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Structure Fire in Valley City

Thursday, June 11, 2015   At 11:12 on July 11 of 2015, Valley City Fire Department was dispatched to 535 Springtree Dr. for a structure fire. A second alarm was requested and the first unit arrived on-scene at 11:21. The detached garage was fully involved upon arrival and operations focused on suppressing the fire and protecting the residence. The garage was heavily damaged and the house sustained minor damages from the heat. 

Valley City Fire Department would like to thank Columbia Station and LST for mutual aid during this fire. The Medina County fire investigation taskforce was requested to determine the origin and cause of the fire, both of which are still under investigation. There were no injuries as a result of this fire.



Valley City Fire Department Receives Improved Public Protection Classification Rating

Thursday, May 21, 2015 

After an extensive survey and analysis, The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) has issued Valley City Fire Department a lower rating. The old classification was a Class 6 in the areas with fire hydrants and a Class 9 in the areas without fire hydrants. Effective August 1, 2015 the new rating is a Class 4/4Y. This is a significant change and should save the taxpayers money on their fire insurance premiums.

“Valley City Fire Department is proud to be in this very special group of fire departments. There are less than 6,200 fire departments in the entire Country that have a Class 4 rating. This shows the dedication of our staff and the professionalism of all the personnel on the department” said Chief Jack Petrone

The new classification takes into account all of the aspects of providing fire protection to the residents and businesses residing in Liverpool Township. Activities such as fire prevention, inspections, water supply, equipment, training and personnel are all taken into account and judged against a national standard. The fire department has been working for the last three years on improvements to their approach to prevention, preparation and protection.

“The Liverpool Twp. Trustees have supported the efforts to modernize the fire department with a goal of providing better service at a lower cost.” Said Chief Jack Petrone

According to ISO, by classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.

According to Chief Jack Petrone “Each business and residence should contact their insurance agency and advise them of the new rating. This should have a positive impact on your premiums and save you money.”

Valley City Fire Department is a part time/ volunteer fire department located in northwest Medina County. Valley City Fire Department provides Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services for Liverpool Twp., which is 25 square miles. The department consists of 38 dedicated members. Valley City Fire Department is staffed with two personnel from 6am-6pm seven days a week and has personnel on call from home from 6pm-6am.

For more information, or questions, call Fire Chief Jack Petrone anytime.

Contact: Chief Jack Petrone

     Cell: (330) 350-6185


For more information on the Public Protection Classification Rating Program visit,



Structure Fire

Saturday, December 20, 2014 1642  At 1642 on 12/19/2014 Valley City Fire Department was dispatched for a Commercial Structure Fire and reported explosion at 5927 Center Rd. A second alarm was immediately requested. The first unit arrived on scene at 1647 and found heavy fire in the rear of the structure. The fire was quickly knocked down before it was able to spread to the rest of the building. The building sustained heavy fire damage in the rear and smoke damage throughout the second floor.

Valley City Fire Department would like to thank the following departments for their assistance at the fire. Brunswick Hills, Brunswick, Columbia, Erhart, and LST.

The Medina County Fire Investigation unit responded to determined the cause and origin of the fire. The cause was determined to be fuel leaking from a gas tank on a vehicle while repairs were being made. The mechanic was in the building at the time of the fire and sustained minor injuries. 

Click HERE for the Medina Gazette Article



Questions and Answers about Ebola

 Questions and Answers about Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak centers on four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, although further spread could occur to neighboring African countries. CDC is sending staff to the affected areas to help bring the outbreak under control. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, because of how the disease spreads.


What is Ebola?

·     Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms appear within 21 days of exposure.

·      People exposed to Ebola are not contagious unless they have symptoms of Ebola:
fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or
unexplained bleeding or bruising.


How does Ebola spread?

Ebola spreads through direct contact with

·      an infected symptomatic person’s blood or body fluids (such as saliva or urine).

·      objects (such as needles) contaminated with infected secretions

·      an infected animal, or by eating infected bushmeat.


Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.


Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola does not spread through food, EXCEPT through infected bushmeat. 

No. Ebola does not spread through water.


Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. People who do not have symptoms are not contagious. For Ebola to be transmitted, a person must have direct contact with a sick person with symptoms of Ebola.


What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. Also, airports in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms. Passengers are required to respond to a health questionnaire. CDC is sending staff to the affected areas to help build capacity of local health care workers and to help bring the outbreak under control.


What is CDC doing in the United States?

CDC has protocols, professional staff, and a strong network of partners to protect against further spread of disease. Airlines report to CDC any sick passengers before arrival, and we work with partners at ports of entry to isolate sick travelers.


