Division of Fire & Rescue
The Village of Swanton Fire and Rescue Division has its roots with the establishment of the Fire Department in 1895. In 2002, Fulton County ALS 7 began running out of Station 1.
The Fire and Rescue Division is charged with providing fire and rescue operations throughout the incorporated Village as well as sections of Fulton and Swancreek Townships. Through mutual aid agreements, the Division also provides protection on an as needed basis to other entities throughout Northwest Ohio.
The Fire & Rescue Division is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Division is comprised of ten full time personnel as well as a roster of 19 part-time personnel.
Swanton Fire and Rescue Division Fire Chief: Tony Schaffer
Tony Schaffer was appointed Fire Chief December 1, 2019. Prior to promotion as Fire Chief, he served as deputy fire chief with the Swanton Fire and Rescue Division since August, 2019. Preceding his arrival at the Village of Swanton, he served for over twenty-eight years with Bellevue Fire Department and has over 32 years of fire service experience which includes service with other departments in northern Ohio.
As fire chief he is tasked with overseeing the operations and budget of the fire and rescue division. Chief Schaffer is a graduate of Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio with an Associate in Applied Science majoring in Fire Science. He earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Public Administration from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Additionally, Chief Schaffer is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program (OFE). The OFE Program is 2.5 years of extensive coursework in chief officer professional development and after graduation includes an OFE designation.
Chief Schaffer is a member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation Education Committee and serves as the liaison to the OFE Program for the education committee. He is also member of the Fulton County Fire Chiefs Association.
Division of Police
The Mission of the Swanton Police Division: We are committed to excellence in providing effective high-quality service for our community in a professional and courteous manner. We work in partnership with the community to improve our quality of life. We protect everyone’s rights and property and treat each person we encounter with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Swanton Police Chief: Adam Berg
Adam Berg was appointed Police Chief in September 2014 after working as a peace officer for almost 10 years, seven of those with the Village of Swanton. Prior to his promotion to Chief, Berg was a sergeant for the Village of Swanton Police Division.
As the Chief of Police he has the tasks of overseeing the operations and budget of the police department. Additionally, maintains positive public relations by communicating and informing the citizens on many public safety matters. He currently serves as Vice President of the Swanton Area Community Coalition and is a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Chief Berg is committed to education and safety of all Village of Swanton residents.
Police Division Frequently Asked Questions
What are the parking restrictions for the Village of Swanton?
There is no parking on any village street between 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Fridays for street cleaning. Parking Prohibited at all Times: Airport Hwy., Hallett Ave., Main Street south of St. Clair Street, any uncurbed street in the Business District except in marked parking spaces.
What phone number should I use to call the Police Division?
In emergencies always use: 911
Note: After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, all calls are forwarded to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department will dispatch a Swanton Police Officer to answer your call.
Where can I pay parking citations and traffic citations?
Parking citations can be paid at the Swanton Police Division, located at 219 Chestnut St.
Traffic citations can be paid at the Eastern District Court, located at 204 S. Main St. Court is held in Swanton every Wednesday at the Eastern District Court. Court convenes at 8:30 A.M.
What if I need a copy of a police report?
Copies of police reports may be picked up at the Police Station.
The cost of the report is $5.00.
When I call for police services do I have to give the dispatcher my name?
No. You may tell us but it is not required. We respond to all calls for service. Information may be given anonymously at any time.
Will the police check my house when I leave town on vacation?
Vacation checks are a service we offer. Simply stop by the department and fill out a short form. An officer will check your house periodically until you return home.
What is the law on open burning in the Village limits?
There is no burning of any garbage, refuse, rubbish, wet leaves, or yard waste.
What if I have questions about other Village matters?
Questions about other village business can be answered at the municipal offices during regular business hours or by calling 419.826.9515.
Is there a Curfew Ordinance in Swanton?
Yes. — Under 12 years: from darkness to dawn.
12 to 16 years: 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
17 years: 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m.
Is there a Nuisance Ordinance in Swanton?
Yes. We are proud of our Village and want to keep it looking nice. Our “nuisances” consist of:
- Unsanitary Habitations
- Annual Clean Up