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Fire & EMS vehicles parked in front of the Hartford Fire Department.
Contact: John Hill, Fire Chief

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The Hartford Fire Department was organized as the Hartford Township Fire Department in 1949, operating a single pumper out of a one-bay fire station on Bennington Chapel Road. The Fire Department moved into the present station on Smith Street in 1958 and added an additional storage room and apparatus bay in 1989. In 1965, the Hartford Township Trustees relinquished operational control of the fire department to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., which is the present organization. Hartford Fire began providing services to Bennington Township soon after its origin.

Hartford Fire began providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1959 with the purchase of a Pontiac Ambulance and continues to do so today with an Advanced Life Support (ALS) medic unit. Hartford Fire also maintains and utilizes the following apparatus: 1 Engine, 1 Tanker, 1 4x4 Grass Fighter unit, 1 Polaris Ranger off-road utility vehicle and 1 reserve fire engine.

The Hartford Fire Department's jurisdiction spans approximately 50 square miles of rural, residential, and commercial/industrial property. The last estimated permanent population was 2,500 residents, with hundreds of additional people per day working in the area's commercial facilities, and thousands more in vehicles passing through. There is no municipal water system so all fire-related emergencies are dependent upon tanker shuttles for fire suppression. Last year, the department responded to 444 calls for service and continues to respond to more emergencies year after year.


Medic 961 | 2018 Ford/Braun Ambulance

Engine 961 | 1999 American LaFrance/New Lexington 1,500gpm / 750 gallon Pumper

Tanker 961 | 2005 Kenworth/FES 2,000 gallon Water Tender

Grass 961 | 2008 Chevrolet Silverado with 250gpm /200 gallon fire pump

UTV 962 | Polaris Ranger UTV with 65 gpm/55 gallon fire pump with EMS evacuation transport capability

Reserve Engine 961 | 1994 Sutphen 1,500gpm/750 gallon Pumper

If you would like to join the Hartford Volunteer Fire  Department, you can download a Membership Application:

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