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-2002-2011

Rick Miller-2011-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.
  • 2016 The addition of a new Genesis Cutter/Spreader, Ram and Honda Power Unit on the 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 plus Firefighter rehab and extrication tools.
  • 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 for Firefighter.
  • 2019: Replacemnet of our First Due Medic Unit with a Wheeled Coach Ford F450 4x4 Chassis Ambulance.
  • Over 20 Years holding the Certification of our facility as an accredited EMS Continuing Education Center by the State of Ohio Department of EMS.
  • 2022: Station renovations to include, replacing the bay floor,doors,and widening Bays 1 & 2.
  • 2022: Replacement of all lighting in the building with LED energy efficient lights.
  • 2022: Addition of Diesel Exhaust Extraction system for all Fire and EMS Equipment.
  • 2022: Being awarded the AFG Grant and placing the order for a NEW 2500 gallon Tanker


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 to protect property and help save lives in the Village of Cridersville and vicinity.