Union City, Ohio and Indiana is a rather unique community. The community is divided by the Ohio-Indiana state line with two thirds of the community being in Indiana and one third in Ohio. This community has two independent local governments, two fire departments, two police departments and two local school districts. Union City is located directly on the Ohio-Indiana state line approximately forty miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio.
The Union City, Ohio Fire Department was first organized around 1854. At that time, firefighting consisted of volunteers with leather buckets and hooked ladders. About 1864, the department purchased a hose cart, which was transported by hand.
We purchased our first fire engine in 1921. In 1934, the department purchased a new engine with complete firefighting equipment. In 1955, then Chief Carl Wright Jr., sensing the need for an ambulance, started the first ambulance service in Darke County, Ohio and Randolph County, Indiana using an old white bakery truck.
The Union City, Ohio Fire Department has had ten fire chiefs. The department has been unable to identify the first fire chief, however, the second chief was George Brandon and the third chief was Charlie Rape. In 1935 Carl Wright Sr. became chief and served until 1955 when his son Carl Wright Jr. was named to the post. Carl Wright Jr. served as Chief for 40 years. Douglas I. Wright then became the next chief serving until June 2006. Dean Hiatt then became chief until he left the department in 2007. Robert Austerman IV commanded this department until 2009. We are currently under the leadership of Chief Pamela K. Idle.
A lot has changed over the years. The Union City, Ohio Fire Department now operates three engines, three ALS ambulances, a grass truck, and an air trailer from a single station.
We are dedicated to serving our community by providing a most valuable service in dire times but also by helping individuals and organizations everyday. Our members enjoy all aspects of serving the community. With growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome you with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a part of our growing membership. We are always looking for community-based volunteers as well. Volunteers aid the community in countless ways.
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Union City, Ohio Fire and Rescue
401 E. Elm Street
Union City, OH 45390