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8400 Memphis Avenue
Brooklyn, Ohio 44144

Joe Zemek, Fire Chief

Fire Non-Emergency


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The Brooklyn Fire Department consists of the Chief, 6 lieutenants, 15 full time fire fighters and 7 part-time firefighters who are certified paramedics.  In addition to fire suppression duty, 15 members are also State Certified Paramedics that man 2 Advanced Life Support emergency medical rescue squads.

Presently the Fire Department transports to three facilities: University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, MetroHealth main campus and MetroHealth Parma Facility.  In the event of a life threatening illness or injury it may, however, be necessary to transport to the closest appropriate facility. During special circumstances, (and with the approval of our Medical Direction) upon a patient's request, transports may be made to Fairview Hospital, Lutheran, and/or Southwest General. 

The City of Brooklyn has joined 18 other cities in the Southwest Area to provide expertise in the areas of hazardous materials, technical rescue, tactical ems to support police SWAT and the newly organized fire investigation task force. This allows each city to share the cost of manpower needed to provide these highly specialized services. The Brooklyn Fire Department provides two members to the Haz-Mat Team, two members to the SWAT Medic Team, two members to the Tech-Rescue team, and two members to the Fire Investigation Unit. Our goal is to continually improve the service we offer to our citizens.   

smoke detectors now available

The Brooklyn Fire Department has a limited supply of smoke detectors available for residents.  Please contact Chief Zemek at 216-635-4226 if interested. 


Brooklyn Fire Department Scores HIGH in their ISO certification

The City of Brooklyn's Fire Department scores HIGH in their ISO certification.  We are proud of our department and its accomplishments through this process.  ISO collects and evaluates information from our communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities, and is classified under the Public Protection Classification program.  Our Fire Department received a #2 classification - which puts our Fire Department in the TOP 2% of the fire departments nationwide.  There are 49,020 total fire departments in the United States.  This certification is a true benefit to our business community as insurance companies use the Public Protection Classification program information for marketing, underwriting, and to help establish fair premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance.  Fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC rating.  The full report is available at the Fire Department or City Hall. 

Basic Services

  • Fire Suppression
  • EMS
  • Fire Prevention
  • Public Education

Mission Statement

To provide services to our community in life and fire safety through education, innovation, commitment, and compassion.


Setting the standards of excellence; guided by principles of trust, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and respect for all.




smoke detectors

The Fire Department has a limited number of smoke detectors for those residents who need them.  Please call 216-635-4288. 

Community Involvement

The Fire Department is built around the community. We recognize and value that our presence is dependent on the community’s needs. We will always strive to make our citizens and Administration proud of their Fire Department. We involve ourselves with the City’s schools, conducting fire safety education classes, participating in Safety Town, and conducting evacuation drills. The Fire Department is here to serve whatever your needs are, we are here to help, or will put you in touch with the proper authorities that can help you. This Fire Department belongs to the City Administration and the citizens of Brooklyn and our personnel are proud to serve.

  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
    The Brooklyn CERT is made up of the residents of Brooklyn, who are trained under the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) curriculum standards. These volunteers assist the Public Safety Forces in the handling of major incidents and special events. Their dedication and compassion is an asset to the community. Anyone that may be interested in becoming a member of this group of professionally trained and skilled individuals can contact Chief Joe Zemek at 216-635-4226 or

2016 Annual Report