Fire Department

The Whitehouse Fire Department consists of 1 staffed station, a full-time Fire Chief, full time Deputy Chief,  14 full-time Firefighter/Paramedics/EMT Basics, 22 part-time Firefighter/EMT-Bs or higher and 19 volunteers (some of these are full or part-time employees also).

The Whitehouse Fire Department was established in 1896.  In 1978, the Lucas County Life Squad was housed at the Whitehouse Fire Station.  Our station is manned 24 hours a day and responds to emergency calls throughout Whitehouse and the surrounding area.

Whitehouse Fire Department
10550 Waterville Street • Whitehouse, OH 43571
Phone: 419-877-0363 • Fax: 419-877-4827

Mission Statement:

The Whitehouse Fire Department is dedicated to protecting and serving our communities with a commitment of professionalism, integrity and compassion.  We will strive to fulfill this mission through specialized training with innovative techniques, devoted teamwork and community outreach, while offering quality service and support to our residents and surrounding communities.

Core Values:

Professionalism – Integrity – Compassion

Fire Chief

Joshua Hartbarger is the Fire Chief of the Whitehouse Department. He was promoted in 2016 after having been with the Whitehouse fire department for 15 years. Joshua holds the designation of “OFC” conferred from the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. Furthermore, his certifications include Paramedic, Firefighter Level 2, Instructor, and Inspector. In 2005 Joshua graduated from Owens Community College with an Associate degree in Liberal arts with a concentration on government. Upon graduation Joshua served the National Science foundation as a fire Lieutenant at McMurdo station Antarctica. While there, he oversaw base fire inspections including the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station. In 2015, Joshua graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Health at Ohio University. Joshua is involved with the Ohio Fire Chiefs association, Lucas County Fire Chiefs Association, the Northwest Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, Lucas county Policy Board for (EMS), and a board member on the Regional Council of Governments board that guides the dispatch consolidation.  A lifelong resident, Joshua lives in Whitehouse, Ohio, with the love of his life, wife Nicole and daughters Josie and Valarie. His passion is leadership through creative change and innovation. He can be reached at the office at 419-877-0363, by cell phone at 419-262-6502 or by email at: