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City of Bowling Green
Fire Division
552 East Court Street
Bowling Green, OH  43402

Telephone: 419-352-3106



Fire Division

Chief: Tom Sanderson                    




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The Mission of the Bowling Green Fire Division is:

  • To provide quality fire and emergency medical services in a safe, timely, and efficient manner...

  • To provide exceptional emergency services by dedicating ourselves to excellence and integrity...

  • To provide a safe working environment and rewarding work for every employee...

  • To honor our obligations to the people of Bowling Green.




Coverage Area Includes the City of Bowling Green and the BGSU Campus.


Bowling Green Fire Division has 50 full-time personnel.


Personnel are divided into three shifts (with exception to the Chief and Administrative Secretary).


Each shift works for an entire 24 hour period.  This equates to 52 hours a week.


All personnel are required to maintain Fire Fighter II certification (The highest Fire Certification).


All personnel are also required to maintain a minimum EMS certification of

EMT-Basic but many are certified at an ALS (advalanced life support) level.  


The quality of fire protection available to the citizens of Bowling Green is evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The insurance industry relies on ISO to determine insurance rates for business, industry, and homeowners. The Bowling Green Fire Division has earned an ISO Class 2 rating. Class 2 is currently the highest rating awarded in the State of Ohio. Click on the link to see how quality fire protection can lower your insurance premiums.


In March of 2014, Bowling Green Fire Division became Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation Internationl (CFAI) .

      "Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model   

      that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service

      levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best

      practices. This process leads to improved service delivery."


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Services include:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Rope Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fire Investigation
  • Providing Mutual Aid to Neighboring Departments
  • Fire Prevention (Including Code Enforcement and Education)
  • Public Walk-In Blood Pressure Checks
  • Aiding in the Issuing of Permits for Open Burning, Ceremonial Fires, Candles, Fireworks, etc.
  • Home Fire Safety Inspections (Upon Request)
  • Pre-fire incident planning of all businesses and apartment complexes



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