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HISTORY
1950   Ashford Veterans, Inc. forms the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 
            The newly-formed department leases space in John Tremko’s barn on 
            Route 44 across from St. Philip the Apostle Church to serve as its first fire 
            station.  At some point, it purchases the former Warrenville School on        
            Route 89, just north of Route 44.  The school becomes the department's  
            permanent residence for the next 50-plus years.  The Ashford Veterans 
            purchase a 1930s-era Seagrave fire truck for $255 and donate it to the 
            AVFD.
1953    Six members of the AVFD complete the department's first first-aid course, 
           and the AVFD Lady's Auxiliary is formed.
1955    The AVFD enters into an agreement with the Town of Ashford to provide 
           fire suppression services to its citizens.
1958    Following a dispute, some AVFD members form a second department in 
           the Lake Chaffee area, which competes with the AVFD.
1959    The AVFD conducts its first chicken barbecue.
1967    The AVFD acquires its first ambulance, a 1962 Cadillac.
1975    The AVFD contracts with the Town of Ashford to serve as the sole 
            provider of fire protection and emergency medical services for the town, 
            effectively putting its Lake Chaffee competitor out of business.  To keep 
            homeowner’s insurance premiums for residents at the north end of town 
            from increasing, the AVFD locates a fire truck in a shed owned by the 
            Hnath family on Ferrence Road.  This structure serves as the AVFD’s 
            second firehouse and is named Company No. 2 (as opposed to the 
            former schoolhouse, which becomes Company No. 1).
1978    The AVFD assumes ownership of the Lake Chaffee department’s 
            firehouse on Old Town Road, which becomes the new Company No. 2.  
            That location is still in use today and is now referred to as Station 220.
2004    The AVFD moves into a new firehouse (known as Station 20) on Route 
            89, adjacent to the former Company No. 1
2010    The AVFD hires paid staff to support a continually growing town and 
            Department
2011    The AVFD anticipates the arrival of a new Rescue Truck 





























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