THE HISTORY OF GVFD

The Madison Township - Gibsonburg Volunteer Fire Department is one of the best departments in the area and the men and women associated with the department are proud to represent it. Below, you will find a brief history of our organization, information on our current operations and acknowledgements to the personnel who serve the department and their community.

The department was established for the purpose of fire protection in February of 1898 after the village suffered devastating fires in 1895 and 1897, damaging and destroying several businesses. The first equipment, hoses, cart and rubber coats were ordered within a month of the department being formed. Initially, the village was divided into three districts with a trustee overseeing operations in each of these districts and reporting to the fire chief. Originally the department was for Gibsonburg only, but today it is run by the Madison Township Trustees and has entered into an agreement to protect both the village and township with the trustees providing funding.

Since the fire department's beginning, fund raising in the form of suppers, plays and ice cream socials were an important source of money for the purchase of new equipment. Today, the department continues fund raising efforts through events such as chicken bbq's, reverse raffles and participation in the Gibsonburg Homecoming event. GVFD Inc., a non profit organization, has also been created to provide financial support to the department.

The department purchased its first truck, a Ford Model T chemical truck in 1918 and equipment has continually modernized. The method of alerting the firemen to an emergency has also changed over the years from a very loud community whistle to the use of an individual pager system. Today's department is equipped with two engines (pumpers), water tanker, grass fighter, responder truck, air trailer and a rescue boat. Specialty equipment includes Jaws of Life, rescue air bags, thermal imaging devices, multi gas monitors, self contained breathing apparatuses and spare breathing air cylinders.

The department joined the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman's Association in June of 1898 and has played a very active role in the organization ever since including hosting the annual convention in 1932, 1982, 1987 and 2018.

Currently, GVFD consists of a Chief, Assistant Chief,Captain, 7 Lieutenants and 50 Firefighters including an ever changing roster of Jr. Firefighters. The department on average responds to between 120 and 150 calls annually for fire, rescue, EMS and public service. The area covered is about 27 square miles including residential, commercial, industrial and rural farm properties. The department also participates in a mutual aid pact through the Sandusky County Firemen’s Association which insures back-up response in the event of a large-scale emergency. Many safety standards in effect require a large response for seemingly small fires. This helps the citizens and protects the firefighters.

GVFD maintains an interoperable communications system with all fire departments throughout Sandusky County and the surrounding area. In addition to maintaining base radio communications at the fire station, voice pagers for all members, inner department cell phone alerts, response tracking, with messaging, primary and secondary communication mobile radios in all trucks, and twenty-one portable radios are utilized by the department.

The Village has an ISO class of 5 and is constantly making efforts to lower it. This helps to reduce fire insurance rates. The Sandusky County 911 Center provides emergency dispatching 24 hours a day and insures that an appropriate response is made to any emergency.

GVFD also has access to the shared countywide resources, such as the Fire Investigation Team and Hazardous Material Team. Emergency medical services are provided by Sandusky County. Station # 14, which is 1.5 miles from the fire station, is staffed with highly skilled paramedics on a 24 hour basis.  Four other emergency medical stations are strategically located throughout the county.

Your department provides many other services – Fire Prevention, Public Education, Safety Inspection, and speakers, if requested, for many special topics. For additional information you can call (419) 637-2160.

The volunteers that make up the local fire service take a great deal of pride in their contribution toward keeping the Village of Gibsonburg a safe community!

GVFD Officers

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Martin Brown

Chief

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Tom Stoudinger

Assistant Chief

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Eric Arquette

Captain

1st Lieutenant John Rupke.PNG

John Rupke

1st Lieutenant

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Robert Groweg

2nd Lieutenant

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Dan Herman

3rd Lieutenant

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Mark Widmer

4th Lieutenant

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Matt Brown

5th Lieutenant

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Jeff Herman Jr.

6th Lieutenant

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Tom Fought

7th Lieutenant

GVFD Firefighters

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Jeff Herman

Firefighter 2 - EMT - Hazmat

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Michael Jividen

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Tyler Hoffman

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Gary Dawson

Firefighter

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Nathan Shammo

Firefighter

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Zack Herman

Firefighter - EMT

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Kyle Piotrowski

Firefighter

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Megan Bowen

Firefighter

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Manuel Salazar

Firefighter

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Scott Gordon

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Aron Burmeister

Firefighter - Hazmat

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AJ Blausey

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Gavin Rubel

Firefighter

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Jacob Hostottle

Firefighter -

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Dalton Diels

Firefighter 1 - EMT - Hazmat

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Michelle Kinder

Firefighter

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Dean Anstead

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Brad Krotzer

Firefighter 2 - EMT - Hazmat

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Tom Sparagowski

Firefighter - EMR - Hazmat

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Dan Slack

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Arik Webb

Firefighter - EMR

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Andy Diels

Firefighter

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Larkin Anstead

Firefighter

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Joe Lewandowski

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Nick Walby

Firefighter - Hazmat

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Steve Binder

Firefighter - EMT - Hazmat

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Danielle Reynolds

Firefighter 2 - EMT - Hazmat

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Ty Linton

Firefighter - EMR - Hazmat

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Ryan Novotny

Firefighter

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Chase Liskai

Firefighter

GVFD Junior Firefighters

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Logan Hausman

Junior Firefighter

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Jacob Groweg

Junior Firefighter

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Shane Groweg

Junior Firefighter

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Joey Linton

Junior Firefighter

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Aaron Novotny

Junior Firefighter

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Tyler Hostottle

Junior Firefighter

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Jett Linton

Junior Firefighter

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Logan Turner

Junior Firefighter

GVFD Non Active Life Members

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Ron Davis

Life Member

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Cliff Stahl

Life Member

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Lamar Aldrich

Life Member

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Rick Arquette

Life Member

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Jim Ritterbach

Life Member

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Glynn Ritchie

Life Member

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Kevin Fox

Life Member

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Jim Krotzer

Life Member

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Tom Crone

Life Member

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Steve Bowser

Life Member

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Mark Kirsch

Life Member

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Tom Samson

Life Member

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Steve Gruner

Life Member

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Frank Bracken

Life Member

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Mike Jividen

Life Member

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Jim Heinze

Life Member

In Memoriam

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Eddie Bauer

Chief - Life Member

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Jim Ruggiero

Life Member

GVFD Honorary Members

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Ladd Beck

Honorary Member

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Charlie Nopper

Honorary Member

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Bill Randolph

Honorary Member

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Kate Melchor

Honorary Member

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Lamar Conger

Honorary Member

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John Picciuto

Honorary Member

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Farnham Randolph

Honorary Member

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Jon Younker

Honorary Member

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James Deninger

Honorary Member

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Alice Shammo

Honorary Member

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Mark Gruner

Honorary Member

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Barb Aldrich

Honorary Member

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Jeff Lemke

Honorary Member

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Mike Warren

Honorary Member

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Al Melchor

Honorary Member