VERNON TWP. VOL. FIRE DEPT.
In May of 1961 the Vernon Township Volunteer Fire
Department was organized. A committee was appointed to
draw up the By-Laws and Ray Chamberlain was elected
temporary Fire Chief. Later, the first appointed Fire
Chief was Herman Wente.
The membership at the beginning was around 20 and an
old Dodge tanker was bought with donations until a levy
could be passed for a new truck. Meetings were held in
Herman Wente’s basement and the tanker was kept in his
garage until the new station was built in 1964
Over the years the fire department has expanded. A
second station was built at Ashley Corner for Vernon
Rescue. Ambulances were garaged there and after a period
of time the membership of both organizations decided to
put one engine at Ashley Corner and the second ambulance
at the main fire station. This provided better
protection to the community for both fire and EMS.
Today the Fire Department has two stations. One at 52
Turkey Foot Road and the Main Station at 3335 Turkey
Foot Road. We have 2 pumpers, 1 tanker, 1 Brush Fire
Truck, 1 Rescue Truck, and 1 4-wheel drive Mule. We
currently have 21 firefighters. We cover 35.3 Square
miles. We receive all funding from property tax levies.
VERNON TWP. RESCUE
Vernon Rescue was started in January 1973 answering
calls in a 1965 Oldsmobile Modified Hearse ambulance
leased from a local funeral home 9 (Jack Davis in South
Webster). It was leased for $1.00 a year. In February
1973 The service was incorporated and a contract to
provide ambulance service was established with the Twp.
Trustees. Although separate from the Fire Department as
far as organization, many of the same members are on
both departments and both organizations work together as
Today we have one ambulance at each station. We are a
Advanced Life Support unit and provide Paramedic care to
the residents of Vernon Twp. and those who pass through.
We also respond to mutual aid calls to neighboring
departments. We have 4 Paramedics, 2 Intermediate EMT’s,
7 EMT’s and 4 First Responders.
We cover 35.3 Square miles. We receive all funding from
property tax levies. We currently do not charge anyone
for our emergency services.