About us

The Elm Valley Joint Fire District is a rural Ohio Fire Department, proudly serving the visitors and residents of the Village of Ashley and Oxford Township in Delaware County and both Peru Township and Westfield Township in Morrow county.

The time honored role of any fire department is to save lives and protect property.

Our challenge as a Fire Department today is to recruit, train and retain highly skilled and motivated men and women, who are devoted to the pursuit of serving and protecting our community while maintaining the traditions and excellence of the Fire Service.

The Fire District is always looking for new individuals to join our ranks and we would like to talk to you about serving the Community.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."

The Elm Valley Joint Fire District's goal is to protect the quality of life for our residents, employees and those who visit our community, by providing the highest quality All-Hazard Emergency Service Management for fire suppression, search and rescue services, emergency medical support, and the mitigation of special hazards that threaten the public safety.

The Fire Department was originally formed as a village fire department on January 1st, 1883, the department has evolved through the years to include the surrounding townships and has continuously served the community for 140 years. The population of the Fire District in the 2010 census was estimated at 6,862 persons and a land area of approximately 74 square miles, an exceptionally large response area. Our rural Fire District is mostly a farming community with a State Park (Delaware Lake) and the 4,670acre State wildlife area to our west.

The District is bounded by Delaware Lake to the West, US Interstate 71 to the East. State route 229 and US Highway 42 intersect in the center of the Fire District. The Fire Station is located just North of that intersection on US Highway 42 and is geographically in the center of the Fire District.

The dedicated Men and Women that serve the Fire District, respond to between 300-400 calls for service annually. The Fire Station is currently staffed with part-time crews that are on duty Monday-Saturday from 8:00AM-5:00PM. Calls outside of these hours are handled by our Volunteer on-call staff.

The Fire District has one fire station located at 9821 US Highway 42, Ashley, Ohio 43003. Apparatus include 2 Engines, 1 Tanker, 1 Mini-pumper, 1 Grass truck, 1 Utility Truck, 1 powered Boat, 1 non-powered RIT-Craft Rescue boat and 1 Hazmat Containment trailer, all operated by our 22 part-time and volunteer staff. 

Recreational Facilities located in the Fire District include, Recreation Unlimited, Heartland Conference Retreat Center, Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground.

 

Fire danger index
May 19th, 2022
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Under these conditions, fuels do not readily ignite.
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2022 total
Fire Calls
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Medical Calls
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Fire Safety - Prevention

The purpose of Fire Prevention is to educate the public on precautions that they can take to prevent potentially harmful fires and how to survive if they occur. Preservation of Life and the Protection of property is our goal. Fire Prevention is a proactive method of preventing Fire Emergencies or reducing the damage caused by them. The Elm Valley Joint Fire District currently has 4 State Certified Fire Safety Inspectors on staff.

The EVFD Fire Prevention Office performs Fire Inspections annually at Businesses and Public Buildings located within the Fire District. Responsibilities include enforcing the Ohio State Fire Code as it relates to new commercial construction, remodeling of existing businesses, change of business usage in an existing structure and annual fire inspections of commercial properties.

For questions pertaining to:

  • Annual Fire Safety Inspections
  • Commercial Plan Reviews
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Fire Safety Presentations
  • Life Safety Inspections

Contact our Fire Prevention Officer:

Captain Bob Lavender @ 740-747-2510 

                          Email:

prevention311.lavender@elmvalleyfire.com

For home fire safety tips and videos go to: https://www.beaherosaveahero.org/

Public Relations

Interested in a Station tour? Would like our crews to attend your special event?

Please contact our Public Relations Coordinator

Firefighter Ritter @ 740-747-2510

email:

 amy.ritter@elmvalleyfire.com

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