Fire Department Mission
It is the mission of Russell Fire-Rescue to provide the best and most comprehensive system of fire protection and medical care to the citizens of Russell Township.
The Russell Fire-Rescue Department provides service 24 hours a day. The fire station is manned by four paramedic/firefighters week days from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Non-Emergency Telephone: (440) 338-6161
Fax: (440) 338-7794
Station Front Door Direct 9-1-1 Telephone: Connects you directly to the Dispatch Radio Center at the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department.
What Does the Fire-Rescue Department Do for You?
For 50 years, the men and women of the Russell Fire-Rescue Department have turned out to help their neighbors in times of trouble. Our firefighters, paramedics and rescue specialists are trained and equipped to deal with a variety of situations affecting individuals and communities.
Russell’s fire and rescue personnel are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to situations including:
- House and barn fires
- Heart attacks and strokes
- Hazardous materials
- Automobile accidents
- Collapsed buildings
- Falls and injuries
- Water, ice and dangerous terrain accidents
- Community health and public safety emergencies
Round-the-Clock Ambulance and Paramedic Services
The Fire-Rescue department provides Russell residents with 24-hour emergency ambulance service, with guaranteed paramedic services provided on all ambulances. The department includes 19 paramedic-firefighters certified in advanced cardiac life support, with specialties in pediatric advanced life support, basic trauma life support and pediatric emergency pre-hospital provider. Many of our paramedics are instructors in advanced cardiac life support and CPR. In addition, 16 members of the department are certified as emergency medical technicians, qualifying them to provide basic medical services and to support the paramedics. Russell ambulance teams provide the most advanced ambulance care in Geauga County, including 12-lead EKG evaluation/diagnosis capability, heart attack treatment, and transport.
Training to Serve
The 48 members of the Russell Fire-Rescue Department include one full-time employee. The rest are volunteers, when functioning as firefighters, and on a part-time basis for some medical services. All firefighters must receive 120 hours of training to become certified under Ohio law. Additional medical training is optional; to become certified as an emergency medical technician requires an additional 120 hours of training, while paramedics must receive 960 hours of training. Many of our members have gone on to receive specialized training and to volunteer as members of county teams, including the Geauga County Dive-Rescue Team, the Geauga County Fire Investigation Unit and the Lake-Geauga Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
Firefighters must be 18 or older. For teens who wish to begin their training earlier, Russell has a cadet program for boys and girls 15 to 17 (with parent’s permission) or as young as 14 if a parent is serving with the department. There are currently eight young people in our cadet program. During emergency response, cadets provide valuable support for fire-rescue personnel in the field.
This Could Be Your Year
Have you ever thought about serving your community as a fire-rescue volunteer? No experience is necessary. If you’ll provide the time, we’ll provide the training. Stop by any weekday or on Tuesday nights at 7, and members of the department will provide more information on volunteer opportunities. Think about this: if your neighbor’s house was burning down, wouldn’t you want to be able to do more than watch?