Willoughby Hills Fire Department

Willoughby Hills Fire Department Our members take pride in providing professional Fire & Emergency response as well as non-emergency services to the residents and visitors of Willoughby Hills.
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Operating as usual

The Willoughby Hills Fire Department wants to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable time ringing in 2021!  It has certainly...
12/30/2020

The Willoughby Hills Fire Department wants to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable time ringing in 2021! It has certainly been a very difficult year and everyone wants a break. We just ask you don’t take a break on making some safe decisions so you get the chance to see 2021! Have a plan in the event you party too hard. Find someone who will be a designated driver or line up a ride from any number of services available.

Eventually our luck is going to run out and somebody is going to get hurt or killed in one of these extremely avoidable ...
12/27/2020

Eventually our luck is going to run out and somebody is going to get hurt or killed in one of these extremely avoidable crashes. Please...

SLOW DOWN.
MOVE OVER.
DON'T DRIVE DRUNK OR DISTRACTED.

On Saturday, December 26, 2020, at approximately 11:11 P.M., Willoughby Hills Police Officers were assisting the Ohio State Highway Patrol with a disabled vehicle in the right lane of travel on IR-271 North local lanes near the entrance to the bridge that connects IR-271 North to IR-90 West. Officers had their patrol units positioned with emergency lights activated, as well as a large safety flare pattern to both alert and divert oncoming traffic.

The operator of a 2012 Dodge Ram, traveling IR-271 North, failed to yield the emergency lights of the patrol units as well as the safety flares. The vehicle traveled through the flares and into the safety zone, striking one of the patrol units from behind. An officer standing at the rear of the patrol unit was able to avoid potential death or serious injury by running out of the way before impact. The operator of the Dodge Ram was reportedly uninjured.

During the course of the investigation, officers determined that alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash. The 41 year old male from Euclid, OH was arrested and is being charged with Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence (OVI) and Failure to Maintain Assured Clear Distance.

Ohio does have a law that requires drivers to slow down and move over for public safety vehicles. Clearly, not all drivers are following the law. Year in and year out we all see the stories of officers being struck and killed while outside of their vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Traffic-related incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death among on-duty law enforcement officers. Please be alert and sober so that these hard working officers can go home safely each and every day!

12/24/2020

*****UPDATE*******
The 9-1-1 lines and non-emergency seven digit lines are back in service.  It appears that due to a power loss at the Lake County Central Communication Center caused the center to not be able to receive any type of phone calls.

It turns out that the 9-1-1 lines apparently never  went down due to the contingency safeguards. As engineered, 9-1-1 calls automatically rolled over to the backup communications center, Mentor 911 Communications Center.

Original message:
Lake County 9-1-1 is currently experiencing some sort of outage. Landline 9-1-1 is NOT working. If you have an emergency in Willoughby Hills or Waite Hill, dial 9-1-1 from your CELL PHONE or call the fire station direct 440-942-7207.

12/23/2020

The second night of the Willoughby Hills holiday lights parade is beginning!!!!

Below are the routes for the Holiday Parade for tomorrow & Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm.  We're looking forward to...
12/21/2020

Below are the routes for the Holiday Parade for tomorrow & Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm. We're looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer! (Updated)

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020 starting at 7 p.m.

Starting at the Willoughby Hills Fire Station
Martin Road
Dixon Road
Chardon Road (east)
River Road (south)
Rogers Road
Mill Gate Drive
Sherbrooke Valley Court
Chimney Ridge Trail
Worrell Road
Loreto Drive
Florence Drive
Berkshire Hills Drive
Pleasant Valley Road
Dodd Road
Milann Drive
Dodd Road
Dodd's Hill Drive
Dodd's Landing
Dodd Road
Trailard Drive
Glengate Road
Riviera Ridge Road
River Road
Gully Brook Park
Rivers Edge Drive
Maplegrove Road
Maple Hill Road
Maple View Lane
Pine Valley Drive
Michelle Court
Somrack Drive
Jennie Lane
Parsons Drive
Hanna Road
Palmer Drive
Sherwood Lane
Deer Run
Bates Lane
Eddy Road
River Road
Beech Hills Drive
Chardon Road

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 starting at 7 p.m.

