History of Auburn Volunteer Fire Department
- 1992 The fire department, along with the rest of the community,
had some added problems dealing with the construction and completion
of the US 422 highway project through the township. The departments
1966 engine was sent out for refurbishment during this same time
- 1993 A stand-by generator was installed at the fire station to
allow the department to function during storms and other electrical
outages. This year also saw the formation of the dive/rescue team.
- 1994 With the advent of the 9-1-1 system, the sheriff's office
took over the dispatching duties of the department. This change
eliminated the problematic scheduling of home phone monitoring
system, which had been in use for over almost forty years. A
significant commitment to the members' safety was made when the
breathing air packs were replaced with new, state of the art models.
- 1995 Training of both the new and senior members was ongoing as
usual, as the members became acclimated to the new air packs.
Planning was being done to allow the department to join in with the
county hazardous material team.
- 1996 This year found the ladies auxiliary, originally known as
the Sirens, reformed as the Firedevils. Both of these groups
contributed tirelessly over the years to the benefit of both of both
the department and the township.
- 1997 Equipment needs across the board were addressed this year.
New cardiac monitors and automatic external defibrillators were
placed in service on the squads, while the boat got a new jet-drive
motor, a much safer option than a propeller in a rescue boat.
- 1998 The members had their hand full this year. Different groups
were working to get both a squad and an engine ordered to replace
units that were becoming increasingly more expensive to maintain.
Plans were being drawn up for the storage building, the work on the
upstairs administrative offices was started and the purchase of a
large commercial style washing machine to help maintain the turnout
gear was made.
- 1999 Efforts this year were varied as the department readied
itself for 'Y2K'. The heavy rescue truck replacing the 1979
equipment van was received and being outfitted for service. Work was
also continuing upstairs as the administrative offices were readied
- 2000 The beginning of the new millennium saw the storage
building completed and the members working on specifications for a
new engine to replace the 1985 unit. The department was successful
in its efforts on trying to obtain a shard of the state and federal
grant funds that are being offered to public safety entities.
- 2001 The new engine arrived mid-summer, while work was ongoing
planning to man the station with two members to try to insure
responsive availability for weekday calls.
- 2002 Thus year was not the best in Auburn's history. The
department fell victim to same financial plights that were
recently prevalent in other areas of the county. Efforts were made
to put programs in place to prevent any possibility of this kind of
situation from occurring again.
- 2003 The department began its paid-per-call system along with
staffing the station on weekdays. An explorer (junior member)
program was started this year as well. A major new piece of safety
equipment purchased was a thermal imaging camera, a device allowing
firefighters to see through smoke and darkness enhancing their
abilities to perform rescue and fire suppression efforts.
- 2004 The latest piece of rolling stock arrived in the form of a
combination tanker/pumper, a new piece that replaced the two old
tankers the department owned. Eighty three thousand dollars in
federal grant funds were received to purchase safety equipment,
training aids and fire station modifications.
- 2005 To be continued...
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