History of Fire Chiefs:

1st Chief of Record- Harold Frazier  1936

Charles Meffley-1939

Walter Bayliff-1940-1965

Wes Myers-1965-1969

Roland Stemen-1969-1971

Darrel Chapman-1971-2001

Ron Mertz-2002-2012

Rick Miller-2012-Present


Some but not all of the more recent improvements to the Department have been:

  • Advancement of our EMS Services, including Basic, Advanced and Paramedic level Service.
  • 2007: The replacement of the primary, first out Engine .
  • 2017: The addition of a New Heavy Rescue Vehicle combining 2 Vehicles and still providing a Cascade System for filling firefighter air bottles on scene.
  • 2018: Replacement of our Grass Fire Engine with International 4x4 Chassis and Skid Unit.
  • Addition of rescue airbags and vehicle stablizer struts to our Heavy Rescue.
  • Having 95% of our FIrefighters at the Level 1 or Level 2 training level.
  • Certification of our facility to be an accredited EMS continuing education center by the State of Ohio Department of EMS.


The Village water system has been upgraded with a second water tower to make the total water storage 575,000 gallon of water.  With all these improvements, The Village of Cridersville proudly holds an ISO Fire rating of 4. .

When the fire tone and siren sound in Cridersville today, a dedicated, trained, and well equiped Fire Department, answers the call to action and protect property and help save lives in the Village of Cridersville and vicinity.