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Chief Thomas GarraGreetings from the Canton Fire Department!

As Chief, I would first like to say thanks for those citizens of Canton, Ohio who have supported the fine men and women of the fire service. Our dedicated personnel spend countless hours in training in order to provide the best service to those in need. We welcome anyone or group who would like to meet firefighter/paramedics and tour a station. If this is your desire, please call our Administration Building to arrange a tour. Please note, that at anytime, our firefighters could be called to respond to an emergency during the tour.

Chief Thomas Garra
Canton Fire Department

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Environmental Safety 

Fire Prevention Bureau

Check out the link below to hear Chief Garra and Captain Paige discuss firework safety during their interview with WHBC:


Open burn Info-graphic

Feel free to email any Fire Prevention questions to .

You literally have the power to save a life in your hands. More than 70% of cardiac arrests occur in a home or residential setting, so the person you may save is likely to be someone you love. The American Heart Association can help. Find a CPR course near you.

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In the News...

Retirement Announcement
By Justin Deierling
Posted: Jul 31, 2019


Congratulations to Bill Welch on your recent retirement!

Bill was hired on August 31, 1989 and spent 10 years as a Paramedic/ Firefighter and 20 years as a EMT/Firefighter. Bill received co-firefighter of the year in 2003 after the rescue of a Canton toddler.

When asked what advice he has for young firefighters, Bill stated ”when a veteran firefighter takes the time to explain something job related....listen to what they have to say. …

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