Welcome to Rome Township

Ashtabula County
P.O. Box 5057
3162 US Hwy 6
Rome, OH 44085



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Fire Department

The earliest fire protection was the old dinner bell which would ring non stop if an emergency would occur. Friends and families would come as fast as possible with their buckets to form a "bucket brigade" and save whatever may be salvagable. In 1927 Rome Twp. entered an agreement with Rock Creek Village to provide fire protection through the Rock Creek Fire Dept. for $50.00 per year. In 1931 the fee was lowered to $25.00 per year!

In about 1935, H. D. Kellogg started a project to provide Rome with its own volunteer fire department. The department started with 15 men and each man was supplied with two 12 quart buckets which were painted red. these were only to be used for fires and when a man answered the call, he had to bring his buckets along. In August of 1935, Rome Township Trustees approved funds to be used for other equipment. Through the years additional "used equipment" was secured for the fire department. In the early 1950's a levy was passed to secure funds to buy a new international Fire Truck, their was much debate and promising to muster up the votes needed to secure this truck and in 1955 a two bay fire building was built to house it. Charles Hedrick was Fire Chief during the construction of the fire hall.

Today, Ed Koziol is Fire Chief and many hours per month go into the training, maintenance, and recording of our department. From their records:


The Rome Fire Department has responded to 186 calls to this date, Dec. 20,  in 2013.




     Rome Firefighters attend training and education classes three times monthly on a wide range of topics.     Rome Fire Department hosted live burn training in donated buildings at the Nature Conservancy during November.  Several area Fire Departments from Ashtabula and Geauga County participated in this training.

     Congratulations to Firefighter Kyle Hammon on the completion of the Fire Officer 2 course through the Ohio Fire Academy.   

    Congratulations to Firefighters Brendon White and Kyle Hammon on the completion of the Technical Emergency Response Training Class for Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Emergency Incidents.  These firefighters spent a week in Aniston, Alabama for this class which was funded through Homeland Security.


    Firefighters are currently painting our utility trailer which is used to haul the Argo Brush fire Unit.      Saybrook Fire Department recently donated two jet skis and trailer to us for use in water rescue.  We thank them for their generous donation.     The Ashtabula County Fire Chief’s Association recently purchased two underwater communication systems for the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team at a cost of $7500.00.   One system is housed at Rome Fire Department and the other at Saybrook Fire Department.


    Please check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change your detector batteries twice a year (change your clock change your batteries). The Fire Department has limited amount of AA and AAA batteries available for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Call us at 563-3990.


    We urge all residents to test their smoke alarms and practice an exit plan with two ways out. This year's Fire Prevention theme, "Prevent Kitchen Fires," highlights the fact that the kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires and puts the focus on the importance of fire escape planning and practice, and knowing what to do when the smoke alarm sounds in your home.

   We have a goal to increase fire safety awareness for all residents.  A recent fatal fire in Lakewood, Ohio, revealed that the batteries in the smoke detector had been removed. It was in the vicinity of where the victim was found, and had it functioned, it may have given him time to escape    More than 90% of fatal fires in Ohio occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are recommended to be on every level of the home and inside each sleeping area.

    It is extremely important for you to know how to escape quickly from any room in your home.  Having an escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensure your family's safety should fire break out.

     Here are some tips for preventing kitchen fires, having a working smoke detector, and planning your family's escape.

 To prevent kitchen fires:

*Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.          

* Keep an eye on what you fry! Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. 

* If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.                

* Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop. 

  * Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Having a working smoke detector:

*   Your family is not safe if they cannot hear the alarm.   

*   Test your alarm. Push the test button to hear a loud noise. If you don't hear the noise, you need a new battery or a new alarm. FIX THIS IMEDIATELY.

*   Put new batteries in your alarms twice a year. Change your clock – change your smoke detector batteries.

 *   Smoke alarms with long-life batteries work up to 10 years. It is not necessary to change the battery in these, but you should test them monthly.

* Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new alarms every 10 years.

Planning your family's escape:

* You have less than two to three minutes to escape fire in your home. Time is your enemy.

* Talk with your family about what to do when you hear an alarm.

* Make an escape plan so everyone knows how to get out fast (and safely).

* Pick a meeting place outside your home where everyone knows to meet.

* Some children and older adults may not hear smoke alarms. Make a plan on how to wake them.

* Practice with your smoke alarm often so that sleeping children are aware of the sound and what it means.

* Practice your escape plan with EVERYONE in your family at least twice each year.       

        * Stay low, get out fast. 

     * Don't waste time, call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safely outside. 

* NEVER go back inside a burning building. The faster you call for help, the more quickly it can arrive.


Your Fire Department is here to serve you. Looking for a Fire Prevention Program, need an inspection or assistance with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, give us a call.  Should you have any questions or suggestions for ways to serve you please contact us, Chief Ed Koziol at 440-536-6227 or leave a message at the Fire Station @ 563-3990.




    Our Fish Fry’s did very well in 2013 with 4878 dinners served.  January 31st will be our first fish Fry in 2014. Our Fish Fry’s are the last Friday monthly 4 – 7 pm January through October.

    The children’s Christmas Party was held on December 14th with many area children attending to visit Santa.

    Mark your calendars for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 12th at 1 pm.  

    We welcome your participation.  The Roman Candles membership consists of people from the surrounding communities of Rome, Roaming Shores, New Lyme and others who volunteer their time in various ways.  You do not need to be a firefighter or be related to one to be a member of the Roman Candles Auxiliary.  It is through their generous volunteering and continued Community Support that we are successful in providing a great service.  The Roman Candles Auxiliary welcomes new members.   Anyone interested in volunteering with the Roman Candles Auxiliary please contact Pam Koziol @ 563-5257.  Thank you for your continued support.




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