Black Township Fire and Rescue

Mt. Vernon Fire Department creates the Mount Vernon Auxillary Fire Department.

Their responsibility is to provide fire protection for the unincorporated parts of

Black Township and assist the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

1952

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Mt. Vernon Auxillary Fire Department separates from

Mt. Vernon Fire Deptartment and starts the Posey County Fire and Rescue Civil Defense with a single pumper and four Amphibious Duwks

1956

Posey County Fire and Rescue Civil Defense changes its name to

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue Civil Defense

1958

Mt. Vernon Fire and Recscue Civil Defense purchases an old gas station at the corner of 3rd and College.

11 acres of land is also purchased

8 miles west of town for

training grounds.

MVFRCD contracts with Black, Lynn, Marrs, and Point Townships to provide fire protection to them.

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1960

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1961

Mt. Vernon Fire and Recscue Civil Defense hosts its first of many annual festivals. These festivals had carnival ride, booths, and a parade. 

The festival was ran by the firefighters.

 

Proceeds were used to help in equipment and vehicle purchases. 

These festivals continued until the last one was held in 1994.

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue separates from Civil Defense after legislation

changed to where the county would have control of Civil Defense.

MVFR retained its equipment and acreage during the separation.

1973

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Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue creates an Explorers program for persons under the age of 18.

1978

1982

Mt. Vernon Fire and Rescue 

demolishes the old fire station at 

the corner of 3rd and College 

after the new station which was built behind it is completed. 

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Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue

Explorer program transitions into the Cadet Firefighter program.

The goal is to teach highschooler's the skills needed to become future responders which has been the practice for 30+ years.

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1990

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue

builds Station 2 at

4260 E. Copperline Rd.

after residents in the Bufkin area request a fire station closer to them.

1991

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1998

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue responds to the largest warehouse fire in Indiana at its time. Over 400 firefighters from four states respond to assist with the fire that took four days to fully extinguish.

The fire nearly bankrupted the department but with the help of insurance companies they were slowly able to get back on their feet to continue doing what they did best.

Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue changes its name to 

Black Township Fire and Rescue

due to name confusion between

Mount Vernon Fire Department

and MVFR

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2001

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2006

Black Township Fire and Rescue builds a new Station 1 just north of

Mount Vernon at

5775 Industrial Road with the help of Black Township Trustee Albert Gibbs.

After many years of the city not having an annual parade and the outcry from the citizens of Mount Vernon, BTFR hosted the first parade on the second weekend of September. The River Days Committee was eventually formed the following year and BTFR works alongside the committee to make this event enjoyable for the community.

2008

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Black Township Fire and Rescue builds the only multi-level fire training

facility in Posey County.

Firefighters from all over the

tri-state come to train and learn new skills in a realistic and safe way

2016

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Black Township Fire and Rescue transitions from a fully volunteer

fire department into a

combination department.

Staffing two paid firefighters working

Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm