Personnel

About St. Johnsbury Fire Department

The Fire department was established on October 31, 1843 with the first hose company, " The Torrent" located in the former Fairbanks village. Over the years the department has progressed from 5 separate volunteer companies throughout the town, to the current single firehouse with 10 full-time employees, and 20 paid-on call firefighters.

The department has expanded the services it offers as well to include; first response to medical emergencies, auto extrication's, hazardous material incidents, technical rescue operations, fire prevention, and more. SJFD has been identified as one of the regional response teams for disasters in Vermont, and have been supplied with a hazardous materials response trailer, and a technical rescue operations trailer. These units contain everything needed to initially contain a spill or release, and set up for a large decontamination, as well as setting up and operating in the technical rescue discipline. Working in conjunction with the Vermont State Haz-Mat Team, and other regional technical rescue response teams, the trailers are an asset to this community and the surrounding ones.

We hope this website will be informative and interesting. If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you! Thanks for visiting, and remember if you have an emergency:

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St. Johnsbury Fire Department
1187 Main Street Suite 3
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Non-Emergency Only - 802-748-8925

E-mail - info @ stjohnsburyfire.com

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Personnel

The St. Johnsbury Fire Department is a combination department made up of career personnel as well as paid on-call personnel.  Career firefighters work a rotating 24/48 schedule, while on-call firefighters supplement staffing during emergency incidents.  The career staff as of September 2015 are as follows:

Troy D. Ruggles
Fire Chief   
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Milton Rivers
Assistant Fire Chief
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Bradley Reed
Captain
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Kevin Montminy
Captain
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Mark Harpin
Acting Duty Officer
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Michael Pelow
Acting Duty Officer
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Troy Darby
Acting Duty Officer
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Aaron Martin
Firefighter
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Philip Hawthorne
Probationary Firefighter
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History of the St. Johnsbury Fire DepartmentTorret Hose Company #1 at Fairbanks Village

The St. Johnsbury Fire Department was organized, and began fire protection on October 31st 1843. The first official fire company, Torrent Engine Company No. 1 was established on April 19, 1844 and located in Fairbanks Village. The company protected the village and the Fairbanks Scale Works. Throughout the years companies were established in the other village areas of Summerville, East Village and, Center Village. In 1912 a Central Fire Station was built on Eastern Ave. where Catamount Arts now stands. Full-time firefighters were employed to man the Chemical Engine (Combination #1) and the Hook and Ladder truck (Excelsior H&L Co. #1).

Current firehouse and municipal building on Main Street.In 1923 the municipal building was built on Main Street, housing the new fire station. When the department moved from Eastern Ave. to the new firehouse the remaining fire companies throughout the town were either consolidated or disbanded. The fire department still operates out of this firehouse today, along with the police department and town offices.

 

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