Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Tuesday, February 12, 2008



In the beginning ...

Sec. 19. That the City Council shall organize and establish all such fire companies, and provide them with proper engines and other apparatus that shall be necessary to extinguish fires and preserve the property of the inhabitants of said city from conflagration; and they shall provide such by-laws and regulations for the government of the same, as they shall think fit and expedient; and for the purpose of more effectually securing said city from the ravages of fire, the said City Council shall have power and authority, on the application of three-fourths of the whole number of owners and proprietors of any square or fractional block in said city, to prohibit, in the most effectual manner, the erection of any building, or the addition to any building previously erected, of a height greater than ten feet in any such square, unless the outer walls thereof shall be entirely composed of brick or stone laid in mortar, and to provide for the prompt removal of any building or addition as aforesaid which may be erected contrary to the true intent and meaning of this section.

From Directory of the City of Springfield
John W. Kees & Co., Springfield. 1852

From today's City Charter ...


There is established within the government of The City of Springfield a Fire Division. The Fire Division shall protect the lives and property of the people in case of fire and shall perform emergency medical and/or rescue services in The City of Springfield, and shall be the sole and exclusive, publicly-funded enterprise providing these services.

The said Fire Division shall consist of:

1. No fewer than 127 firemedics and/or firemedics/paramedics, including a Fire Chief of the Fire Division;

2. In addition to the above described 127 firemedics and/or firemedics/paramedics, such additional officers and employees as are established by ordinance and law.

Each firemedic and/or firemedic/paramedic in the Fire Division shall be a paid, full-time employee of the city of Springfield who is assigned to that position for no fewer than forty (40) hours per week who is pursuing or who has successfully completed a firefighter training program approved and established pursuant to Ohio law.

The City Manager shall fill firemedic and/or firemedic/paramedic vacancies no later than twenty-one (21) days after a vacancy in said position occurs.

The foregoing provision shall become effective and a part of the Charter of The City of Springfield on the thirtieth (30th) day after approval by a majority of the electors voting thereon.

(Amended 11-6-90.)