The Community Served by the
Western Reserve Joint Fire District

The Western Reserve Joint Fire District protects the Village of Poland, Ohio and Poland Township, Ohio. Poland Village and Township are primarily rural communities located in eastern Mahoning County in Ohio. The Township and Village were established in the late 1700s, and contain historic houses that have received numerous renovations over the years, which creates a significant challenge for fire protection. Many balloon frame houses were also built during the 1940s during the height of the local steel mill boom, but of late, a majority of the houses being built are of platform construction utilizing wood trusses. Several businesses (which are significant in size/area) have also relocated to these two agricultural communities. The Township and Village also border two major interstate highways. Several Class I high speed railways, which transport significant quantities of hazardous materials, transverse the District.

The Western Reserve Joint Fire District is staffed by volunteer firefighters operating 5 engines (the oldest was built in 1975), 1 Tanker, 3 squads, and a brush unit out of three stations.

Approximately 75% of the District's firefighters are trained to the Firefighter II level, while 15% of the District's firefighters are trained at the Firefighter I level. The remaining 10% are trained to Ohio's basic fire fighting level, and for the most part are in the process of obtaining their additional certification. District firefighters train weekly, and are compliant with NFPA and State of Ohio continuing education requirements (new this year!). All Fire District firefighters are currently "NIMS" certified in the required certificates, thus making the department "NIMS compliant".

The all volunteer department responds to between 750 and 800 calls annually, which includes fire, emergency medical first response, hazardous material mitigation, and technical rescue. In addition to responding to all fires and other emergencies within the Village and Township, the District also responds on automatic mutual aid to the surrounding communities of Lowellville, New Middletown, Coitsville, and Springfield Township. The District also provides contractual mutual aid to all other county departments, as well as to the State of Ohio through the established statutory mutual aid plan. In 2006 and 2007, the District has provided mutual aid services more than 60 miles away.

Did You Know?

Back-to-School Safety Tips

When parents talk about school safety these days, they're usually referring to the surge in violence at schools. But research shows that school-age children are actually nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional injury -- whether on the playground or in school -- than to be the victim of violence while at school. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are injured in school-related accidents each year, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

Accidents can be prevented if parents are on the lookout for potential hazards. To help you keep your kids free from harm, here are some safety tips from SAFE KIDS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
  • Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.
  • Avoid any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck of jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.
  • Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding.