Central Fire District
- Serving Since 1933 -


About Us

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was originally formed in 1933 as a subscription service for the village and the surrounding areas. The Volunteer Department served its area well for many years, and was funded by many volunteer activities including the annual Smithville Ox Roast.  As the area grew, so did the need for EMS and fire protection and it became apparent that some changes were needed to care for the residents of the area.   

In 2001, Greene and Wayne Townships and the Village of Smithville chose to consolidate their efforts to support fire and EMS protection for their residents by forming a joint fire district, and Central Fire District became a reality.  In May 2002, taxpayers approved a 2.5 mill continuing levy (with a renewal and an increase to 3.0 mills in 2007) that financially supports the District.  This levy enabled the District to upgrade or replace the aged fleet of equipment and to initiate an equipment replacement plan to keep its equipment in good repair and with up to date standards to meet the expectations of its residents.  In addition, training and continuing education are priorities with the District and are funded through the continuing levy.   

Central Fire District is a combination department, employing a mix of full and part-time staff along with over 30 volunteers.  This staff serves a population base of approximately 13,000 residents over an area of 54 square miles.  The District operates out of two stations and responds to approximately 700 calls for service annually.