Our Small-Town Volunteer Fire Department


October 11, 2023

Ashley Grieve

Pictured above is the Crash rescue truck, which is one of the most common on scene. It is a technical vehicle with extrication tools such as the jaws of life, air compression tools, AED, and many more. Volunteer Fire fighting started in 1736 by Ben Franklin. When he was a child he saw many of his neighbors loose their homes and wanted to help. There wasn't a professional fire department until 1853 and they finally started because as cities grew volunteers became unreliable.

The Chinook volunteer fire department started in 1904 and is still going strong! They cover roughly 2,056 areas from the Canadian border, to Zurich, the Hill County line, and all the way to the Missouri river. They currently have 15 active members and 2 reserve members on the crew. The number for a full company is 28. The gap in those numbers may not seem that big but when majority of your crew work out of town during the week or when they have kids and can't find a sitter right away that makes those numbers drop even more. So many of the crew are business owners, fathers, mothers, have ful...

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