Fire Division


  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Rope Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fire Investigation
  • Providing Mutual Aid to Neighboring Departments
  • Fire Prevention (Including Code Enforcement and Education)
  • Public Walk-In Blood Pressure Checks
  • Aiding in the Issuing of Permits for Open Burning, Ceremonial Fires, Candles, Fireworks, etc.
  • Home Fire Safety Inspections (Upon Request)
  • Pre-fire incident planning of all businesses and apartment complexes
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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Bowling Green Fire Division is:

  • To provide quality fire and emergency medical services in a safe, timely, and efficient manner
  • To provide exceptional emergency services by dedicating ourselves to excellence and integrity
  • To provide a safe working environment and rewarding work for every employee
  • To honor our obligations to the people of Bowling Green

About the Fire Division

Coverage Area Includes the City of Bowling Green and the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Campus. Bowling Green Fire Division has 51 full-time personnel, who are divided into three shifts (with exception to the Chief, Deputy Chief, and Administrative Secretary). Each shift works for an entire 24 hour period. This equates to 52 hours a week.

All personnel are required to maintain Fire Fighter II certification (The highest Fire Certification) and pass an Agility Test. All personnel are also required to maintain a minimum EMS certification of EMT-Basic but many are certified at an ALS (advanced life support) level.

Fire Division Organizational Chart (PDF)

Run Volume

View the Bowling Green Fire Division's run volume

ISO Rating

The Bowling Green Fire Division has earned an ISO Class 2 rating. The quality of fire protection available to the citizens of Bowling Green is evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The insurance industry relies on ISO to determine insurance rates for business, industry, and homeowners.  These ratings calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out fires in that community. ISO provides this score, often called the "ISO fire score," to insurance companies. Insurers then use it to help set insurance rates. The better equipped your fire department is to put out a fire, the less likely your building or house is to burn down. That makes your home or business less risky, and therefore less expensive, to insure.  


In March of 2014, Bowling Green Fire Division became Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation International (CFAI).  The Fire Division was recently reaccredited on August 7, 2019.  

"Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service delivery."