Information for Businesses


 Fire Permit Fee Schedule changes effective March 1, 2019 

Please call the Inspection Office for addition information.

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We would like to take this opportunity to explain the Howland Fire Department and a few of the activities and programs the Fire Department is involved in and may involve you or your business.

We currently operate as a combination department. This means the department is staffed by a combination of full-time career firefighters, volunteer firefighters and part-time firefighters. We operate from three fire stations. The main fire station is at 169 Niles Cortland Rd NE, We also have Station 32 at the intersection of Wilson Ave NE and Overland Ave NE and Station 31 is located on Ridge Rd. SE by the two water tanks.

We provide the following services to our community.

  • Emergency Medical Services:
    We currently have four advanced life support units available.
  • Fire Suppression:
    Response to unfriendly fires of all types including structural, commercial, automobiles, and brush fires.
  • Rescue Services:
    We are equipped for Auto Extrication, Ice Rescue, Confined Space, and Trench Rescue Response.
  • Fire Prevention/Inspection:
    We review all con­struction and remodeling projects for commercial buildings. We also conduct fire safety inspections of our businesses. We try to inspect each building at least once each year. During our fire safety inspections the primary goal is to assure that your facility is complying with the requirements of the Fire Code. Our inspectors will make every effort to help you correct violations that may exist.
  • Public Education:
    We also have a public education program that includes fire extinguisher classes and several other target programs. If you have any questions concerning the Howland Fire Department or any of the information I have provided you, please contact the department at 330-856-5022.
  • Knox Box Program
    The department uses the KNOX-BOX system for rapid access. Each KNOX-BOX is keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department. With the Knox System, there is no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night, and no forcing the door open to gain entry. The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys. The department uses a key retention system to maintain control of our master keys     Knox Box

Private Hydrant Maintenance Requirements

Facilities with privately owned fire hydrants are responsibel for ensuring that they will work as designed for fire suppression. This involves meeting important maintenance and testing requirements. Private fire hydrant testing and maintenance is required to be conducted annually to conform with the Ohio Fire Code section 507.5.3 and NFPA 25, Chapter 4 (for more information go to

The Howland Fire Department must be notified by calling 330-675-2730 prior to any work that could impair fire suppression capabilities in conjunction with this required testing and maintenance.

A copy of the test and maintenance report for each private fire hydrant must be submitted to the Howland Fire Department.

Click the link below for the Private Hydrant Flow Test Report

 Private Hydrant Flow Test Report