Hartford Fire Department History

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 it’s the 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 Fair, “The Biggest Little Fair in the World,” is located in Hartford Township just north of Hartford Village (Croton). The Fair is held at the beginning of August every year and has drawn crowds exceeding 60,000 people in a single day from throughout Ohio.  

In 2013 the Hartford Fire Department began staffing the station with part-time paid personnel to supplement the volunteers, who due to work and family commitments were not always immediately available for emergency calls. Presently, the department staffs two part-time paid members who a cross trained in Fire and EMS, 24 hours a day.