The Fairlawn Fire Department was established in 1981 to provide fire and EMS services to the citizens of the City of Fairlawn. The department's first Fire Chief was John Gemind who organized and secured the needed resources required to outfit a growing community with fire and EMS protection. Chief Gemind retired in 2000 turning over the Office of the Chief to then Assistant Chief Glenn Goodrich. In 2011, Chief Goodrich retired and then Captain Russell Hose was promoted to Fire Chief. Chief Hose retired in 2021 and currently the department is under the leadership of Chief Rich Dobson.
The Department has grown through the years to it's present force of 16 full-time and 31 part-time employees. Today the Fairlawn Fire Department has an ISO Class-2 community protection rating. The Fire Department's 16 full-time employees are all state certified paramedics with ACLS training, State of Ohio Firefighter II certification, and possess a wide variety of special training and education which meet the needs of our growing and vibrant community.
The mission of the City of Fairlawn Fire & EMS system is to provide it's community sensitive, cost-effective protection against the threat to life and property due to fire, medical emergencies, and other disasters.