Welcome to the Lima Fire Department web page. I am Andy Heffner, Chief of Lima Fire. In May of 2020 I took over the reins of this department. What a year it has been. In December of 2019, when I began studying for the fire chief exam, the city was in an economic boom. That means there would be money for new equipment, more fire fighters would be hired and an ambulance or two would be replaced. What could go wrong? I was walking into a perfect situation. Put your feet up and don’t wreck the car is what I thought.
Lima Fire ran almost 5800 calls and fought nearly 80 house fires. 20 of those fires a second alarm was struck. Two fires were large enough that mutual aid was needed for extinguishment. Our investigation bureau helped solve two homicides that were tied to house fires. LFD and LPD continued their strong cooperation in investigating crimes involving arsons in Lima. Our Prevention Bureau helped set up protocols and did research on what Covid 19 was. In incredibly trying conditions, LFD was able to operate with minimal staffing, under new protocols with little disruption in service. I would have to say all of these things were what went right.
It is difficult to put into words how proud I am of everyone at The Lima Fire Department. In the face of disease, in the face of being overworked, having no life balance, the largest call volume in the history of Lima Fire, they were fighters. I should say, Fire Fighters.