Fire Department Overview

The Hartford Fire Department was founded in 1949 and has served Hartford and Bennington Townships since.  The fire department began providing basic Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1959 and upgraded to Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in 1998.  The fire department began part-time paid coverage in 2013 due to decreasing local volunteer participation, initially starting with 2 personnel Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00.  In 2019 the fire department began 24-hour staffing of 2 personnel.  All part-time personnel are minimally trained as Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and the department is working to continually increase paramedic staffing.  There are only two active volunteers still remaining on the roster, though volunteers are always welcome to apply provided that they live within Hartford or Bennington townships and can meet the minimum criteria of Firefighter II/EMT prior to position appointment.

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.