About Us

About Us

The Akron Fire Department boasts a rich and impressive history, dating back to 1839. It was in this year that Akron Council recognized the need to replace the Fire Warden with volunteer companies, resulting in the formation of the "North Akron Fire Company" on December 11th. In 1841, the department constructed its first fire engine house, and "Niagra Fire Company, No. 2" was established on December 20th, 1845. One year later, the "Tornado Fire Company, No. 3" was authorized on January 30th, 1847. 

Fast forward to 1866, and the volunteer fighting forces were merged to create the "Akron Fire Department." By March 2nd, 1903, the department had become fully salaried, and by 1914, it was one of the first in the nation to be fully motorized. 

Today, the Akron Fire Department serves a population of over 190,000 people and covers 62 square miles within the city. The department offers a comprehensive range of services, including 13 Engine companies, 13 ALS Medical Units, 4 Ladder Companies, 1 Rescue Truck, 4 Command Officers, 1 Hazmat Team, 1 Water Rescue, 1 Technical Rescue Team, 1 Tactical Medical Unit, and 1 Alternate Response Vehicle. The department also operates a Fire Training Academy and a Fire Maintenance Facility, with administrative offices located in downtown Akron. As part of its Community Outreach Program, the Akron Fire Department emphasizes Community Paramedicine through its REACH Unit.

Mission Statement  

The primary objective of the Akron Fire Department is to safeguard the well-being of our community by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and hazardous conditions on lives, property, and the environment. 

To fulfill this mission, we are dedicated to providing the following services: 

  • Fire suppression forces that can efficiently handle all fire events. 
  • An Emergency Medical System designed to deliver exceptional prehospital care. 
  • Enforcement of fire codes, investigation of fire cause, and public education. 
  • Special operation teams trained to respond to hazardous material incidents, technical rescues, water emergencies, and tactical EMS.
Our members adhere to the following values: 
  • For our citizens - We strive to deliver the highest quality of service possible and treat everyone with compassion, respect, and dignity. 
  • For our profession - We maintain the highest level of readiness by investing in training, education, fitness, safety awareness, and efficient utilization of resources. 
  • For our organization - We promote a culture of enthusiasm, diversity, mutual respect, and teamwork. 


Diversity is important to the Akron Fire Department because it allows the department to better serve the community it protects. A diverse department brings a range of perspectives and experiences to the job, which can be valuable in communicating with different populations and addressing their specific needs. Additionally, a diverse department can help to build trust and relationships with a wider range of people and communities, which can improve overall safety and security. The Akron Fire Department values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and respected. 

  • Akron Fire Department has 354 Firefighters. 
  • 52 Black Firefighters. 
  • 18 Women Firefighters. 

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