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HISTORY OF WEST ROANE COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT (WRCVFD)

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At the request of the Department of Homeland Security in its Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) INFOGRAM 2-08 of January 17, 2008, response capabilities of emergency services organizations such as West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, including equipment lists, should no longer be included on public web sites. To this end, those portions of this history pertaining to equipment acquisitions have been removed. Thank you for understanding.


  • WRCVFD was started in 1993 to replace a department that no longer was able to serve the needs of the 5th district. It was originally staffed mostly by members of the Rockwood Fire Department. The department did not have a building and the trucks were kept at some of the firemen's homes.
  • Station 1 on Pumphouse Road was completed in the fall of 1994. The material was purchased locally and the members of the department did most of the work.
  • The Station 1 land was leased from Glenn and Peggy Hill. The original building had three bays. The training room and south bay were added later. This work was done entirely by the members of the department. The concrete pads and paving were completed a couple of years ago with the help of the Roane County Highway Department.
  • Station 2 on Eagle Furnace Road was built in 1997 on land donated to the department by the McCluen family. This is a built-on-site steel building. It was built by the building company with the site preparation work being done by the department members. Mr. Roy Majors of the Eagle Furnace committee donated the grading work.
  • WRCVFD started running First Responder calls with REMS in March of 2000. We were the first fire department in Roane County to run First Responder calls with the Roane County Emergency Medical Service (RCEMS). The members who respond on these medical calls require special training.
  • Our ISO rating has been upgraded to a level 6 for homes within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant and within 5 miles of a station. The rating for areas not close to a hydrant continues to be a level 9 but insurance companies often take into account the amount of water we have on our tankers and give a lower insurance rate. We continue to add hydrants in the district as funding allows.

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