North Randall Fire Department


The North Randall Fire Department’s Mission is to serve the residents of the village of North Randall, with the main objective being the protection of lives and property.


The North Randall Fire Department is manned 24 hours each day, 365 days a year, for fire suppression and rescue squad duties.

Fire Department FAQs

The Village is in the process of rewriting ordinances for open burning.  Meanwhile, the fire department wants residents to be able to enjoy their property safely. See below for some common sense precautions regarding burning:

  • Outdoor campfires and small bonfires for cooking, ceremonies, or recreation are allowed, provided they do not cause a nuisance.
  • Use clean, seasoned firewood only. Wood stacks are to be no larger than 2 ft. high x 3 ft. wide.
  • Burn only in a commercially distributed device (fire pit) or on ground that is approved by the Fire Chief.
  • Open burning, including campfires, shall only be conducted at a location at least twenty five (25) feet from the nearest building which is not on the same property and at a minimum fifteen (15) feet of any building or property line which is on the same property. All sites must be approved prior to burning.
  • Except for campfires, open burning shall be conducted between the hours of sunrise and sunset only. Campfires may be authorized between sunset and 12:00 a.m. midnight by contacting the Fire Chief.
  • Open burning shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person of at least eighteen (18) years of age until the fire is extinguished and is cold.   The person shall have readily available for use such fire extinguishing equipment as may be necessary for the total control of the fire.
  • No materials may be burned upon any street, curb, gutter or sidewalk or on the ice of a lake, pond, stream or waterbody.
  • Except for barbecue, gas, and charcoal grills, no burning shall be undertaken within twenty five (25) feet from any combustible material, combustible wall or partition, exterior window opening, exit access or exit unless authorized by the Fire Chief.

Captain Abernathy is the Fire Marshal.  He can be reached at 216-587-9283.  If the Fire Marshal is not available, you can leave a message or email him at

The fire department has smoke detectors for village homeowners on a first come, first served basis until supplies are exhausted.

Old extinguishers can be disposed of by doing the following:

  1. Take extinguisher outdoors and in a safe place.
  2. Dispel all remaining powder.
  3. Let extinguisher sit for two days.
  4. Dispel any pressure that may be left in extinguisher.
  5. Once confirmed empty, the extinguisher can safely be placed in the regular trash.

Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 for any medical emergency or potential fire.  If in fact it turns out to be a non-emergency, the fire department can be cancelled without a problem.  Known non-emergency calls should be placed to (216)587-9283.

The Village is now a member of the Chagrin Valley Council of Governments.  As such all emergency calls are answered through the regional dispatch center.

Chagrin Valley Dispatch (CVD) is the communication center for 16 municipalities of the Chagrin Valley and greater Cleveland area, including  The Village of North Randall. CVD staff members and state of the art communication systems allow us to initiate, coordinate and record services of our first responders.    Police and Fire Emergency Response is still, ALWAYS handled by the Village of North Randall Police and Fire/EMS departments.  

Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center 

To assist the Village, CVD has trained dispatchers with certifications in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), National Incident Management System (NIMS). Their center is staffed 24/7 with a minimum of 8 dispatchers on duty at all times, and with 9 dispatchers on duty during peak hours. 

CVD staff consists of 38 full time dispatchers, 8 full time dispatch supervisors, 1 dispatch manager, 1 dispatch director and 6 part time employees.

Fire Chief,
Marshall Shorts


Dispatch Non Emergency: 216-663-1212

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