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Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department

The Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department, organized in April 1940, was the second such department (after Champion Township) in Trumbull County.

Organizing the Department
The charter members of the Department were:

Clarence Boyd, Captain
Lewis Catchpole, Vice President
Paul Creed
Arthur Cutler
E. D. Hanley, Secretary-Treasurer
Aubrey Hayes, Assistant Captain
Norman Hayes
Harry Huffman, Lieutenant
Ray Landis
Donald Meek
Charles "Sam" Scott, Chief
Harry Scott, Assistant Chief
Paul C. Shoff
Paul Smith, Lieutenant
Harold Viets, President
Ralph Wilson

The Department first met in Vienna Township Hall. In 1941 a 24' x 26' addition was constructed to the east side of the Hall to accommodate the men and a fire truck.

In November 1953 land was purchased for $2,300 from Arnold and Blanche Burkett for a new fire station across from Township Hall. This new building was dedicated in September 1956. Construction costs totaled $46,457.

Ladies' Auxiliary
On January 12, 1956, a Ladies' Auxiliary was formed. The charter members were: Thelma Norton, Carolyn Wagner, Della Hayes, Florence Furrie, Daisy Smith, Vera Lay, Lillian Shoff, Mildred Tidd, Anita Lutz, Beverly Roger, Elizabeth Powell, Mary Groft, Helen Clower, Evelyn Scott, Lola Miller, Betty Joseph, Gladys Durig, Anita Jones, Janet Everett, and Carol Heston.

Equipping the Department
Acquiring a firefighting fleet of vehicles and equipment came soon after the Department's organization. In May 1940, a half-ton Chevrolet chassis was purchased from Viets Motor Company for $670. This first fire engine, added to the purchases of one pump, tank, hoses, and miscellaneous items totaled $1,987.

In May 1949, a second truck was purchased and outfitted at a cost of $2,666,95.

In 1955, the Department purchased a used 1948 Jeep and refitted it to battle grass fires.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vienna Airport Post 1742 donated a 1941 Oldsmobile ambulance.

A used tanker truck from the Hartford Fire Department was added in September 1959.

In May 1964 the Department purchased a Ford station wagon for emergencies.A John Beam Pumper, costing $21,300.46, was also purchased in 1964.

A new Jeep was purchased in May 1967.

A Ford rescue squad vehicle was acquired in 1977.

In 1985, a 1970 pickup truck was acquired from Howland.

In 1990, a Pierce Pumper Tanker and a Ford Squad Car were acquired.

A J. B. Rescue vehicle was acquired in 1996.

Remodeling of the building began in the summer of 2013, which included an addition to the back of the station for crew quarters, a women’s restroom and another office. [1]

A new red roof was added in the summer of 2020.

Fire Chiefs
Charles "Sam" Scott (1940-1946)
Paul Smith (1946-1970)
Harry Groft (1870-1978)
Paul C. Shoff (1978-1990)
Lyle Huffman (1990-1995)
Richard Brannon (1995 - Present)

The trustees held a Safety Services Open House on October 3, 2015 to show off the newly renovated police station and fire department, along with a new fire truck.

Loyal To Our Duty Flags
These red Loyal To Our Duty firemen flags are placed at the graves of Honorary Members of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department right before each Memorial Day.

In May 2020 there were approximately 17 flags placed at graves in the Vienna Township Cemetery, 4 flags were placed in Crown Hill, 1 in Pineview (Warren), and 1 in Girard Liberty Union Cemetery.  The flags were placed by members of the fire department under the direction of Chief Richard Brannon.

Updated 9/20/2020

This article is adapted from Warren and Helen Clower, "Vienna Fire Department," in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp. 190-193.
[1] "Vienna makes renovation plans for fire, police stations." Tribune Chronicle, August 13, 2013, online edition.
Loyal To Our Duty flag section contributed by Richard Brannon, chief.