Wellston Fire Department
The Wellston Fire Department, which was founded over a hundred years ago, is located at 200 North Pennsylvania Avenue (just a couple blocks north of the City Building). It serves all of Wellston, Milton Township and Washington Township and provides Mutual Aid to all departments in the Jackson-Vinton county area. The Fire Department is one of the few fire departments in Southern Ohio who employs full-time firefighters. The Wellston Fire Department has 3 captains,1 lieutenant, 1 safety officer, 1 chaplain and 1 fire prevention officer. The Wellston Fire Department houses 3 fire engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 brush truck, 1 rescue truck (motor vehicle rescue unit), and 1 Special Response Unit which is used for First Response and Incident Command. The rescue truck serves parts of Vinton County in addition to all of the other areas included in the fire coverage.
The Fire Department is the first in the area to offer Medical First Response. Anytime the EMS needs help or is out of the area, the Fire Department responds to assist. All members of the fire department are State First Responder certified and some members have attained their EMT-Basic or Paramedic certification. The department currently has all necessary basic life support equipment and also has 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) to assist patients in cardiac arrest.
The Department is also the only emergency agency in the area to offer a water rescue team. The team has approximately 10 certified divers and has, through grants and member contributions, obtained a large amount of rescue equipment. This equipment includes a specialized rescue boat, cold water rescue suits, personal floatation devices (PFD's), and a trailer to haul all of the equipment. The team has responded on various emergency runs in the past and offers its expertise to all local emergency agencies.
The Fire Department averages about 350 emergency calls per year and is dedicated to serving the community's emergency needs. The Department has a very aggressive Fire Prevention Program. This includes visits to the City Schools throughout the year, a business pre-plan program, and the SAFE Program (Smoke Alarms For Everyone). The station's doors are always open and citizens are encouraged to come see their tax dollars at work.