Starting at the Willoughby Hills Fire Station

Par Lane
Par Lane (West Drive)
Stone Court (turnaround spot)
Scotch Lane
Spruce Trail
Aspen Run
SOM Center
Eddy Road
Morning Star Court
Eddy Road
Rockefeller Road (north)
Miller Ave
Alan Drive
Diane Court
Meadowbrook Drive
Rockefeller (south)
Eddy Road (West)
Bishop Park Drive
Chardon Road
Willoughby Hills Towers
Stratford Way
Emerald Lake Blvd
Bishop Road
Legend Lane
White Road
Tall Tree Trail
Lynn Drive
Erich Drive
Willow Lane
White Road
Canterbury Court
Marcum Blvd
Parkview Road
Rosewood Trail
SOM Center Road
Chardon Road (West)
Fowler Drive
Pebblebrook Drive
Lamplight Lane
Oakwood Drive
Oak Street
Rockefeller Road
Sayle Drive
Trabar Drive
Orchard Drive
Eddy Road
Bishop Road
Chardon Road
Steeplechase
Cricket Lane
Camelot Court
Istra Lane
Rockefeller Road
Gatsby Lane

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12/19/2020

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The City's Rolling Holiday Lights Parade will be coming around town at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23! The Routes for each night will be posted on the Fire Department's page and/or the Fire Department's Page on the City's Website. Stay tuned here and to the FD's pages for more details!!!!! Happy Holidays to All!!!

One the many important relationships for a fire department to have is a strong working relationship with your police dep...
12/18/2020
For Willoughby Hills Police Chief Christopher J. Collins retiring is 'a bittersweet thing'

One the many important relationships for a fire department to have is a strong working relationship with your police department or local law enforcement agency. Willoughby Hills Police and Fite Departments have just that! Both departments have a very strong relationship that ultimately provides for a collaborative public safety effort that works together for the benefit of the community they serve. The Willoughby Hills Fire Department is very grateful for this relationship that Chief Collins has fostered and thank him along with the men and women under his command. We look forward to the promotion of Sgt. Matthew A. Naegele to chief, as he continues the successes of Chief Collins. Congratulations to you both!

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For Willoughby Hills Police Chief Christopher J. Collins, police work has been a part of his life for nearly 40 years.

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo
12/17/2020

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo

NEW DELIVERY - Willoughby Hills Fire Rescue  took delivery of this new 2020 Life Line Type I ambulance this past Monday,...
12/13/2020

NEW DELIVERY - Willoughby Hills Fire Rescue took delivery of this new 2020 Life Line Type I ambulance this past Monday, December 7th. This ambulance is an addition to our current fleet of two Life Line Type III ambulances that are currently in service.

This ambulance was a demo from Pfund Superior Sales Inc. in Akron, OH who is a dealer of Life Line Ambulances. In the last few months ambulances have come to be in great demand due to the anticipated needs due to the pandemic and the ability for EMS agencies to use federal funds from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES A ”) as the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) . The CARES Act funding allowed for the purchase of emergency medical transportation. Willoughby Hills Fire Rescue was first in line to purchase this particular demo ambulance with three other agencies in line waiting if the purchase did not occur.

Since this was a demo ambulance it is loaded with many different latest and greatest options and features. Some of these features include a oxygen lift system along with a Stryker cot and load system. Due to the pandemic, special attention was taken to integrate an air filtration system along with non-harmful ultraviolet disinfecting lights in the patient compartment for added infection control safety measures. The UV lights are currently on backorder due to the very high demand. This ambulance is built on a diesel Ford F550 four-wheel drive chassis. These options were particularly important due to response area demands of being located within the snowbelt of Northeastern Ohio and steep road terrain.

Another challenge of running vehicles in the snowbelt of Northeastern Ohio is the fight against corrosive road conditions of salt and brine during the winter months. In an effort to protect the communities assets and getting the most life of the ambulance possible, the undercarriage is being treated with RustStop Outdoor. This corrosive preventative treatment is intended to provide long term protection against the harmful winter road conditions that quickly damage and reduce the life of vehicles. This treatment is being applied by Countryside Truck Service Inc who handles the majority of vehicle maintenance and repairs for Willoughby Hills Fire.

The other one feature that is probably the most important and noticed by patients is an ambulance's ride or suspension system. This squad is equipped with a Liquid Spring LLC ride system that is considered the leader for a smooth ride which adds comfort for patients being transported. This feature becomes very important for patients that have sustained some degree of trauma or who are experiencing some type of pain.

