Our Services

for our community

Our Services for Our Community


Fire Suppression

Every firefighter on staff at RCFD, is trained to the Firefighter II level per State of Ohio standards.  The rigorous training ensures that all staff is trained to the highest level available via state standards.  Each firefighter is required to obtain a minimum amount of continuing education training hours (54) each three-year cycle to meet the strict mandates set forth by the Ohio Department of Public Safety in order to maintain their certification. These requirements not only provide an excellent foundation, they also offer the necessary continuing education to maintain a high level of expertise throughout a firefighter’s career.

Through November 2019, the department has responded to 279 fire calls for service.  Of those calls, 156 have been in Hebron/Union Township, and the remaining were mutual aid to Heath, Buckeye Lake, West Licking, Licking Township, Millersport, Thorn Township, Newark and Granville.  We often receive automatic and mutual aid from those agencies throughout the year as well.


Fire Prevention

Every member of our department strives to prevent fires.  We are providing continual education to our school children, adult/senior groups, local civic groups and anyone who will give us an ear to talk about how together we can prevent fires.  The RCJFD has on staff a full-time employee who is dedicated to fire prevention through a fire inspection/public education program.  Additionally, Captain Ryan Wyse performs inspections on non-residential properties to ensure compliance with Ohio Fire Code requirements.



Our department has responded to 1083 EMS calls for service in 2018.  These calls are classified as either basic life support or advanced life support.  Basic life support calls are considered non-life threatening while advanced life support calls usually require more intensive pre-hospital therapy to be administered.  Of the 31 employees that the fire district employs, 22 are State of Ohio certified paramedics.

Through October 2019, we have responded to 975 EMS calls for service.   The district currently has two employees who are trained to provide community paramedicine.  This program is under development at this time, and we are confident this will be great asset to our residents in the very near future.  More information forthcoming as we continue to develop this program.


Special Ops

The services that the Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District provides are much more than just putting out fires and transporting the sick/injured to the hospital.  The RCJFD are the first responders to many more types of emergencies including hazardous materials and water rescue.



Preventing fires from occurring requires knowledge of how others began.  Our fire investigation unit works alongside state and local investigators, as well as law enforcement, to identify the cause and origin of all fires.


Code Enforcement

The goal of the code enforcement division is to ensure that commercial buildings and properties are constructed and operated according to applicable codes & standards.  We also work with business and building owners to help plan & prepare for a potential emergency.


Safety Education

One of the best ways of preventing a fire is through education.  Our bureau educates hundreds of children and adults each year in the topics of fire safety, disaster preparedness, and more.

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