City of Riverside Fire Department

 About the City of Riverside Fire Department

The City of Riverside Fire Department is serving over 25,000 residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Riverside.  The Riverside Fire Department responds to an average of 4800 calls for Fire / EMS per year.  Approx. 30% of these calls are overlapping and occurring simultaneously. We have two fire stations that assist our community 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Our stations house 3 fire engines, and 4 medics. We typically are able to staff two Medics and two engines by cross staffing apparatus. We average 8 people on duty a day.

The Department make up consists of:

  • 1 Fire Chief
  • 1 Administrative Assistant
  • 3 Battalion Chiefs
  • 3 Lieutenants
  • 33 Firefighters / EMTs and Paramedics (12 full-time, 22 part-time)

The Fire Department administration hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You may contact the Fire Department at:
Contact 937-233-6265

Fire Reports

There are two ways to request a report:

EMS Reports

  • Only the patient may request an EMS Report.
  • You must come to the Fire Department, with a photo Id.
  • You must sign and complete a HIPPA Release form, see link below.

Fire/EMS Department Forms

EMS Billing

Change Healthcare Inc. is our 3rd party EMS billing company for transportation services for the City of Riverside. For any billing or payment issues, please contact them directly.

Contact: 937-291-7850

Fire Prevention Bureau

The Division’s Fire Prevention Bureau works year- round conducting routine fire safety inspections for all business occupancies within the city, and home inspections for Foster Families. Enforcing codes established by the State of Ohio and the City of Riverside, the bureau makes recommendations and assists occupants with fire safety and emergency action planning.
To schedule an Inspection, contact our Prevention division.

1. Contact 937-233-1801, Ext 835

Riverside Fire and Arson Investigation unit

The fire department in conjunction with the police department operate a Fire and Arson Investigation unit, including certified Fire Investigators and Detectives that investigate the causes of fires and the crime of arson.

To contact the fire investigation unit:

Contact 937-233-6265

We Can’t Help You if We Can’t Find You!

In an emergency, every second counts! Valuable time can be lost if your address number is not clearly posted where emergency responders can see it. A clearly marked address number is invaluable to paramedics, firefighters and police officers who may be looking for your address during an emergency.

In order to find you quickly during an emergency, the address letters on your home should be placed in a position that is legible and plainly visible from the street, and at least four inches high. The numbers should be Arabic numerals, and should be on a contrasting background.

You can purchase your own numerals, or if you require it, the Riverside Fire Department has a limited amount of address signs for purchase. These blue and white signs are $15.00 each. These signs can be attached vertically or horizontally.

If you are interested in purchasing an address sign, please call 937- 233-6265 during business hours for more information

Recreational Fires

The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio EPA have set regulations regarding recreational fires. A recreational fire is used for the purpose of cooking food for human consumption, pleasure, warmth, or recreational purposes. Please, only use well-seasoned fire wood; the burning of yard debris and trash is strictly prohibited. The maximum pit or fire ring diameter is 3 feet by 3 feet, and the fire can be no greater than 2 feet in height. It is also important to keep in mind that the fire must be at least 25 feet from combustible materials and structures, with a fire extinguisher, working garden hose, or buckets of water provided at the site. The smoke from recreational fires shall not disturb neighbors.

Bonfire Permit

Before lighting a bonfire in the City of Riverside, a property owner must acquire a permit from the City of Riverside Fire Department.

Ohio Fire Code 307.3.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause the fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Ohio Fire Code 307.4 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved onsite fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

All open burning is regulated by Ohio Fire Code and Ohio Fire Marshal mandates and may be band by the state during dry months throughout the year.

There are two ways to request a permit:

1. Contact: 937-233-6265
2. Email request to:

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Sound the Alarm Save a Life

The American Red Cross is conducting a life-saving mission through their “Sound the Alarm Save a Life” campaign. They’re teaming up with fire departments nationwide to help make you and your loved ones safe.

The City of Riverside is accepting this offer and we are pleased to announce a new initiative to the Citizens of Riverside. The fire department is offering a free home safety survey.

This offer is available to anyone living in the City of Riverside, this an opportunity for a fire professional to come to your home and conduct a free fire safety survey. The American Red Cross is providing the free smoke alarms and other safety information for free!

A couple of different ways to contact us and to setup an appointment.

  1. Call the fire department office at 937-233-1801.
  2. Email us at Leave a message you are interested in a free safety survey and we will email you the details.
  3. If you do not reside in the City of Riverside, Contact The American Red Cross at 844-207-4509

DO NOT CALL 911. The 911 dispatcher will not be able to setup any appointments.

The City of Riverside Fire Department is committed to doing what we can to make the citizens of Riverside fire safe. Contact us and schedule an appointment.

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