Fire Department

As the third largest city in San Bernardino County, Ontario encompasses over 50 square miles and is home to over 185,000 residents. Ontario Fire Department serves these residents from 11 strategically located fire stations, including the Ontario International Airport fire station, with a daily staffing level of 74 sworn firefighters. These fire stations house ten 4-person paramedic engine companies, four 4-person truck companies, a 8-person ARFF station, a 2-person alternate transport vehicle, 2 fire investigators, and 2 battalion chiefs.
In 2023, the Ontario Fire Department responded to over 23,000 calls for service, approximately 64 calls per day, ranging from medical emergencies to a traffic collisions to large commercial fires. Ontario Fire Department has 265 personnel comprised of 213 sworn firefighters and 52 professional staff members serving our community across seven bureaus – Administrative Services, EMS, Fire Prevention, Operations, Personnel & Professional Standards, Support Services, and Training & Professional Development. An organization chart can be found here, providing more specifics.
Message from the Fire Chief

Thank you for visiting the Ontario Fire Department website! The Ontario Fire Department has proudly served the community of Ontario for over 130 years. We will respond with properly staffed, well-equipped, and expertly-trained firefighters to service the needs of our community.

Our staff members pride themselves on aligning with our fire department motto of Courtesy, Loyalty, and Service. We are proud of our partnership with the community!


Michael Gerken


OFD Mission Statement

The Ontario Fire Department is a Team committed to professional and compassionate service.

OFD Core Values
  • Integrity - Our actions must reflect these core values, and the standards of ethical behavior as proof of our loyal and honest service to the community, as well as each other.


  • Accountability - We are responsible for our actions both individually and as a team.


  • Service - We will be loyal to our community by demonstrating professionalism through our actions.


  • Respect - We will earn the respect of each other and those we serve by treating everyone as we desire to be treated.


  • Honor - Founded in one's beliefs, being exhibited in one's actions through ethical and moral behavior, we will be accountable to the public's trust, in addition to each other.
Command Staff and Directors

Senior Deputy Chief Ehrman is a Southern California native. Chief Ehrman graduated from Esperanza High School in Anaheim prior to attending Rancho Santiago College and Long Beach State University. He completed paramedic school at Crafton College before serving as a paramedic intern in 1994 at the Ontario Fire Department.

After serving as a Firefighter for the City of Coronado for a couple years, Chief Ehrman was hired at Ontario Fire Department in 1996 where he has been ever since. During his tenure he has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal, and now as the Senior Deputy Chief.  

Chief Ehrman oversees the Fire Prevention Bureau.



Deputy Chief Wedell grew up in Hacienda Heights where he attended Glen A. Wilson High School before attending California State University, Pomona.  While attending college, Chief Wedell worked as a volunteer firefighter for La Habra Heights Fire Department and a reserve firefighter for West Covina Fire Department. Chief Wedell was hired by Palm Springs Fire Department in 2001 where he continued his pursuit for a Bachelor’s Degree graduating from California State University, Long Beach. He was hired by the Ontario Fire Department in 2003 where he has worked ever since. Chief Wedell completed paramedic school at Victor Valley College during his employment with the Ontario Fire Department. During his tenure at Ontario Fire Department he has held positions as a Firefighter, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and now as a Deputy Chief.

Chief Wedell oversees the Operations Bureau.



Deputy Chief McFarlane grew up in Fullerton and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in attending college, Chief McFarlane worked as a reserve firefighter for both the Cal Poly Fire Department and Pismo Beach Fire Department. Chief McFarlane was hired by Ontario Fire Department in 1997 where he has worked ever since. During Chief McFarlane’s tenure at Ontario Fire Department he has held positions as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and now as a Deputy Chief.

Chief McFarlane oversees the Support Services Bureau.




