Department Overview

The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services to 28,000 residents, under contract to the city of Loveland and Symmes Township. Located throughout the city and township are four firehouses, which house personnel and equipment that respond to emergencies when needed.

Mission Statement

To provide the most technologically advanced fire and rescue service with the highest trained professionals and to deliver that service to our customers with loyalty and compassion.

Staff

The department is composed of nearly 60 firefighters who are assigned to ambulances and fire trucks and work on one of three rotating shifts. With this cadre of professionals we are able to provide not only advanced life support (ALS) and firefighting services, but also rescue and fire fighting services that are unparalleled in the region.

Firefighter Rotation

Our firefighters are on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A shift lasts for 24 hours (1 day) and then the firefighter is released from duty for 48 hours (2 days). This extended period allows for reduced stress and a well-rested firefighter for the next shift.  We also provide 4 additional firefighter 5 days a week during our peak time hours.

Private Fire Company

Because the department operates as private fire company, it is able to provide the communities of Loveland and Symmes Township the highest quality, most cost-effective fire and paramedic services. The private company affords the residents of Loveland and Symmes Township the benefit of full-time, around-the-clock EMS and fire protection while eliminating duplication of fire and EMS equipment and personnel.

Reduction in Costs

Furthermore, this allows the department to operate as a streamlined business leading to a reduction in overall costs and an increase in organizational efficiency. The end result is great service and response times that are significantly lower than the industry norm.

Public Protection Classification Rating

City of Loveland and Symmes Township residents are protected by one of the best firefighting agencies in the State of Ohio. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best, the LSFD boasts an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification Rating of 2. This rating is shared with fewer than 10 other communities in Ohio. There are no fire departments in Ohio that have the distinction of being rated as a 1. Residents in our fire district experience lower home insurance premiums because of this excellent ISO rating.