The Independence Fire Department covers the City of Independence, 9.73 square miles, bordering the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Our diverse City is a mix of residential, industrial, and office park areas.
The department's staff consists of Fire Chief Steve Rega, Assistant Chief Jim Wheeler, three Fire Lieutenants, a Fire Prevention Lieutenant, three shifts of six fire fighters each, an administrative assistant, and ten part-time firefighters filling in as needed to maintain staffing.
All shifts are under the command of a Fire Lieutenant and are divided into three working groups (shifts). Minimum staffing on all companies consists of one officer in charge and four additional fire fighters per shift. Each shift works 24 hours on, 48 hours off, schedule. The work schedule (tour of duty) changes each morning at 8:00 am.
The fire fighting force is housed at one central location in the City of Independence. This station houses 3 squads, 2 engines, a ladder truck, a brush truck, a rescue vehicle, and a staff vehicle.
You can follow the department and its activities in two places:
If you have any questions that are not answered on our site, please feel free to call the department directly.