Chief’s Corner

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Chief’s End of Year Message 

In 2021 the fire department finished the year by responding to 964 Fire and EMS runs. 

As Fire Chief of The Bolivar Fire Department, I am proud to say to the citizens of Lawrence Township, which includes both the Village of Bolivar and the Village of Zoar; you are well protected with a fire department equipped with staffing, equipment, response teams and plans to handle the risks identified within the community. Your fire department has been and continues to be a fine example of service delivery excellence in all levels and types of services that are provided.  

While 2021 most certainly presented all of us with the unforeseen challenges of COVID-19, the fire department, with the help from Tuscarawas County EMA and Health Department, Lawrence Township Trustees and both Bolivar and Zoar Village governments, we have been holding our own, while continuing to provide the safest and sanitary environment for both our residents and employees. If along the way you are in need of anything, even during the pandemic, keep in mind that the fire department is here to serve you.

The men and women of the Bolivar Fire Department have been and always will be committed to the highest level of service to all citizens of the community. As firefighters and paramedics, the work done is much more than a job . . . it’s a way of life and we are all proud to serve you in everything that we do each day.

Looking forward towards 2022, the Bolivar Fire Department will be receiving your new ambulance. The original delivery date was pushed back due to supply-chain issues related to COVID-19, barring any unforeseen event the new ambulance will be serving the community by March 1st. We have also begun a preliminary investigation into replacing both our 1993 ladder truck and 1998 fire engine with a combination vehicle called a quint. This is a huge investment for our community, but it will also reduce costs associated with two vehicles versus one. 

While the contents of the Annual Report tend to focus on the Fire Department’s statistical data, projects and programs, it is the people we serve, and those who serve them, that are at the heart of our mission. We continue to build on our prior achievements as we strive to maintain the highest standards of public service. We are most grateful to you, our residents our elected officials, and all of our business owners for the constant support and encouragement that we receive. In return, we pledge to never waiver in upholding our tradition of dedication and service. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Shawn C. Lynch, Chief

Bolivar Fire Department.


It’s important to have a Home Fire Escape Plan.

Time is of the essence when fire erupts in the home. Be prepared!

• Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.

• Visit each room. Find two ways out.

• All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.

• Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is in proper working order.

• Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the designated meeting place.

• Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.

• Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.

• Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.

• Practice your home fire drill!

Make your own home fire escape plan using the printable grid here.

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