Did You Know?

  • The Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department has provided day crew coverage with (1) Firefighter/EMT and (1) Firefighter/Paramedic for 20 years between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
  • The PFFD has 51 firefighters.
  • The PFFD has 25 Paramedics, 5 Advanced EMT's, 14 basic EMT's and 1 First Responder.
  • The PFFD has 21 Firefighters trainied at a Level II, and 15 Firefighters trained at a Level I. Level II is the highest level of fire training in the state of Ohio.
  • The average response time in 2019 was 7 min and 55 seconds. 
  • The PFFD had 847.75 man-hours of training.
  • 48.5% of emergency calls occured during the day crew hours of 8am-5pm.

Ever wonder why fire hydrants are painted a certain color?

In an effort to make it easier for firefighters to know what a specific hydrant will supply, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that hydrants be uniformly color-coded to indicate water-flow capabilities (Known as NFPA 291), so firefighters can assess their capabilities at a glance. If a hydrant is temporarily out of service, it will be covered with a black bag, or something else that indicates it’s not to be used.

The color-coding scheme comes into play on the tops and nozzle caps. The color reflects the rated water-flow capacity of that particular hydrant:

  • Blue – over 1,500 gallons per minute (gpm)
  • Green – 1000 to 1,499 gpm.
  • Orange/Yellow – 500 to 999 gpm.
  • Red – less than 500 gpm.

The NFPA sets these standards and most fire departments and water companies try to follow them. In the end however, these are just guidelines and not necessarily requirements. The NFPA recommendation is not the only color-coding system used. Many different municipalities create their own, for their specific situation. So when you are driving around your neighborhood and see a hydrant painted a specific color, be assured that the color has a purpose.


Ever wonder what each color fire helmet represents? 

There is no standard for the color of helmets so it varies from department to department. In the Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department the colors signify the rank and tenure of the firefighters.The PFFD helmet colors signify the following:

  • White – Chief Officers (Fire Chief and Asst. Chiefs)
  • Red – Captains and Lieutenants 
  • Black – Firefighter
  • Yellow- Probationary Firefighter
  • Orange – Cadet



Congratulations to Daniel Lee (Pep) Martin for 50 years (1969-2019) of service. Pep is one of few to reach this great accomplishment. His dedication to the PFFD and Community has been inspiring to all. Thank you for your continued selfless dedication to the PFFD and the community.

Table and Chair Rental


The Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department Association has table and chair rental. We have banquet tables and standard steel folding chairs. Folding tables and chairs are ideal for casual events, such as birthdays, graduation parties, and backyard weddings. To schedule rentals contact or stop by the fire station. Rental dates vary based on availability. To help maintain the quality of our tables and chairs, we charge per table and chair. The total cost must be paid at time of pick-up.

8 foot Folding Table - $3.00 each/per day

Steel Folding Chair - $.25 each/per day