Department History

The Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department began operations on January 1, 2000 with 12 volunteers, comprised of 6 fully trained firefighters from other communities and 6 new firefighters, and one 1965 pumper truck (Engine 51) purchased from Jackson Township at a cost of $1. The department rented garage space from a local business to use as a fire station until a new station could be constructed. The only operating funds available were from money budgeted for a contracted fire service, previously provided by the Village of Craig Beach Fire Department, which totaled approximately $13,000.  Later in 2000, the department purchased a 1979 pumper truck (Engine 52) and 1976 rescue truck (Squad 51) from the Village of Washingtonville, whose fire department was disbanding and merging with other neighboring departments.  The trucks were purchased with money raised by the fundraising efforts of the firefighters & supporters.   

By the third quarter of 2000, the department had grown. The department secured equipment from other departments at little or no cost or as donations. Equipment included turnout gear, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), hose, nozzles, and other equipment. By this time, the initial 6 new firefighter volunteers who needed state-mandated firefighter training had completed certification.  The additional volunteers were beginning their state-mandated training. In November 2000, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department went before voters and requested a permanent Fire Levy to replace the $13,000 general fund budget provided by the township. The levy would provide operating funds of approximately $95,000.  The township residents approved the levy as they recognized the value of the new department.  The department also applied to various State, Federal, & Local Agencies for grants to fund equipment purchases.

In 2001, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department received a Fire Act Grant from the US Fire Administration which allowed the department to purchase new SCBA’s and to purchase a mobile air supply system & vehicle.  A step-van was purchased from the Edinburg Fire Department in Portage County (Command 53) to fill such a role. Late in 2001, the township purchased a piece of land behind the current Town Hall for the eventual construction of a fire station.  The department also began to secure financing for the fire station through the US Department of Agriculture.

In 2002, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department purchased a 1974 tanker from Valley View Fire Department, near Cleveland, (Tanker 56) to help carry water to rural fires where hydrants are not available due to the lack of a public water system in much of Milton Township.  Some of the volunteers attended Emergency Medical Technician - Basic & First Responder training to provide first response to medical calls starting in 2003.  Late in the year, the fire station plans were finalized and financing was in place.

In 2003, the department began responding to medical calls. Some of the EMT-Basic firefighters increased their training to the EMT-Intermediate level.  The department became certified as an Advanced Life Support first responder department (EMT-Intermediate Level).  A 1977 (refurbished in 1989) Class A pumper was purchased from Valley View Fire Department (Engine 57).  Contracts were awarded for the fire station project. The fire department was also donated a pontoon boat (Boat 54) for rescue use on Lake Milton.  Additional grant funding was secured from FEMA/Fire Act to purchase additional equipment, such as rescue tools & hose.

In 2004, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department purchased a Jeep (Brush 58) for use during grass fires & off road rescues. The department also purchased a Ford/Sentinal Rescue truck from Valley View Fire Department (Squad 55) to respond to medical calls and for support calls. In May 2004, construction of the new fire station began.  Station construction was completed in December 2004, and the equipment was moved into the new station on December 29, 2004.

In 2005, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department Association purchased for the department, a 24-foot tri-hull Department of Parks boat (Boat 54) from the State of Ohio surplus yard.  This boat replaces the original pontoon boat donated to the department and was water bound during the 2005 Boating Season.  8 Firefighters received their boating certification from the State of Ohio in April 2005.  A smaller row boat was also purchased for smaller/ice rescues. On June 1, 2005, the new Milton Fire Station was dedicated on a beautiful Wednesday morning.  The official flag was raised by the American Legion Post #737 from Lake Milton.  State & Local representatives were present.  The ribbon "breaking" was done by 4 fire trucks simultaneously driving thru the ribbon (fire tape) which was stretched across all 4 front bays. In November of 2005, the department underwent its first ISO rating since inception. ISO ratings are numbers that affect insurance rates, with lower numbers being better.  The department automatically had a split rating of 9/7 (non-hydrant/hydrant) rating on creation, which is a default in areas with any type of fire department.  The Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department went through 3 long days of testing and evaluation.  The results became available in late December 2005.  The department improved to a split rating of 8b/5.  This rating matches or is better than other FULLTIME fire departments in the area, where Milton is ALL VOLUNTEER!

In 2006, the department received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighter Program for a new tanker to replace the aging tanker (Tanker 56) purchased from Valley View. This Grant was for the amount of $285,000.00 with a 10% match of local fire funds to go towards the purchase of the new tanker. The final cost of the new tanker was $324,000.00 of which Milton Township Fire cost for this Tanker was $39,000.00

In 2007, the department ordered a brand new tanker from HME/Ahrens-Fox.  Delivery was to be in December 2007, but was delayed until April 2008; at this time the FWD tanker was retired and taken out of service as required by rules of the Grant as to remove old unsafe apparatus form the fire service.  The department also purchased a Rescue Pumper from the City of Akron (Rescue 53), replacing the step-van (formerly known as Command 53) & the Mini-pumper (Squad 51).

