Fire Department

The Village of Grafton, Ohio is served by a dedicated, all-volunteer Fire Department.  Our staff includes State-certified firefighters of all levels and Emergency Medical Technicians at the basic and intermediate levels.  These trained men and women donate their time to serve the community.  With no staffed fire stations, they respond from their homes to help their neighbors in times of need.

The department, founded in 1935, provides protection to our Village of 4.57 square miles and a population of approximately 3,000 residents.  In addition, we protect another 3,000 people at three State of Ohio correctional facilities in our jurisdiction.

Grafton Village Fire Department responds to approximately 200 emergency calls per year from two fire stations, one at 1013 Chestnut Street and the other inside North Park at 1050 Novak Road. Our apparatus consists of:

  • Squad 226, 2019 Ford
  • Squad 229, 1998 Road Rescue
  • Fast Attack 220, 1988 Ford
  • Command 221, 2008 Ford Expedition
  • Engine 222, 2013 KME
  • Engine 227, 1993 Pierce
  • 1938 Diamond T (completely restored for use in parades and other events)

The department follows a continuous training program, often multiple days each week, and always strives to provide the best service possible to our community. Funding for fire prevention and training is supplemented by fundraising activities of the Grafton Village Firefighter’s Association (a 501(c)3 organization).

Would you like to know more about the history of Grafton Village Fire Department?  Download our history page.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or EMT?  All training is paid by the Village.

To contact the Office of Fire Chief Glen Thompson call (440) 926-2075 or email Chief Thompson for more information .


The goal of the Grafton Village Fire Prevention Bureau is reducing fire loss to preserve and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of community through the implementation of a comprehensive fire and hazard prevention program.


Sleeping with your bedroom door closed can SAVE YOUR LIFE?

Did you know that today, if your home broke out in fire,
you would have less than three minutes to escape safely?

Forty years ago, a person had about 17 minutes to escape a burning home. Evolutions in furnishings, homes incorporating more open layouts, and lightweight construction materials, allow fires to spread much quicker.

But luckily, the simple action of closing your bedroom door before going to sleep can help slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Click here for more facts and a video from Underwriters Laboratories that could save your life and that of your family.


We receive many questions (and some complaints) about open burning.  We have compiled the information below to answer your questions and to help keep everyone safer.

There are two regulations that work together, the Ohio Fire Code and the Village of Grafton Ordinance.

In summary …

    • no burning of leaves or any waste products is allowed
    • backyard firepits are allowed
    • you can only burn clean, dry, seasoned wood that gives off minimal smoke
    • total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height
    • fire pits must be at least 25 feet from any structure
    • if you have an enclosed chiminea or fire pit with a screen always over the fire, it must be at least 15 feet from any structure
    • you must have someone attending the fire at all times
    • there must be a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or other fire extinguishing equipment nearby

If you need more explanation or have other questions, please contact the at any time.

Our non-emergency number is (440) 926-2075.

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