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Our Department: Yesterday, Today and Tommorrow

 

The Chester Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects the citizens and visitors of Chester and area in District 3 and 7. We are dedicated to enhancing and preserving the quality of life, property and environment through education, leadership and effective response to emergencies. This volunteer service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout our community.

The Chester Fire Department was organized on May 1,1936. The first meetings were held on the second floor of a store owned by Eugene Publicover. The Fire Hall was completed and the first fire engine and some basic equipment was purchased during the same year. 

Murray Mills was the first Fire Chief, with Scott Rutherford serving as the first Deputy Chief. The department started up with twenty seven charter members.

The second fire engine was purchased in 1953. Unfortunately, the original Fire Hall and apparatus was destroyed by fire in 1959. A new Fire Hall was completed in 1960.

Today, the Department responds to over 140 emergency calls annually within our community, which include Fires, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Technical Rescue including Water and Ice rescue, Medical First Response, and other miscellaneous calls. In addition, through our mutual aid agreements, we work closely with the other district departments to assist our neighbors in their time of need.

The Department also provides many non-emergency services supplying information and training on public safety, public awareness, and technical expertise on a variety of issues. 

We respond to emergencies using several apparatus including combination pumper/tankers, heavy and light rescue units. Our apparatus are equipped with modern fire fighting and rescue equipment including the jaws of life, and medical response equipment including automatic defibrillation.

Over the next few years we recognize that we will be faced with new and even more challenging risks. The technology for responding to these situations continues to advance, especially in the area of safety for our volunteers. Through our active training programs we are are committed to stay current with the most recent standards in emergency response.

Our volunteers work hard to provide these services to our community. We are proud of our community, its citizens and the role we play in protecting and preserving our way of life.