Department History

Historical Overview

In the mid-late 1800’s, the Village of Hebron was a rapidly growing community.  Hebron is known as the “Crossroads of Ohio”, because it sat in a prime location for waterway travel and access to the “National Trail”.  Industry was booming and the town was thriving.

Tragedy Strikes

On October 9th, 1901, tragedy struck the Village of Hebron.  Fire ripped through the town and destroyed most of the northern business district.  Unfortunately, this was not the only fire that struck the Village hard during the turn of the century.  Between 1901 – 1920, multiple fires affected the Village’s growth.  To make matters worse, the need for transportation by waterway was also becoming less efficient as the country began to utilize other methods of transportation.  The community struggled to recover, but was unable to overcome the economic impact these unfortunate events created.

Home of the first fire engine in the Village of Hebron, which sits on the corner of Newark St. & Kevin St

Retired FF Donard Myers driving the 1926 Boyer during his retirement party. FF Myers is the last living member of the HFD to have driven this engine to a fire when it was still in service.

Creation of a Fire Department

The Hebron Fire Department was established in 1926 (unknown date) after the Village Council approved the purchase of its first fire engine.  The engine was first housed in a barn just a few blocks from where the station sits now, which still stands today.  The fire department was able to reclaim their original 1926 Boyer chemical fire engine in 2002 when the Teheran Grotto graciously donated the engine back to the department.  The engine can occasionally still be seen today in parades.

Later in the years, the home of the Hebron Fire Department was moved from Newark St. to the Village’s Municipal Building on W. Main St. This is the only picture the department has of the station being located at the old municipal building. Was it relocated, because it was prone to flooding?

Original Construction of Our Current Station

Our Station Today