On January 1, 2008, the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department began coverage of the Village of Craig Beach, through a 3-year contract between the village and the township and the contract was renewed in 2011 through December 31, 2015 to continue our services to the Village.

In June 2010, the department purchased a 1991 Sutphen Pumper (Engine 51) as the 1977 American LaFrance purchased by Valley View (Engine 57) was removed from service for safety issues.  The Sutphen Pumper was previously owned by the Middlebury FD in Indiana.  A grant was applied for from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighter Program (same program that Tanker 56 was purchased with) to replace the 1977 LaFrance, as it was no longer in service. 

In January 2011, the Milton Township Board of Trustees named a new Fire Chief for the department, as the previous Fire Chief resigned his position in December of 2010.  The department finalized a Knox Box program for the township and started to promote both residential and business Knox Boxes.  In February 2011, the department received the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighter program grant to replace the former Engine 57 (1977 LaFrance). This grant was awarded for the purchase of the new apparatus with award amount of $285,000.00 with the required 10% local match. This truck was purchased and was within the limits of the budget set for this purchase.

In March 2011, the department purchased a 2001 FL-60 Freightliner Rescue Squad from Florida.  The unit will be numbered 559.  This squad was previously in service with Palm Beach County Rescue in Florida.  Squad 559 will be used for primary medical responses; Squad 555 will be moved to secondary medical response & backup.

In April 2011, Squad 559 was placed into service.  Specs for the new pumper to replace Engine 557 were finalized and the specs were put out for truck bid by manufacturers.  The department accepted a bid for a 2012 Rosenbauer Pumper.  The truck is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2011.

In April 2012, the department took delivery of a 2012 Rosenbauer Pumper (Engine 557), and it was placed into service shortly thereafter.

In 2013 Rescue 553 which was purchase from the City of Akron was removed from service due multiple service issues and was not cost effective to repair so this truck could remain in service. After a search for a replacement for this apparatus a rescue apparatus was purchased from the City of Troy, Michigan. This vehicle was equipped with many features which we did not have in the old truck. We equipped this truck with multiple types of rescue tools, hazmat equipment, and water rescue equipment which made this truck able to respond to several types of calls in our Township.

Since our early days of the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department many pieces of equipment have changed and we have continued to upgrade our equipment to meet the needs of our residents in a time of need. Many of the Fire Fighters have also changed but our numbers have remained at a level to provide the response time and services our community deserves. We continue train and upgrade our levels of certification to be a better trained and safer fire department during times of need. We will always work so that EVERYONE GOES HOME SAFELY after every call.

We would like to thank the residents of Milton Township for their continued support of the Fire Department and we will continue to offer the highest level of service to the Township for today and the future.

The Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the following departments & services for their continued assistance:  Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department,  Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ellsworth Township Volunteer Fire Department, Palmyra Township Volunteer Fire Department, Newton Falls Joint Fire District, & Trumbull County 9-1-1.


Fire Chief History

2000 - 2010 Richard Pellin Jr
2011 - Present Harold Maynard


Engine 51 (Retired 2002). Our 1st Fire Truck!  Purchased in December 1999 by a $1 donation to the Jackson Twp Volunteer Fire Department and went active January 1, 2000.

Retired Apparatus

Unit Number:  Engine 51 (First Truck)


Year: 1965

Make: Chevrolet

Function: Pumper

Water Capacity: 500 Gallons

Seats: 2 Firefighters



Year Acquired: 1999

Year Retired: 2002


Unit Number:  Squad 51


Year: 1976

Make: Ford

Function: Mini-Pumper

Water Capacity: 300 Gallons

Seats: 2 Firefighters



Year Acquired: 2000

Year Retired: 2007

Unit Number:  Engine 552


Year: 1979

Make: GMC

Function: Pumper/Tanker

Water Capacity: 1000 Gallons

Seats: 2 Firefighters



Year Acquired: 2000

Year Retired: 2011

Unit Number:  Command 53


Year: Unknown

Make: Unknown (Step Van)

Function: HazMat/Command

Water Capacity: N/A

Seats: 2 Firefighters



Year Acquired: 2001

Year Retired: 2007


Unit Number:  Rescue 553


Year: 1991 (Refurbished year)

Make: ZISS

Function: Heavy Rescue

Water Capacity: 500 Gallons

Seats: 5 Firefighters

EMS: Basic Life Support


Year Acquired: 2007

Year Retired: 2013


Unit Number:  Pontoon Boat 54


Year: N/A

Make: Pontoon Boat

Function: Rescue Boat

Water Capacity: N/A

Seats: 3-4 Boat Certified Firefighters



Year Acquired: 2004

Year Retired: 2005



Unit Number:  Tanker 56


Year: 1974

Make: FWD

Function: Tanker

Water Capacity: 2000 Gallons

Seats: 5 Firefighters Firefighters



Year Acquired: 2002

Year Retired: 2008



Unit Number:  Engine 57


Year: 1977

Make: American LaFrance

Function: Pumper

Water Capacity: 1000 Gallons

Seats: 5 Firefighters

EMS: Basic Life Support


Year Acquired: 2003

Year Retired: 2010


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