The last unique aspect of this ambulance is it’s graphics! Since this was a demo squad that was white and the cost of painting the ambulance to meet the current department’s color scheme was too expensive, it was decided to go with a vehicle wrap. The only portion that was painted was the top of the cab and the top corner of the patient care box. A yellow accent line and the name “ Paramedics” were added to the sides of the ambulance.

The ambulance is expected to go into service in a few weeks after having radios installed and stoking it with all the necessary equipment 

The members of Willoughby Hills Fire Rescue are very grateful to have this new state-of-the-art ambulance to provide a very high level of care to the community. A heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to following people that helped make this occur:

Mayor Andy Gardner and Administrative Asst. Gloria Majeski

Frank Bricjacek, Finance Director

Willoughby Hills Council
Nancy E. Fellows, Council-at-Large II
Christopher Hallum, President, District 3 (Central) Councilman
Daniel L. Knecht, Council-at-Large III
Joe Jarmuszkiewicz, Council-at-Large IV
Tanya Taylor Draper, District 2 (West) Councilwoman
Daniel S. Zegarac, Council-at-Large I
Michael Kline, Vice President, District 1 (East) Councilman

Terry Pfund, President, Pfund Superior Sales Inc., Akron, OH

David Marazita, Marazita Graphics, Inc., Akron, OH

Jimmy Marsic, Countryside Truck Service Inc

Last night Mayor Andy Gardner swore in our newest career member Firefighter/Paramedic (FF/PM) William Distler.  FF Distl...
12/11/2020

Last night Mayor Andy Gardner swore in our newest career member Firefighter/Paramedic (FF/PM) William Distler. FF Distler has been a part-time member of our department for the past two years. He fills one of the 12 career firefighter line positions that became available in late June. FF/PM Distler has also worked the past five years as a paramedic and new employee trainer for Northweat Ambulance District in Ashtabula County. Welcome to the career ranks of the Willoughby Hills Fire Department Will!

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo
12/07/2020

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo

Don't forget to clear snow so that your address is visible! This will help us be able to find your home or business more...
12/02/2020

Don't forget to clear snow so that your address is visible! This will help us be able to find your home or business more quickly in the event of an emergency.

Lots of damage to trees and wires yesterday but fortunately no injuries or significant damage to any homes reported. Rem...
12/02/2020

Lots of damage to trees and wires yesterday but fortunately no injuries or significant damage to any homes reported. Reminder to stay away from any downed wires! Even if they are dead now, they may become energized at any moment as the power company restores service.

12/01/2020

Chardon Rd & River Rd are back open.

12/01/2020

River Rd (R 174) closed between R 6 and Squires Castle.

12/01/2020

Chardon Road (US 6) is currently closed in both directions between Pleasant Valley Rd east & west outlets (over the Chagrin River) due to trees and wires down.

Stay up to date on tonight's winter storm potential.  https://www.weather.gov/cle/winter
11/30/2020
Winter Weather NWS CLE

Stay up to date on tonight's winter storm potential. https://www.weather.gov/cle/winter

This map depicts a reasonable lower-end snowfall amount for the time period shown on the graphic, based on many computer model simulations of possible snowfall totals. This lower amount is an unlikely scenario with a 9 in 10, or 90% chance that more snow will fall, and only a 1 in 10, or 10% chance....

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11/30/2020

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Willoughby Hills Fire Department
11/26/2020

Willoughby Hills Fire Department

Why all the talk of having working smoke alarms all the time when the number of fires are down?  Why do we still need we...
11/20/2020
UL FSRI Home Furnishings Comparison (Natural vs. Synthetic)

Why all the talk of having working smoke alarms all the time when the number of fires are down? Why do we still need well-staffed and well-equipped fire departments when 70% of what they do is EMS? While the number of fires are down from previous decades and fire departments now provide an array of other services, the fires that do occur today are arguably more deadly. Why? Synthetic materials. Everything in our homes today are made of plastic, poly foam, and other petroleum-based materials that burn much hotter & faster than natural materials (wood, cotton, etc.) and can reach flashover stage in less than 5 minutes compared to 30+ minutes for natural materials. Flashover is not a survivable event and you have significantly less time to escape your home today than you did 30 years ago. Watch this video from the UL Fire Safety Research Institute and then go check your smoke alarms! https://youtu.be/87hAnxuh1g8

In 2020, the UL FSRI team captured a new side-by-side burn comparison of natural vs. synthetic furnished rooms. Since the original comparison video was share...

