Fire Chief -James Rader
Asst. Fire Chief- Dan Jackson
Asst. EMS Chief- Todd Straub
Interested in serving your community or expanding your career?
Consider serving on the LaGrange Township Fire and Rescue team. We pay for training with a signed contract for continued service. Competitive pay, flexible scheduling.
Contact Fire Chief, James Rader at 440-355-6868 or Asst. Chief EMS, Todd Straub at 440-355-6353.
Several years ago we started billing for our rescue calls when transported to a hospital. Most insurances include in their premiums the cost for an ambulance transport, so it is our policy that when a resident is billed for an ambulance transport that we accept only what your insurance pays and the resident does not get billed for any co-pays or remaining balances. Patients who are non-residents of the township are billed for the entire cost of the service.
We started billing in hopes to generate money, without raising taxes, to continue our training and to serve the community. With this money raised we have been able to send EMT’s to paramedic school so we can provide advance care on our rescue calls. These additional funds allow us to purchase new EMS and Fire equipment to maintain our emergency vehicles without additional taxes.
Each year several complaints of open burning are received. When they are received firefighters have to educate residents on the rules pertaining to burning in the township. The intent of this notice is to remind both the established residents along with those who are new to the community the guidelines to open burning.
You may have a recreational fire that is three foot by three foot by two foot in height. Only natural untreated dry seasoned firewood can be burned. No paneling, plywood, building materials, or yard waste may be burned. You can have a bonfire five foot by five foot by five feet with the permission of the Fire Chief and 24 hours notice. Fires must be twenty five feet away from all structures and other combustibles, including privacy fences.
You must have a method of extinguishment, water hose or appropriate fire extinguisher at the fire and the fire must be attended at all times Your fire must not produce any objectionable or offensive smoke. Agricultural burning such as fence row clearing and lot clearing must be 1000 feet from all structures and you must have written permission from the EPA.
If you have any questions about open burning you can access the Ohio EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/large-scale-residential-demolition/requirements-and-regulations-open-burning-and-fire-training