History of Madeira & Indian Hill Fire Department
The Madeira & Indian Hill Fire Department has existed for 90 years. Serving the cities of Madeira and Indian Hill, we are one of the oldest cooperative arrangements to provide fire and emergency services between neighboring jurisdictions in the State of Ohio.
Originally organized as the Madeira Volunteer Fire Company in 1924, there have been several name iterations prior to the establishment of the present Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire District in 1985. As was the case with most fire protection in the United States, the first firefighters were volunteers and held other employment in the communities in which they served.
Funding for early operations of the Madeira & Vicinity Fire Company came from the sale of stock to the residents of the area in 1927. The first Board of Trustees was established to oversee the administration in March, 1927.
The first full-time position was created with the employment of a Fire Chief in 1940. By 1950, 4 full-time positions were staffed. By 1962, 5 full-time positions were staffed and this number increased incrementally until the current complement of 17 career positions was established in 2005.
Prior to 1985, the “fire company”, was a private, non-profit organization that contracted for services with Madeira and then also with Indian Hill. In 1985, the organization became a “joint fire district” under Ohio law and reorganized to its present form. The District is overseen by a 12 member Board of Trustees, composed of 6 members from Madeira and 6 members from Indian Hill.
Today, we provide fire, emergency medical, inspection and prevention services to the 14,511 residents of our member communities, using what is termed a “combination” department, meaning we have both career and part-time employees.
Eight persons have served the residents of Madeira and Indian Hill as Fire Chief:
Nelson Maham (1927)
Howard Dodson (1927)
Warren Finch (1928-1933)
Floyd Nelson (1933-1960)
Cliff Behrman (1960-1976)
Edward Lewis (1976-1980)
Robert Coy (1980-1999)
Stephen Ashbrock, the present Fire Chief
We value our rich history and value even more the kind regard in which we are held by the citizens we proudly serve. Thank You!