o The Independence Fire Department was organized in 1936 and covers the City of Independence, 9.73 square miles, bordering the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Independence is the crossroads of Interstate 480 and 77 and is centrally located in Cuyahoga County. There is a diverse population that fluctuates daily with high rise offices, manufacturing, and small businesses as well as our local population.
The IFD works hard to improve our level of service through training and professional development in order to serve the needs of our community. IFD provides Advanced Live Support (ALS) transport and fire mitigation and prevention services for our community and as a mutual aid resource to our neighboring areas.
The department's command staff consists of Fire Chief Steve Rega, Assistant Chief Jim Wheeler, three Fire Lieutenants, and a Fire Prevention Lieutenant. There are three shifts of fire fighters, an administrative assistant, and ten part-time firefighters filling in as needed to maintain staffing on a daily basis.
The IFD station is centrally located in the city next to city hall. This station houses 3 squads, 2 engines, a ladder truck, a brush truck, and staff vehicles.