History of the Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department
The Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) was established
in 1958 with Lester Watson fire chief. In January, 1960 Don Johnson was named
Fire Chief and served as chief until 1998. Allyn Reding was named fire chief
In August, 1984 the Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department
became a 501( C ) 3 Corporation (Not For Profit Corporation) controlled by a
4 member Board of Directors. In 1986 the Duenweg Fire Protection District was
formed with 3 elected Board of Directors. The district includes the cities of
Duenweg and Duquesne and unincorporated areas in Jasper County. The Duenweg
Fire Protection District signed a contract with the Duenweg Volunteer Fire
Department, Inc. to provide emergency service in the district.
In June, 1991 the Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
moved into its new building at 303 Wolfe Dr.
In the beginning years the DVFD had 19 volunteer members
and made an average of 75 calls per year. In 2013 the DVFD had 27
volunteer firefighters and first responders with 2 paid, 5 part time,
and 3 resident staff members and made 915 calls.
In addition to fire fighting the DVFD provides EMS first
responders ( equipped with Basic Life Support Equipment), Haz-Mat Response,
Water Rescue, Extrication, Rescue, Search for Lost Person, Public Education
and Awareness programs, and Station Tours.
Today our fleet includes
- 1997 KME Engine
- 2001 KME Engine/Rescue
- 1967 American Fire Apparatus Engine
- 1991 LTI 75' Ladder Truck
- 2000 GMC 2,000 gallon Tanker
- 1980 Chevrolet Brush Truck
- 1995 GMC Brush Truck
- 2001 Chevrolet Service Truck
- 1986 Chevrolet Brush Truck
- Zodiac Water Rescue Boat
in becoming a Member:
Just come by the station and fill out on the application.
Or print one off below.
Here are some of the requirements:
- Must pass a background check
- Physical condition
- Be willing to commit time to the Department for
training and other activities
- Have a valid driver license
- Proof of insurance