CDC provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers/crew and for disinfecting aircraft, and issued health alert notices for travelers and U.S. health care workers on the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients, and how they can protect themselves from infection.


For more information:

·         Ebola updates: 

·         Travelers’ Health:

·         Airline guidance:



Street Fair - Friday

Friday, August 15, 2014   This years Valley City Street Fair is turning out to be another great success. Thank you to all the community members who have come down to support the fire department.

If you have not attended there is still time. We will be open from 12:00-11:00 Saturday and 12:00-10:00 Sunday. The 5K race and 1 mile walk will start Saturday at 5:00.

If you have any questions call the fire station at (330) 483-3811

For more Street Fair pictures click HERE



Myrtle Hill Structure Fire

 On May 28, 2014 VCFD was dispatched to 6188 Myrtle Hill Road for a fully involved residential structure fire.  Fire suppression was conducted defensively, as the structure was fully involved upon arrival. Assistance was provided via mutual aid from fire departments including Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Erhart/York, and Columbia Township.  Additional assistance was provided by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Medina Life Support Team.  An investigation of the fire scene was conducted by the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force.  VCFD would like to thank all mutual aid companies for their assistance with this fire.



Summer Safety Tips

 As the summer is now upon us here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Firework Safety:
• Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices only under adult supervision.
• Appoint one adult to be in charge. This person should know the hazards of each type of firework being used.
• Carefully read and follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.
• Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others.
• Sparkler wires, which can burn up to 1800 degrees, 
 should immediately be placed in a bucket of water to 
 void injury as they remain hot for a few minutes after 
• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound 
 for two or three minutes and seek medical attention when 

Grilling Safety:
• All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used 
 outdoors to avoid fire hazards and toxic gases such as 
 carbon monoxide. 
• Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house 
 siding and deck edges and railings. Also, position the grill 
 far from foot traffic .
• Before using a grill, check the connection between the 
 propane tank and the fuel line. 
• Wear well-fitted clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles 
 and flammable material, such as nylon, should be avoided. 
• Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an 
 already lit fire - the flame can flashback into the container 
 and explode. 
• Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a 
 three-foot ‘safety zone’ around the grill is an effective 
 way to keep both children and pets at a distance. 
• Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach 
 your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an 
 adult immediately. 
• Dispose of hot coals properly - douse all of them, not just 
 the red ones, with plenty of water and stir them to ensure 
 that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or 
 wooden containers. 

Campfire Safety: 
• Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves and never under overhanging trees.
• Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand. 
• Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the  fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
• Never leave campfires unattended.
• It is important to follow the park's rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires



A Safer Ohio App

 Ohio Homeland Security has released the Safer Ohio App. The Safer Ohio App is a free application for Apple and Android phones. The app allows users to take a photo and report suspicious activity.  The app also allows users to contact the Ohio State Patrol and emergency responders.  

The Safer Ohio App is a part of the "See Something? Send Something" campaign designed to encourage the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. All communications under this app are secured and the users privacy is protected. 

The "See Something? Send Something" campaign was derived from the incidents of the Boston Marathon bombing. Law enforcement officials relied on the tips and information from the public to locate the suspects. 



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

 April 26, 2014 10 A.M.- 2 P.M. is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Medina County Residents can get rid of unused medications at designated locations throughout the county.  For information regarding the proper disposal of prescription medications, please click on the links below. Also included in the links are the locations that prescription medications can be dropped off.



Charmin Relief Fund

 On March 19th, 2014, the Valley City Fire Department in Valley City, Ohio received a donation of 960 roll of Charmin toilet paper from the Charmin Relief fund. Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Charmin, set out on a mission to bring relief to firefighters around the country after learning of the hardship at the Detroit Fire Department. The firefighters in Detroit were using their own money to buy toilet paper for their station. The Charmin Relief Project donated 70,752 rolls of toilet paper to the Detroit Fire Department.

Charmin posted an ad on Facebook looking for fire departments in need of toilet paper. The Valley City Fire Department was one of the departments named on the social media network. Soon after, a representative of the Charmin Relief Project contacted the fire department looking to make a donation. Charmin donated enough toilet paper to last 20 members 1 year. Charmin made a donation of 960 rolls of toilet paper to 50 fire departments in 50 states in one day.

The officers and members of the Valley City Fire Department would like to thank Proctor & Gamble and the Charmin Relief Project for the generous donation. This is one department that will definitely “Enjoy the Go"!
Currently, the Charmin Relief Project has donated over 652,000 rolls of toilet paper to people in need.



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