The Beaver Township Fire Department exists to serve the local community in which it is located. In the heart of North Lima, Ohio, BTFD strives to provide the best of the best in fire safety services.
History of the Beaver Township Fire Department
1927- The BTFD began official activities in 1927 with 25 members on the roster. The department's first pumper was purchased for $4,750 and housed in a livery stable that was later purchased by Beaver Township and converted to a fire station.
1939- The township purchased a second truck from the Seagrave Corp. in Columbus, Ohio for $3,699.27. The department had 12 years of experience at this point. Economic conditions at this time were such that fires of unknown origin were a daily occurence. The dangers involved made firefighting the most deadly occupation with more fatalities than police work or mining.
1940- In July, the fire chief and 7 firefighters responded to a call in the new Seagrave truck. The truck failed to negotiate a curve, killing the fire chief and two firefighters. Four other men were severely injured, one suffering permanent disability.
1950- By 1950, Beaver Township Fire Department began ambulance transport. Originally conceived to transport injured firefighters to then distant hospitals, the "squad" soon began transporting township residents to area hospitals as well.
1951- The department was charged with the protection of 3,700 residents of Beaver Township. It answered 22 calls and by 1971, the department responded to more than 250 calls a year. In 2010, fire and EMS responses totaled 667.
1978- A new fire station was built on South Range Road with an addition added in 2006.
2015-The department apparatus now includes 2 Advanced Life Support ambulances, a fire chief's command vehicle, 2 pumpers, a 95 ft ariel truck, a rescue/extrication truck, a brush fire suppression truck and an 8,900 gallon tanker. All department personnel are dual certified in firefighting and EMS training. The department also offers a Fire/EMS Explorer Program for Beaver Township youth ages 16-21 years old who are interested in learning more about the fire and emergency medical services.