Fire Department

The Shelby Fire Department serves & protects the Shelby, Ohio community.

The Shelby Fire Department serves approximately 13,000 people in a 49 square-mile area. Not only does the Shelby Fire Department serve the City of Shelby, but the department is also contracted to serve neighboring Jackson and Sharon Townships.

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Fire Department Staff

The full-time department consists of the fire chief, 15 full-time uniformed personnel and 12 part-pay firefighters. Three shifts man the firehouse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional Services

In addition to emergency calls, the Shelby Fire Department provides fire prevention, code enforcement and fire investigation services as required by the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Fire Code. Some members of the Shelby Fire Department are State Certified Fire Safety Inspectors and perform fire safety inspections for commercial and industrial occupancies. Shelby Fire also has a scuba dive team to assist with water rescues.

Members of the Shelby Fire Department received additional training for: swift water rescue, HAZ-MAT, Trench Rescue, and Confined Space

Department Statistics


Total calls: 1863
Total calls including multiple patients:  1916
Fire-NFIRS Series 100:  49
Rescue & Emergency Medical Services Incident- NFIRS Series 300: 1307
Hazardous Conditions (No Fire)- NFIRS Series 400:  53
Service Calls- NFIRS Series 500:  344
Good Intent Calls- NFIRS Series 600:  93
False Alarm & False Call- NFIRS Series 700:  65
Other:  2

Emergency Apparatus

• Ambulance (3)
• 75’ Quint Ladder Truck
• Front Line Engine
• Auto Accident Engine (vehicle extrication)
• 3,000-gallon Tanker
• 18’ Rescue Boat
• Brush Truck
• One Support Vehicles

Shelby Fire Department has two trailers. One is for water rescue, rope rescue and confined space rescue. The second is for trench rescue. Shelby also houses the Northern Richland County Haz-Mat Trailer.

More from the Fire Department:

Lateral Transfer Information
2023 Year End Report

Tornado Siren Protocol

The Shelby Fire Department has released new protocol on how the tornado sirens will be activated. In the event of a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service, the tornado sirens will be activated for three minutes continuously. Then, there will be a five minute period where there are no sirens. After the five minutes is over, there will be another blast of sirens lasting three minutes. This will continue until the warning has been canceled. There will be no “all clear” signal. The tornado sirens will be activated for a scheduled test on the last Wednesday of every month at 12:00 P.M.  The Shelby Police Department activates the tornado sirens inside the city limits.  Richland County 911 activates the sirens in the townships.

The Shelby Fire and Police Department encourages all of citizens to use all resources including TV, radio and internet to keep up to date during hazardous weather situations!


Michael J. Thompson, Fire Chief

40 High School Ave, Shelby, OH 44875

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