Frequently Asked Questions
How many firefighters are on duty?
Currently, there are 4 Full-time firefighters assigned to each shift, on duty at all times. A 5th position is currently being filled by part-time firefighters from 0700-1900 every day.
What are the work hours of firefighters?
Firefighters work 10 - 24 hour shifts each month in a rotating pattern called the California swing (24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 96 off). Shifts change at 0700.
Does the Huron Fire Department respond outside of its jurisdiction?
Yes, the Huron Fire Department has mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions. It is vital for us to be able to help other departments and in return they help us in our times of need.
Can I have a controlled burn, bonfire, or recreational fire?
The Huron Fire Division enforces the Ohio Fire Code which states the following:
- Prohibited open burning. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
- Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, or a bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.
- Extinguishment authority. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
- Location - Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or
combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could
cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
- Location - Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a
structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25
feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
- Location - Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly
attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a
minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt,
sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Why can’t I have a LPG grill on my balcony or near my house?
The Ohio Fire Code states: LP – gas burners having an LP – gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
Why are the weather sirens going off?
The weather sirens are tested at 12:00 pm the first day of each month. If you hear the sirens during any other time, seek shelter and tune into your local radio and television stations for weather or emergency messages. There is NO all clear siren.