The Vermilion Fire Department (VFD) is a combination department originally founded as a 100% volunteer department. The department has evolved from a paid per call, to a combination department, employing its first career fire chief in 2022 and approximately twenty-seven, paid per call personnel.
The Vermilion Fire Department provides fire suppression, prevention, education, emergency medical first response and a variety of special rescue operations. The department provides service to residents of the City of Vermilion and is also signed into mutual aid agreements to accept and provide services to our neighboring communities when available.
The City of Vermilion, located partially in Erie County, and partially in Lorain County is scenically located on the southern shores of Lake Erie. The city is home to approximately 10,594 residents: occupying approximately 10.8 square miles. Additionally, Brownhelm Township is home to approximately 7,618 residents, occupying just over 40 square miles.
Firefighters are expected to be on call and respond to emergency calls when summoned to the fire station. The VFD utilizes the services of its members responding from two stations. The stations, and city, are separated by a heavily traveled east/west corridor of the railroad, as well as the Vermilion River, a tributary to Lake Erie. The district provides fire and rescue services for the City of Vermilion and is contractually used to cover a portion of Brownhelm Township. Brownhelm Township is divided into three areas; and receives its emergency services from the City of Vermilion, Florence Township, and the Village of South Amherst.
The Vermilion Fire Department also provides first response services to Lifecare Ambulance.
Firefighters attend weekly meetings and on-going training.