History of the Loudonville Fire Department;
The Loudonville Fire Dept. was organized in 1873 following two large fires in the business district, one in 1869, another in 1872. The first dept. was know as “Hope Fire Company I.” Around the same time in February 1873, a second company, known as the ” Star Hook and Ladder Company”, was organized. As the name implies this was a ladder company while Hope Fire Company was a pump company. As was the custom in those early days, considerable rivalry existed on who would reach the fire scene first. The water supply at this time was from 11 cisterns placed through out the village by village council.
Loudonville had it’s next serious fire in 1885. During this one, Mansfield was called for help but by the time their apparatus was loaded on a freight car the fire was under control so they were cancelled.
May 9, 1901 was the date of the another disastrous downtown fire. This fire, the greatest in Loudonville’s history to date, raged on Main and Water Streets. Mansfield sent men and equipment via rail, claiming they made the trip in 20 minutes. Their pump was stationed at the Blackfork and pumped from 10pm to 4am the next day. Wooster also sent a steam pumper.
Building on a cherished past the Loudonville Fire Dept. continues to train members to meet the expanding roles placed on them. We have a current roster of 29 members, most are dual certified in fire and EMS, with members also trained in HAZ-MAT, high angle rope rescue, and swift water rescue. The department is currently staffed with 3 full-time firefighters and staffing is supplemented with part-time and volunteers. Members also conduct outreach training to area residences and businesses with CPR and fire extinguisher training.
We are always looking for new members, an application can be picked up on station or at the Village office.