THE POWER OF ELECTRICITY - Just before 11 a.m. today Willoughby Hills Fire crews responded to a report of wires down and...
11/18/2020

THE POWER OF ELECTRICITY - Just before 11 a.m. today Willoughby Hills Fire crews responded to a report of wires down and on fire on Worrell Road. When fire crews arrived, they found 13,200 volt power lines on the roadway that were brought down by a low hanging cable line that was struck by a passing truck. The fire caused damage to the asphalt roadway due to the live power lines coming in contact with the ground/road. The fire continued until a line crew from First Energy could secure the power. The temperature towards the surface around the damaged asphalt was over 400 degrees based on temperature readings from a thermal imaging camera. Stay safe by watching for downed power lines and avoiding them, especially after storms.

WARNING!  - Due to the very high winds today there is a very high number of power lines down throughout Northeast Ohio. ...
11/15/2020

WARNING! - Due to the very high winds today there is a very high number of power lines down throughout Northeast Ohio. Please use caution when driving and walking around outside. Power lines can be difficult to see during the day, but they are especially hard to see at night. Be careful letting children and pets outside. Please treat all downed wires as live wires and report them.

KNOW WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES:
Bersksire Hills Drive development at and Pleasant Valley Road. Possible restoration of power could be a few days according to prilimary reports from First Energy.

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo
11/15/2020

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo
10/28/2020

Willoughby Hills Fire Department's cover photo

Fires involving today's synthetic materials grow at a deadly pace.  Are you prepared??  https://youtu.be/PZ3FHqdwdRY
10/21/2020
Don't Wait, Plan Ahead PSA

Fires involving today's synthetic materials grow at a deadly pace. Are you prepared?? https://youtu.be/PZ3FHqdwdRY

This public safety announcement from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) aims to drive awareness of how little time there is to escape a home...

Today is National Move Over Awareness Day.  No matter the color of the flashing lights; be it a fire engine, police car,...
10/19/2020

Today is National Move Over Awareness Day. No matter the color of the flashing lights; be it a fire engine, police car, tow truck, or disabled vehicle. Slow Down and Move Over. 1) It's the law, but 2) It saves lives.

Ohio State Highway Patrol
10/19/2020

Ohio State Highway Patrol

This week is National School Bus Safety Week. This year's theme is "Red Lights Mean STOP!" It is a unique reminder to motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside the school bus. Get safety tips at https://bit.ly/2yFIJC9

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35455 Chardon Rd
Willoughby Hills, OH
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In 1946, the area now known as the City of Willoughby Hills was the southwestern section of sprawling Willoughby Township, which also contained all of the present City of Eastlake and the western portion of the City of Willoughby. Fire service was provided from a township station located on Route 20 about two miles west of Route 91 and ambulance service came from an undertaker’s garage in Willoughby. Route 91 running southerly from Route 84 went down a steep grade into a ravine, through an s-curve, then up another steep grade in order to get to the southern township area. Emergency response times, particularly during wet or snowy seasons, were slow, resulting in several severe fire losses. A group of concerned citizens petitioned the township trustees to provide a fire station in the area. The trustees offered apparatus only if the group would provide its own station and firefighters. The Garfield Volunteer Fireman’s Association (named for Garfield school on River Rd.) was formed in the spring of 1947 and the trustees loaned them a 1936 open cab pumper which was housed in a garage on Route 6 just east of Route 91.

The Association elected a chief (Gale Kennelly) while citizens and members contributed money, materials, and labor toward building a fire station on Stark Drive- now Firehouse Grille & Pub. This building of two bays and a meeting room was completed in June of 1948, and housed a 1943 pumper, which was provided by the township. During the period of 1949-50, the township was carved up by the formation of the City of Eastlake and the annexation of the central area to the City of Willoughby. The Garfield Division was now all that remained of the Willoughby Township Fire Department. During the years 1950-53, pressure was generated to annex the western portion of the township to the City of Wickliffe, leaving the balance of the township incapable of self-support, and thus possibly becoming annexed to the City of Willoughby. The fire department would be eliminated and all assets would be turned over to annexing entities. This prospect was distasteful to many residents, and there was talk that survival might require incorporating into a village.

