Vancouver Fire Department celebrates 150th anniversary in April

Press Release Date:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Rendering of proposed 150th anniversary mural

This April, the Vancouver Fire Department celebrates 150 years of service to the community. To commemorate this landmark year, a mural by local artist Guy Drennan will be painted on the North wall of the Walgreen’s Pharmacy building, located at 2515 Main Street, this spring.  

The Vancouver Fire Department is one of the oldest in Washington, preceding cities such as Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. The department was formed in response to a major fire in the summer of 1866 which destroyed eight closely located wooden buildings on a downtown City block.  On April 1, 1867 the City consolidated three local fire companies to establish a department.  

“We are proud of the Vancouver Fire Departments long and rich history in the community,” said Fire Chief Joe Molina. “Today, the City operates ten stations with 210 employees and is looking forward to improved response times with replacement Fire Stations 1 and 2 opening this year.”

Fire Stations 1 and 2, anticipated to open fall 2017, will improve response times, as well as maximize the efficiency of coverage from all four stations in the southwest part of the City. Fire Station 2, currently located at 400 W. 37th St. is being relocated to E. Norris Road just south of E. Fourth Plain Boulevard. Fire Station 1, currently located at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd. is being relocated to 2607 Main St. on the northeast corner of E. Fourth Plain Boulevard.

Follow the Fire Department’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vancouverUSFire) for a photographic history of the department through April 30. Learn more about the history of the Vancouver Fire Department at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/fire/page/history.


CONTACT: Joe Molina, Vancouver Fire Chief, 360-487-7201, joe.molina@cityofvancouver.us

1854 Hunneman Fire King
1880 Interior of Engine Co. 1
1884 Silsby 5th Class Pumper
1904 American la France Metropolitan
1905 Engine & Truck
1908: Fire horses at 8th and Washington station
1909: Frozen-haired firefighter after Padden Block fire
1912: The Fleet
1913: First motorized fire aparatus
1925: Public event
1939: First Aid Car
1942: Hudson House Apartment Fire
1949: General Store Building Fire
1965: Training Station
Early 1900s: Horses Dick, Dolly and Bob harnessed to steamer