 Deputy Chief Johnson was born and raised in Ontario where he attended Ontario High School and graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He completed his paramedic training at Paramedic Training Institute in 1999. Before joining Ontario Fire Department, Chief Johnson worked as a firefighter for Apple Valley Fire Protection District for two years and Montclair Fire Department on one year. Chief Johnson was hired by the Ontario Fire Department in 2002 where he has worked ever since. During his tenure at the OFD, he has held positions as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Deputy Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief and now as a Deputy Chief. Chief Johnson was also one of the original founding members of the Ontario Fire Explorer program. 

Deputy Chief Johnson oversees the Training and Professional Development Bureau



​ Deputy Chief Nick Stepanian grew up in Wrightwood and graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration. Before joining the Ontario Fire Department, Chief Stepanian worked as a firefighter for the County of San Bernardino. He was hired by the Ontario Fire Department in 2000 where he has worked ever since. During his tenure at the OFD, he has held positions as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and now as a Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Stepanian oversees the Personnel and Professional Standards Bureau.






EMS Director Pamela Martinez grew up in Hesperia before attending nursing school at Victor Valley College and obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach. Pamela began her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in 1994 and has worked in several emergency departments including Loma Linda University Medical Center & Havasu Regional Medical Center. Pamela also worked as a flight nurse before joining the Chino Valley Fire District as their EMS Coordinator in 2001 and is a member of the medical team at the California Speedway. In 2006, Pamela joined the Ontario Fire Department and has held the positions of Nurse Administrator and now as EMS Director.

Pamela oversees the EMS Bureau.



"Fire Administration Director Sagar Patel"Fire Administrative Director Sagar Patel grew up in Montclair and graduated from UC Irvine with Bachelors Degrees in Sociology and Biological Sciences. After completing his undergraduate studies, he spent two years in Mumbai, India in a post-graduate alternative education program focused on character building through comparative studies of philosophy and religion.  After returning from India, he completed a Masters Degree from UC Irvine in Demographics and Social Analysis. He transitioned to working in local government in 2013 and completed his second Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2015. He started his career in emergency management and has been a part of several major incidents including wildfires, protests, storms, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Sagar joined the Ontario Fire Department in 2021 and has held the position of Emergency Manager and now as the Fire Administrative Services Director.

Sagar Patel oversees the Administrative Services Bureau.


How do I report illegal firework activity in the city?

Please fill out the form at the bottom of this web page, or you can call the Fireworks Hotline at 909.986.6711

Do you offer CPR training and procedures?

Yes, for more information please visit our CPR page.

How do I dispose of household hazardous waste, sharps or medications? 

The household hazardous waste drop off facility is provided for Ontario residents at no charge. It is located at 1430 South Cucamonga Avenue and is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. For more information, please call 909.395.2040. Additional information can be found on the city's Integrated Waste page, under the 'Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility dropdown.

Do you refill fire extinguishers?

No, but there are local businesses within Ontario that provide this service. Check your local yellow pages.

Do you provide company safety training?

The Ontario Fire Department does offer Automated External Defibrillator (AED) classes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes. For more information, please call 909.395.2002.

What is the closest fire station to my house?

Please visit this section of our website to find addresses for Ontario Fire Department Fire Stations

Do you install child car seats?

No, we recommend that you follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Additionally, you can contact the CHP and speak with one of their Child Passenger Safety Technicians for more information or assistance.

Can I schedule a station tour?

Yes, please request this through our online form here

How do I report a broken hydrant?

Please contact the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company at 909.395.2678.

My car was towed while parked in a fire lane. Who should I call?

Please contact the Ontario Police Department at 909.395.2001.

My cat is stuck in a tree. Who can I call for help?

Please contact the Inland Valley Humane Society at 909.623.9777.

Can I pay to use water from a fire hydrant or have a meter put on a hydrant so I can use the water?

You may obtain instructions and an application for a meter by calling the Ontario Revenue Services Department. Please contact them at 909.395.4008.

How do I obtain a copy of a fire or medical aid report?

Please contact Fire Administration at 909.395.2002, Monday - Thursday between 7am and 6pm.

Online Mailback Card

Please call the main prevention line at (909) 395-2029 for assistance.

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