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.


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 (one day) and then the firefighter is released from duty for 48 hours (two days). This extended period allows for reduced stress and a well-rested firefighter for the next shift.  We also provide four additional firefighter five 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. 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 United States. The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) has received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ISO organization assesses local fire departments’ readiness by classifying a community's ability to suppress a fire. This is the highest rating any fire department can receive. The Class 1 ISO rating will rank the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department as one of only 383 Fire Departments in the United States to achieve this prestigious honor.