesville and on a mutual aid basis with area departments.  The department is equipped and trained for rescues in the areas of vehicle extrication, water rescue, confined space and trench.  Personnel are trained as emergency medical technicians and provide emergency medical services on a first-responder basis.  We maintain a fully equipped advanced life support medic for transport services when the paid ambulance service is not available.  The department is also trained for rescue activities and hazardous materials response on a regional basis.

Fire Prevention Bureau

 We have an Administrative Assistant Chief assigned to the fire prevention bureau.  Areas of responsibilities include plan reviews; new construction and renovation inspections; inspection of fire protection systems; foster care and adoptive care inspections; fire hydrant flushing, pumping, testing, painting; oversight of company level inspections and fire investigations.  The department performs fire safety inspections for commercial occupancies within the City of Zanesville.  Permits are required for Above Ground Tank (AST) tank installations.  Underground Storage Tank installations are delegated to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Public Education/Relations

 We provide public education to various age groups.  Public education includes fire safety talks, tours of the fire stations, fire extinguisher training and public relations talks.  The department is also an American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) approved training site for various types of public education to include first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.  We provide first aid and CPR training on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month, cost is $20 per student.

2014 Annual Report

2014 ZFD Annual Report

 

Contact Information: Fire Department

Central Station
332 South Street
Zanesville, OH 43701

740-455-0714
After Hours: 740-455-0700
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (department is manned 24 hours)
Email: Online Form

 

 

Chief’s Office
332 South Street
Zanesville, OH 43701

740-455-0714
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

 

Fire Prevention Bureau
332 South Street
Zanesville, OH 43701

740-455-0713
After Hours: 740-455-0700
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (After hours Inspections Available)

 

                                                  SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES-DON’T STAY HOME WITHOUT ONE!

When fire occurs in the home, chances for survival are two times better when smoke detectors are present.  Smoke detectors, properly installed and maintained, provide early warning when a fire occurs.  The Zanesville Fire Department is giving away free smoke detectors, provided by the ABC Wilson Fund.  There are no eligibility requirements to Muskingum County residents.  Anyone interested in a smoke detector can stop at a Zanesville City Fire Station and pick one up.


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