The Ashville Fire Department was formed May, 12 1914 and serves the entire town of North Harmony, governed by a board of commissioners elected by the voters of the fire district. The district covers 42 square miles or approximately 27,480 acres and operated from two stations.
The Ashville Fire Ladies were formed in January of 1943 to replace their sons and husbands who were called upon to serve their country during World War II. The Fire Ladies consisted of thirteen ladies who all completed a twenty hour course which included rescue and first-aid. The Department has a hand drawn antique pumper that was built in Seneca Falls in 1859 and purchased from cherry creek in 1914. This pumper while old is still in pristine condition and is still functional. The first motorized truck operated by the Ashville Fire Department was a 1921 Model-T.
The Ashville Fire Department has since consolidated and now conducts all operations and training from the new station in Stow, with seven key pieces of equipment. A miscellaneous pick-up truck, a 21 foot water rescue boat, 1 Horton ambulance, 1 heavy rescue truck, 2 identical Mack 4 Guys pumpers equipped with 1,500 gallon per minute pumps and 1,000 gallons of water each, and a 4,250 gallon Mack 4 Guys vacuum tanker. The Ashville firefighters grounds consist of a public tennis court, a ballfield, tent and a pavilion which are available to for rent to the public during the warmer months.
The Ashville Fire Department currently has 43 members, which are broken down to 23 active interior members, 8 life members, 6 EMS only, 10 exterior, and 7 Fire police members and 3 Restricted.
Anyone that wishes to become a volunteer can stop down to the fire station on Stow rd. Tuesday night at 7:00 P.M. Or for more information contact the fire station at 789-3725, or the fire chief at 499-8196.
ASHVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Coverage Area; Town of North Harmony - 42 square miles
Date Established - 1914
Number of Members - 43
Age to Join - 18
Member Categories: Active - 23; Life - 8; EMS Only - 6; Exterior/Scene Support Only - 10; Fire Police - 7
Junior Firefighters are offered as a restricted member. There are currently two members. Prospective junior firefighters must be 16 and 17 years of age.
Meeting Date and Time - 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month.
Drill date and time - 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
The department has a yearly fund drive.