The Willoughby Township Civic League was formed for the purpose of exploring all options and to set a course of action. A majority of members opted for incorporation. Therefore, the League arranged for a special election to be held on February 1, 1954. The vote was 759 for incorporation and 256 against and the Village of Willoughby Hills was born. The name of the fire department was changed to the Willoughby Hills Fire Department and continued to operate as a volunteer service. Population grew to over 5,000 residents, and in 1970, Willoughby Hills became a city.

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A big thank you to the Willoughby Hills Fire Department. They have helped us out with mom several times. Most recently, taking mom to the hospital. Tonight they had a parade of fire trucks, ambulance, police cars, snowplows to celebrate the holiday. They stopped in front of our house, and EMT Patty came to our door, asking if mom was home, as Santa was with them to visit. Unfortunately Mom is still hospitalized, but would have been thrilled. So thoughtful, so kind... We thank you so much The Luc, Kusmier, Malnar family
Is WHFD a collection location for Toys for Tots this year?
Thank you for participating in the birthday parade today at North Chagrin Park! It was really appreciated! ❤️
N95 MASK REPAIR For agencies that may have old stock of N95 masks with masks straps that are breaking due to age, here is how you can repair them! Like many fire departments we have a stock of the these masks with this problem. With the shortage of masks throughout the world, we weren’t going to throw them away. Here is what we are doing. We took the old straps off the masks and put new ones on. We went to our local crafts store and bought some 1/4” wide elastic. You will need to determine the best length of elastic based on the type of elastic you are using. Not all elastic is the same, some are stretchier than others. We chose elastic that was very similar to that on a disposable oxygen mask. We used about 13”of elastic without knots and 12” if you have knots already tied. You tie a small not at either end of the elastic and staple it close to the end of the mask and close to the knot of the elastic. You do the same to the other side of the mask and you now have a functioning mask! We highly recommend building a prototype first to make sure it will work, especially with the varying types of elastic available. We are also experimenting with have some volunteers sew the elastic on. We hope this helps. Stay safe and healthy.
N95 MASK REPAIR For agencies that may have old stock of N95 masks with masks straps that are breaking due to age, here is how you can repair them! Like many fire departments we have a stock of the these masks with this problem. With the shortage of masks throughout the world, we weren’t going to throw them away. Here is what we are doing. We took the old straps off the masks and put new ones on. We went to our local crafts store and bought some 1/4” wide elastic. You will need to determine the best length of elastic based on the type of elastic you are using. Not all elastic is the same, some are stretchier than others. We chose elastic that was very similar to that on a disposable oxygen mask. We used about 13”of elastic without knots and 12” if you have knots already tied. You tie a small not at either end of the elastic and staple it close to the end of the mask and close to the knot of the elastic. You do the same to the other side of the mask and you now have a functioning mask! We highly recommend building a prototype first to make sure it will work, especially with the varying types of elastic available. We are also experimenting with have some volunteers sew the elastic on. We hope this helps. Stay safe and healthy.
I have a booster seat if you still need one
Our favorite time of the year to fill the Willoughby Hills Fire Dept. Squad with presents for Toys for Tots!! Thanks for taking great care of all our Willoughby Hills Businesses! We appreciate all that you do for us! Your friend/neighbor Emerald Glen Title Agency!!
Thank you Willoughby Hills FD for showing true patriotism for fallen soldier Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker on Tuesday night. We are so lucky to have you guys.
I came across an old photo of my Dad (James F. Linn) & his Mom in his Willoughby Hills fire uniform. The photo was taken in 1962 on Hayes Dr. Thought I would share a small bit of WH fire history.
Willoughby Hills finest helping at the scene of an accident, and comforting the child that was in one of the cars.
Hello, I'm a WH resident and I just purchased a MyID bracelet, sticker and wallet card set. They all have a QR code that you can scan to get a patient's medical and contact information online (supplied by the patient) immediately. If you do not have a QR scanner, there is a website (with an ID and code) or a phone number (with same ID and code) you can call for the information. Would you use this? They have a training page at shop.getmyid.com/ems, but I'm guessing they would want $$$ for that, can't imagine it's necessary. Is this completely useless?
Thank you to WHFD, for taking care of me and getting me to the hospital. These guys are true professionals....Thank you again,