All equipment is up to date on service and maintenance. All pumps have been tested and passed testing, per NFPA guidelines. Captain Bixler maintains the minor repairs on all trucks and schedules the major work with the proper service centers.


The EMS and medical equipment is also up to date on service. EMS Officer Menges is in charge of the medical equipment and supplies. He coordinates expired drug exchanges, drug licensing, iPad's, computers, state reporting software, daily duties of staffed crews and completed electronic patient care reports. 

Chief Rick Annen

34 Main Street South

Navarre, Ohio 44662

​(330) 879-5840

The department currently has 28 members. We have 5 paramedics, 19 EMT's and 4 Firefighters. 12 of the members have Firefighter II cards and 14 members have Volunteer Firefighter cards.


T.J. Rombach was promoted to Assistant Chief in October. Captains this year were: Bryan Bixler, Chris McGeorge, Jerry Mallady and Tom Bragg. The department also has two Lieutenant positions, filled by Shyloah Rogers and Ryan Shanower.


We started staffing seven days a week from 5am to 9pm. The staffing crew responded to 288 daytime runs this year.Total staffed hours, 11,755.75. We had 3555 off duty man hours responding back to the station for calls and we averaged 4 personnel for each call in 2018.


Fire training hours for 2018 was 1345, not including monthly EMS CE classes to assist in the State requirements for EMS recertification.


Ryan Shanower started doing Fire Inspections on local buildings in both the township and village. This endeavor started out rough but has smoothed out nicely. We find that we are helping our businesses become more compliant with fire safety codes. This year starts the new cycle for fire codes in Ohio. This year the goal is to have more businesses in compliance.

  •  Fire Apparatus

Thank You,


Rick Annen

Chief

Erie Valley Fire & Rescue

Navarre-Bethlehem Joint Fire District

  • Engine 1 (2015 Rosenbauer)

​Excellent Condition. Pump tested, ladder tested and all service is up to date. Had minor issue with light tower which was repaired by All-American. Hoses on the unit all tested and passed. Estimating the truck to be last another 17 years.


  • Rescue 2 (2004 E-One) 

Good Condition. Pump tested, ladder tested and all service is up to date. Minor issues with the engine break and air compressor. Hoses tested and passed. Estimating the truck will need replaced in 10-15 years.


  • Tanker 3 (1986 FMC)

Overall fair condition. Tank is in good condition. Has not been pump tested due to age of the truck. Ladders were tested. Issues include air system, brakes, rear end and it's overall age. Hoses on this unit all tested and passed. This unit needs replaced withing the next few years, but will serve as a back-up unit.


  • Grass 5 (2015 Ford F250 Super Duty)

Excellent condition. Service work is up to date. No issues this year.


  • ​Gator 9 (2007 John Deere TH Diesel)

Good condition. This year we changed from two separate fire and EMS beds into one multipurpose bed to house both fire and EMS equipment. When the new station is completed it will be always be ready to respond.


  • Medic 1 (2017 Ford Lifeline) 

Excellent condition. Placed in service in October of 2017. Estimated service time is another 12-15 years.


  • Squad 2 (2013 Ford Wheeled Coach)

Excellent condition. Service work and medical equipment serviced and up to date. Minor electrical issues this year, all resolved. Estimated service time is another 10-12 years.


  • Squad 3 (2008 Ford Road Rescue)

Good condition. Service work and medical equipment serviced and up to date. Issue this year has been the rear heater, has been fixed. Estimated service time is 5-7 years.


  • Command 1 (2004 Ford Explorer)

Good condition. All service work up to date. No issues this year. Estimated to last another 5-7 years.


  • Chief 1 (2018 Ford Explorer)

​Excellent condition. No issues this year. Was placed in service in August of 2017. Estimated to last 5-7 years.

  •   Department Equipment & Property
  •  2018 Highlights
  •  EVFR Future​

The future of the department looks bright and we have to continue to plan for the future. Staffing levels and current staffing of crews has been studied. Effective in January 2018 we will continue to staff an ALS on-duty crew from 05:00am-09:00pm seven days a week. 77% of our call volume in 2018 was between these hours. 


Equipment is all up to date per NFPA standards, but we need to start working on a replacement plan for turn-out gear, air-packs, gloves and other small items. We will look at all available grants to help offset these costs. Starting a plan to replace items over a 10-year period. 


We have began the construction of an addition to the Ohio St. Station. Timeline to move in is sometime in the first half of the year.


Radios and dispatch will be an item of discussion this year. I will continue to monitor and follow recommendations and report back what we feel will be best for this fire district. We will be on the County MARC system early this year.


We will continue to study shift time and call volume. Still looking for new members to help with call backs. Training members on the newest theories in firefighting and EMS care. Will look in to updating equipment for both trucks and personnel.

From The Desk Of: 

The department responded to 99.7% of the calls, we only requested mutual aid 3 times which was secondary to multiple calls at the same time. 


We started a fire safety inspection program and held various fire safety classes for pre-school kids. The feedback we received indicates this was a great success.


The associated began an AHA CPR training program for the community and other healthcare providers.


    Erie Valley

Fire and Rescue

2018 Erie Valley Fire & Rescue Summary


  • Fire Personnel