fires in the 1930's, and a major fire on the square on July 20,
1935, this was a concern for fire safety in the village of Danville. The
village council, in March 1938 established the Danville Volunteer
Fire Department, with Dana Snow being the first Fire Chief.
that year the village's first fire hydrants were installed, and
a pumper was built in a garage in Danville, and was the mainstay
of the department until 1949 when a pumper/tanker was constructed
from a used gasoline truck. Ralph Mickley was the departments'
second chief until 1942 when Dale Hammond became chief and held
that position for 35 years. During Chief Hammond's reign, the department
grew from one truck to fleet of seven pieces of fire equipment
and two squads.
1971 Emergency Medical Services was started which now covered
six townships, and two villages. In 1973, a second station was
established in Howard, with the intention of serving the newly
developed Apple Valley area. In 1978, as Dale retired from the
position as chief, his son Mike Hammond continued in his footsteps
as chief for 18 years in which, the department acquired an aerial
ladder and state of the art heavy rescue truck with all essential
equipment for rescue work, and established the BCD technical rescue
team in 1992, comprised of Bladensburg, College Township, and Danville
Mike Hammond retired, Larry Stimpert became the Departments' fifth
chief in 1996, to the present, in which the department has grown
to a current fleet of sixteen pieces of fire equipment, adding
an additional squad, putting the third squad at station two along
with another engine. In 2000 the two Villages (Danville and Brinkhaven)
and 6 townships (Brown, Jefferson, Howard, Union, Butler and Harrison)
decided it would benefit the community by changing to a joint
fire district. The Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District was
formed in early 2001. The district ran with all volunteers until
late 2003 when the district hired its first paid personnel. The
district currently has paid staff at each station 24 hours a day;
365 days a year.
2003, the district replaced two aging medics and in 2005 they replaced
an aging engine and ladder.
In 2006, the district purchased a new grass/utility truck along with
replacing a tired/aging chiefs vehicle.
the district purchased a new engine for Station 2.
the district purchased a new medic.
In 2009, the district purchased a new engine
for Station 1.
the district purchased a new rescue-engine for Station 1.
the district purchased a new tanker.