Citizen Complaint FormThe purpose of the complaint process is to protect the community, protect the department and to protect our employees. The purpose is also to identify citizen concerns and correct procedural problems if they occur. 

Sandusky Fire Department Citizen Complaint Process and Form

contractor informationContractor Fire Alarm Inspection List
Contractor Fire Suppression Inspection List
Contractor Underground Inspection List

Flame Effect Permit ProceduresThe Sandusky Fire Department provides a checklist to assist performers with the flame effect permit process for the City of Sandusky. 

Flame Effect Permit Procedures

food vendor requirements/insepctionThe Sandusky Fire Department is tasked with providing portable food vendors information to assure a safe working atmosphere. The City of Sandusky has requirements for portable commercial cooking equipment operated in the City of Sandusky. This is specific for portable food vendors using food preparation equipment that utilizes animal fat, vegetable shortening or such oily matter that produces grease laden vapors and using LP gas.

Portable Food Vendor Requirements 

Ohio Fire Code Section 320 

For questions, contact the Sandusky Fire Department at 419.627.5823.

Knox Box Rapid Entry Seconds count in a life-threatening medical emergency or a fire. Yet many times, firefighters responding to an emergency find access blocked by locked entrance doors or gates. To help reduce delays in providing emergency assistance, the Sandusky Fire Department promotes property owner use of the KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System.

The KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out or if there is a medical emergency, Knox® products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each KNOX-BOX® purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department.

All Knox Box products are Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) 1037 listed against physical attack as required by the 2015 International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association 1. 

With their new eApproval process, you can order a KNOX-BOX® online

Free Knox Box Installation 
Sandusky residents may qualify for a free Knox Box and installation through the Sandusky Fire Department’s Residential Knox Box Program (quantities limited). To apply for a free residential Knox Box, complete the application and mail to: 

Sandusky Fire Department
ATTN: Residential Knox Box Program
600 W. Market Street
Sandusky, OH 44870

To be eligible for this program, an applicant must:
   - Reside in Sandusky Fire Department's jurisdictional area
   - Live in a one or two-family residential building
   - Be age 55 or older or have a medical disability

For questions about the Knox Box program, call 419.627.5823.

public health information (hippa)The City of Sandusky's Notice of Privacy Practices and Non-Disclosure agreement for those who may be a student, guest or trainee with other members of the Sandusky Fire Department. 

Notice of Privacy Practices & Non-Disclosure Agreement

vacant & abandoned building programThe Sandusky Fire Department has made efforts to catalog and visually identify vacant and abandoned buildings. These are buildings that provide the highest safety/life risk to the general public. The building markings also help to identify the level of risk to safety service personnel who may have to enter the building in the case of an emergency.

Per city ordinance, owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings are required to register their building(s) with the Sandusky Fire Department.

Commercial/Industrial Vacant Registration Form & Building Plan

General Information:
  • Permit fee is due at the time of registration
  • Vacant building inspections shall be scheduled through Sandusky Fire Prevention Bureau by calling 419.627.5823
  • Applications and fees must be received in person or via certified mail. No emails or faxes will be accepted.

For questions, contact the Sandusky Fire Department at 419.627.5823.