The Avon Lake Fire Department is located at the city's Safety Center on Walker Road. The department is staffed by…More Ohio licensed firefighter/paramedics (EMTs). A full platoon is on-site 24 hours a day. All firefighter/paramedics are trained in water and ice rescue, six firefighters are certified in dive rescue, two are certified in under-ice rescue and numerous members of the department serve on Lorain County's HazMat and technical rescue teams. All firefighter/paramedics are trained in rope rescue high and low angle and confined space rescue. The department has two jet skis with sleds (shared with the Avon Lake Police Department) at its disposal for incidents on Lake Erie.
The fire department has two fire engines, one aerial ladder truck, one heavy rescue truck, three advanced life support ambulances and numerous cars and light trucks. The Avon Lake fire department participates in mutual aid with several surrounding communities. This department maintains 19 firefighter/paramedics, eight lieutenants, two part-time fire inspectors, one chief and one dispatcher.
The fire department participates in the annual "Big Trucks" community event held at the safety center that allows children of all ages to get an up-close view of safety service vehicles.
The department operates under the direction of Chief Bill Morris.
The Avon Lake Police Department maintains a staff of 45 personnel. This includes one police chief, four lieutenants,…More four sergeants, one detective/sergeant, four detectives, 20 patrol officers, four full-time and five part-time dispatchers, one administrative secretary and an animal warden.
The department also staffs one K-9, Kimba. Several members serve on the county S.W.A.T. team.The department maintains a water and bike patrol, a motorcycle patrol, a K-9 unit and a School Resource Officer with an office at the high school. Officers are involved in the Lorain County Tactical Team and the Lorain County Drug Task Force. The department has watercraft for patrol and rescue including a police boat and a pair of jet skis shared with the Avon Lake Fire Department.
The department maintains an Honor Guard and hosts a popular community police program that allows residents to complete a hands-on course to learn how the department works. Despite the relatively small size of the department, the department, in addition to normal police duties, is very involved in community and county-wide services.
The police often provide safety tips and participates in community events, including the annual "Big Trucks" community events that allows residents to get up close and personal with safety vehicles.The department is located at the city's Safety Center on Walker Road. The newer facility houses several jail cells and a state-of-the-art communication system.
The department operates under Poice Chief David Owad and is under the jurisdiction of the mayor, who serves as the Safety Director.