The West Chester Fire Department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the slogan, “remembering our past, committed to our future,” and with open houses for residents at four of the community fire stations throughout the year.
The first open house will take place this Saturday:
- Fire Station 72 on John Road – 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17
- Fire Station 74 on Beckett Road – 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
- Fire Station 75 on Tyler’s Place – 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12
- Fire Station 71 on Cincinnati-Dayton Road – 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16
In June 1963, the Union Township Board of Trustees (now West Chester) ordered the first 50 badges and purchased a Sutphen fire truck for $8,000 marking the start of what has become the West Chester Township Fire Department.
On July 28, 1963, ground was broken on the community’s first fire station on the same site of today’s Fire Station 71 and Fire Department headquarters. The first fire station, dedicated on Dec. 15, 1963, cost $6,000 to build and offered two bays. The community’s one fire engine had previously been kept in a barn at the Rosselot family farm on Cincinnati-Dayton Road.