History

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 addition of a new first out Engine. .
  • 2017: The addition of a New Heavy Rescue Vehicle combining 2 Vehicles 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.
  • 2018: Having 95% of our FIrefighters at the Level 1 or Level 2 training level.
  • 15 Years running, holding the Certification at our facility as 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 equipped Fire Department, answers the call to action and protect property and help save lives in the Village of Cridersville and vicinity.