The Jackson Township Fire and Rescue was established in January 1987. Prior to 1987, our fire protection was covered by neighboring departments. Mike Fetter was not only the first fire chief, but he was one of the founders. Mike started working alongside the township trustees Hal Herron, Ora Pursley and Ron Slater in 1985. Mike was able to recruit a total of 13 other interested volunteers; whom later became the first members of the fire department.
After the recruiting was done, the group started to work on finding the necessary equipment to run a fire department. We were able to found our turnout gear, from the city of Mason, Ohio. This donation gave us the opportunity to complete the state required training course in December 1985.From this time until January 1987, the members ran fire protection with our neighboring departments. This gave them additional experience, and time, to retain the funding, building, trucks and equipment to successfully run a new fire department.
In the early years of the department, we had purchased several used units. The first fire truck was a 1958 International front mount pumper purchased from Wayne Township Fire Department. This unit was stored / operated out of the township garage in Marathon until our current station was opened. The department purchased the second engine, a 1964 Ford Pumper from the Bethel Tate Fire Department. The next couple of purchases were two old military surplus jeeps and an old 1974 milk truck. The jeeps were converted into field units and the milk truck was converted to a fire tanker. A few photos of some of the first Jackson Township Fire Department trucks can be seen below.
Department's Newest Addition
The newest addition to the Jackson Township Fire Department is this 2010 Rosenbauer 2500 Gallon Tender/Pumper which replaced the 1997 E-One Tender.
Our Current Vehicles
Front to Back:
2004 Ford Ranger, Field Unit 1988 Dodge Dakota, Field Unit 1991 E-One Pumper 2006 E-One Rescue Pumper 2010 Rosenbauer 2500 Gallon Tender/Pumper 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Chief's Car (not pictured)