The Fire Department promotes life safety for all citizens through:

  • Code enforcement
  • Education
  • Emergency medical and rescue services (about privacy policy)
  • Fire Prevention Services
  • Non-emergency support services

Smoke Detector Installation

The Fire Department plans will install more than 2,000 new photoelectric smoke detectors in the homes of Shaker residents between now and August 2019. FREE! This offer ends when the supply of detectors is exhausted.

To qualify, you must:

— Be a resident of Shaker Heights
— Permit the Fire Department to install the smoke detectors
— Not have an automatic, monitored alarm system
— Not have received a free photoelectric smoke detector through the 2013 grant program

Residents who wish to take advantage of the opportunity may complete an online request form or call the smoke detector hotline at 216-295-3400.

Hot Work Permit

Contractors performing hot work in the City of Shaker Heights are required to obtain a Hot Work Permit. Hot work is a process that can cause a fire when flammable material is present. Examples of hot work include welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, torch work, and grinding.

To apply for a Hot Work Permit:

  • Download the Hot Work Permit application (PDF).

  • Return your completed application form and the $25 fee to the Shaker Heights Fire Department.
    • Contractors may also email the Fire Department a completed, scanned permit application.
    • Credit card, check, and cash payment accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • After submitting the Hot Work Permit application, contractors should call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 216-491-1215 to schedule a hot work inspection. During this inspection, the fire inspector will ensure the work site complies with required safety guidelines. 
  • Contractors successfully passing the inspection will receive the Hot Work Permit and may begin work. Contractors not passing the inspection may correct the violations and request a re-inspection.

More Information

Please call 216-491-1215 with questions about the Hot Work Permit.

The cities of Shaker Heights and University Heights are exploring the feasibility of combining some fire services. Consultants hired through a grant from The Cleveland Foundation held a public input session in May at which the project's scope and analytic process were presented.

Fernway Fire Report

The Origin and Cause Fire Investigation Report (PDF) for Fernway School.