The close proximity of homes in Defiance's older neighborhoods, the downtown business district, factories, and the large commercial buildings and "big box stores" on the city's north end all present fire suppression challenges for the Fire and Rescue Division.
The Division responded to 580 calls for fires, fire alarms and hazardous situations in 2021 including 14 structure fires. The Division provides fire response to the City of Defiance and Defiance Township, approximately 35 square miles.
The Division maintains staffing of a minimum of six full-time personnel around the clock on station to ensure rapid response to fires. Part-time personnel are utilized to provide additional staffing in the station, and all off-duty full-time and part-time personnel are automatically paged to respond to structure fires.
The Division has automatic aid agreements with Noble Township and Highland Township to ensure multi-station response to structure fires in all three jurisdictions.
The Division operates two engines, one 90-foot aerial platform, one 75-foot aerial ladder, one brush fire truck, one utility truck and two command vehicles.