Fire Department

Contact Information
 

Fire Chief Keith Kahler

Danbury Township Fire Department Headquarters - Station 1
9551 E. Harbor Road
Lakeside, OH 43440
    Phone: (419) 798-5219
    Fax:     (419) 798-9122

Danbury Township Fire Department - Station 2
150 S. Bridge
Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio 43440
    Phone: (419)734-9700

Danbury Township Fire Department -
Station 3
517 W. Main Street
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
    Phone: (419) 798-4450
    Fax:     (419) 798-9421


Danbury Township Fire Department Group Photo 


Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department Presentation

On Saturday, March 1, 2014 members of the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department were honored at a banquet hosted by the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department Association. The event commemorated the historic July 1, 2013 merger of the Lakeside and Marblehead Volunteer Fire Departments under the umbrella of Danbury Township.  In November 2013 voters successfully passed a levy to provide additional funding for the services provided by this consolidation. Both the Association and the Township Trustees were presented with a plaque honoring the merger. The plaque contains the names of elected officials and department members in service on July 1.


Left to right: DTVFD Association members Tim Almendinger, Matt Hill, Trevor Ross, Judy Meyer and Doug Waugh.  Danbury Trustees Dave Hirt, Dianne Rozak, Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon and Trustee Charles Scott.  Mayor Jacqueline Bird was unable to attend due to a commitment at another event.


Fire Department History:

Marblehead:
The Marblehead Fire Department continuously served the residents of Danbury Township, Marblehead and Lakeside since 1895. The Department was owned by the Village of Marblehead making it the township's only municipal fire department. The Marblehead Fire Department could carry a roster of up to 35 members. The equipment consisted of two fire engines, one grass fire truck, one heavy rescue truck, two type-2 ambulances and one parade truck (a 1941 Dodge Buffalo Pumper still in working condition). The department is proud of being a leader in fire and EMS protection. In 1959, the department was the first in Ottawa County to provide ambulance service. It was also the first department to staff full-time personnel. 

Lakeside:
The Lakeside Fire Department, organized in 1905, wasa non-profit fire department consisting of thirty-five active members. The fire chief was Ed Cochenour. The Lakeside Fire Department provided EMS, Fire Suppression, Ice and Water Rescue, High-Angle Rope Rescue, and Fire Prevention services to all of Danbury Township. The department also provided mutual aid resources to the Ottawa County Hazardous Materials Team, The Ottawa County East-End Dive Team, and provide direct support to United States Coast Guard Station Marblehead.

The Lakeside Fire Department operated from two stations in Danbury Township and was equipped with state-of-the-art fire fighting, EMS, and rescue equipment. The department operated a fleet of vehicles including a 2004 Ferrara Quint (a combination pumper and 75-foot ladder truck), a 2002 Hackney heavy rescue truck, a 2000 Horton advanced life support ambulance, a 1996 Sutphen 1,500 GPM pumper, a 1992 Horton advanced life support ambulance, a 1985 Sutphen 1,200 GPM pumper,and a 1983 Cherolet dive rescue response vehicle. The department also operated a Boston Whaler dive/water rescue boat and housed Ottawa County Hazardous Materials Team response trailer Unit 2.

Merging History - Danbury Township
Danbury Township has experienced a strong and continuous record of outstanding property and life-saving service since the organization of the Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department in 1895 and the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association in 1905. 

On March 13, 2013 a century-plus history of contracting with these two departments came to momentous consolidation with the formation of The Danbury Township Fire Department. Trustees Charles Scott, David Hirt and Dianne Rozak unanimously agreed to a resolution to create the merged department with an effective date of July 1, 2013 for full operational implementation. This positive combination of resources will continue to offer the same dedicated, professional level of service that residents and visitors on the Marblehead Peninsula have come to expect and appreciate. The Trustees have appointed Marblehead Fire Chief Doug Waugh as Interim Chief to oversee the merger process. 

Former Interim Fire Chief Doug Waugh stated, “I am extremely pleased to be a part of this momentous undertaking. I have found that our community has been blessed to have so many dedicated people serving us. Through two years of dedicated work, we have found that we are able to merge our four entities (Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association, Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department, Village of Marblehead Council and Mayor, and Danbury Township) into a unified Fire and EMS department. All of our personnel have put forth an untold effort to streamline and enhance our public service to all of the residents of Danbury Township. We are all very grateful to be a part of this historical undertaking. We look forward to continuing our services to the community in a highly efficient and unified department of which we can all be proud.” 

Ed Cochenour, Chief of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department and Gary Deerhake, firefighter and President of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association, collectively said “Thank you to our Township Trustees for the opportunity to operate entirely as one department in Danbury Township. We will now be able to more efficiently administer and manage the equipment, buildings, personal, recruitment, training and the changing to a full-time/part-time EMS. We look forward to volunteering in the new Danbury Township Fire Department.”
 


Left to Right, Back Row: John Englebeck, Trustee Dave Hirt, Doug Waugh, Ed Cochenour, Trustee Charles Scott, Gary Deerhake
Seated Left to Right: Trustee Dianne Rozak, Marty Rettig, Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon


Station & Staff Information:
Station 1 (Former Lakeside Station 1- outside Lakeside Gates)
Station 2 (Former Lakeside Station 2 - SR 269S/ S. Bridge Road Location)
Station 3 (Former Marblehead Station)

Our stations are manned seven days a week from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of some holidays. Our volunteers are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year to protect and serve the community. 
Additional staffing is utilized on busy summer weekends.

All of our members are certified to State and Federal standards for first responders and our staff includes Paramedics, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians(EMTs) and First Responders. Paramedic Advanced Life Support EMS services are also available.

Our Firefighters are trained to national standards and many of our personnel are also trained in rope rescue. Certified Divers are utilized to provide state of-the-art-water rescue capabilities. We are involved with fire prevention education for children and adults. 

Our fire chief is Keith Kahler. Please feel free to contact our department with any questions or concerns you might have. We look forward to serving our community for many more years. 


Community Services:
Green and white reflective address signs are available for $10.00 from the Station 1 Headquarters. These reflective signs will save precious minutes if emergency personnel need to find your house.Call (419) 798-5219 for more information. 

Knox Box Program - When a fire alarm system is activated, the police and fire department will respond. If the property cannot be entered a door or window may need to be broken to get inside. This can be very costly for the property owner. A solution to this is to have a
Knox Box installed. This is used in many communities for secure access during fire or emergency situations. Call (419) 798-5219 for more information.


We strive to provide Danbury Township with prompt, efficient, and professional emergency services with compassion. Our 100-year commitment to the residents of Danbury Township and their guests speaks for itself. We stand prepared and ready to serve. The men and women of the Danbury Township Fire Department thank-you for your support!
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