Shelby Fire Department
Michael J. Thompson, Fire Chief
The Shelby Fire Department serves approximately 14,000 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.
New Tornado Siren Protocol
The Shelby Fire Department has realeased 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" singal. The tornado sirens will be activated for a scheduled test on the last Wednesday of every month at 12:00 P.M.
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!
The full-time department consists of the fire chief, 12 full-time uniformed personnel and 13 part-pay firefighters. Three shifts man the firehouse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
On October 14, 2014, the City of Shelby contracted with Community EMS ambulance service for primary transport. Shelby Fire uses its ambulance for all medical squad calls and secondary transport.
Call Volume in 2018
• Total calls: 1,770
• Squad: 1127
• Fire: 47
• Motor vehicle accidents (MVA): 64
• Miscellaneous calls: 532
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, railroad emergencies, building construction, etc.
• 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.
Built in 1872, the Shelby Firehouse is one of the oldest continuously working firehouses in the United States.
View Shelby Firehouse flyer.